Norma Fleck Award

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The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction is a lucrative literary award founded in May 1999 by the Fleck Family Foundation and the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and presented to the year's best non-fiction book for a youth audience. Each year's winner receives CDN$10,000.

The award is one of several presented by the Canadian Children's Book Centre each year; others include the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.[1]

Awards and winners[edit]





  • Jack Batten, The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat
  • Karen Levine, Hana's Suitcase
  • Susan Musgrave, Nerves Out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls
  • Jane Pavanel, The Sex Book: an alphabet of smarter love
  • John Wilson, Righting Wrongs: The Story of Norman Bethune



  • Val Ross, The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories
  • Nicolas Debon, Four Pictures by Emily Carr
  • Anne Dublin, Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything
  • Reva Marin, Oscar: The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson
  • John Wilson, Discovering the Arctic: The Story of John Rae




  • Jan Thornhill, I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death


  • Hugh Brewster, At Vimy Ridge: Canada's Greatest World War I Victory



  • Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter, Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road
  • Charis Cotter, Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors
  • Scot Ritchie, Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills
  • William Gilkerson, A Thousand Years of Pirates
  • Kathy Kacer and Sharon E. McKay. Whispers from the Ghettos


  • Susan Hughes, Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
  • Daniel Loxton, Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be
  • Elin Kelsey, Not Your Typical Book About the Environment
  • Jody Nyasha Warner, Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged
  • Hadley Dyer, Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces


  • Susan Vande Griek,Loon
  • Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter, Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
  • Dora Lee, Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature. Illustrated by Margot Thompson. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2011.
  • Susan Hughes, Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World. Toronto: Owlkids Books Inc., 2011.
  • Marthe Jocelyn, Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.


  • Deborah Ellis, Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
  • Monica Kulling, Going Up! Elisha Otis’s Trip to the Top
  • Martin Springett, Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story
  • Bill Swan, Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death – The Story of Steven Truscott
  • Deborah Hodge, Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport.


  • Rona Arato, The Last Train: A Holocaust Story
  • Ken Setterington, Branded by the Pink Triangle
  • Elizabeth Macleod and Frieda Wishinsky, A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World
  • Deborah Ellis, Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
  • Eric Walters, My Name Is Blessing


  • Kira Vermond, Why We Live Where We Live
  • Hugh Brewster, From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I
  • David J. Smith, If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
  • Larry Loyie with Wayne K. Spear and Constance Brissenden, Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors: A National History
  • Sarah Elton. Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking


  • Cory Silverberg, Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You
  • Edward Keenan, The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics
  • Maria Birmingham, A Beginner’s Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars
  • Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
  • Paula Ayer, Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat


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