Welcome to the 17th Annual Chocolate Lily Book Awards!

Choc Lily logo

Thank you for your interest in the Chocolate Lily Book Awards Program.  This is our seventeenth year offering our literacy program to BC schools and families!  Students from BC schools read the nominated titles and vote for their favourite book.  We hope you enjoy this year’s list of nominated titles.

The Program

The B.C. Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Awards encourages grade school students to read some of the best fiction by British Columbia’s children’s authors and illustrators.

It all began with a desire to introduce B.C. children to the books created by authors and illustrators living in their own communities.  Many wonderful books have been published by award winning children’s authors and illustrators who make B.C. their home.

“B.C. is a treasure trove of talent,” said Pajama Press publisher, Gail Winskill.  The Chocolate Lily Book Awards celebrates this home grown talent.

Another equally important goal is literacy.  Because reading and writing are intertwined, good readers are generally good writers.  “Read, read, read!”  Delta author, Gayle Friesen, suggests in her writing tip.  Many B.C. authors give the same writing advice.

There are three categories:

Picture Book, for readers in kindergarten through grade 4

Chapter Book/Early Novel, for readers in grades 2 to 4

Novel, for readers in grades 4 to 7

Students may vote in any category as long as they have read the minimum number of books required in each category. Read or have read to you at least 4 books* from the Novel, 3 books from the Early Chapter Book categories, and 5 books from the Picture Book category. Many avid readers may wish to read all the nominated books and may read from all lists.

*Note the new minimum number of books to read!

Registration Form

You can access this on the “How to Participate” page.

Educational Kit

The registration fee helps cover the cost of producing a kit that includes:

  • colour poster of the nominated books (additional ones available for a fee)
  • author and illustrator information sheets (available online with a security code when registration is received)
    • information about each author (and some illustrators)
    • the story behind the book
    • author’s writing tips
    • illustrator’s drawing tips
  • voting information and ballots
  • 5 bookmarks (additional ones available for a fee)
  • Chocolate Lily Book Award Stickers for each category in which you register (additional ones available for a fee)


Voting forms are included in the kit.  Votes must be postmarked or emailed by May 15st, 2019.

Gala Event

The Chocolate Lily Book Awards will be presented at the 17th Anniversary Gala.

The gala will be held on May 31, 2019  at Ladner Elementary School.

Students will have an opportunity to meet many of the nominated BC authors and illustrators.


Chocolate Lily Logo

The Chocolate Lily is a real indigenous flower that grows in woodland areas along the west coast of B.C. and nowhere else in Canada.

The Logo was designed by Vanessa Vaartnou.  The logo colours were added by Graphic Arts Designer, William Glasgow.


Contact Information

By email: ahjansen@shaw.ca

Phone: 778-214-4745

By Postal Service:

Chocolate Lily Book Awards
2424 Quail Ridge Blvd.
Kelowna BC V1V 1Z9