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The Red Cedar Book Awards Program encourages students in Grades 4 - 7 in British Columbia to read Canadian fiction and non-fiction titles. Each year, a Red Cedar Award is presented to one fiction and one non-fiction book which receive the most votes from children in the program. The first award was presented in May of 1998. To be included in the program, a book must have been: written by and illustrated by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for at least two years; published two calendar years before the nomination date; published by a recognized publisher and available in print; recognized by other reviewers of Canadian children’s literature; and recognized as being of general interest to students in grades 4 to 7. Winners are announced annually in May.

Red Cedar Information Nominees 2009-2010

Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists by Raquel Rivera, illustrated by Jirina Marton

Breakout Dinosaurs: Canada’s Coolest, Scariest Ancient Creatures—Return! by Hugh Brewster and the curators of the Royal Ontario Museum, illustrated by Alan Barnard

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: the Story of a Painting by Hugh Brewster

Cowboys and Coffin Makers: One Hundred 19th Century Jobs You Might Have Feared or Fancied by Laurie Coulter, illustrated by Martha Newbigging

Factory Girl by Barbara Greenwood

How Soccer Works by Keltie Thomas, illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

The Kids Book of Canada at War by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha 

Kids Who Rule: the Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs by Charis Cotter

Mirror with a Memory : a Nation’s Story in Photographs by Janice Weaver

The Siege: Under Attack in Renaissance Europe by Stephen Shapiro, illustrated by John Mantha

The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr by Nicolas Debon

Sweet!: the Delicious Story of Candy by Ann Love and Jane Drake, illustrated by Claudia Davila

This is My Planet: the Kids Guide to Global Warming by Jan Thornhill

2009 Fiction L.M. Falcone, The Devil, the Banshee and Me. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2009 Non-Fiction Stanley Coren, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2008 Fiction Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2008 Non-Fiction Bill Slavin with Jim Slavin, Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2007 Fiction Kenneth Oppel Airborn. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.
2007 Non-fiction Trudee Romanek Aha! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Intelligence. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2006 Fiction Deborah Ellis Mud City. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2006 Non-fiction Larry Verstraete Survivors: True Death-Defying Escapes. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.
2005 Fiction Deborah Ellis Parvana’s Journey. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.
2005 Non-fiction Karen Levine Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2004 Fiction Virginia Frances Schwartz If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.
2003 Fiction Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.
2003 Non-fiction Linda Bailey Adventures in the Middle Ages. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
2002 Fiction Kenneth Oppel Sunwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
2002 Non-fiction Vivien Bowers Wow Canada! Exploring This Land From Coast to Coast to Coast. Toronto: Owl Books/Greey de Pencier, 1999.
2001 Fiction Gayle Friesen Janey’s Girl. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
2001 Non-fiction Marg Meikle Funny You Should Ask. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.
2000 Fiction Kenneth Oppel Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
2000 Non-fiction Dave Bouchard The Great Race. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1997.
1999 Fiction Kit Pearson Awake and Dreaming. Toronto: Penguin, 1999.
1999 Non-fiction Hugh Brewster Anastasia's Album. Toronto: Madison Press/Penguin Books Canada, 1996.
1998 Fiction Bernice Thurman Hunter Amy’s Promise. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995.
1998 Non-fiction Linda Granfield In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1996.

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