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Governor General’s Literary Awards


Administered By:

The Canada Council



Award Status:




Contact Info:

Diane Miljours
Program Officer
The Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street
PO Box 1047
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8
Tel: 613.566.4414 x 5573 or 1.800.263.5588 x 5573

The Governor General's Literary Awards were established in 1936 by the Canadian Author's Association. A bronze medal was presented to best books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and juvenile literature. In 1959 the Canada Council began administering the awards and the juvenile category was suspended.

In 1987 the Canada Council's Children's Literature Prizes were renamed The Governor General's Literary Awards. (For a complete list of winners for the Canada Council's Children's Literature Prizes click here ). For the GG's, up to four awards can be given each year, one each to an English language writer, a French language writer, an illustrator of an English language book, and an illustrator of a French language book. In 2007, in honour of the Canada Council’s 50th anniversary, the award prize was increased from $15,000 to $25,000. In addition, publishers of winning titles receive $3,000 for the promotion of the prize-winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000. The panel of judges is appointed by The Canada Council and prizes are presented each year along with the other Governor General's Literary Awards. All books for young people written or illustrated by a Canadian citizen in the previous year are eligible, whether published in Canada or abroad. Please check the Canada Council website for the submission various deadlines.

Award Recipients

Yearsort iconDetailRecipient
2014English - TextRaziel Reid, When Everything Feels Like the Movies. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014.
2014English - IllustrationJillian Tamaki, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2014.
2014French - TextLinda Amyot, Le jardin d'Amsterdam. Montreal: Leméac Éditeur, 2013.
2014French - IllustrationMarianne Dubuc, Le lion et l'oiseau. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Pastèque, 2013.
2014DramaJordan Tannahill, Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.
2013English - TextMatt James, Northwest Passage. Written by Stan Rogers. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2013.
2013English - TextTeresa Toten, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2013.
2013French - IllustrationsIsabelle Arsenault, Jane, le renard & moi. Written by Fanny Britt. Montreal: Éditions de la Pastèque, 2012.
2013French - TextGeneviève Mativat, À l’ombre de la grande maison. Rosemère , QC: Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 2012.
2012English - IllustrationIsabelle Arsenault, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2012English - TextSusin Nielsen, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.
2012French - IllustrationÉlise Gravel, La clé à molette. Montreal: Les éditions de la courte échelle, 2012.
2012French - TextAline Apostolska, Un été d’amour et de cendres. Montreal: Leméac Éditeur, 2012.
2011English - TextChristopher Moore, From Then to Now: A Short History of the World. Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.
2011English - IllustrationCybèle Young, Ten Birds. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2011.
2011French - TextMartin Fourbier, Les aventures de Radisson -1. L’enfer ne brûle pa. Sillery, QC: Les Éditions du Septentrion, 2011.
2011French - IllustrationCaroline Merola, Lili et les poilus. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2011.
2010English - IllustrationJon Klassen, Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010.
2010English - TextWendy Phillips, Fishtailing. Regina: Coteau Books, 2010.
2010French - IllustrationDaniel Sylvestre, Rose: derrière le rideau de la folie by Élise Turcotte. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2009.
2010French - TextÉlise Turcotte, Rose: derrière le rideau de la folie. Illustrated by Daniel Sylvestre. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2009.
2009English - IllustrationJirina Marton, Bella's Tree by Janet Russell. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2009.
2009English - TextCaroline Pignat, Greener Grass: The Famine Years. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2008.
2009French - IllustrationJanice Nadeau, Harvey by Hervé Bouchard. Montreal: Éditions de la Pastèque, 2009.
2009French - TextHervé Bouchard, Harvey. Illustrated by Janice Nadeau. Montreal: Éditions de la Pastèque, 2009.
2008French - TextSylvie Desrosiers, Les trois lieues. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2008
2008French - IllustrationJanice Nadeau, Ma meilleure amie by Gilles Tibo. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2007.
2008English - TextJohn Ibbitson, The Landing. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.
2008English - IllustrationStéphane Jorisch, The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.
2007English - IllustrationDuncan Weller, The Boy from the Sun. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2006.
2007English - TextIain Lawrence, Gemini Summer. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006.
2007French - IllustrationGeneviève Côté, La petite rapporteuse de mots by Danielle Simard. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2007
2007French - TextFrançois Barcelo, La fatigante et le fainéant. Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières Éditeur, 2006.
2006English - IllustrationLeo Yerxa, Ancient Thunder. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.
2006English - TextWilliam Gilkerson, Pirate’s Passage. Boston: Trumpeter Books, 2006.
2006French - IllustrationRogé, Le gros monster qui aimait trop lire by Lili Chartrand. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2005.
2006French - TextDany Laferrière, Je suis fou de Vava. Illustrated by Frédéric Normandin. Longueuil, QC: Les Éditions de la Bagnole, 2006.
2005English - IllustrationRon Gonsalves, Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.
2005English - TextPamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2005French - IllustrationIsabelle Arsenault, Le cœur de monsieur Gauguin: un conte by Marie-Danielle Croteau. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2004.
2005French - TextCamille Bouchard, Le ricanement des hyenas. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2004.
2004English - IllustrationStéphane Jorisch, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2004English - TextKenneth Oppel, Airborn. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2004.
2004French - IllustrationJanice Nadeau, Nul poisson oĂą aller by Marie-Francine HĂ©bert. Montreal: Les Ă©ditions Les 400 coups, 2003.
2004French - TextNicole Leroux, L’Hiver de Léo Polatouche. Illustrated by Sophie Lewandowski. Montreal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 2003.
2003English - TextGlen Huser, Stitches. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2003French - IllustrationVirginie Egger, Recette d’éléphant à la sauce vieux pneu by Carole Tremblay. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2002.
2003French - TextDanielle Simard, J’ai vendu ma soeur. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières Éditeur, 2002.
2003English- IllustrationAllen Sapp, The Song Within My Heart. Illustrated by David Bouchard. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2002.
2002English - IllustrationWallace Edwards, Alphabeasts. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2002.
2002English - TextMartha Brooks, True Confessions of a Heartless Girl. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.
2002French - IllustrationLuc Melanson, Le grand voyage de Monsieur by Gilles Tibo. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2002.
2002French - TextHelene Vachon, L’oiseau de passage. Saint-Lambert: Dominique et compagnie, 2002.
2001English - IllustrationMireille Levert, An Island in the Soup. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 2001.
2001English - TextArthur Slade, Dust. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
2001French - IllustrationBruce Roberts, Fidèles éléphants by Yukio Tsuchiya, translated by Michèle Marineau. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2001.
2001French - TextChristiane Duchesne, Jomusch et le troll des cuisines. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2001.
2000English - IllustrationMarie-Louise Gay, Yuck, a Love Story by Don Gillmor. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.
2000English - TextDeborah Ellis, Looking for X. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
2000French - IllustrationAnne Villeneuve, L’Écharpe rouge by Anne Villeneuve. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2000.
2000French - TextCharlotte Gongras, Une été de Jade. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2000.
1999English - IllustrationGary Clement, The Great Poochini. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
1999English - TextRachna Gilmore, A Screaming Kind of Day. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999.
1999French - IllustrationStéphane Jorisch, Charlotte et l'île du destin. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 1999.
1999French - TextCharlotte Gingras, La Liberté? Connais pas... Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1999.
1998English - IllustrationKady MacDonald Denton, A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
1998English - TextJanet Lunn, The Hollow Tree. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1997.
1998French - IllustrationPierre Pratt, Monsieur Ilétaitunefois by Rémy Simard. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.
1998French - TextAngèle Delaunois, Variations sure un même & laqnot'aime. St. Lambert, QC: Les Éditions Héritage, 1997.
1997English - IllustrationBarbara Reid, The Party. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1997.
1997English - TextKit Pearson, Awake and Dreaming. Toronto: Viking, 1996.
1997French - IllustrationStéphane Poulin, Poil de serpent, dent d'araignée by Danielle Marcotte. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 1996.
1997French - TextMichel Noël, Pien. Waterloo, QC: Éditions Michel Quintin, 1997.
1996English - IllustrationEric Beddows, The Rooster’s Gift by Pam Conrad. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
1996English - TextPaul Yee, Ghost Train. Illustrated by Harvey Chan. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
1996French - TextGilles Tibo, Le Secret de Madame Lumbago. Illustrated by Louise-Andrée Laliberté. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 1996.
1995English - IllustrationLudmila Zeman, The Last Quest of Gilgamesh. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1995.
1995English - TextTim Wynne-Jones, The Maestro. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1995.
1995French - IllustrationAnouchka Gravel Galouchko, Sho et les dragons d'eau. Toronto: Annick Press, 1995.
1995French - TextSonia Sarfati, Comme une peau de chagrin. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1995.
1994English - IllustrationMurray Kimber, Josepha: A Prairie Boy's Story by Jim McGugan. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1994.
1994English - TextJulie Johnston, Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1994.
1994French - IllustrationPierre Pratt, Mon chien est un éléphant by Rémy Simard. Toronto: Annick Press, 1994.
1994French - TextSuzanne Martel, Une belle journée pour mourir. Saint-Laurent, QC: Les Éditions Fides, 1993.
1993English - IllustrationMireille Levert, Sleep Tight, Mrs. Ming by Sharon Jennings. Toronto: Annick Press, 1993.
1993English - TextTim Wynne-Jones, Some of the Kinder Planets. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1993.
1993French - IllustrationStéphane Jorisch, Le Monde selon Jean de... by André Vandal. Montreal: Doutre et Vandal, Éditeurs, 1993.
1993French - TextMichele Marineau, La Route de Chlifa. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec-Amérique, 1993.
1992English - IllustrationRon Lightburn, Waiting for the Whales by Sheryl McFarlane. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1991.
1992English - TextJulie Johnston, Hero of Lesser Causes. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1992.
1992French - IllustrationGilles Tibo, Simon et la ville de carton. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1992.
1992French - TextChristiane Duchesne, Victor. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec-Amérique, 1992.
1991English - IllustrationJoanne Fitzgerald, Dr. Kiss Says Yes by Teddy Jam. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1991.
1991English - TextSarah Ellis, Pick-Up Sticks. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1991.
1991French - IllustrationSheldon Cohen, Un champion by Roch Carrier. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1991
1991French - TextFrancois Gravel, Deux heures et demie avant Jasmine. Montreal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 1991.
1990English - IllustrationPaul Morin, The Orphan Boy by Tololwa Mollel. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.
1990English - TextMichael Bedard, Redwork. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990.
1990French - IllustrationPierre Pratt, Les fantaisies de l'oncle Henri by Benedicte Froissart. Toronto: Annick Press, 1990.
1990French - TextChristiane Duchesne, La vraie histoire du chien de Clara Vic. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 1990.
1989English - IllustrationRobin Muller, The Magic Paintbrush. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1989.
1989English - TextDiana Wieler, Bad Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.
1989French - IllustrationStéphane Poulin, Benjamin et la saga des oreillers. Toronto: Annick Press, 1989
1989French - TextCharles Monpetit, Temps mort. Montreal: Éditions Paulines, 1989.
1988English - IllustrationKim LaFave, Amos's Sweater by Janet Lunn. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1988.
1988English - TextWelwyn Wilton Katz, The Third Magic. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1988.
1988French - IllustrationPhilippe BĂ©ha, Les Jeux de Pic-Mots. Boucherville, QC: Les Publications Graficor, 1988.
1988French - TextMichele Marineau, Cassiopee ou l'été. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec-Amérique, 1988.
1987 English - IllustrationMarie-Louise Gay, Rainy Day Magic. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1987.
1987French - IllustrationDarcia Labrosse, Venir au monde by Marie-Francine Hébert. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 1987.
1987English - TextMorgan Nyberg, Galahad Schwartz and the Cockroach Army. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1987.
1987French - TextDavid Schinkel and Yves Beauchesne, Le Don. Montreal: Le Cercle du Livre de France, 1987.
1958Juvenile LiteratureEdith Sharpe, Nkwala. Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1958.
1957Juvenile LiteratureKerry Wood, The Great Chief. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1957.
1956Juvenile LiteratureFarley Mowat, Lost in the Barrens. Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1956.
1955Juvenile LiteratureKerry Wood, The Map-Maker. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1955.
1954Juvenile LiteratureMarjorie Campbell, The Nor'Westers. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1954.
1953Juvenile LiteratureJohn F. Hayes, Rebels Ride at Night. Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1953.
1952Juvenile LiteratureMarie McPhedran, Cargoes on the Great Lakes. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1952.
1951Juvenile LiteratureJohn F. Hayes, A Land Divided. Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1951.
1950Juvenile LiteratureDonalda Dickie, The Great Adventure. Toronto: Dent, 1950.
1949Juvenile LiteratureRichard Lambert, Franklin of the Arctic: A Life of Adventure. Maps by Julius Griffith. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1949.