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Since 1981 the Alcuin Society has sponsored the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. It is the only national competition that recognizes and celebrates fine book design in Canada. Each year, publishers submit books to a panel of expert judges, who give the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The competition includes a children’s category as listed below

Award Recipients

First prize: ROBERT CHAPLIN and SIAN PAIRAUDEAU, designers of Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns: a Book of Rhymes by Robert Chaplin (Robert Chaplin)
Second prize: ELISA GUTIÉRREZ, designer of The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure by Kirsti Mäkinen, translated by Kaarina Brooks (Simply Read Books)
Third prize: GRACE PARTRIDGE, designer of Ella's Umbrellas by Jennifer Lloyd (Simply Read Books)
Honourable mentions: MICHAEL SOLOMON, designer both of Alego by Ningeokuluk Teevee (Groundwood Books) and of City Alphabet by Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books).

2008 Children's Category
TERESA BUBELA & VLADYANA KRYKORKA, The Littlest Sled Dog, Orca Book Publishers
2007 Children's Category Chris Tougas Mechanimals. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2007.
2006 Children's Category Sara O’Leary When You Were Small. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2006.
2005 Children's Category Kenyon Cox Mixed Beasts. Illustrated by Wallace Edwards. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2004 Children's Category Lewis Carroll Jabberwocky. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2003 Children's Category Elaine Arsenault Le grand rêve de Passepoil. Illustrated by Fanny. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2003.
2002 Children's Category Marie-Danielle Croteau Un gnome à la mer. Illustrated by Rogé. Saint-Lambert, QC: Dominique et compagnie, 2002.
2001 Children's Category Zoran Milich The City ABC Book. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2001.
1999 Children's Category Gary Barwin The Magic Mustache. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Toronto: Annick Press, 1999.
1998 Children's Category Elizabeth MacLeod I Heard a Little Baa. Illustrated by Louise Phillips. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
1997 Children's Category Linda Granfield Silent Night: The Song from Heaven. Illustrated by Nelly and Ernst Hofer. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1997.
1996 Children's Category Gita Wolf (adapter) The Very Hungry Lion, a Folktale. Illustrated by Indrapramit Roy. Toronto: Annick Press, 1996.
1995 Children's Category Aubrey Davis Bone Button Borscht. Illustrated by Dušan Petri?i?. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.
1994 Children's Category Jim McGugan Josepha: A Prairie Boy’s Story. Illustrated by Murray Kimber.
1993 Children's Category Berney Lucas Brewster Rooster. Illustrated by Russ Willms. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1993.
1992 Children's Category Robin Muller Hickory, Dickory, Dock. Illustrated by Suzanne Duranceau. Richmond Hill, ON: North Winds Press, 1992.
1991 Children's Category Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson The Anne of Green Gables Treasury. Toronto: Viking-Penguin Books, 1991.
1990 Children's Category Marianne Brandis The Sign of the Scales. Wood Carvings by G. Brender à Brandis. Erin, ON: Porcupine’s Quill, 1990.
1989 Children's Category Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes The Time Before Dreams. Illustrated by Stefan Czernecki. Winnipeg: Hyperion Press, 1989.
1988 Children's Category Jan Thornhill The Wildlife ABC: A Nature Alphabet. Toronto: Greey de Pencier, 1988.
1986 Children's Category David Peacock The Sea Serpent of Grenadier Pond. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1986.
1985 Children's Category Robin Muller Sorceror’s Apprentice. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1985.
1984 Children's Category


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