2018 Governor General's Literary Award: Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

The Governor General's Literary Award: Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books is awarded annually to an author and an illustrator for a children's book written in English.

Ages: 0-17 years

Shortlists

Africville

Shauntay Grant

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she's heard from her family come to mind.

At the Pond

H. Werner Zimmermann

A counting book and so much more, from the incomparable Werner Zimmermann. The book was inspired by Werner's granddaughter, who was fascinated by his goldfish pond.

Go Show the World

Wab Kinew

Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse.

Ocean Meets Sky

Terry Fan

A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories.

They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

A young girl contemplates colours in the world and beyond what she can see with her eyes.

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Governor General's Literary Award: Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

The Governor General's Literary Award: Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books is awarded annually to an author and an illustrator for a children's book written in English.

Ages: 0-17 years