IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator Cybèle Young

Early this summer, we announced that Cybèle Young is the winner of the 2011 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award! She won the award for her picture book A Few Blocks, published by Groundwood Books.

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IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator Cybèle Young

June 12, 2012; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) is pleased to announce that Cybèle Young is the winner of the 2011 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for A Few Blocks, published by Groundwood Books.

Cybèle Young is an illustrator and artist who creates sculptural works from Japanese paper and intaglio prints. She was born and raised in Toronto, where she lives with her husband and two children.

The Cleaver Award jury was made up of Lina Gordaneer, a Montreal librarian; Melanie Fishbane, Online Merchandiser and Editor for Kids and Teen books at Indigo Books and MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children’s and Young Adults program; and Susane Duschene, IBBY Canada President and Responsable du secteur jeunesse, Librairie Monet. The jury’s comments on A Few Blocks:

“Whimsical. Simple. Enchanting. Through her use of colour and white space, Cybele Young brilliantly taps into a child’s imagination. Paper cut-outs in the shapes of rockets, ships and castles contain cityscapes. The water colours, though lightly applied, feel very bright against the white space. The crescendo of colours when the action of the story is very active and the decrescendo when the energy and the mood subside is extremely effective; Young has a gift for expressing her character’s moods. A Few Blocks is sure to delight young readers as well as old.”

The IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, established in 1985, honours the name and talent of one of Canada’s pre-eminent book illustrators. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver left funds in her will to annually recognize outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books; the recipient receives $1,000.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit www.ibby-canada.org.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada
(416) 658-3144
promotions@ibby-canada.org

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