Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada


Additional Details: Children’s Category
Administered By: The Alcuin Society
Scope: national
Award Status: Active
Website: Link
Contact Info:
Leah Gordon
PO Box 3216
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
Tel: 604.732.5403

Since 1981 the Alcuin Society has sponsored the only national competition that recognizes and celebrates fine book design in Canada. Each year, publishers submit books to a panel of expert judges, who give the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The competition includes a children’s category. Publishers may submit as many books in as many categories as they wish. Judging is based on the suitability of design concept in relation to the intellectual nature of the content and the intended audiences. Use of colour, type, and illustration and photography styles when applicable are also considered. The stock used in the text block, as well as the binding, covering, and overall finish are judged in the context of the book’s purpose. Winning entries are announced and citations are presented at an awards ceremony in Vancouver in June. Award winners will benefit from national exposure through media, exhibitions and the Awards Catalogue of Winners.

Award Recipients

Yearsort icon Detail Recipient
2014 Children’s category Jennifer Lloyd, Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem. Illustrated by Jacqui Lee. Designer: Naomi MacDougall. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2014.
2013 Children’s category Julie Morstad, How To. Designer: Robin Mitchell Cranfield. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2013.
2012 Children’s category David Weale, Doors in the Air. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Designer: Teresa Bubela. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2012.
2011 Children’s Category Cybèle Young, A Few Blocks. Designer: Michael Solomon. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.
2010 Children’s Category Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, The Little Hummingbird. Designers: Jessica Sullivan and Naomi MacDougall. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2010.
2009 Children’s Category Robert Chaplin, Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns: A Book of Rhymes. Designers: Robert Chaplin and Sian Pairaudeau. Vancouver: R. Chaplin, 2009.
2008 Children’s Category Michael Kusugak, The Littlest Sled Dog. Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka. Designers: Teresa Bubela and Vladyana Krykorka. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2008.
2007 Children’s Category Chris Tougas, Mechanimals. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2007. Designers:Teresa Bubela and Chris Tougas. Printed in China.
2006 Children’s Category Sara O’Leary, When You Were Small. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2006. Designer: Robin Mitchell. Printer: AZ Grafiche.
2005 Children’s Category Kenyon Cox, Mixed Beasts. Illustrated by Wallace Edwards. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005. Designer: Karen Powers. Printed in China.
2004 Children’s Category Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004. Designer: Karen Powers. Printer: Book Art Inc., Hong Kong.
2003 Children’s Category Elaine Arsenault, Le grand rêve de Passepoil. Illustrated by Fanny. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2003. Designer: Primeau & Barey. Printer: Transcontinental Printing Inc., Saint-Laurent, QC.
2002 Children’s Category Marie-Danielle Croteau, Un gnome à la mer. Illustrated by Rogé. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2002. Designer: Primeau & Barey. Printer: Everbest Printing Company Ltd., Hong Kong.
2001 Children’s Category Zoran Milich, The City ABC Book. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2001. Designer: Karen Birkemoe. Printer: Book Art Inc., Hong Kong.
1999 Children’s Category Gary Barwin, The Magic Mustache. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Toronto: Annick Press, 1999. Designer: Andrée Lauzon. Printer: Friesens, Altona, MB.
1998 Children’s Category Elizabeth MacLeod, I Heard a Little Baa. Illustrated by Louise Phillips. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998. Designer: Karen Powers. Printer: Wing King Tong Company Ltd., Hong Kong.
1997 Children’s Category Linda Granfield, Silent Night: The Song from Heaven. Illustrated by Nelly and Ernst Hofer. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1997. Designer: Brian Bean. Printer: Friesens, Altona, MB.
1996 Children’s Category Gita Wolf (adapter), The Very Hungry Lion, a Folktale. Illustrated by Indrapramit Roy. Toronto: Annick Press, 1996. Designer: Tara Publishing and Annick Press. Printer: C.Arumugam, AMM Screens, India.
1995 Children’s Category Aubrey Davis, Bone Button Borscht. Illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995. Designer: Dušan Petričić and Marie Bartholomew. Printer: Wing King Tong Company Ltd., Hong Kong.
1994 Children’s Category Jim McGugan, Josepha: A Prairie Boy’s Story. Illustrated by Murray Kimber. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press /Northern Lights Books for Children, 1994. Designer: Kunz and Associates. Printer: Dong A Printing, South Korea.
1993 Children’s Category Berney Lucas, Brewster Rooster. Illustrated by Russ Willms. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1993. Designer: Russ Willms. Printer: Everbest Printing Company Ltd., Hong Kong.
1992 Children’s Category Robin Muller, Hickory, Dickory, Dock. Illustrated by Suzanne Duranceau. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1992. Designer: Yuksel Hassan. Printer: South China Printing, Hong Kong.
1991 Children’s Category Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson, The Anne of Green Gables Treasury. Toronto: Viking-Penguin Books, 1991. Designer: Pronk & Associates. Printer: New Interlitho, Italy.
1990 Children’s Category Marianne Brandis, The Sign of the Scales. Wood Carvings by G. Brender à Brandis. Erin, ON: Porcupine’s Quill, 1990. Designer: Tim Inkster. Printer: The Porcupine’s Quill.
1989 Children’s Category Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes, The Time Before Dreams. Illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1989. Designer: Arlene Olsen. Printer: Premier Printing Ltd., Winnipeg.
1988 Children’s Category Jan Thornhill, The Wildlife ABC: A Nature Alphabet. Toronto: Greey de Pencier, 1988. Designer: Wycliffe Smith. Printed in Singapore.
1986 Children’s Category David Peacock, The Sea Serpent of Grenadier Pond. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1986. Designer: David Peacock. Printer: Scanner Art Services, Toronto. Printed in Hong Kong.
1985 Children’s Category Robin Muller, Sorceror’s Apprentice. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1985. Designer: Michael Solomon. Printer: Everbest Printing Company Ltd., Hong Kong.
1984 Children’s Category Janet Munsil, Dinner at Auntie Rose’s. Illustrated by Scot Ritchie. Toronto: Annick Press, 1984. Designer: Blair Kerrigan. Printer: D.W. Friesen & Sons, Altona, MB.
1983 Children’s Category John Larsen, Captain Carp Saves the Sea. Toronto: Annick Press, 1983. Designer: John Larsen. Printer: Johanns Graphic Ltd., Waterloo, ON.