This article was originally published in the 2019 Fall issue of Invest In Style Magazine.

 

The $25,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People is given to a Canadian author for an exceptional body of work in children’s literature. Winners of this Writers’ Trust award have touched countless young lives through their creative and thoughtful picture books, large print reads, and beginner novels. Next time you’re at the library or bookstore, pick up a story by one of these authors for the burgeoning book lover in your life:

 

 

2018 WINNER CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS

“Combining great personal warmth, humour, and a passion for Black history, Christopher Paul Curtis has gifted us with a dazzling, complex body of literature. Ever the wordsmith, he has given lively form and metaphoric resonance to vital subject matter, placing young readers deep inside his characters’ lives.” —Jury Citation

 

2017 WINNER RUBY SLIPPERJACK

“Slipperjack is exceptional in portraying the quandaries, joys, and struggles of her young protagonists with compassion and humour, and at the same time, gently teaching traditional ways in the context of contemporary Indigenous life. She shows the elasticity and strength of relationships between generations, across families and among those who offer friendship to the wanderer.” —Jury Citation

 

2016 WINNER ALAN CUMYN

“Brilliantly exceeding the standards of fiction for the young, Cumyn’s novels for teenagers and children alike show a sure-handed mix of humour, poetry, and melancholy, and an abiding commitment to a young person’s viewpoint.” —Jury Citation

 

2015 WINNER JAN THORNHILL

“Thornhill enriches the young reader’s awareness of the physical world and our place in it. A passionate and deeply-informed interest in nature is always conveyed with her characteristic combination of humour, empathy, and common sense.” —Jury Citation

 

2014 WINNER CARY FAGAN

“Nuanced and understated in both semantics and voice, Fagan’s stories are a perfect balance between the comic and the dramatic. Artfully rendered narratives and exquisite syntax make each of his tales pearls of meaningful simplicity. Fagan is a master storyteller.” —Jury Citation

 

2013 WINNER BARBARA REID

“Barbara Reid is a consummate artist and as she blends her artistic and literary ability, each work exudes a sense of freshness, discovery and joy. She is a trail-blazer in the development of manipulative art, and her sophisticated Plasticine illustrations capture the imagination of readers from four to ninety-four.” —Jury Citation

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