Josée Bisaillon has been slaving away in her studio, and she’s got some real gems to show for it:
We were taken with her sweet cover for “La Fée des Balcons” (The Balcony Fairy), an adult novel that focuses on a child with special needs. The author, Maude Favreau, made the interesting decision to tell the story through the voice of a child, thus lending it a unique quality.
For our French speakers, you can learn more here – and félicitations, Josée!
JosÃ©e Bisaillon has received yet another award for her work on “BookSpeak!,” and we couldn’t be happier for her.
FÃ©licitations are in order for her newest accolade from the Cybils Awards, which have been given to only 3 Canadians this year. The Cybils Awards are awarded each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. The goal of the Cybils Awards is to reward the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and bonafide “kid appeal.”
JosÃ©e received the honor in the poetry category. Youpi!
We are big fans of Josee Bisaillon’s joyful and engaging collage-based illustration, and were very happy to learn that Kathleen Temean was intrigued enough by her work to reach out to the artist and write about Josee in her wonderful blog. In particular, we are big fans of learning about an artist’s individual process, so this was a real treat!
You can check it out here.
Image by Josee Bisaillon:
The annual “American Illustration” competition acknowledges some of the most cutting-edge illustrations from the previous year, and it is a great honor in our industry to be included in their pages. We are so happy that this year, three of our artists have made it!
JosÃ©e Bisaillon’s whimsical image was ‘chosen’ to appear on the juried web gallery:
Valeria Petrone’s bathing beauties were ‘selected’ to appear in the annual:
And Victo Ngai’s awesome conceptual piece will also appear in the book this year:
It has been a genuine pleasure to watch JosÃ©e Bisaillon’s charming work evolve, and it was a joy to learn that she has received not one, but two fantastic awards in the past week. How nice that the industry thinks she’s as fabulous as we do!
The Great Moon Hoax was recently included in the 2012 edition of Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bankstreet College of Education. The committee looks at over 6000 titles every year and carefully selects the best 600 books based on their literary quality while also considering their emotional impact on children. You can learn more by clicking here.
Additionally, we have learned that Bookspeak! has been honored at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair with a White Raven Award…this is tremendous! The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is one of the premier events in our industry, and this is truly a tremendous accolade. We couldn’t be more proud.
JosÃ©e Bisaillon cordially invites you to join her tomorrow, April 28th, for the Ooh LÃ LÃ Illustration showcase. If you happen to be in the Toronto area, be sure to swing by and say hello to this incredibly talented artist! In addition to some old favorites, she will also be sharing some of her latest works.
The event kicks off at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West in Toronto at 6 pm. Come on down!
Well, this is exciting! JosÃ©e Bisaillon’s “darkly imaginative illustrations” were very well received by the New York Times’ Pamela Paul in Sunday’s Paper. We were bowled over as we saw her work trickle in for this recent title by the renowned children’s book author Stephen Krensky, and it is wonderful to know that we are not alone in our enthusiasm. You can take a look at the article here.
Isn’t it awesome to pull inspiration from the world around us? Here we see Josee Bisaillon’s adorable little girl, Margot, during Halloween, and a piece that was inspired by her cuteness.
Happy Friday, everyone!
It is a joy to see all of the wonderful children’s book manuscripts that zip through our office, and we are so consistently impressed by the quality of children’s literature that continues to be produced (take that, Nintendo!). It is a particular honor, then, that the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have acknowledged not one, but TWO of our artists as gold medal winners this year!
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are dedicated to bringing increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators in a whopping 36 categories that reflect the full range of subjects, styles, and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.
High fives are in order for Wendy Edelson, who took home the gold in the Best Illustrator category for her work on the heartwarming “Bartholomew’s Gift,” and to Josee Bisaillon, whose contribution to “Benno and the Night of Broken Glass,” written by Meg Wiviott, took home the gold in the Multicultural Picture Book category.
You can take a look at all of the winners here, and congratulations, Ladies!
Image by Wendy Edelson:
Image by Josee Bisaillon:
We have phenomenal news from Josee Bisaillon, who has announced that her children’s book, “Le Funambule,” has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Awards by the Canada Council for the Arts! This is a big deal, guys. If she wins, not only does she get to add that fancy title to her list of accomplishments, but she’ll be the recipient of a $25,000 prize. Please keep your fingers crossed, and take a look at the other selections here.