Elliot and his winning duo

2015

Each year, the Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal is decided by a jury of librarians and literary figures. The award recognizes Montréal-based authors and illustrators who specialize in literature for children, a field whose exceptional creativity is recognized worldwide.

On its tenth anniversary, the award went to Elliot, written by Julie Pearson and illustrated by Manon Gauthier. Their book was named from a group of five finalists. It was published by Éditions Les 400 coups.

Elliot tells the story of a child who is shuffled from one foster family to another. The author deals with delicate issues such as abandonment, attachment, adoption and the child’s longing for love. The intimate page settings and soft-touch illustrations particularly impressed the jury. After this prestigious award, Elliot is sure to figure prominently on the shelves of bookstores and libraries both here and abroad.

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