Finalists for the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature — Illustrated Books

Here are the finalists for the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature — Illustrated Books.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

The awards, administered by the Canada Council for the Artsare awarded in seven English language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature — text, children’s literature — illustration, drama and Translation from French to English. Seven Francophone prizes are also awarded in the same categories.

The Canada Council for the Arts is a partner of the Radio-Canada Literary Awards. The 2023 CBC Short Story Prize is currently open for submissions.

Each winner will receive $25,000. The winners will be announced on November 16, 2022.

The Children’s Literature — Illustrated Books category was evaluated by Kate Beaton, Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Frank Viva.

You can see the finalists in all seven categories here.

Get to know children’s literature – the picture book finalists pictured below.

kā-āciwīkicik/The Move is a picture book by Doris George, left, and Don K. Philpot, illustrated by Alyssa Koski (not pictured). (Heritage House)

kā-āciwīkicik / The movement is a picture book written in Cree and English. The story features colorful illustrations and uses magic and memory to explore how a once barren landscape has transformed into a rich natural world – becoming a place where an elderly couple can spend their final days in an ancestral home.

kā-āciwīkicik / The movement is for ages 4 to 8.

Doris George is a Cree author and educator. She is principal of Chemawawin Schools in Easterville, Manitoba, where she also taught the Cree language for four years. She holds a BA and a B.Ed. from the University College of the North and a Community Linguist Certificate (CLC) from the University of Alberta.

Don K. Philpot is a writer and educator born and raised in Edmonton and Winnipeg, and spent the early part of his adult life in two Cree communities in northern Manitoba. Philpot specializes in Cree language structures and use, language and literacy instruction, and children’s literature.

Alyssa Koski is an artist, illustrator and animator from Alberta,

Mina is a picture book by Matthew Forsythe. (Books by Paula Wiseman, Matthew Forsythe)

The picture book Mine is a colorful and warm look at the bond between father and daughter. Mina lives with her father in a tree stump at the edge of the forest. When her father brings home a surprise, an anxious Mina learns about the power of trust and loyalty.

Mine is for ages 4 to 8.

Matthew Forsythe is the Toronto-based author and illustrator of pokko and the druma Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor recipient, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book.

The Big Bath House is a picture book by Kyo Maclear, left, and illustrated by Gracey Zhang, right. (Tundra Books)

The big bath house is a picture book that celebrates family, culture, and bodies of all shapes and sizes. A Japanese girl – with her aunts and grandmother – relaxes and connects in a traditional bath. Everyone is in the bath and The big bath house highlights the rituals that precede the baths: hair washing, back scrub and traditional wooden drum roll.

The big bath house is for ages 4 to 8.

Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist and author of children’s books. Her books have been translated into 15 languages, won a Governor General’s Literary Award, and were nominated for the TD Prize for Canadian Children’s Literature, among others. She is also the author of memoirs Birds Art Life.

Gracey Zhang is an author and illustrator from Vancouver, now based in New York. Lala’s words, her first picture book, was published in 2021.

The Sour Cherry Tree is a picture book by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Nahid Kazemi. (Owlkids)

sour cherry is a look at the loss of a loved one through the eyes of a child. Based on author Naseem Hrab’s own memories, this picture book delves into grief, love, and culture to explore death and dying.

sour cherry is for ages 4 to 8.

Hrab is a Toronto-based writer and storyteller. She is also the author of Ira Crumb makes a very good friend and Ira Crumb feels the feelings. His picture book weekend dad has been finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature — Illustrated Books.

Nahid Kazemi is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and author from Montreal. His other books include I’m glad you’re happyThe Orange House and On the roofs, under the moon by Jon Arno Lawson.

Time is a Flower is a picture book by Julie Morstad. (Tundra Books)

time is a flower is a picture book that playfully explores the nature of time. Time as a concept can be difficult to grasp, but this book visually examines the ticking of a clock, numbers, and words on a calendar to help children better understand.

time is a flower is aimed at children from 3 to 7 years old.

Julie Morstad is a Vancouver-based artist. His other books include Today, How and It’s Sadie, written by Sara O’Leary. She won the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for her work in Bloom, a picture book about the life of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaprelli written by Kyo Maclear.

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