Pierre Pratt - Illustrator


Being born in 1962 isn’t easy, but that’s exactly what Pierre Pratt did, on February 8th. Little by little, he began to grow. Like any growing artist, he drew the objects around him and the people he met in the quiet atmosphere of his little room, his face a mask of perfect concentration. He still retains that expression. He studied graphic design at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. At the beginning of the 1980s, he began drawing small comic strips. Then he turned to illustration. He did his apprenticeship with several different magazines in Quebec. Since 1990, he has been illustrating (and also writing) books for children, some 50 by now. He has won several prizes, including three Governor General’s Literary Awards, a Golden Apple and a Golden Plaque at the Bienniale of Illustrations Bratislava, a Totem at the Montreuil Salon du Livre, the UNICEF Illustrator of the Year award at the Bologna Book Fair, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. In 2008, he represented Canada for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.


  • The Old Man and the Penguin

    2023 - Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Association, Nominated

    2022 - K - Grade 2 Delaware Diamonds Award, Diamond State Reading Association, Winner

    2020 - Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, Booklist, Winner

  • Stop Feedin’ da Boids!

    2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • The Branch

    2018 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2018 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Commended

    2017 - 2017-2018 Chickadee Award, Maine’s Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Commended

    2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2017 - Picture Book of the Year Award, Surrey Schools, Commended

    2016 - Best Picture Books of 2016, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

    2016 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

    2016 - Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Commended

  • Stop, Thief!

    2016 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society, Commended

    2014 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY-Canada, Winner

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