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2024 is Hackmatack’s 25th anniversary!

We’re planning some special things this year.

Our 25th anniversary awards presentation will take place on Friday, May 31 at the Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Everyone is welcome. 

If you can’t attend in person, we’ll live stream the event – organize a watch party wherever you are!

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2023/24 Nominated Books​

Our exciting reading program for children in grades 4, 5, and 6 introduces thousands of young readers to great Canadian books and authors.

Hackmatack is a terrific way to get children reading. It empowers them by giving them a say in choosing their favourite books.

Explore our English and French nominated books for the 2023/24 school year.

The winners of the 2023 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced on Friday, June 2 at a lively awards ceremony at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre.

English Fiction
Stealing Home, written by J. Torres and illustrated by David Namisato (Kids Can Press, 2021)

English Nonfiction
How to Promenade With a Python (And Not Get Eaten), written by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Kathryn Durst (Tundra Books, 2021)

French Fiction
Am stram gram, by Sophie Labelle (Hurtubise, 2021)
AND
Le chien d’or de Québec, by Denis Boucher and illustrated by Paul Roux (Bouton d’or Acadie, 2021)

French Nonfiction
Docteur RIP : C’est mortel ! by Michel Quintin and illustrated by Freg (Michel Quintin, 2021)

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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 many of the 2023/24 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.

Accessible Hackmatack books 2023/24

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.