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IBBY Honour List


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The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)



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Contact Info:

Shannon Babcock
President, IBBY-Canada
c/o The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Suite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Tel: 416-975-0010
Fax: 416-975-8970

Each National Section of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is invited to nominate titles every two years that are representative of the best in children’s literature from each country. All books must be considered suitable for publication throughout the world. IBBY-Canada may nominate one book for illustration (in either English or French) and one or two books for text (in English and/or French).Text may be fiction or non-fiction. With the 2000 Honour List, IBBY-Canada also began nominating titles in the translation category.

Award Recipients

Yearsort iconDetailRecipient
2014IllustrationIsabelle Arsenault, Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2014English - TextJennifer Lanthier, The Stamp Collector. Illustrated by François Thisdale. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012.
2014French - TextRogé, Mingan, mon village: Poèmes d'écoliers innus. Illustrated by Rogé. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Bagnole, 2012.
2014Translation French to EnglishHelen Mixter, Harvey. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2010. Translation of Harvey by Hervé Bouchard. Illustrated by Janice Nadeau. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Pastèque, 2009.
2014Translation English to FrenchRachel Martinez, Les maux d’Ambroise Bukowski. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2013. Translation of Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2008.
2012IllustrationIrene Luxbacher, The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2012English - TextJill MacLean, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008.
2012French - TextMario Brassard, La saison des pluies. Illustrated by Suana Verelst. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2011.
2012Translation - French to EnglishSheila Fischman, Today, Maybe. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2011. Translation of Aujourd’hui, peut-être by Dominique Demers. Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. Saint-Lambert: Dominique et compagnie, 2011.
2012Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) - Text Basil Johnston, The Gift of the Stars / Ananagoog Meegiwaewinan. Illustrated by Adrian Nadjiwon. Wiarton, ON: Kegedonce Press, 2010.
2012Translation - English to FrenchPierre Corbeil, L'Ĺ“il de la corneille. Montreal: Bayard Canada, 2008. Translation of Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007.
2010IllustrationGeneviève Côté, La petite rapporteuse de mots by Danielle Simard. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2007.
2010English - TextBudge Wilson, Before Green Gables. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2008.
2010French - TextMichel Noël, Hush! Hush! Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2006.
2010Translation - French to EnglishSusan Ouriou, Pieces of Me. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009. Translation of La liberté? Connais pas… by Charlotte Gingras. Montreal: Les Éditions de la Courte Échelle, 2005.
2010Translation - English to FrenchDominique Fortier, L'ombre de Malabron. Montreal: Les Éditions du Trécarré Groupe Librex, 2008. Translation of The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2008.
2010Translation - English to DogribMary Siemens, Yamǫózha Eyıts’ ǫ Wets’èkeè Tsà - Yamozha and His Beaver Wife as told by Vital Thomas. Illustrated by Archie Beaulieu. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2007.
2008IllustrationBarbara Reid, Fox Walked Alone. Toronto: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2006.
2008English - TextPamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.
2008French - TextÉlaine Turgeon, Ma vie ne sait pas nager. Illustrated by Stéphane Poulin. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2006.
2008Translation - French to EnglishSusan Ouriou, This Side of the Sky. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2006. Translation of Le ciel tombe à côté by Marie-Francine Hébert. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2003.
2008Translation - English to FrenchClaudine Vivier, Fausse identité. Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH, 2006. Translation of Mistaken Identity by Norah McClintock. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995.
2006IllustrationSheldon Cohen, La Chasse-galerie (The Flying Canoe) by Roch Carrier. English translation by Sheila Fischman. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2006English - TextKenneth Oppel, Airborn. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.
2006French - TextDanielle Simard, J’ai vendu ma soeur. Saint-Lambert, QC: Soulières éditeur, 2002.
2006Translation - French to EnglishShelley Tanaka, Good for Nothing. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2004. Translation of Journal d’un bon à rien (1999), Coeur sur la braise (2000), Hiver indien (2001) by Michel Noël. Montreal: Les Éditions Hurtubise HMH.
2006Translation - English to FrenchCatherine Germain, Les sculpteurs de rêves. Montreal: Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 2004. Translation of The Dream Carvers by Joan Clark. Toronto: Penguin Group (Canada), 1995.
2004IllustrationPascal Milelli, The Art Room by Susan Vande Griek. Toronto: Groundwood
2004English - TextKaren Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2004French - TextHélène Vachon, L'oiseau de passage. Illustrated by Yayo. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2001.
2004Translation - English to FrenchMarie-Andrée Clermont, Le nez de Jupiter. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique, 2002. Translation of The Nose from Jupiter by Richard Scrimger. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1998.
2004Translation - French to EnglishSusan Ouriou, Naomi and Mrs. Lumbago. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2001. Translation of Le secret de Madame Lumbago by Gilles Tibo. Illustrated by Louise-Andrée Laliberté. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 1996.
2002IllustrationLudmila Zeman, Sindbad in the Land of Giants. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2001.
2002English - TextSharon McKay, Charlie Wilcox. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.
2002Translation - English to FrenchMichèle Marineau, Le village aux infinis et autre histoires. Montreal: Les éditions Les 400 coups, 2000. Translation of The Village of a Hundred Smiles and Other Stories by Barrie Baker. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.
2002French - TextFrançois Gravel, David et le fantôme . Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2000.
2000IllustrationIan Wallace, Boy of the Deeps. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
2000English - TextBrian Doyle, Uncle Ronald. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1996.
2000French - TextDominique Demers, La Mystérieuse Bibliothécaire. Montreal: Les Éditions Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 1997.
2000Translation - English to FrenchMarie-Louise Gay, Stella, Ă©toile de la mer. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 1999. Translation of Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas McIntyre, 1999.
2000Translation - French to EnglishDavid Homel, Mister Once-upon-a-time. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998. Translation of Monsieur Ilétaitunefois by Rémy Simard. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Toronto: Annick Press, 1998.
1998IllustrationDušan Petričić, Bone, Button, Borscht by Aubrey Davis. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.
1998TextTim Wynne-Jones, The Maestro. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1995.
1998TranslationSheila Fischman, The Basketball Player. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1996. Translation of Le joueur de basket-ball by Roch Carrier. Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1996.
1996IllustrationBarbara Reid, Gifts by Jo Ellen Bogart. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1994.
1996TextMartha Brooks, Traveling into the Light and Other Stories. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1994.
1994IllustrationStéphane Poulin, Un Voyage Pour Deux. Toronto: Annick Press, 1991.
1994TextCelia Barker Lottridge, Ticket to Curlew. Illustrated by Wendy Wolsak-Frith. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.
1992IllustrationPaul Morin, The Orphan Boy by Tolowa Marti Mollel. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.
1992TextMichael Bedard, Redwork. Toronto: Lester & Orpens Dennys, 1990.
1990IllustrationStéphane Poulin, Could You Stop Josephine? Toronto: Tundra Books, 1988.
1990TextDiana Wieler, Bad Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.
1988IllustrationEric Beddows, The Emperor’s Panda by David Day. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986.
1988TextJanet Lunn, Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
1986IllustrationIan Wallace, Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1984.
1986TextJan Hudson, Sweetgrass. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1984.