The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. This award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre and recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2014. The Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award was established in 1971 and is presented annually to the illustrator of an outstanding children’s book published during the previous calendar year. Tundra would like to congratulate Geneviève Côté, Julie Morstad, Kyo Maclear, and Cybèle Young!
2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Shortlist
Bob’s Hungry Ghost
Written by Geneviève Côté
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
“Côté sets the tone right from the beginning of her tongue-in-cheek story…. The varied use of page layouts, text placement, and white space render page turns pleasantly unpredictable, and the artist’s signature use of crayon line with full palette watercolor adds to the ghostly yet playful atmosphere. Don’t mistake this for a Halloween story. Kids will want to revisit Bob and Fluffy all year long.” – School Library Journal
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Hardcover | 32 Pages | All Ages
“Julia, Child is not only a book about the joy of cooking, but the wonder of childhood, and, like the best cooking, is meant to be savored. Maclear, who began her career writing for adults, has turned in to one of the country’s best children’s authors, but it’s Morstad’s stellar illustrations that are the main course. I guarantee it’ll leave you hungry.” – The National Post
Written by Cybèle Young
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
“Nancy Knows is a great example of the power and charm of simple storytelling. Young’s prose is clear; each brief sentence is composed of carefully chosen words that inspire readers to take their time and savour the story (a fitting approach for a book about memory). But it is Young’s artwork that elevates the narrative to extraordinary heights…. Young once again works her magic, combining intricately detailed miniature paper sculptures (which represent memories) with soft, pencil-sketched outlines of Nancy and her surroundings. The effect is utterly mesmerizing.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire
Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors and illustrators!
- Any Questions? written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
- Dolphin SOS illustrated by Julie Flett and written by Roy Miki & Slavia Miki
- Gustave illustrated by Pierre Pratt and written by Rémy Simard
- If… illustrated by Steve Adams and written by David J. Smith
- The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated Ashley Spires
- Pirates of the Silver Coast written and illustrated by Scott Chantler
- The Tweedles Go Electric illustrated by Marie Lafrance and written by Monica Kulling
Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! The winner of the award will be announced during the week of April 20th, 2015. The award will be presented during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show at the Shaw Conference Centre, Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th 2015 at the Book Awards Reception.