City Day shortlisted for a Chocolate Lily Book Award

City Day shortlisted for a Chocolate Lily Book Award

Author and illustrator Glenn Brucker has been nominated for a Chocolate Lily Book Award for his children’s book, City Day ($22.95, Douglas & McIntyre), which was published in Fall 2021.

​First created in 2002, the BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers' Choice Awards encourage grade-school students to read some of the best books written and illustrated by British Columbia's authors and illustrators in three categories: picture books, chapter books and novels. Students read the nominated titles and then vote for their favourite book.

Vancouver Island based illustrator Glenn Brucker uses art to discover what is just out of sight, a feeling, a thought maybe a shadow in the woods, just slightly out of place. Using traditional methods like pencil and paper as well as digital mediums like photoshop, illustrator and animate he explores the unknown worlds that surround us. He is passionate about nature and the amazing creatures that feed our imagination and curiosity. Glenn Brucker studied fine art at Kwantlen Polytechnic and classical animation at Vancouver Film School. His other books include Hickory’s Problem (Scholastic Canada, 2006, written by Marilyn Helmer), Ice Journey (Timeline, 2007, written by Glen Downey) and Twenty-Five Guests and a Frog Named Farley (2015), which he wrote and illustrated.

Children will laugh out loud at this silly illustrated book where animals teach people a lesson about respect for nature. After all the campers and hikers return to the city at the end of summer, a group of animals from the forest decide to pay them a visit. When Raccoon, Moose, Bear, Otter and their friends arrive in the big city, everyone is so excited to see them that they shout and run away with joy. The animals have a fun-filled day rampaging through the city and learning about human customs, until some new friends with large nets give them a ride back home. Featuring humorous and charming illustrations, City Day will make young readers laugh while educating them about the importance of treating animals’ wilderness home with care and respect.

For more information about the Chocolate Lily Book Award and how students and schools can register for the program, which is open until voting closes on May 1, 2023, please visit