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2024/2025 Chocolate Lily Awards Shortlist

Novel Category Nominees (Grades 4 – 7)

Bigfoot Crossing by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Orca Book Publishers)

Elliot Jelly-Legs and the Bobblehead Miracle by Yolanda Ridge, illustrated by Sydney Barnes (Orca Book Publishers)

Game Face by Shari Green (Groundwood Books)

Obaasan's Boots by Janis Bridger and Lara Jean Okihiro (Second Story Press)

Shamus the Urban Rez Dog, P.I. by Leslie Gentile (DCB Young Readers)

Up For Grabs by Michelle Mulder (DCB Young Readers)


Chapter Book/Early Novels Nominees (Grades 2 – 4)

Candle Point by Mike Deas and Nancy Deas (Orca Book Publishers)

Emi and Mini by Hanako Masutani, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch (Tradewind Books) 

Ghost Girl by Brooke Carter, illustrated by Alyssa Waterbury (Orca Book Publishers)

PAWS: Priya Puts Herself First by Michele Assarasakorn and Nathan Fairbairn (Razorbill)

Salma Makes a Home by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron (Annick Press)

Wednesday Wilson Connects the Dots by Bree Galbraith, illustrated by Morgan Goble (Kids Can Press)


Picture Book Nominees

Banana Dream by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Daby Zainab Faidhi (Neal Porter Books)

How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich in 17 Easy Steps by Bambi Edlund (Owlkids Books)

Kimiko Murakami: A Japanese-Canadian Pioneer by Haley Healey, illustrated by Kimiko Fraser (Heritage House)

Maybe a Whale by Kirsten Pendreigh, illustrated by Crystal Smith (Groundwood Books)

My Baba's Garden by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books)

Pineshish The Blue Jay by Michel Noël, illustrated by Camille Lavoie (Midtown Press)

The Secret Pocket by Peggy Janicki, illustrated by Carrielynn Victor (Orca Book Publishers)

Zander Stays by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Scot Ritchie (Pajama Press)

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