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About the Award

The Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People is given annually to the author of an exceptional body of work in children's literature. The winner is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel.

2021 Winner

Linda
Bailey

Jury Citation

“Warm, humorous, and fun are the best words to describe the works of Linda Bailey over a career that has spanned three decades,” said the jury. “Bailey’s highly imaginative, propulsive plots frequently send characters — two, four, and six-legged — on journeys across uncharted territory or time, driven by burning questions or a yearning to escape the ordinary.”

— 2021 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People Jury (Hadley Dyer, Marthe Jocelyn, and Mahtab Narsimhan)

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“There’s nothing like being the author of the first book a kid ever reads or remembers—and all of us remember our favourite children’s book. ”

– Marthe Jocelyn


2009 Vicky Metcalf Award winner