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The Golden Oak Award, developed by librarians and literacy specialists, provides a unique opportunity for new adult readers to read books chosen specifically for them.

Each year the Golden Oak Award Selection Committee chooses a new list of books by Canadian writers. The Selection Committee looks for books that are easier to read, will appeal to adults, and include themes that work well for book discussions.

Adult learners are encouraged to read books on their own, with a tutor, with their class, or with a reading group. Literacy instructors are encouraged to read the books aloud, or have the whole class read the book together.

2018 Golden Oak Award Nominated Titles

Book cover of Adrift at Sea

Adrift at Sea

Marsha Skrypuch and Tuan Ho
2016

This is the dramatic true story of Tuan Ho, who escaped by boat from Vietnam in 1981. At the tender age of six, he, his mother, and two sisters dodged bullets and braved the open seas to make a better life for themselves in a new country.

Book cover of All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean

All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean

Katherine Ashenburg
2016

A lively and informative look at the history of getting clean. Starting with a few myths about cleanliness, the author gives a quick overview of the topic.

Book cover of Blood and Belonging

Blood and Belonging

Vicki Delaney
2017

While on vacation in the Caribbean, RCMP Officer Ray Roberston, discovers a dead body floating in the sea and finds himself pulled into the world of human trafficking.

Book cover of The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter

The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter

Melodie Campbell
2017

All is quiet as Gina gets ready for her Christmas wedding. Then she's robbed, cousin Jimmy has a heart attack, and someone in the city has hijacked a transport truck full of booze. But who? And why?

Alternate format: ebook

Book cover of Fight to Learn

Fight to Learn

Laura Scandiffio
2016

In many countries around the world, going to school is almost impossible. Each chapter highlights different people who have fought to bring education to children and show how we too can fight for something we believe in.

Book cover of John McCrae: Beyond Flanders Fields

John McCrae: Beyond Flanders Fields

Susan Raby-Dunne
2016

This is a short biography about John McCrae, the author of the famous poem, "In Flanders Fields," which was penned on the battlefields of the First World War.

Alternate format: ebook

Book cover of Next Round: a Young Athlete's Journey to Gold

No Trace

Brenda Chapman
2016

Ryan Green disappears one day after school without a trace. His family is caught in a living nightmare. Six months later, with no leads and desperate for answers, his parents contact private investigator Anna Sweet. Who would want to harm Ryan and who will be next?

Book cover of Town is by the Sea

Town is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith (illustrator)
2016

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.