When it comes to stirring the imagination of children, there’s nothing like a good book.

Earlier this year, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) and TD Bank Financial Group announced the 2010 finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

This annual award recognizes excellence in Canadian children’s literature and the author of the winning book will be awarded $25,000 for the most distinguished book of the year.

Not only do these books make an excellent reading list vetted by some of Canada’s top children’s literature professionals, this year’s top five titles will captivate the hearts and imaginations of children and adults everywhere, resulting in an enjoyable (and educational) read for everyone involved.

These authors introduce readers to a variety of new adventures from dragons, magic and Victorian villains, to a heartwarming coming-of-age narrative.

According to Charlotte Teeple, the executive director of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre,

“The books chosen as finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards exemplify some of the best work by Canadian children’s authors and illustrators.”

You can visit your local library or bookstore to pick up one of the English-language finalists for the 2010 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards:

  • Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton , HarperCollins, ages 11 and up
  • Home Free by Sharon Jennings, Second Story Press, ages 10 – 13
  • The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade, HarperCollins, ages 11 and up
  • A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson, Tundra Books, ages 10 – 14
  • Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry, Tundra Books, ages 12 and up

For more information visit bookcentre.ca.

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