2020 & 2021 Alcuin Book Design Award Winners

Logo for the Alcuin Society, with the subheading “for lovers of books, the book arts, fine printing and reading

The Alcuin Society’s 39th competition, The 2020 & 2021 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, took place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Vancouver. This year’s winning books have been posted on the Alcuin Society website. This year’s judges, Roberto Dosil, Elisa Gutiérrez, and Nayeli Jimenez, selected 37 winning titles from 305 submissions, from 9 provinces and 109 publishers. We would like to thank them for their time and effort, as well as the all of the participants for a wonderful selection of books.The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to its book design competition, the Society publishes a journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops and exhibitions on various aspects of the book. It also awards The Robert R. Reid Award and Medal, for lifetime achievement in the book arts in Canada.For more information, please contact  awards@alcuinsociety.com.

Book covers for This is a Dog Book!, It Takes Guts, Little Witch Hazel, ROAR-chestra! and We All Play


First Prize: MARIE BARTHOLOMEW, designer of This is a Dog Book! by Judith Henderson; illustrated by Julien Chung (Kids Can Press);

Second Prize: BELLE WUTHRICH, designer of It Takes Guts by Dr. Jennifer Gardy; ; illustrated by Belle Wuthrich (Greystone Kids);

Third Prize: ANDREW ROBERTS, designer of Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl; illustrated by Phoebe Wahl (Tundra Book Group);

Honourable Mention: ANDREW DUPUIS, designer of ROAR-chestra! by Robert Heidbreder; illustrated by Dusan Petričić (Kids Can Press);

Honourable Mention: SARA GILLINGHAM, designer of We All Play by Julie Flett; illustrated by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids).