On Nov. 19, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre hosted its French-language awards night in Montreal, recognizing Marianne Dubuc‘s Le chemin de la montagne with all three of its prizes: the $50,000 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse (most distinguished French-language book of the year), the $5,000 Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse (best picture book), and the $5,000 Choix du public pour la littérature de jeunesse (readers’ choice).
In addition to the $60,000 awarded to Dubuc, TD Bank Group gave $2,500 to publisher Comme des géants, to promote the winning book. Another $10,000 was split between the four other Prix TD finalists.
Le chemin de la montagne – which also won this year’s French-language Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature (illustrated) – tells the story of avid naturalist Mrs. Badger and a small cat she meets during her weekly mountain journey. The picture book has also been released in English as Up the Mountain Path (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018).
Dubuc lives in Montreal and has written and illustrated more than 10 picture books. Her next English-language release, Otto and Pio (Princeton Architectural Press) – adapted from the 2016 title Je ne suis pas ta maman – will be available this spring.