2016 RCEYNLA Launched

date 14 September 2016

Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award

2016 marks the 13th year of the Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award (RCEYNLA). The award continues to reflect Niagara’s ongoing commitment to quality literature for the early years and is made possible through the support of the biannual Touch-a-Truck Event, support from the Regional Chair’s office, and administrative support from the Niagara Children’s Planning Council.

The award bears the Regional Chair’s name in recognition of this office’s continued support and the work Regional Council does for Niagara’s youngest citizens. Niagara Regional Council developed the award in 2004. Regional Council had reviewed existing awards for excellence in children’s literature and found that none existed in Canada for infants to age six. 

All voting sites, including public libraries and Ontario Early Years Centres, are encouraged to incorporate the short listed titles into their regular children’s programming and to invite their local elected officials to read a story at their centre of branch.

This award aims to draw attention to 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. It also recognizes the invaluable role that libraries, Ontario Early Years Centres and child care centres play in supporting Niagara’s families and encouraging early literacy in our community.

Over the past 13 years, more than 18,000 votes have been cast both online and at designated voting stations hosted by Ontario Early Years Centres, Parent and Family Literacy Centres, public libraries, child care centres, and other sites throughout Niagara. As a result, over 5,000 books have been distributed to places where families gather throughout Niagara.

When:  This year’s voting period is from September 6 to November 12, 2016. Five English books and two French books have been nominated this year, and two winning books (one English and one French) will be announced at a Regional Council meeting following the closure of the award’s voting period. 

Recorded readings of each book can be viewed on COGECO TV's Website. Click here to view the videos.

 Click here to vote for your favourite English book

 Click here to vote for your favourite French book

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