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The 2021 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award finalists are revealed

The finalists for the 2021 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award have been announced. Established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, the award is presented to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of outstanding artistic talent.

The finalists include:

  • À qui appartiennent les nuages?, illustrated by Gérard DuBois and written by Mario Brassard (Éditions La Pastèque)
  • Bear Wants To Sing, illustrated by Dena Seiferling and written by Cary Fagan (Tundra Books)
  • Gemma and the Giant Girl, illustrated by Marie Lafrance and written by Sara O’Leary (Tundra Books)
  • Hare B&B, illustrated by Bill Pechet and written by Bill Richardson (Running the Goat)
  • Les devoirs d’Edmond, illustrated by Julie Rocheleau and written by Hugo Léger (Éditions Les 400 Coups)
  • Maya’s Big Scene, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra Books)
  • On the Trapline, illustrated by Julie Flett and written by David A. Robertson (Tundra Books)
  • Papier Bulle, illustrated by Eve Patenaude and written by Simon Boulerice (Éditions XYZ)
  • Time Is a Flower, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Tundra Books)
  • We All Play, illustrated by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids)

The award, which includes a $1,000 cheque and a certificate, is administered by a committee of three members of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People. The winner will be unveiled on March 26, 2022 at the IBBY Canada annual meeting of members.