The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Canada has announced the recipients of the 2014 Claude Aubry Awards for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature in English and French. Judith Saltman, author (with Gail Edwards) of Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing (University of Toronto Press), received the English-language award, while Jacques Payette, an important figure in Quebec’s publishing scene since his purchase of Les Éditions Héritage in 1968, received the French-language award.
Saltman, chair of the University of British Columbia’s master of arts in children’s literature program and professor at the school of library, archival, and information studies, was praised for her research in the fields of children’s literature, publishing, and public library services.
In addition to being at the helm of Les Éditions Héritage, Payette, a revered editor in children’s literature and magazines, founded Dominique et compagnie in 1997, and is behind the publishing of books featuring beloved characters including Toupi and Binou, and Caillou.
Established in 1981 in honour of the late author and translator Claude Aubry, a former director of the Ottawa Public Library, the biennial awards are given to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian children’s literature.