Marie Lafrance - Illustrator

Marie Lafrance

Marie Lafrance has been drawing all her life, from her childhood's queens and kings with crowns on their heads, to her most recently published book, Bunny the Brave War Horse, which tells the story of a brave and invaluable World War I war horse.

Marie studied Graphic Arts and Etching, worked as a printmaker and eventually started illustrating, a career which is not really a career as much as a lifestyle, so she basically lives in her studio, cooking up characters and trying to give graphic life to authors' great stories.

In the past twenty years, Marie has been illustrating mostly children's books. Her work was nominated three times for the Governor General's Literary Award, and she recently won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for A Hen for Izzy Pippik.

Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her Beau, their daughter, Béatrice, and numerous critters, her favorite being an old red dog named Lélé.

A Hen for Izzy Pippik

2013 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2013 - Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association, Short-listed
2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Winner
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association, Long-listed

The Lady with the Books

2021 - Outstanding International Books List, USBBY, Winner
2021 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada, Short-listed
2020 - Books of the Year list, A Mighty Girl, Winner
2020 - Best Books of the Year, The Globe and Mail, Winner

The True Tale of a Giantess

2019 - Delaware Diamonds Award, Diamond State Reading Association, Short-listed
2019 - Information Book Award, Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, California Reading Association, Honor Book
2018 - Cybils Award - Elementary Nonfiction Category, Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, Finalist