Residential school story wins $25K kids' book award

Shin-chi's Canoe is written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave.

Shin-chi's Canoe, a picture book about a little boy leaving home for a residential school, has won the $25,000 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

It was one of four children's books awarded prizes at the Children's Book Centre in Toronto.

Shin-chi's Canoe, written by Nicola I. Campbell  and illustrated by Kim LaFave, is one of the first picture books to explore the story of the impact of Canada's residential schools on children.

The six-year-old boy Shin-Chi leaves home with his older sister, Shi-shi-etko, who explains that it will be many months before he is allowed to go home. The book captures Shi-shi-etko's and Shin-Chi's emotions as they miss family and the natural environment where they grew up.

Other Awards:

Baillie Picture Book Award: Mattland, a picture book that celebrates new friendship and imaginative childhood play.
Norma Fleck Award for Children's Non-Fiction: The Bite of the Mango, about a young girl surviving the war in Sierra Leone.
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction: The Landing, a young adult novel set in Muskoka, Ont., during the Depression.

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