For the first time in our 22-year history, Hackmatack is presenting a virtual festival of reading to coincide with our annual awards presentation, on May 28, 29, and 30.

We’re thrilled to present a number of 2021 French and English Hackmatack shortlisted authors. Author presentations for children will be free to attend online! There will also be presentations for authors, parents, and educators. 

The theme of the 2021 Hackmatack Virtual Festival of Reading is Building Your World. We hope you will join us.

Registration will open soon! Visit the Festival schedule to learn more.

2020-21 Hackmatack Shortlists

Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:

2020-21 English Nominations

2020-21 French Nominations

Hackmatack 2021 Shortlist

2021-22 Hackmatack Shortlists

Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:

2021-22 English Nominations

2021-22 French Nominations

CELACentre for Equitable Library Access

You don’t have to be in a Hackmatack reading group to enjoy the books. And you don’t have to be a conventional reader. 

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is an accessible library service, providing books and other materials to Canadians of all ages with print disabilities.

We’re happy to tell you that the majority of the 2019-20 Hackmatack titles are available for free in accessible formats for kids with print disabilities. 

You can get these titles from your public library, or through the CELA website.


We’d like to thank CELA for the wonderful work they do. Their collection has more than 700,000 professionally produced titles, with an emphasis on  Canadian authors and stories, and favourites for kids and teens.