Hackmatack Registration is Open!
For the first time in our 22-year history, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is inviting readers from outside Atlantic Canada to take part in our annual reading program and award.
Visit our registration page to register online!
You can mail us a cheque if you prefer:
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 on our bookseller page.
2020-21 Hackmatack Shortlists
Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:
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, we presented a number of virtual visits. Click here to see the English authors.
Hackmatack titles for readers with print disabilities
You don’t have to be in a Hackmatack reading club 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.
You can get these titles from your public library, or through the CELA website:
Hackmatack 2020-21 books:
My Life as a Diamond
by Jenny Manzer (Orca)
Mya’s Strategy to Save the World
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Puffin Canada)
Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Elsie MacGill
by Elizabeth MacLeod (Scholastic Canada)
Hackmatack 2019-20 books:
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/Zoom;
- 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 email@example.com 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.