Governor General's Award for English-language children's illustration

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The Governor General's Award for English-language children's illustration is a Canadian literary award that annually recognizes one Canadian illustrator for a children's book written in English. It is one of four children's book awards among the Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit, one each for writers and illustrators of English- and French-language books. The Governor General's Awards program is administered by the Canada Council.

In name, this award is part of the Governor General's Award program only from 1987 but the four children's literature awards were established in 1975 under a Canada Council name. In the event, the "Canada Council" and "Governor General's" awards have recognized illustration in an English-language children's book every year from 1978.[1][2]

Canada Council Children's Literature Prize[edit]

In 1975 the Canada Council established four annual prizes of $5000 for the year's best English- and French-language children's books by Canadian writers and illustrators. Those "Canada Council Children's Literature Prizes" were continued under the "Governor General's Awards" rubric from 1987, and continue today. Among them the English-language illustration prize was awarded every year from 1978.[1]

Three of these winning English-language illustrators also won the annual Canadian Library Association award for children's book illustration, recognizing the same books. Their CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Awards are dated one year later: Blades 1979, Gál 1980, and Woodall 1982. The Howard-Gibbon award was inaugurated in 1971 for 1970 publications.[3]

Six illustrators listed below, winners of the English-language illustration award under the "Governor General's" name, also won the CLA award for the same book: Gay 1988, LaFave 1989, Morin 1991, Lightburn 1992, Reid 1998, and Denton 1999.[3]


Year Author Title
1987 Marie-Louise Gay Rainy Day Magic
John Bianchi Exploring the Night Sky
László Gál The Enchanted Tapestry
Shawn Steffler Flights of Magic
1988 Kim LaFave Amos's Sweater
Marie-Louise Gay Angel and the Polar Bear
Jillian Hulme Gilliland How the Devil Got His Cat
Dayal Kaur Khalsa Sleepers
Jan Thornhill The Wildlife ABC
1989 Robin Muller The Magic Paintbrush
Michèle Lemieux A Gift from Saint Francis
Jan Thornhill The Wildlife 123


Year Author Title
1990 Paul Morin The Orphan Boy
Warabé Aska Seasons
Frances Tyrrell The Huron Carol
1991 Joanne Fitzgerald Doctor Kiss Says Yes
Kady MacDonald Denton The Travelling Musicians
Michèle Lemieux Peter and the Wolf
Gilles Pelletier A Happy New Year's Day
Jacquelinne White Coyote Winter
1992 Ron Lightburn Waiting for the Whales
Eric Beddows Zoom Upstream
Suzanne Duranceau Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Maryann Kovalski The Big Storm
Mireille Levert When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming
1993 Mireille Levert Sleep Tight, Mrs. Ming
Scott Cameron Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Marc Mongeau There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen!
Russ Willms Brewster Rooster
Leo Yerxa Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall
1994 Murray Kimber Josepha: A Prairie Boy's Story
Marie Lafrance La Diablesse and the Baby
Michèle Lemieux There Was An Old Man...: A Collection of Limericks
Laurie McGaw Polar, the Titanic Bear
Martin Springett Who
1995 Ludmila Zeman The Last Quest of Gilgamesh
Warabé Aska Aska's Sea Creatures
Geoff Butler The Killick: A Newfoundland Story
Gary Clement Just Stay Put
Frances Tyrrell Woodland Christmas
1996 Eric Beddows The Rooster's Gift
Alan Daniel and Lea Daniel Sody Salleratus
Wang Kui The Wise Washerman – A Folktale from Burma
Johnny Wales Gruntle Piggle Takes Off
Werner Zimmermann Whatever You Do, Don't Go Near That Canoe!
1997 Barbara Reid The Party
Blair Drawson Flying Dimitri
Marie-Louise Gay Rumpelstiltskin
Robin Muller The Angel Tree
Ludmila Zeman The First Red Maple Leaf
1998 Kady MacDonald Denton A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Victor Bosson The Fox's Kettle
Harvey Chan Music for the Tsar of the Sea
Zhong-Yang Huang The Great Race
Stéphane Jorisch The Village of a Hundred Smiles and Other Stories
1999 Gary Clement The Great Poochini
Rose Cowles I Know an Old Laddie
Zhong-Yang Huang Dragon New Year
Ludmila Zeman Sindbad: from the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights
Werner Zimmermann Brave Highland Heart


Year Author Title
2000 Marie-Louise Gay Yuck, A Love Story
Nelly Hofer and Ernst Hofer The Snow Queen
Marthe Jocelyn Hannah's Collections
Regolo Ricci The Market Wedding
Cybèle Young Pa's Harvest
2001 Mireille Levert An Island in the Soup
Harvey Chan Wild Bog Tea
Murray Kimber The Wolf of Gubbio
Kim LaFave We'll All Go Sailing
Cindy Revell Mallory and the Power Boy
2002 Wallace Edwards Alphabeasts
Brian Deines Dragonfly Kites/pimihákanisa
Marie-Louise Gay Stella, Fairy of the Forest
Rogé When Pigs Fly
Janie Jaehyun Park The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon
2003 Allen Sapp The Song Within My Heart
Nicolas Debon Four Pictures by Emily Carr
Rob Gonsalves Imagine a Night
Barbara Reid The Subway Mouse
Ludmila Zeman Sindbad’s Secret: From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights
2004 Stéphane Jorisch Jabberwocky
Nicolas Debon Dawn Watch
Marie-Louise Gay Stella, Princess of the Sky
Kim LaFave A Very Unusual Dog
Barbara Reid Peg and the Yeti
2005 Rob Gonsalves Imagine a Day
Kyrsten Brooker City Angel
Wallace Edwards Mixed Beasts
Murray Kimber The Highwayman
Rajka Kupesic Maria Chapdelaine
2006 Leo Yerxa Ancient Thunder
Eugenie Fernandes Earth Magic
Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle The Birdman
Jon Morse Casey at the Bat
Maxwell Newhouse Let's Go for a Ride
2007 Duncan Weller The Boy from the Sun
Wallace Edwards The Painted Circus
Joanne Fitzgerald The Blue Hippopotamus
Jirina Marton Marja's Skis
Dusan Petricic My New Shirt
2008 Stéphane Jorisch The Owl and the Pussycat
Isabelle Arseneault My Letter to the World and Other Poems
Josée Bisaillon The Emperor’s Second Hand Clothes
Matt James Yellow Moon, Apple Moon
Kim LaFave Shin-chi's Canoe
2009 Jirina Marton Bella's Tree
Rachel Berman Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog
Irene Luxbacher, The Imaginary Garden
Luc Melanson My Great Big Mamma
Ningeokuluk Teevee Alego


Year Author Title
2010 Jon Klassen Cats' Night Out
Kristin Bridgeman Uirapuru
Julie Flett Owls See Clearly at Night
Matt James I Know Here
Renata Liwska The Quiet Book
2011 Cybèle Young Ten Birds
Isabelle Arsenault Migrant
Kim LaFave Fishing with Gubby
Renata Liwska Red Wagon
Frank Viva Along a Long Road
2012 Isabelle Arsenault Virginia Wolf
Renné Benoit Big City Bees
Jon Klassen House Held Up by Trees
David Parkins In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
Barbara Reid Picture a Tree
2013[4] Matt James Northwest Passage
Rachel Berman Miss Mousie's Blind Date
Gary Clement Oy, Feh, So?
Jon Klassen The Dark
Julie Morstad How To
2014[5] Jillian Tamaki This One Summer
Marie-Louise Gay Any Questions?
Qin Leng Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Renata Liwska Once Upon a Memory
Julie Morstad Julia, Child
2015 JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith Sidewalk Flowers
Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji Jack, the King of Ashes
Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona The Good Little Book
John Martz A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories
Melanie Watt Bug in a Vacuum
2016 Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka Tokyo Digs a Garden
Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith The White Cat and the Monk
Lucy Ruth Cummins A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt The Branch
Esmé Shapiro Ooko
2017 David Robertson and Julie Flett When We Were Alone
Marie-Louise Gay Short Stories for Little Monsters
Paul Harbridge and Matt James When the Moon Comes
Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith Town Is By the Sea
Jan Thornhill The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
2018 Jillian Tamaki They Say Blue
The Fan Brothers Ocean Meets Sky
Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell Africville
Wab Kinew and Joe Morse Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Werner Zimmermann At the Pond
2019 Sydney Smith Small in the City
Isabelle Arsenault Albert's Quiet Quest
Cary Fagan and Dena Seiferling King Mouse
Julie Flett Birdsong
Nicola Winstanley and John Martz How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps


Year Author Title Ref
2020 The Fan Brothers The Barnabus Project [6]
Naseem Hrab and Frank Viva Weekend Dad [7]
Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith I Talk Like a River
Jillian Tamaki Our Little Kitchen
Rebecca Thomas and Maya McKibbin Swift Fox All Along

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Canada Council Children's Literature Awards" [English-language books]. online guide to writing in canada ( Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  2. ^ "Governor General's Literary Awards" [winners, 1936–1999]. online guide to writing in canada. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  3. ^ a b "Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award" Archived 2015-07-06 at the Wayback Machine [winners]. Book Awards. Canadian Library Association ( Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  4. ^ "Governor General Literary Award finalists announced"[permanent dead link]. Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Thomas King wins Governor General’s award for fiction". The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Michelle Good says celebrating fiction win feels 'petty and selfish' after residential school discovery". CTV News, June 1, 2021.
  7. ^ "Francesca Ekwuyasi, Billy-Ray Belcourt & Anne Carson among 2020 Governor General's Literary Awards finalists". CBC Books, May 4, 2021.