2021 Governor General Awards Finalists

The finalists have been announced for the 2021 Governor General Awards, given by The Canada Council for the Arts. The awards recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books in seven categories. Two of those categories are specifically for young people’s literature. Below are the finalists in those categories.


Cover for Blood Like Magic

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Cover for The Fabulous Zed Watson!

The Fabulous Zed Watson by Basil Silvester and Kevin Silvester

Cover for Firefly

Firefly by Philippa Dowding

Cover for Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field by Angela Ahn

Cover for Unravel

Unravel by Sharon Jennings


Cover for MII Maanda Ezhi-Gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh: This Is How I Know by Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley

Cover for On the Trapline

On the Trapline by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

Cover for Out into the Big Wide Lake

Out into the Big Wide Lake by Paul Harbridge, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Cover for The Library Bus

The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman and Gabrielle Grimard

Cover for The Wind and the Trees

The Wind and the Trees by Todd Stewart