Orbie’s La fin des poux? wins the 2022 Prix TD!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (November 15, 2022)—Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) are pleased to announce that the 2022 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse has been awarded to La fin des poux? written and illustrated by Orbie, and published by Éditions Les 400 coups. Sponsored by TD Bank Group, Orbie takes home the $50,000 prize, while her publisher receives $2,500 for promotional purposes. An additional $10,000 is shared among the creators of the four remaining finalist titles for their contribution to Canadian French-language children’s literature.

The award ceremony video was hosted by Stéphane Masquida, Executive Director of Communication-Jeunesse, and produced by Studio CJ. Prior to the announcement of the winner, the five jury members each spoke about one of the five finalist titles. A recording of the ceremony is available on CJ’s YouTube channel, as well as on Bibliovideo, the CCBC’s YouTube channel.

“Thank you to Orbie, winner of this prestigious award, for imagining such a delightful ‘end to lice’ that is on point in depicting the world of children and their parents. The pandemic has found its ‘classic,’” says Masquida. “Congratulations to the creators of the four finalist titles and their publishers: they brilliantly demonstrate the diverse themes and expressions of French-language children’s literature in this country.”

Communication-Jeunesse and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre warmly thank TD Bank Group for offering the country’s largest children’s literature prize to the creators of Canadian French-language children’s literature.

“My warmest and most sincere congratulations to Orbie for winning the Prix TD with La fin des poux? At TD, we believe that by inspiring a love of reading in children and encouraging early childhood education, we are opening doors to a more inclusive and sustainable future. Reading stimulates children’s curiosity and imagination and introduces them to a world without limits. Thank you to Orbie and the finalists for their contribution to Canadian francophone literature,” says Sylvie Demers, President, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group.

“Congratulations to Orbie,” says Sarah Sahagian, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “This memorable picture book vibrantly represents the experience of confinement and social distancing. It is beautifully illustrated, cleverly written, and so applicable to the lives of children during a pandemic. Readers are sure to love this wonderful story! We would also like to congratulate the winners of the English-language TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, author David A. Robertson and illustrator Julie Flett, who won for their beautiful picture book On the Trapline (Tundra Books).”

A total of $62,500 in prize money was awarded today. An additional $116,000 was awarded on September 29 to the winners of the CCBC’s eight English-language book awards.

Congratulations to Orbie and all the finalists of the Prix TD!

La fin des poux?
Written and illustrated by Orbie (Cap d’Espoir, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
For ages 5 and up

With lots of humour and talent, author and illustrator Orbie recounts the fate of a family of lice during the pandemic. With La fin des poux? she is once again inspired by childhood, both in her illustration style, which is reminiscent of kids’ drawings, and in the theme, which is well anchored in the daily lives of families. In addition to making both young and old laugh, this picture book stands out for its unique comparison between the behaviour of lice and that of humans during confinement.

Prix TD honour books include:

  • Dans mon garde-robe, written by Aimée Verret (La courte echelle)
  • Les devoirs d’Edmond, written by Hugo Léger and illustrated by Julie Rocheleau (Éditions Les 400 coups)
  • La guerre des bébés, written by Carole Tremblay and illustrated by Élodie Duhameau (La courte echelle)
  • Papier bulle, written by Simon Boulerice and illustrated by Eve Patenaude (Éditions XYZ)

For more details on the honour books, click here.

JURY MEMBERS: Alex-Anne Flambert, teacher and blog creator, La Bibliomaniaque; Fatima Khlifi, pedagogical consultant, Conseil scolaire Viamonde; Julien Leclerc, pedagogical consultant, Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM) and blog contributor, J’enseigne avec la littérature jeunesse; Marjolaine Séguin, school librarian and co-founder, Prix Espiègle; Mylène Viens, author and Project Manager, Réseau des arts de la parole et des arts et initiatives littéraires (RAPAIL).

For more information, please contact:

Prix TD — Francophone component (communications)

Sandrine Gagné
Morin Relations Publiques

Prix TD — Francophone component (organization)

Stéphane Masquida
Executive Director

Prix TD — Anglophone component (organization)

Carol-Ann Hoyte
Program and Events Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416-975-0010 ext. 4

About the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse
The Prix TD is the most generous prize offered each year to creators of Canadian children’s literature. It recognizes excellence in Canadian children’s literature by awarding a $50,000 cash prize to a French-language book deemed to have made a significant contribution to excellence in Canadian children’s literature. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotion and publicity. An additional $10,000 is shared amongst the creators of the four remaining finalists for their contribution to Canadian children’s literature.

About TD’s Global Social Responsibility
TD has a long‐standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow—Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident—not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not‐for‐profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit bookcentre.ca.

About Communication-Jeunesse
Communication-Jeunesse is a national non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1971 to promote and appreciate Quebec and Franco-Canadian literature aimed at young people age 0 to 17. The vitality of the organization is largely based on the quality of its associative life and the commitment of its members has been at the heart of its operations since its creation. The members of Communication-Jeunesse enrich its actions and promote its development with as much rigor as energy. For more information, please visit communication-jeunesse.qc.ca.