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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

The 2017 CODE Burt Award books are on their way to you!

CODE is proud to share with you the 2017 winners of the CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. These copies are free and yours to keep and share with young people you know and work with. The books you are receiving were selected by a jury composed of Indigenous Canadian writers and educators administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

To give us feedback on the books, on the program, and ensure these books are being distributed to the right places in the right quantities we have an online survey burtaward.org/burt-award-survey that will be available until October 31, 2018.

Thank you for your time and effort in ensuring these books make into the hands of young adult readers in your school, library or learning centre.

Send us photos, book reviews, and your exciting reading activities – we’d love to hear from you. #ReadWithMe

Please note that the Burt Award is for young adult literature and the books may include content that is not suitable for children. We recommend that you review the books before sharing them with younger readers.

About the CODE Burt Award

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.

Complete Burt Award background and detailed information pdf

For more information contact:
Lynn O’Rourke
Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing
lorourke@code.ngo
613-232-3569 or 1-800-661-2633 x 244

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