IBBY Honour List

Each National Section of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is invited to nominate titles every two years that are representative of the best in children’s literature from each country. All books must be considered suitable for publication throughout the world. IBBY-Canada may nominate one book for illustration (in either English or French) and one or two books for text (in English and/or French).Text may be fiction or non-fiction. With the 2000 Honour List, IBBY-Canada also began nominating titles in the translation category.


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Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2014 Illustration Isabelle Arsenault, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2014 English - Text Jennifer Lanthier, The Stamp Collector. Illustrated by François Thisdale. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012.
2014 French - Text Rogé, Mingan, mon village: Poèmes d'écoliers innus. Illustrated by Rogé. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Bagnole, 2012.
2014 Translation French to English Helen Mixter
2014 Translation English to French Rachel Martinez
2012 Illustration Irene Luxbacher, The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2012 English - Text Jill MacLean, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008.
2012 French - Text Mario Brassard, La saison des pluies. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2011.
2012 Translation - French to English Sheila Fischman
2012 Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) - Text Basil Johnston, The Gift of the Stars / Ananagoog Meegiwaewinan. Illustrated by Adrian Nadjiwon. Wiarton, ON: Kegedonce Press, 2010.
2012 Translation - English to French Pierre Corbeil
2010 Illustration Geneviève Côté, La petite rapporteuse de mots by Danielle Simard. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2007.
2010 English - Text Budge Wilson, Before Green Gables. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2008.
2010 French - Text Michel Noël, Hush! Hush! Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2006.
2010 Translation - French to English Susan Ouriou
2010 Translation - English to French Dominique Fortier
2010 Translation - English to Dogrib Mary Siemens
2008 Illustration Barbara Reid, Fox Walked Alone. Toronto: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2006.
2008 English - Text Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2008 French - Text Élaine Turgeon, Ma vie ne sait pas nager. Illustrated by Stéphane Poulin. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2006.
2008 Translation - French to English Susan Ouriou, This Side of the Sky. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2006. Translation of Le ciel tombe à côté by Marie-Francine Hébert.
2008 Translation - English to French Claudine Vivier, Fausse identité. Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2006. Translation of Mistaken Identity by Norah McClint
2006 Illustration Sheldon Cohen, La Chasse-galerie (The Flying Canoe) by Roch Carrier. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2006 English - Text Kenneth Oppel, Airborn. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.
2006 French - Text Danielle Simard, J’ai vendu ma soeur. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2002.
2006 Translation - French to English Shelley Tanaka, Good for Nothing. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2004.
2006 Translation - English to French Catherine Germain, Les sculpteurs de rêves. Montreal: Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 2004.
2004 Illustration Pascal Milelli, The Art Room by Susan Vande Griek. Toronto: Groundwood
2004 English - Text Karen Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2004 French - Text Hélène Vachon, L'oiseau de passage. Illustrated by Yayo. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2001.
2004 Translation - English to French Marie-Andrée Clermont, Le nez de Jupiter. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2002.
2004 Translation - French to English Susan Ouriou, Naomi and Mrs. Lumbago. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2001.
2002 Illustration Ludmila Zeman, Sindbad in the Land of Giants. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2001.
2002 English - Text Sharon McKay, Charlie Wilcox. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.
2002 Translation - English to French Michèle Marineau, Le village aux infinis et autre histoires. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2000.
2002 French - Text François Gravel, David et le fantôme . Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2000.
2000 Illustration Ian Wallace, Boy of the Deeps. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
2000 English - Text Brian Doyle, Uncle Ronald. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
2000 French - Text Dominique Demers, La Mystérieuse Bibliothécaire. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 1997.
2000 Translation - English to French Marie-Louise Gay, Stella, étoile de la mer. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 1999.
2000 Translation - French to English David Homel, Mister Once-upon-a-time. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.
1998 Illustration Dušan Petri, Bone, Button, Borscht by Aubrey Davis. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.
1998 Text Tim Wynne-Jones, The Maestro. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1995.
1998 Translation Sheila Fischman
1996 Illustration Barbara Reid, Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1994.
1996 Text Martha Brooks, Traveling into the Light and Other Stories. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1994.
1994 Illustration Stéphane Poulin, Un Voyage Pour Deux. Toronto: Annick Press, 1991.
1994 Text Celia Barker Lottridge, Ticket to Curlew. Illustrated by Wendy Wolsak-Frith. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.
1992 Illustration Paul Morin, The Orphan Boy by Tolowa Marti Mollel. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.
1992 Text Michael Bedard, Redwork. Toronto: Lester & Orpens Dennys, 1990.
1990 Illustration Stéphane Poulin, Could You Stop Josephine? Toronto: Tundra Books, 1988.
1990 Text Diana Wieler, Bad Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.
1988 Illustration Eric Beddows, The Emperor’s Panda by David Day. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986.
1988 Text Janet Lunn, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
1986 Illustration Ian Wallace, Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1984.
1986 Text Jan Hudson, Sweetgrass. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1984.