Announcing the first winner of the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award

Congratulations to Sydney Smith for Small in the City (Groundwood)

Small in the City (Groundwood) takes readers young and old on a journey full of tension and surprise. The exquisitely rendered images not only illustrate, but advance the story, adding layers of feeling. Together with Smith’s deceptively simple text, they convey both the vulnerability of children and their resourcefulness. But ultimately, this book is about more than a lost pet. It dramatizes the universal human fear of being separated from those we love. Then, gently, compassionately, it leads us back home where hope awaits.”

The jury, Caroline Adderson, Tonya Lowe and Logaine Navascues selected the following three Honour Books:
Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Simon & Schuster)
Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden by Andrew Larsen. Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can)
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith. Illustrated by Rachel Wada (Orca)

In November 2020 we will hold a virtual celebration featuring a live virtual talk by Sydney Smith. Be sure to sign up on our mailing list to receive more details.