February 05, 2024

2023 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award: Finalists announced

On January 31, 2024, IBBY Canada (the Canadian section of IBBY, International Board on Books for Young People) announced the finalists for the 2023 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The award, established in a bequest from illustrator Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver in 1985, honours a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published in Canada in English or French during the previous calendar year.

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2023 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award:

Do You Remember?

Illustrations and text by Sydney Smith 
Groundwood Books

Mnoomin maan’gowing / The Gift of Mnoomin 
Illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Text by Brittany Luby
Anishinaabemowin translation by Mary Ann Corbiere 
Groundwood Books

Once, a Bird 

Illustrations by Nathalie Dion
Storyline by Rina Singh 
Orca Book Publishers
Reviewed here

The Only Way to Make Bread 

Illustrations by Sarah Gonzales
Text by Cristina Quintero 

Skating Wild on an Inland Sea

Illustrations by Todd Stewart
Text by Jean E. Pendziwol 
Groundwood Books

The Song That Called Them Home

Illustrated by Maya McKibbin
Text by David A. Robertson 
Reviewed here

A Tulip in Winter: A Story About Folk Artist Maud Lewis

Illustrations by Lauren Soloy
Text by Kathy Stinson 
Greystone Kids

Le village dans la mer

Illustrations and text by Félix Girard 
Éditions de l’Isatis

Waking Ben Doldrums

Illustrations by Byron Eggenschwiler
Text by Heather Smith 
Orca Book Publishers

We Love You as Much as the Fox Loves Its Tail 

Illustrations by Tamara Campeau
Text by Masiana Kelly 
Inhabit Media

The winner will be announced at the IBBY Canada annual meeting on March 30, 2024.

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