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Awards: Sydney Smith wins IBBY’s Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers, JonArno Lawson; Sydney Smith, illus.

Illustrator Sydney Smith has been named winner of the International Board on Books for Young People’s 2016 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood Books), created in collaboration with author JonArno Lawson. Sidewalk Flowers has received much acclaim since its publication last year, including a Governor General’s Literary Award and a place on the New York Times 2015 list of best illustrated children’s books.

Smith’s next book, Look Out For the Fitzgerald-Trouts, written by Esta Spalding, is due from Tundra Books in May.