The Willow Awards 2020

The Willow Awards

The mission of SYRCA – Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards – The Willow Awards, Inc. is to promote reading and celebrate Canadian literature.  Each year, Saskatchewan children and youth vote for Willow Award recipients from finalists nominated in three award categories.

The three categories were established to encourage participation by all children, regardless of the level at which they are reading. They include:

  • The Shining Willow Award for books written for young readers
  • The Diamond Willow Award for books written for upper elementary readers in grades 4 to 6
  • The Snow Willow Award for books written for readers in grades 7 & up

Participation in the Willow Awards is free to Saskatchewan children and youth. They may vote for their favourite book in any category in which they have read the minimum number of books required.

-from The Willow Awards

A note for e-Resources users: Because patrons are limited to 4 borrows per month on Hoopla, we recommend (when applicable) checking availability on OverDrive/Libby first, and then moving to Hoopla if a title is unavailable.

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2020 Shining Willow Finalists - Young to Grade 3

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt - available in print (English and French) and ebook on OverDrive/Libby

Boxitects by Kim Smith - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Emma's Gems by Anne Renaud - available in print

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Karate Kakapo by Loredana Cunti - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla


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Princess Puffybottom... and Darryl by Susin Nielsen - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature by Margriet Ruurs - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook and eAudiobook on Hoopla

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby

The Silence Slips In by Alison Hughes - available in print (English and French), read-along on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook and eAudiobook on Hoopla

Triceratops Stomp by Karen Patkau - available in print



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2020 Diamond Willow Finalists - Grade 4 to Grade 6

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong - available in print, and eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Acting Wild: How We Behave Like Birds, Bugs, and Beasts by Maria Birmingham - available in print

Camp Average by Craig Battle - available in print

Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman - available in print and ebook on OverDrive/Libby

Harvey Comes Home by Colleen Nelson - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby



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Missing Mike by Shari Green - available in printeBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

My Deal with the Universe by Deborah Kerbel - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Tales From Beyond the Brain by Jeff Szpirglas - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby






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2020 Snow Willow Finalists - Grade 7 & Up

Broken Strings by Eric Walters - available in printeBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Don't Tell the Nazis by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch - available in print

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary - available in printeBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook and eAudiobook on Hoopla

Sadia by Colleen Nelson - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla

Safe Harbour by Christina Kilbourne - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla





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The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros - available in print and eBook on Hoopla

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis - available in print (regular and large print), book on CD and eBook and eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

The Justice Project by Michael Betcherman - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla

This Place: 150 Years Retold by By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette and Chelsea Vowel - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla

Trail of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence - available in printeBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla