2014 Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award Winners Announced

date 1 April 2015

During the fall of 2014 families from 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 niagaracpc.ca. 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.

2014 marks the Literary Award’s 10th anniversary and in recognition of this important milestone, the award was expanded to include the nomination of two francophone children’s books, voted on at francophone child care centres and Ontario Early Years Centres.

In total, 7 books were shortlisted and nominated for this year’s award. Over 1900 votes were cast, bringing the total in the award’s history to over 16,000 votes. Since the award’s inception, over 4700 books have been placed in the community which truly makes an impact on families across Niagara.

The 2014 winning books, Hippospotamus and Papa ronfle trop fort were presented to Regional Council on March 26, 2015 by two of Niagara’s youngest citizens and their families. 



 Winning English Book - Hippospotamus 

         Winning French Book - Papa ronfle trop fort
Written by Jeanne Willis and Illustrated by Tony Ross      Written by Nancy H. Rothstein and Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin                                        



Presentation to Regional Council

(left to right: Shannon Kirwin, Rachel Kirwin [family from Niagara Falls], Regional Chair Alan Caslin, Mark Geroux, Luca Geroux [family from Thorold], Darlene Edgar, Director of Niagara Region Children’s Services)


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