The CODE Burt Award is a literary award and readership initiative that recognizes excellent, engaging, and culturally relevant books in English for young adults (aged 12 through 18). The award program was established by CODE, a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 59 years along with the generous support of William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation.
Here in Canada, the CODE Burt Award recognizes excellence in young adult books written, illustrated, and/or translated by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis creators. The Canadian program was developed in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami the Métis National Council, the National Association of Friendship Centres, Frontier College, GoodMinds, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canada Council, and our newest partner, the National Reading Campaign
As part of this program, CODE purchases up to 2,500 copies of each winning title and sends sets of these acclaimed books to schools, libraries, community centres, and Friendship Centres across the country. We want to thank you for your time and effort in ensuring these books make into the hands of young adult readers. Several publishers have created teacher resource guides to help you along the way, and we encourage you to incorporate these into reading programs, book clubs, library reading programs, and literacy programs.
For more information contact:
Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing
613-232-3569 or 1-800-661-2633 x 244
Thousands of copies of the three winning titles of the CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature will be distributed to youth through this unique literary award’s book purchase and distribution program. Ottawa, November 2018 — Cherie Dimaline’s book, The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat/Cormorant Books) received the 2018 Winning prize of $12,000.00 during the 6th...
CODE proudly announced the three shortlisted titles for the 2018 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature during the 2018 Turtle Island Reads launch event at McGill University, Montreal on September 19, 2018 during the on-campus Indigenous Awareness Week.
Ottawa, August 15, 2018 In June 2018, the National Reading Campaign adjudicated the 9 young adult submissions to the 2018 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature . Lead by Nancy Cooper, the peer assessment committee consisted of Adina Duffy, Wilfred Burton and Michelle Corneau. This year Eden Gepner Bourgeois, a 14-year old Cree-Metis “who loves reading”, joined...