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October 7

October 7

The 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winners have been announced. Several books that we published were among the winners and finalists. Below are the award-winning books by category:

Picture Book – All Ages

GOLD: The Moon Watched it All, by Shelley A. Leedahl; illustrated by Aino Anto




Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues

GOLD: Fox Magic, by Beverly Brenna




Young Adult Fiction – Historical / Cultural

BRONZE: Kate’s Ring, by Donna Grassby




Children’s Poetry

GOLD: Poetree, by Caroline Pignat; illustrated by François Thisdale




About the Moonbeam Awards

Publishing services company Jenkins Group and created the Moonbeam contest in 2006 as a way to open up awards in children’s publishing to all types of publishers and genres. By developing a contest that would recognize winners in each of the nuanced categories of children’s publishing, IP hoped to bring attention to the under-sung children’s books and their creators who fell between the cracks in larger, more general contests.

October 1

The Quebec Writers’ Federation have announced the 2019 QWF Literary Awards shortlist. The 3 finalists include:

Yipee’s Gold Mountain, by Raquel Rivera



September 10

Author Dale Patterson will be on CJBQ, Belleville
When: September 17 from 4:00 to 7:00
What: Author Dale Patterson will be joining afternoon drive host Freddy Vette on CJBQ. To talk about his new book Close, But No Cigar. CJBQ services the Belleville, Trenton and Prince Edward County area.

September 10

Harriet Zaidman at The City & The City Books
When: September 16 @ 7:00
Where: The City & The City Books, 181 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON
What: Harriet will be presenting City On Strike, her new young adult novel about the Winnipeg Strike of 1919.

September 10

Harriet Zaidman at the Winchevsky Centre
When: September 19 @ 7:00
Where: The Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave, North York
What: Harriet will be presenting City On Strike, her new young adult novel about the Winnipeg Strike of 1919.
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June 21

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most famous and influential strikes in Canadian history. For six weeks, May 15 to June 26, more than 30,000 strikers brought economic activity to a standstill in Winnipeg. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the photograph below. To learn more about the General Strike read our recent Y/A novel:

City on Strike by Harriet Zaidman.


June 1

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC), have released their spring edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019 (BBKT). The following Fitzhenry & Whiteside titles were selected for inclusion:

The Birdman by Troon Harrison and Illustrated by François Thisdale


The Garden (A Starred selection) by Meghan Ferrari


Kate's Ring by Donna Grassby




Talking to the Moon by Jan L Coates


When Wolves Howl by Georgia Graham



May 23

The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards winners were announced. Winning the 2018 Snow Willow Award for grades 7 and up is


Yellow Dog by Miriam Korner.



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