Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

Lillian Shepherd, a long-time buyer for The Book Room in Halifax and life-long lover of books, died suddenly in 1997. Customers and authors visiting The Book Room were always put at ease by Lillian's ready smile and laughter, but her love of life shone through most clearly when she spoke of her husband Fred and their two daughters, Lynn and Cynthia. In 2002, Lillian’s legion of friends and colleagues from Halifax, Lunenburg, and Bermuda created the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work. The $500 prize is awarded for excellence in illustration by an Atlantic Canadian illustrator or set in Atlantic Canada. The prize is now funded by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers' Representatives.


Additional Details
For illustrators in Atlantic Canada




Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2015 Sydney Smith, Music is for Everyone by Jill Barber. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2014.
2014 Susan Tooke, Lasso the Wind: Aurélia’s Verses and Other Poems by George Elliott Clarke. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2013.
2013 Brenda Jones, I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet by Hugh MacDonald. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2012.
2012 Sydney Smith, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2011.
2010 Scott A. Keating, What Colour is the Ocean? by Gary Collins and Maggie Rose Parsons. St. John’s: Flanker Press, 2009.
2009 Susan Tooke, Up Home by Shauntay Grant. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2008.
2008 Richard Rudnicki, Gracie, The Public Gardens Duck by Judith Meyrick. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2007.
2007 Brenda Jones, Skunks for Breakfast by Lesley Choyce. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2006.
2006 Jeffrey C. Domm, Atlantic Puffin: Little Brother of the North by Kristin Bieber Domm. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2005.
2004 Peter Rankin, Making Room by Joanne Taylor. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2003 Geoff Butler, Ode to Newfoundland. Lyrics by Sir Cavendish Boyle. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2003.
2002 Susan Tooke, Full Moon Rising by Joanne Taylor. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.