OUT INTO THE BIG WIDE LAKE by Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon (Tundra Books), an empowering and necessary picture book about a young girl with Down syndrome who gains confidence and independence through a visit to her grandparents, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Governor General’s Awards in the Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books category! Congratulations Paul and Josee!


One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 — Starred Pick

“A heartening Canadian picture book with an emotionally resonant ending.” —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

“For many readers, especially the adults reading this book to young listeners, Out Into the Big Wide Lake will probably bring back good memories of times spent over their summers.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Colourful mixed-media ilustrations add visual appeal to this heartwarming story, and manage to capture the outdoor joys of summer vacation.” —PostMedia

“Josée Bisaillon’s artwork is swoonworthy. It wowed me right from the start.” —Library Matters

“Out Into the Big Wide Lake is extraordinarily sensitive and beautiful, and Kate is an unforgettable character.” —Imaginary Elevators

PAUL HARBRIDGE is the author of When the Moon Comes, which won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Helena’s Voyage and several published short stories. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he works as a speech-language pathologist with adults with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Isabel, live in Etobicoke, Ontario, and are the proud parents of Daniel and Helena. Paul is represented by Amy Tompkins.

To see the full list of nominees, please visit: https://ggbooks.ca/#young-peoples-literature-illustrated-books