The Latest News from Hackmatack
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!
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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.)
- Readers outside Halifax: Nova Scotia Public Libraries 2020 Hackmatack Ebooks
- Readers in Halifax: Halifax Public Libraries 2020 Hackmatack Ebooks
- Bibliotheques Publiques du NB / New Brunswick Public Libraries 2020 (No Fixed Address, Ice Chips and the Haunted Hurricane)
- Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries Ebooks (Sparks!, The Ghost Road, and No Fixed Address)
- Prince Edward Island Public Library Service Ebooks (watch for 2021 Hackmatack titles)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.