Aurora, Ontario, writer Yulia Kapridov’s Russian-language story “Giant’s Granny” is the winner of this year’s Rainbow Caterpillar Multilingual Kid Lit Award. Formerly an editor of a Russian newspaper for young adults, Kapridov immigrated to Canada in 1999 and currently works as a writer and e-card developer.
This year, submissions were received in eight languages. A jury comprising author Ruth Ohi, librarian Theo Heras, and veteran publisher Patsy Aldana (who helped launch an international imprint for China Children’s Press and Publications Group last year) selected the winner and three finalists.
The finalists are:
- “The Opposite Sky” by Corrado Paina in Italian (runner-up)
- “Chloë’s Tulips” by Camila Reimers in Spanish
- “Bence’s Brush” by Judit Pandur in Hungarian
The annual prize is mandated to “support the preservation of mother languages” by recognizing unpublished stories for children written by Canadian residents in languages other than French or English. Kapridov will be presented with the prize, worth $750, at the Canadian Ethnic Media Association’s 36th annual awards gala in Toronto on Friday.