Vigg Takes Home the Prix TD and the Prix Harry Black at the 2021 French-language CCBC Book Awards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (October 28, 2021)The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of its French‐language children’s book awards. Awarded earlier tonight at a virtual event, Ma maison-tête, written and illustrated by Vigg (Éditions Fonfon), won both the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. At $50,000, the Prix TD is the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature and is awarded to the most distinguished French-language book for young people by a Canadian. The winning publisher receives $2,500 for promotional purposes, and an additional $10,000 is shared among the four remaining finalists for their contributions to French-Canadian children’s literature. Vigg also won the Prix Harry Black, which is awarded to the best French-language picture book of the year and carries a cash prize of $5,000.

The awards event was hosted through the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). Leading up to the winner announcement, the finalists took part in a panel where each of them was introduced through compelling interviews with Pénélope Jolicoeur, Executive Director of Communication-Jeunesse. 

“Congratulations to Vigg for winning both the 2021 Prix TD and Prix Harry Black, which speaks to the high quality of this title,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the CCBC. “This heartfelt and poignant story introduces readers to the world through the eyes of a unique child whose mind overflows with imagination and ideas. As we live through times that challenge us each day, Ma maison-tête speaks to the power of resilience in a child’s mind. 

The CCBC’s French-language awards were administered by our sister organization Communication-Jeunesse. “Congratulations to Vigg for winning both prizes with his outstanding picture book Ma maison-tête! I would like to congratulate all the finalists for the audacity and intelligence of their works that I had the pleasure of discovering,” says Pénélope Jolicoeur, Executive Director, Communication-Jeunesse. 

“It is always a great honour for us at TD to recognize authors who put their literary talent at the service of young people by providing them with books that allow them to dream, learn and grow. Congratulations to Vigg on winning the 2021 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse for Ma maison-tête. Congratulations also to all the finalists for their contribution to French-Canadian literature,” says Sylvie Demers, Chair, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group.

“Congratulations to Vigg, author and illustrator of Ma maison-tête, recipient of the Prix Harry Black,” says Laurent Larose, longtime friend and colleague of Harry Black. “This award was created in memory of an exceptional man, himself an author and illustrator of children’s books, and whose long career at UNICEF Canada was devoted to helping children living in poverty around the world. Vigg’s work is remarkable and fully meets the values of the late Mr. Black.”

In total, $67,500 in prize monies was awarded tonight, and an additional $107,500 will be awarded tomorrow night at the English-language CCBC Book Awards as a part of TIFA Kids. 

“We are especially thankful to our sponsors, TD Bank Group and Mary Macchiusi, for helping us elevate French-Canadian books and their creators,” says Zain Velji, President of the CCBC’s Board of Directors. “Tonight’s festivities would not have been possible without our partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, who helped us bring the awards celebration to people all across the country. 

Below is the list of prizes presented, with comments from the jurors. For a complete list of the shortlisted titles, click here.  To download the PDF version of this press release, click here. 

Congratulations to Vigg and to all of tonight’s finalists!

For more information, please contact: 

For the Prix TD:


Ariane Richard
Conseillère principale
Morin Relations Publiques
ariane@morinrp.com
cell. : 438 822-2845

For the Prix Harry Black and all other information: 


Pénélope Jolicoeur
Executive Director
Communication-Jeunesse
p.jolicoeur@cjqc.ca 
cell. : 514 567-1307


Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($50,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group
Pour ces informations en français, cliquez ici.

Ma maison-tête
Written and illustrated by Vigg (Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC)
Éditions Fonfon
for ages 6 and up

“This picture book is in and of itself a true literary experience, both enjoyable and engaging, as the reader discovers the touching narrator, who is full of dismay and desire to understand what is going on in his head. The treatment of the theme of Attention Deficit Disorder, far from didactic, is original both in the telling of the story as well as through the images and typography. The gorgeous illustrations help to better capture the issues, highlighting a few specific details with minimalism. A great success!”

Prix TD honour books include:

  • Aurore et le pays invisible, written by Christiane Duchesne (Éditions Québec Amérique)
  • C’est quoi l’amour ?, written by Lucille de Pesloüan, illustrated by Geneviève Darling (Éditions de l’Isatis) 
  • Colle-moi, written by Véronique Grenier (Groupe d’édition la courte échelle)
  • Pokko et le tambour, written and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe, translated by Nadine Robert (Comme des géants)


JURY MEMBERS: Raymond Bertin, cultural journalist; Marika Brouillette-Drapeau, bookseller; Sophie Kurler, children’s librarian.


Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse ($5,000)
Sponsored by Mary Macchiusi
Pour ces informations en français, cliquez ici.

Ma maison-tête
Written and illustrated by Vigg (Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC)
Éditions Fonfon
for ages 6 and up

“Vigg pulls off a tour de force in portraying Attention Deficit Disorder through the lens of a child. When young Vincent cannot find the words to recite the fable Le corbeau et le renard, he invites the reader inside this “head-house” to show how his brain works, shedding light on what many children and adults experience in secret. Brilliantly illustrated, the rooms of the “house” demonstrate the whirlwind of thoughts and their repercussions, as well as the places of refuge and imagination. And always, in the background, is the desire of Vincent to be like everyone else. Ma maison-tête is a unique and sensitive gem.”

JURY MEMBERS:  Catherine Chiasson, bookstore owner; Marie-Ève Guibord, school 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 Harry Black
Among his many accomplishments, Harry Black was a long-time and beloved director of UNICEF Canada. An author and illustrator in his own right, he loved children’s books and truly believed that Canadian publishing was extremely important to the country. For his work on behalf of the world’s children and for his service to the nation, Harry Black was awarded the Order of Canada in 2003.

About the Toronto International Festival of Authors
The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is Canada’s longest-running literary festival, a charitable, non-for-profit cultural organization. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, graphic novelists and illustrators. It enables audiences access and empowerment to meet, hear and learn from the finest contemporary writers and thinkers of our time. For more information, visit festivalofauthors.ca.