Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

In her will, the late Elizabeth Cleaver (1939-1985) left the original fund of $10,000 for the establishment of an award to be named the lizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The award is administered by a committee of three members of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The recipient of the award must be a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published in Canada, in English or in French during each calendar year. The book must be a first edition and contain original illustrations. All genres are considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, folk and fairy tales. The award is presented annually by IBBY Canada unless no book is judged to be deserving of the award. The winner is given a scroll and a cash prize of $1,000.


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IBBY Canada



Contact Us
Theo Heras
IBBY Canada
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Tel: 514-873-1101 x 3186


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2014 Pierre Pratt, Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014.
2013 Julie Morstad, How To. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2013.
2012 Isabelle Arsenault, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2011 Cybèle Young, A Few Blocks. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.
2010 Julie Flett, Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2010.
2009 Oleg Lipchenko, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
2008 Christine Delezenne, La Clé by Angèle Delaunois. Montreal: Éditions de l’Isatis, 2008.
2007 Stéphane Jorisch, The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2006 Kady MacDonald Denton, Snow by Joan Clark. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.
2005 Geneviève Côté, The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2004 Stéphane Poulin, Un chant de Noël by Lucie Papineau. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2004.
2003 Pierre Pratt, Where’s Pup? by Dayle Ann Dodds. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2003.
2002 Janie Jaehyun Park, The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.
2001 Marie Louise Gay, Stella, Queen of the Snow. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.
2000 Michèle Lemieux, Stormy Night. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1999.
1999 Kady MacDonald Denton, A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
1998 Pascal Milelli, Rainbow Bay by Stephen Eaton Hume. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1997.
1997 Harvey Chan, Ghost Train by Paul Yee. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
1996 Janet Wilson, Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by Barbara Smucker. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1995.
1995 Murray Kimber, Josepha: A Prairie Boy's Story by Jim McGugan. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1994.
1994 Leo Yerxa, Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1993.
1993 Barbara Reid, Two by Two. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1992.
1992 Ron Lightburn, Waiting for the Whales by Sheryl McFarlane. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1991.
1991 Paul Morin, The Orphan Boy by Tololwa Mollel. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.
1990 Ian Wallace, The Name of the Tree by Celia Lottridge. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.
1989 Ken Nutt, Night Cars by Teddy Jam. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1988.
1988 Stéphane Poulin, Can You Catch Josephine? Montreal: Tundra Books, 1987.
1987 Barbara Reid, Have You Seen Birds? by Joanne Oppenheim. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1986.
1986 Ann Blades, By the Sea. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1985.