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Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Finalists 2018

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IBBY Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. Every year, the Cleaver Award is presented to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of artistic excellence in a picture book.
Africville

Africville

by Shauntay Grant
illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like — the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits t …

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Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

by Dallas Hunt
illustrated by Amanda Strong
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

During an unfortunate mishap, young Awâsis loses Kôhkum’s freshly baked world-famous bannock. Not knowing what to do, Awâsis seeks out a variety of other-than-human relatives willing to help. What adventures are in store for Awâsis?

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Bloom

Bloom

A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
by Kyo Maclear
illustrated by Julie Morstad
edition:Hardcover

A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child.

Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and found it everywhere. What is beauty? Elsa wondered. She looked everywhere for beauty until something inside of Elsa blossomed, and she became an arti …

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Blue Rider

Blue Rider

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

On a gray and crowded city sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

In creating this book, Geraldo Valério was ins …

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Deep Underwater

Deep Underwater

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?

The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author / illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly paintings show colorful fish, rippling seawater and the secrets to be found at the bottom of the ocean. …

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The Funeral

The Funeral

illustrated by Matt James
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Ezra Jack Keats Award Honour Winner
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award Finalist
A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank’s funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her b …

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Mustafa

Mustafa

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Mustafa and his family traveled a long way to reach their new home. Some nights Mustafa dreams about the country he used to live in, and he wakes up not knowing where he is. Then his mother takes him out to the balcony to see the moon — the same moon as in their old country. In the park, Mustafa sees ants and caterpillars and bees — they are the same, too. He encounters a “girl-with-a-cat,” who says something in a language that he can’t understand. He watches an old lady feeding birds …

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Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night

edition:Hardcover

A memorable collection of weather sayings, beautifully arranged in story form and illustrated by renowned paper artist Elly MacKay.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. Especially since, as the saying goes, when the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best. The family takes a boat out on the lake, fishing and …

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