THE 2015 KINDIE AWARDS

It’s been seven months (May 11th!) since Kinderlit launched, and what a seven months they’ve been! We couldn’t have imagined how many incredible people we would meet, nor to how many inspirational artists we’d be introduced. And the books! Oh, the books! What an amazing industry children’s book publishing is, with so many passionate people, and we’re ecstatic to be able to share in it and share it with our readers.

Screen shot 2016-01-04 at 10.01.05 AMOur readers. Thank you all so much for joining us. When we set out to put the site together we also set goals, hoping for 300 Twitter followers by the end of 2015, and 1,000 in three years. We missed those goals, but in a good way: We had 464 followers by the end of May, and gained our 1,000th on November 13. Because of this, we’ve adjusted our goals and now expect to completely take over the world by October 4, 2017.

But back to the books… We’ve read some truly amazing things this year, and now it’s time to share our choices for the very best of the very best, and so we introduce The Kindies. Think of them as our version of the Academy Awards, but without an actual trophy and no red carpets. (Readers are invited to dress up in fancy gowns or tuxedos while they peruse this page, however.) Alternatively, you could think of them as our version of The Caldecott Medal, but, again, without any actual keepsake of any sort. (We do have available to winners a badge they are welcome to post on their websites if they choose… We suppose they could print the badge out on sturdy paper and attach a string to it so as to wear it around their necks and feel very fancy.)

And so, without further ado, we present the nominees for the 2015 Kindie Awards… Click on the “AND THE KINDIE GOES TO” link to find out who won! (Use the back button on your browser to return to this page.)


FAVOURITE PICTURE BOOK WITH TEXT – CANADIAN

Buddy and Earl, by Maureen Fergus & Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood)

The Bus Ride, by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)

Butterfly Park, by Elly MacKay (Running Press)

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, by Christine Baldacchino & Isabelle Malenfant (House of Anansi)

This is Sadie, by Sara O’Leary & Julie Morstad (Tundra)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE PICTURE BOOK WITH TEXT – INTERNATIONAL

Hungry Roscoe, by David J. Plant (Flying Eye)

Imelda and the Goblin King, by Briony May Smith (Flying Eye)

Lenny and Lucy, by Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead (MacMillan)

Louis I, King of Sheep, by Olivier Tallec (Enchanted Lion)

Rude Cakes, by Rowboat Watkins (Chronicle)

Whatever Happened to My Sister? by Simona Ciraolo (Flying Eye)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE PICTURE BOOK WITHOUT TEXT

The Farmer and the Clown, by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane)

Float, by Daniel Miyares (Simon & Schuster)

Pool, by JiHyeon Lee (Chronicle)

Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson & Sydney Smith (House of Anasi)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


EMMYLOU’S CHOICE

Awarded to the favorite picture book of our daughter and primary KinderReview
contributor, Emmylou, who recently turned six years old.

Buddy and Earl, by Maureen Fergus & Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood)

Farewell Floppy, by Benjamin Chaud (Chronicle)

Imelda and the Goblin King, by Briony May Smith (Flying Eye)

Lenny and Lucy, by Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead (MacMillan)

Louis I, King of Sheep, by Olivier Tallec (Enchanted Lion)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOK

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, by Matthew Burgess & Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion)

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, by Lindsay Mattick & Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown)

Night Animals, by Gianna Marino (Viking)

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad (Chronicle)

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, by Sally M. Walker & Jonathan D. Voss (Henry Holt)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR

Christine Baldacchino (Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress)

Simona Ciraolo (Whatever Happened to My Sister?)

Maureen Fergus (Buddy and Earl)

Sara O’Leary (This is Sadie)

Laurel Snyder (Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE ILLUSTRATOR

Rilla Alexander (Best Book in the World)

JiHyeon Lee (Pool)

Elly MacKay (Butterfly Park)

Julie Morstad (This is Sadie; Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova)

Carey Sookocheff (Buddy & Earl)

Olivier Tallec (Louis I, King of Sheep; Who Done It?)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (Christy Otaviano / Henry Holt)

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate (Feiwel & Friends)

Finding Serendipity, by Angelica Banks (Henry Holt)

Incredible Space Raiders from Space, by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…


FAVOURITE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Breaking Sky, by Cori McCarthy (Sourcebooks Fire)

Emmy & Oliver, by Robin Benway (HarperTeen)

MiNRS, by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster)

The Six, by Mark Alpert (Sourcebooks Fire)

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt)

We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen (Tundra)

AND THE KINDIE GOES TO…

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