Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award / Prix Littéraire - Le Choix des Jeunes.

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2020 Online Award Presentation

Pause the video anytime to read more about a book or author. Enjoy!
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2020 Award Winners

  • English Fiction Sparks! by Ian Boothby & Nina Matsumoto (Scholastic Canada, 2018)
  • English Nonfiction There Be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic by Joann Hamilton-Barry (Nimbus, 2018)
  • French Fiction Terreur chez les musiciens by Émilie Rivard (Boomerang Éditions Jeunesse)
  • French Nonfiction Explique-moi les aliments by Ricardo Larrivée (Auzou, 2018)

2020 Hackmatack Virtual Author Visits

Instead of an author tour this year, we presented a number of virtual visits. Click here to see the English authors.

2020-21 Hackmatack Shortlists

Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:

2020 Shortlisted Ebooks

Atlantic provinces public library systems have some English Hackmatack Award-Nominated books available in ebook collections through Overdrive. Find your region below and follow the link. (If you don’t have a public library card, check your public library’s website to sign up for one online.)

Did you know?

You don’t have to be in a Hackmatack reading group to enjoy the titles. 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: https://celalibrary.ca/2020_Hackmatack_English https://celalibrary.ca/2020_Hackmatack_French 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.

Call for Volunteer Board Members

We’re expanding our volunteer board! We are looking for individuals:
  • with enthusiasm for literacy and a love of children’s books;
  • who are able to share their passion and great ideas at the three board meetings that take place each year (in September, December, and March) either in person or by telephone or Skype;
  • who are willing to assist with the annual awards ceremony in late May;
  • who have skills they are willing to contribute to the program (eg., writing grant applications, spearheading fundraising initiatives, handling the society’s bookkeeping)
Please send a brief letter of interest to hackmatack@hackmatack.ca including your name and contact information and what interests you about being a member of the Hackmatack board. ** We welcome interested parties to self-identify in any way they feel comfortable as well as including any insight into pertinent work / volunteer experience.