The Latest News from Hackmatack

Registration is Open!

Register now for Hackmatack 2020-21. We welcome clubs and individual readers. Click here to register online!

You can mail us a cheque if you prefer:

Click here for our mail-in registration form
Click here for our full registration brochure

Questions? Check out our FAQ or our How to Participate guide.

There are a number of independent booksellers in Atlantic Canada, and some are able to offer discounts on Hackmatack shortlisted titles. They’re happy to take your order and help you arrange for delivery or pickup. Find them here.

2020-21 Hackmatack Shortlists

Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:

Call for Submissions 2021-22 Awards

We invite Canadian publishers to submit eligible titles to the Hackmatack Award selection committees for the 2021-22 awards. Click here to learn more

2020 Online Award Presentation

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

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.

Did you know?

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.

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 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.