FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (November 11, 2015) – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) and TD Bank Group are thrilled to announce the winner of the 11th annual Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, for the most distinguished French-language book of the year. This year, author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc took home the honour for her picture book, L’autobus. The announcement was made at a gala event last night at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where Quebec children’s literary elite were on hand to applaud the author/illustrator. Dubuc received a $30,000 prize, and her publisher, Comme des géants, received $2,500 to promote her book.
This book was among the following finalists, who will also share a $10,000 prize between them:
- Pablo trouve un trésor, written by Andrée Poulin and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant (Éditions Les 400 coups)
- Papillons de l’ombre, written by Agnès Grimaud (Dominique et compagnie)
- Quand j’écris avec mon cœur, written and illustrated by Mireille Levert (Éditions de la Bagnole)
- Le voleur de sandwichs, written by André Marois and illustrated by Patrick Doyon (Éditions de la Pastèque)
This year, the members of the jury were Raymond Bertin, cultural journalist; Rachel DeRoy-Ringuette, children’s literature consultant and doctoral student in education; Félix Guénette, school librarian; France Lapierre, educational consultant; and Josiane Polidori, Senior Project Manager, Library and Archives Canada.
The selection criteria were for original French-language Canadian literature, of any genre, written for children aged 0 to 12. Another $30,000 prize will also be given to the most distinguished English-language work on November 18, 2015 in Toronto. In addition to the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the CCBC will also present the winners of its other six book awards: Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, John Spray Mystery Award, Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the inaugural Amy Mathers Teen Book Award.
For the first time this year, TD Bank Group partnered with Radio-Canada to present the Choix du public littérature jeunesse. Young readers were asked to pick their favourite book from the shortlisted Prix TD titles in an online poll. One lucky entrant won a trip to Montreal to see the $5,000 award presented to Agnès Grimaud for Papillons de l’ombre.
About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.
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