Canada Council Children’s Literature Prizes

Established in 1975 by the Canada Council, the Children's Literature Prizes were presented annually. In 1987 they were renamed The Governor General's Literary Awards. For a list of GG winners click here.


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Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
1986 English - Illustration Barbara Reid, Have You Seen Birds? by Joanne Oppenheim. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1986.
1986 English - Text Janet Lunn, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
1986 French - Illustration Stéphane Poulin, Album de famille. Waterloo, QC: Éditions Michel Quintin, 1986.
1986 French - Illustration Stéphane Poulin, As-tu vu Josephine? Montreal: Tundra Books, 1986.
1986 French - Text Raymond Plante, Le dernier des raisins. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 1986.
1985 English - Illustration Terry Gallagher, Murdo's Story by Murdo Scribe. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 1985.
1985 English - Text Cora Taylor, Julie. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1985.
1985 French - Illustration Roger Paré, L'Alphabet. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1985.
1985 French - Text Robert Soulières, Casse-tête chinois. Illustrated by Serge Rousseau. Montreal: Pierre Tisseyre, 1985.
1984 English - Illustration Marie-Louise Gay, Lizzy's Lion by Dennis Lee. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1984.
1984 English - Text Jan Hudson, Sweetgrass. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1984.
1984 French - Illustration Marie-Louise Gay, Drôle d'école. Montreal: Ovale, 1984.
1984 French - Text Daniel Sernine, Le Cercle violet. Montreal: Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 1984.
1983 English - Illustration Laszlo Gal, The Little Mermaid by Margaret Maloney. Toronto: Methuen, 1983.
1983 English - Text Sean O’Huigin, The Ghost Horse of the Mounties. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1983.
1983 French - Illustration Phillippe Béha, Petit ours by Sylvie Assathiany and Louise Pelletier. Montreal: Ovale, 1983.
1983 French - Text Denis Côté, Hockeyeurs cybernetiques. Montreal: Éditions Paulines, 1983.
1982 English - Illustration Vlasta van Kampen, ABC,123: The Canadian Alphabet and Counting Book. Edmonton: Hurtig Press, 1982.
1982 English - Text Monica Hughes, Hunter in the Dark. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1982.
1982 French - Illustration Darcia Labrosse, Agnes et le singulier bestiaire. Montreal: Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 1982.
1982 French - Text Ginette Anfousse, Fabien 1 and Fabien 2. Montreal: Éditions Leméac, 1982.
1981 English - Illustration Heather Woodall, Ytek and the Arctic Orchid. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1981.
1981 English - Text Monica Hughes, The Guardian of Isis. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1981.
1981 French - Illustration Joanne Ouellet, Les Papinachois. Lasalle, QC: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 1981.
1981 French - Text Suzanne Martel, Nos amis robots. Montreal: Éditions Héritage, 1981.
1980 English - Illustration Elizabeth Cleaver, Petrouchka. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1980.
1980 English - Text Christie Harris, The Trouble with Princesses. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1980.
1980 French - Illustration Miyuki Tanobe, Les Gens de mon pays. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1980.
1980 French - Text Bertrand Gauthier, Hébert luée. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1980.
1979 English - Illustration Laszlo Gal, The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Janet Lunn. Toronto: Methuen, 1979.
1979 English - Text Barbara Smucker, Days of Terror. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1979.
1979 French - Illustration Roger Paré, Une fenêtre dans ma tête. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1979.
1979 French - Text Gabrielle Roy, Courte-Queue. Montreal: Les Éditions Alain Stanké, 1979.
1978 Illustration Ann Blades, A Salmon for Simon by Betty Waterton. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1978.
1978 English - Text Kevin Major, Hold Fast. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1978.
1978 French - Text Ginette Anfousse, La Varicelle and La Chicane. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1978.
1977 Illustration Claude Lafortune , L'Évangile en papier by Henriette Major. Montreal: Les Éditions Fides, 1977.
1977 English - Text Jean Little, Listen for the Singing. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1977.
1977 French - Text Denise Houle, Lune de neige. Montreal: Société de belles-lettres G. Maheux, 1977.
1976 Myrna Paperny, The Wooden People. Illustrated by Ken Strampnick. Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1976.
1976 Bernadette Renaud, Emilie, la baignoire a pattes. Illustrated by France Bédard. Montreal: Éditions Héritage, 1976.
1975 Louise Aylwin, Ramingradu. Montreal: Éditions du Jour, 1975.
1975 Bill Freeman, Shantyman of Cache Lake. Toronto: James Lorimer, (c1975) 1988.