Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award - 2015 Winning Books

date 26 January 2016

Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award - 2015 Winning Books

Winning English Book

Stick and Stone 


Stick and Stone

Written by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

Winning French Book


Sil vout plait m panda 


S’il vous plaît, M. Panda

Written by Steve Antony


During the fall of 2015, families across Niagara participated in voting for the Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award at a variety of locations across the region, including public libraries, Ontario Early Years Centres, Parent and Family Literacy Centres, Aboriginal Centres, Child Care Centres, and online at This award, funded in part by the biennial Touch a Truck Event and an annual contribution from the Regional Chair’s office, is intended to draw attention to both the value of reading with children in their early years when their brains are at peak development, and the need for quality books for this age group. This Award is one of many important initiatives of the Niagara Children’s Planning Council, a network of over 30 partner agencies who are working to strengthen Niagara as a community that ensures every child will reach their optimal potential.

2015 marked the 11th year of the Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award and included selections of both English and Francophone children’s literature. In total, 7 books were shortlisted and nominated for this year’s award. Over 2100 votes were cast, bringing the total in the award’s history to over 18,000 votes. Since the award’s inception, over 5000 books have been placed in the community which truly makes an impact on families across Niagara.

The 2015 winning books, Stick and Stone and S’il vous plaît, M. Panda, were presented to Regional Council on January 14, 2016 by two of Niagara’s youngest citizens and their families.


 Group Photo

(left to right: Tiffany Hunter, Kaleb Hunter, Véronique Emery, Gabrielle Noé, Regional Chair Alan Caslin)




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