Announcing the finalists for the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable is pleased to announce the shortlist for the first annual Sheila Barry Best Picturebook of the Year Award. This year’s award is for a book published in Canada in 2019.

The winning book and three honour books will be announced on September 7, 2020. A virtual award ceremony is planned for late fall.

The shortlist of ten books

King Mouse by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Dena Seiferling (Tundra)

Birdsong by Julie Flett (Greystone)

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Simon & Schuster)

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden byAndrew Larsen and Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can)

Encounter Brittany Luby and illustrated by Michaela Goade (Tundra)

It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear and Illustrated by Julie Morstad (Tundra)

Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl by Susin Neilsen and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller (Tundra)

The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust (Owlkids)

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smithand illustrated by Rachel Wada (Orca)

Small in the City by Sydney Smith (Groundwood)