The Winners of the 2020 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse Highlight the Best of French-Canadian Literature

Montreal (November 13, 2020) — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) and Communication-Jeunesse (CJ) are pleased to announce the winners of the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. Awarded this afternoon at a virtual event organized by Communication-Jeunesse as part of the Salon du livre de Montréal, Jacques Goldstyn won the the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and $50,000 — the largest cash prize for Canadian children’s literature. It was his picture book, Les étoiles, that stood out the most for its contribution to children’s literature. The winning publisher, Éditions de la Pastèque, receives $2,500 for promotional purposes, and an additional $10,000 is divided among the four remaining finalists for their contribution to Franco-Canadian children’s literature.

“At TD, we believe that children’s literature has a vital role to play in the education of our children and the richness of our society. We are very proud to celebrate the talent and passion of authors and illustrators for more than 15 years by presenting the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse”, says Sylvie Demers, Chair, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group.

Author Marie-Andrée Arsenault and illustrator Dominique Leroux won the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse and the $5,000 prize. Awarded best picture book intended for children ages three to eight, Des couleurs sur la Grave (Éditions la Morue verte) has distinguished itself by the quality of its text and illustrations, as well as the presentation of the editorial material and the relevance of style.

“We would like to congratulate the winners of the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse, Marie-Andrée Arsenault and Dominique Leroux, for their book Des couleurs sur la Grave,” said Laurent Larose of the Prix Harry Black. “This award, created in memory of Harry Black, is inspired by his values ​​and his unwavering commitment to the children of the world. This picture book unquestionably meets the vision of Mr. Black. Well done!”

For the first time, Communication-Jeunesse oversaw the two French awards. “The choice has been particularly difficult to make this year given the excellence of the titles that have been submitted to the 2020 awards,” says Pénélope Jolicoeur, Executive Director of CJ. “It was a first for CJ to oversee the organization and chairing of these two awards, and we were impressed by the thoroughness with which the committees selected the winning titles. Several books would have deserved to be recognized, but Les étoiles and Des couleurs sur la Grave were selected by the jury members.”

A total of $67,500 was awarded today, in addition to the $107,500 awarded to the winners of the CCBC’s six English-language children’s book awards, which were held on October 30 at a virtual event in Toronto organized as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA).

“We are particularly grateful to our sponsors for supporting and promoting Franco-Canadian books and their creators. Thank you to TD Bank Group and Mary Macchiusi,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “The festivities would not have been possible without our partnership with the Salon du livre de Montréal, who helped us deliver the awards ceremony to people across the country, in a safe and festive manner.”

For the first time, the CCBC is partnering with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) on a pilot project to provide accessible formats of all books nominated for the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. You can find them here.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Download the PDF of this press release here. See the list of English-language winners here.

For more information, please contact: 


Emma Hunter
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 2
emma@bookcentre.ca


Pénélope Jolicoeur
Directrice générale
Communication-Jeunesse
514 286-6020 ext. 305
p.jolicoeur@communication-jeunesse.qc.ca


Béatrice Gougeon
Conseillère
beatrice@morinrp.com
Morin Relations Publiques
www.morinrp.com


Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($50,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Les étoiles
Written and illustrated by Jacques Goldstyn (Mount Royal, QC)
Éditions de la Pastèque
for ages 8 and up
“In this beautiful homage to childhood, Goldstyn explores the importance of recognizing and accepting the differences of others. Filled with subtle literary references, Les étoiles makes us laugh, touches our hearts and make us reflect all at the same time… This book delivers a universal message that is timely and relevant: love knows no barriers, whether religious, cultural or social. With his own unique style, Goldstyn tells us a sweet and hopeful story with delicacy and finesse.”

Prix TD honour books include:

  • Le grain de sable: Olivier Le Jeune, premier esclave au Canada, written by Webster and illustrated by ValMo (Éditions Septentrion)
  • Mon ami Pierrot, written by Annie Gravel and illustrated by Enzo (Éditions Planète rebelle)
  • Pipo written by Amélie Dumoulin and illustrated by Todd Stewart (Éditions Québec Amérique)
  • Quand le vent souffle, written and illustrated by Todd Stewart, translated by Nadine Robert (Comme des géants)

JURY MEMBERS: Mathieu Arès, literary critic; Marika Brouillette-Drapeau, bookseller; Marie-Ève Guibord, children’s librarian. 


Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse ($5,000)
Sponsored by Mary Macchiusi

Des couleurs sur la Grave
Written by Marie-Andrée Arsenault (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Dominique Leroux (L’Étang-du-Nord, QC)
Éditions la Morue verte
for ages 6 and up
“This poetic folktale takes an original approach to the theme of the parents’ separation, but from the point of view of the child… Arsenault’s poetic style invites the reader on a journey where childhood can be calm, but also have its share of rough patches… The visual universe of this unique piece of literature (illustrations, collages, photographs, mixed media) is of exceptional quality.”

JURY MEMBERS:  Raymond Bertin, cultural journalist; Sophie Kurler, librarian; Sophie Michaud, lecturer, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.


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.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship 
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 Centre for Equitable Library Access
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is Canada’s comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. A national not-for-profit organization, CELA is fully funded to serve 97% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member public libraries and we offer a digital-only service to those in non-funded areas. CELA provides access to 800,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience. For more information, visit celalibrary.ca.

About Salon du Livre de Montréal
Around a community of book lovers and future readers, the Salon’s mission is to promote books and reading as cultural assets in Quebec society. The Salon du livre de Montréal values the essential role of authors, creators and professionals of the book industry. It also helps to promote the diversity of regional, national and international editorial productions. Finally, it mobilizes creators, professionals of the book industry and readers of Quebec while also generating creation, discussions and debate around the issues of our society. The values that are at the centre of our mission are sharing, diversity, inclusion and fun.  For more information, visit salondulivredemontreal.com.