Thursday, April 1, 2010

Alcuin Award Winners! Happy days!

Out of fifty-three books submitted for the three prizes awarded in the Children’s Book Category, two Simply Read titles were chosen! We are thrilled! Both designers live in Vancouver.

Elisa Gutierrez won second prize for The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure by Kirsti Mäkinen.

The Kalevala is definitely a stylish book, thanks to Elisa's expertise. There was a lot of time spent choosing the foil for the cover title. I especially like the moody images that start each chapter, extracted from other images in the book.

And other painterly pages add to this beautiful moodiness.

The title page is awesome, too. But one thing we wondered after the book was printed... perhaps the font is a little too light?

Grace Partridge won third prize for Ella’s Umbrellas.

I love the endpages for this book.

But best of all, by far, are the glossy raindrops on the cover!!

The winning books will be exhibited internationally: in Germany, at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in England, at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and the Norwich University College of the Arts; and in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair. The books will also be exhibited in 19 venues across Canada. They will compete in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2011.

Check out the Alcuin Society for more about them and the award!