15th Annual Chocolate Lily Book Awards

Welcome to the Chocolate Lily Book Awards Program.  This is our 15th year offering this literacy program to BC schools and families.  We hope you enjoy this year’s list of nominated titles. Students from BC schools read the nominated titles and vote for their favourite book.

The Program

The B.C. Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Awards encourages grade school students to read some of the best fiction by British Columbia’s children’s authors and illustrators.

It all began with a desire to introduce B.C. children to the books created by authors and illustrators living in their own communities.  Many wonderful books have been published by award winning children’s authors and illustrators who make B.C. their home.

“B.C. is a treasure trove of talent,” said Fitzhenry & Whiteside’s Children’s Publisher, Gail Winskill.  The Chocolate Lily Book Awards celebrates this home grown talent.

Another equally important goal is literacy.  Because reading and writing are intertwined, good readers are generally good writers.  “Read, read, read!”  Delta author, Gayle Friesen, suggested in her writing tip.  Many B.C. authors give the same writing advice.

There are three categories:

Best Picture Book, as voted by students in kindergarten through grade 4

Best Chapter book/Early novel for Grades 2 through 4

Novels for Grades 4 through 7

Your registration will include an Educational Kit, voting information (votes to be submitted by May 15, 2017) and information about the gala to be held June 9, 2017.

Chocolate Lily Logo

Chocolate Lily Logo

The Chocolate Lily is a real indigenous flower that grows in woodland areas along the west coast of B.C. and nowhere else in Canada.

The Logo was designed by Vanessa Vaartnou.  The logo colours were added by Graphic Arts Designer, William Glasgow.

Chocolate Lily Book Awards Trailer 2016-17

Nominated titles for 2016-17

Novel Category Nominees (Grades 4 – 7)
Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey – Tundra Books
Hannah & the Wild Woods by Carol Anne Shaw – Ronsdale Press
Through Flood & Fire: A Second Barr Colony Adventure by Anne Patton – Coteau Books
The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson – Orca Book Publishers
Brother XII’s Treasure by Amanda Spottiswoode – Heritage House 

Chapter Book Nominees (Grades 2 – 4)
Jasper John Dooley You’re in Trouble by Caroline Adderson – Kids Can Press
Splash by Kallie George– Simply Read Books
The Blue Vase by Katarina Jovanovic – Tradewind Books 
Audrey Cow by Dan Bar-el – Tundra Books
Bagels the Brave! by Joan Stuchner –Orca Book Publishers
Picture Book Nominees (only BC illustrators noted)
West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge – Groundwood Books
Stanley at School by Linday Bailey – Kids Can Press
Melvis and Elvis by Dennis Lee & Jeremy Tankard illus. – Harper Collins
A Boy Asked the Wind by Barbara Nickel – Red Deer Press 
A Year of Borrowed Men by Michelle Barker – Pajama Press
Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox – Penguin
When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey – Tundra
Orca Chief by Roy Vickers & Robert Budd illus. – Harbour Publishing
P’esk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony by Scot Ritchie – Groundwood Books
Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters & Dean Griffins illus. – Pajama Press

14th Annual Chocolate Lily Awards Announced

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Celebrating BC’s Best Books for Children

This award is given to BC authors/illustrators in three book categories

Novels suitable for Grades 4 – 7
Chapter books suitable for Grades 2-4
Picture books.

Novel Category

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson (Scholastic)

 Chapter Book Category: A tie!

Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking
Cyndi Marko (Scholastic)

Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love
Caroline Adderson (Kids Can Press)

Picture Book Category

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
Linda Bailey illus. by Colin Jack   (Tundra Books)

Thank you to over 2500 students in BC who voted!

Nominated titles for 2016/2017 will be posted on the website in June, 2016. www.chocolatelilyawards.com

Chocolate Lily Book Display Contest

Show us your book displays!

Deadline: May 1st   2016

Prizes: 1st place prize – Most of nominated titles for 2016

2nd and 3rd place prizes – selection of submitted titles

Eligibility: Registered schools/libraries may participate

Criteria for consideration: high visibility, colourful, highlights the nominated titles, interactive, student involvement

Please submit a photo of your display via email to ahjansen@shaw.ca

The Shortlist for 2015-2016 is here!

Find a comfortable corner, get a snack ready, and tell your family not to disturb you because you have some reading to do!

We have made a change: the number of books you need to read to be eligible to vote has been reduced to 3 in the Chapter Book and Novel categories. It is still 5 in the Picture Book category.

For the convenience of teacher-librarians and teachers and anyone else who is facilitating Chocolate Lily reading this year, we have created this easy-to-print shopping list. Take it to your local bookseller and get ready to read!

Here are the books which have been shortlisted for the 2015-2016 Chocolate Lily awards.  Which one will you love the most?

In the Picture Book category:

Norman, Speak! by Caroline Adderson (Groundwood)
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey (Tundra)
The Yoga Game by the Sea by Kathy Beliveau (Simply Read)
Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (Annick)
A Giraffe Called Geranium by Ainslie Manson (Red Diamond)
Dipnetting with Dad by Willie Sellars (Caitlin Press)
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)
Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd (Harbour)
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press)





In the Chapter Book category:

Jasper John Dooley Not in Love by Caroline Adderson (Kids Can)
by Christine Dencer (Simply Read)
The Elevator Ghost by Glen Huser (Groundwood)
Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko (Scholastic)
Not Just Another Princess Story by Sheri Radford (Simply Read)
Bagels Come Home! by Joan Stuchner (Orca)




Novel category:

Shack Island Summer by Penny Chamberlain (Sononis)
Finding Grace by Becky Citra (Second Story Press)
Red River Raging by Penny Draper (Coteau Books)
Outside In by Sarah Ellis (Groundwood)
The Moment by Kristie Hammond (Sononis)
A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius by Stacey Matson (Scholastic)
Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers (Scholastic)
The Lost Diary by Julie White (Sononis)



Good luck to all this year’s authors!

Words of award winners

Upon being informed that they had won the latest Chocolate Lily Reader’s Choice Awards, a few of our winning authors expressed their happiness.

Meg Tillie writes: “Oh my goodness! I was honoured to be nominated. I am BLOWN AWAY to have actually won! This glorious news came at such a wonderful time.”

Dan Bar-el writes: “I’m very thrilled with winning this award. I don’t think I’d been on a tour in which my presence was so highly anticipated by students at every school. At times the excitement was palpable. This has everything to do with the program you’ve created. Thank you again for creating an opportunity for children to really engage in the stories.”

Announcing the Winners of the 2014-2015 Chocolate Lily Awards!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 Chocolate Lily Readers’ Choice Awards:


In the Picture Book category: Dan Bar-el for Not Your Typical Dragon (Viking)


In the Chapter Book/ Early Reader category: Rachelle Delaney for The Metro Dogs of Moscow (Penguin)

In the Novel category: A tie!
Meg Tillie for A Taste of Heaven (Penguin) and Ari Goelman for The Path of Names (Scholastic)


Thank you to all the readers who participated in this year’s awards! Thank you for supporting our BC authors and for sharing your favourite books. We hope you enjoyed the stories this year and will join us again for the 2015-2016 awards.

Shortlist for the 2014/2015 Chocolate Lily Awards

Congratulations to all authors, illustrators, and publishers whose submissions were shortlisted for the 2014/2015 Chocolate Lily Awards!

2014-2015 Chocolate Lily Nominees

Novel Category Nominees (suitable for Grades 4 – 7)

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers by Lee Edward Fodi (Simply Read Books)

The Path of Names by Ari Goelman (Scholastic Canada)

Hannah & the Salish Sea by Carol Anne Shaw (Ronsdale Press)

A Taste of Heaven by Meg Tilly (Puffin)

Whatever by Ann Walsh (Ronsdale Press)



Chapter Book Nominees (suitable for Grades 2 – 4)

Jasper John Dooley Left Behind by Caroline Adderson (Kids Can Press)

The Way Home by Becky Citra (Second Story Press)

The Metro Dogs of Moscow by Rachelle Delaney (Puffin)

Not a Chance by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)

Record Breaker by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)



Picture Book Nominees

Raven Brings the Light by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd (Harbour Pub)

The Boy Who Paints by Richard Cole & K. Jane Watt (Fenton Street Press)

Dream Boats by Dan Bar-el (Simply Read Books)

Not Your Typical Dragon  by Dan Bar-el (Viking)

Once Upon a Balloon by Bree Galbraith (Orca Book Publishers)

Oh No Noah by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart (Peregrin Publishing)

How To  by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)



Contact your local book retailer to purchase copies for your library, book club, or family.