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Dena Seiferling wins 2022 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Illustrator Dena Seiferling has won the 2022 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.

Each year, IBBY Canada gives the $1,000 award to a Canadian illustrator for “outstanding artistic talent” in a Canadian picture book. Seiferling won for her work on Eric Fan’s Night Lunch (Tundra Books).

The jury comprised of Heather Doepner, Julie Girard-Tarif, and Joanne Schwartz said, “Seiferling’s sumptuous, sepia-toned illustrations, with softly, textured lines, reveal all the nuance of the shadowy nocturnal setting, creating a dream-like atmosphere” and “the stunning illustrations bring a richness to the midnight tale that creates a mesmerizing visual world.”

The two honour books selected were Kumo: the bashful cloudby Kyo Maclear and Nathalie Dion, ill. (Tundra Books) and Lizzy and the Cloud, by The Fan Brothers (Simon & Schuster Canada).