The Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

The Janet Savage Blachford Prize is awarded in even-numbered years to a picture book with text or a book for beginner readers, and in odd-numbered years to a longer chapter book or a book for middle grade or young adult readers.

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2022

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

Mina (Simon & Schuster Canada)) by  Matthew Forsythe

shortlisted

I’m Not Sydney (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay
Pink, Blue, and You (Anne Schwartz Books) by  Elise Gravel
You Are My Favorite Color (Philomel Books) by  Gillian Sze

Jury

Sean Dixon
Nadia Lakhdari
Lauren Soloy

2021

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

Room for One More (Kar-Ben Publishing) by  Monique Polak

shortlisted

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life (Second Story Press) by  Dani Jansen
Journal of a Travelling Girl (Wandering Fox (Heritage House)) by  Nadine Neema
Zee (Bouton d’or Acadie) by  Su J. Sokol

Jury

Natasha Deen
Darren Groth
Curran Jacobs

2020

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

The Three Brothers (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay

shortlisted

Pokko and the Drum (Paula Wiseman Books – Simon & Schuster Canada) by  Matthew Forsythe
Fern and Horn (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay

Jury

Alan Cumyn
Shauntay Grant
Deanna Smith

2019

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

shortlisted

In Which (Broken Rules Press) by  Louise Carson

Jury

Gillian O'Reilly
Matthew Skelton
Sarah Tsiang

2018

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

shortlisted

The Big Bed (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Bunmi Laditan, ill. by Tom Knight
That`s Not Hockey (Annick Press) by  Andrée Poulin, ill. By Félix Girard

Jury

Matt McCarney (Greensfeild Park)
Nadia Hohn (Toronto)
Ellen Schwartz (Burnaby)

2017

Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford

Winner

Subject to Change (Orca Book Publisher) by  Karen Nesbitt

shortlisted

Chico (Paper Dog Press) by  Kate Lavut
Lightning Lou (DCB) by  Lori Weber

Jury

Catherine Austen
Lisa Doucet
Raziel Reid

2016

Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford

shortlisted

This is Sadie (Tundra Books) by  Sara O'Leary (Julie Morstad, illustrator)
Bug in a Vacuum (Tundra Books) by  Mélanie Watt

Jury

Gary Barwin
Rhonda Batchelor
Heather Phipps

2014

Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford

Winner

Hate Mail (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak

shortlisted

Any Questions? (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay
Straight Punch (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak

Jury

Penny Fransblow
Robert Priest
Farida Zaman

2013


Winner

Undercurrent (Doubleday Canada) by  Paul Blackwell

shortlisted

Desperate Freedom (Brian Wrixon Books) by  Melinda Cochrane
The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan (Cape Breton University Press) by  Anne Renaud

Jury

JonArno Lawson
Horace I. Goddard
Alice Kuipers
Maya Munro Byers

2012


Winner

26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (James Lorimer & Co. Ltd.) by  Catherine Austen

shortlisted

Pyro (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak
Yellow Mini (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) by  Lori Weber

Jury

Nick Thran
Lori Joy Smith
Sigmund Brouwer

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