Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal
Nature of the award
The first children’s book award was presented in 2005 to celebrate UNESCO’s choice of Montréal as a World Book Capital.
Beginning in 2006, Ville de Montréal confirmed that the Prix du livre jeunesse des Bibliothèques de Montréal would continue to be awarded annually in recognition of the wealth and diversity of children’s literature in Montréal.
The Prix de littérature jeunesse recognizes creative excellence in children’s book publishing in Montréal. In awarding this honour through its network of public libraries, the City contributes to promoting children’s book authors and illustrators whose work is sometimes distributed and recognized internationally for the quality of writing and illustration, helping to expand Montréal’s reputation.
Creators of the winning work receive a $5,000 bursary.As for the finalists of the Prix du livre jeunesse , they will each receive a $500 scholarship offered by the Friends of the Montréal Library.
To be eligible for the Prix du livre jeunesse, the work must meet the following criteria:
- It must be intended for a young audience (17 years and under only) and published by an author or publishing house living or headquartered in Montréal.
- It must be in the original language (English or French).
- It must be published for the first time in the reference year (January 1‒December 31 of the previous year).
Method of evaluation
Each year, the City’s librarians, library technicians and library assistants suggest a list of books that, in their opinion, stand out from other children’s literature published in Montréal for their quality and originality.
From this list, a panel of judges made up of the network’s librarians shortlists five books as finalists and chooses the winner.
Date of the award presentation
The award is presented each year in October during the Semaine des bibliothèques publiques.