Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award


The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, established in 2006, honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format. The prize is awarded annually and in 2008, the cash prize was increased from $10,000 to $20,000. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at children ages three to eight, written and illustrated by Canadians.  Eligible genres include fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Charles Baillie, retired Chairman and CEO of the TD Bank Financial Group, established the prize as a gift to his wife, Marilyn Baillie. As an award-winning children’s book author and an Early Learning specialist, Marilyn is involved in and passionate about this field.

About Marilyn Baillie

Marilyn Baillie has had many careers including nursery school teacher, lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum, interior designer in New York City, magazine and book editor, publishing consultant and children’s book author. She currently lives in Toronto and Vermont with her husband.

Marilyn has travelled extensively with her family including adventures in Egypt, Kenya, the Galapagos and Papua New Guinea. She is an avid bird watcher and naturalist, which complement the environmental themes in her books. Marilyn is also a former editor of Chickadee magazine.

In addition to authoring OWL’s Amazing Things Animals Do series – Side by Side, Wild Talk, Time to Eat and Little Wonders – Marilyn’s previous credits include editing and compiling Science Surprises, More Science Surprises, and writing Magical Fun, all from Owl.

Criteria and Submission Information

2020 details coming January 2020

Award Recipients

For the full list of finalists and winners, please click here.

Year Recipient
2019 Shauntay Grant. Africville. Illustrated by Eva Campbell. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2018.
2018 Paul Harbridge. When the Moon Comes. Illustrated by Matt James. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2017.
2017 Jennifer McGrath. The Snow Knows. Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2016.
2016 Danielle Daniel. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2015.
2015 Cybèle Young. Nancy Knows. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.
2014 Julie Morstad. How To. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2013.
2013 Cary Fagan. Mr. Zinger’s Hat. Illustrated by Dušan Petricic. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.
2012 Geneviève Côté. Without You. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2011.
2011 Laurel Croza. I Know Here. Illustrated by Matt James. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2010.
2010 Colleen Sydor. Timmerman Was Here. Illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
2009 Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert. Mattland. Illustrated by Dušan Petricic. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.
2008 Frieda Wishinsky. Please, Louise!. Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2007.
2007 Sara O’Leary. When You Were Small. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2006.
2006 Marie-Louise Gay. Caramba. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.