Rachel Wada has won the 2020 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden, written by Heather Smith, published by Orca Book Publishers. The winner receives $1,000.
The jury also selected two honour books from the list of 10 finalists: King Mouse, illustrated by Dena Seiferling and written by Cary Fagan (Tundra Books); and Small in the City, written and illustrated by Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books).
IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that the winning books of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award are finding a home at the North York Central Library’s Children’s Literature Collection in Toronto. Up until now the collection has not had a permanent home. They will be gathered together in a reference collection at the public library where anyone can have access. Children’s Services Specialist Laurel Taylor-Adams stated, “I would love to include the Cleaver Award books in our Children’s Literature Collection.” They will join other children’s
award-winning books such as the Newbery and Caldecott Awards books already in the collection.
The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, one of Canada’s pre-eminent book illustrators. In her will, Cleaver left a fund of $10,000 dollars for an award to be given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book.
Contributed by Theo Heras