Isabelle Arsenault - Illustrator


Isabelle Arsenault was born in 1978 in Sept-Iles, Quebec. After studies in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, she specialized in illustration. Quickly, she gained recognition from the industry and her peers through several awards from major international illustration contests such as Communication Arts, American Illustration and Applied Arts. In 2005, she won the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for the illustration of her first children’s book, Le Coeur de Monsieur Gauguin. Her passion for children’s imaginations allows her to produce images that appeal to young readers as well as older ones. Through children’s illustration she gives life to her own childhood dreams and in doing so, she hopes to inspire upcoming generations. Isabelle Arsenault now lives in Montreal, Quebec.


  • Virginia Wolf

    2014 - Digital Book Award, Best ebook — Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children, Digital Book World Conference, Winner

    2014 - IBBY Honour List Children’s Books for 2014, Illustration, IBBY Canada, Winner

    2013 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Commended

    2013 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Commended

    2013 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner

    2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, International Youth Library, Commended

    2013 - White Raven Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Commended

    2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Quill & Quire, Winner

    2012 - Books of the Year, IBBY Canada, Winner

    2012 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, Canada Council for the Arts, Winner

    2012 - Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, , Winner

  • Spork

    2019 - Three Communities One Story, Libraries of Peel Region, Winner

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2010 - Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, IBBY, Short-listed

    2010 - Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, , Winner

  • My Letter to the World and Other Poems

    2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2009 - Children’s Choices, International Reading Association, Winner

    2008 - Governor General’s Literary Award, children’s illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Commended

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