Marie-Louise Gay's books have received many prestigious awards, including three Governor General's Awards, the Vicky Metcalfe Award for Body of Work and the TD Book Giveaway Award where half a million Caramba books were given to every child in first grade across Canada.


Marie-Louise has been twice-nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Other awards include:

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, nominated, 2015, Any Questions?

White Raven Recommendation, International Youth Library, 2015, Any Questions?

NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, 2015, Any Questions?

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2015, Any Questions?

VCLR Information Book Award, shortlisted, 2015, Any Questions?

Governor General's Award, short-listed, 2014, Any Questions?

New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, 2012, Summer in the City (with David Homel)

Amelia Howard Frances Gibbon Award, 2011, Roslyn Rutabaga and The Biggest Hole on Earth!

Illustration Award Trois-Rivières Book Festival, 2011, Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

CBA Libris Award, 2010, When Stella Was Very,Very Small

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2008, Please Louise! (written by Frieda Wishinsky)

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2006, Caramba

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2006, Caramba

Alvine-Bélisle Award, 2005, Stella, Princesse de la Nuit

Governor General’s Award, short-listed, 2004, Stella, Princess of the Sky

Governor General’s Award, short-listed, 2002, Stella, Fairy of the Forest

TORGI Award, Talking Book of the Year Award, 2001, Stella, Queen of the Snow

Elisabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award, 2001, Stella Queen of the Snow

Mr. Christie’s Book Award, 2000, Stella, Star of the Sea

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2000, Stella, Star of the Sea

Reviews of the Stella and Sam Series

“[A] delightful series . . . Gay’s mixed-media scenes dance . . . Subtle and sweet, yet full of life and humor, [Stella’s] world is a place kids will want to visit again and again.”

School Library Journal, starred review

“The charming illustrations, rendered in watercolor, pastel and collage, depict red-headed Stella’s antics in great detail and from a variety of perspectives. Young readers will wish they could be just like Stella, or at least have a big sister like her. Stella is both wonderful and full of wonder — purely glorious.”

Kirkus, starred review


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