The votes are in from South Slope and BCSD and the 2020 Canadian Picture Book of the Year is… The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers.
Why did we choose this book? Here are some of the students’ comments:
- “It helps people learn everything is possible and everyone is perfect in their own way”
- “It’s about being brave and knowing you can do it if you believe”
- “In it they are kind and help each other”
- “It was exciting becuase I didn’t know what would happen”
- “I like the funny monster with the big eye”
- “It goes to my heart”
- “It allows me to imagine I am in the story, like I’m watching a 3D movie”
- “It tells me everyone can be unique. I like people who are different”
- “I learned that everyone does not have to be the same”
The Barnabus Project was also recently awarded the Governor General’s Literary award for Young People’s Literature- Illustrated Books.
Watch the story again read by the Fan brothers:
In second place was My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee (Author), Elaine Chen (Illustrator).
- “It has Chinese words and I speak Chinese”
- “It reminds me of Grandma”
- “I remember my Papa and me who also do this”
- “It made me feel like I was in the book and it made me happy”
- “It had a happy ending”
- “I like how the creator did their pictures with collage”
- “It makes me have a connection of South Korea and North Korea having a war”
- “I had a connection from my dad’s city and my mom’s city”
And tied for fourth was I talk like a River by Jordan Scott and Sidney Smith and The Most Amazing Bird by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illustrated by Andrew Qappik.
Thank you to everyone for participating! Looking forward to choosing the 2021 Canadian Picture Book in the next school year.