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2020 Prix Albertine Jeunesse Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Prix Albertine Jeunesse!

The Prix Albertine Jeunesse, a reader’s choice award, invites children to choose their favorite book from a selection of works of French-language youth literature that are available in English translation. The theme of this year's prize selection was “growing up.” 

3-5 YEARS OLD | 2020 winner

 The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control

The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control, by Orianne Lallemand & Eleonore Thuillier, Tr. by Mary Bradley (Auzou US, 2018)

Wolf can’t tell which emotion he is feeling sometimes; happy, sad, excited, jealous, there are far too many. When his moods begin to change without warning, Wolf’s friends begin to worry, and aren’t sure how to handle the confused whirlwind of their companion’s feelings. Finally, Wolf decides that enough is enough, and sets out to tame his ever-changing emotions, a feat more easily said than done. How exactly does he intend to manage his moods?

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6-8 YEARS OLD | 2020 winner

My Dad at The Zoo, by Coralie Saudo & Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion Books, 2016)

The long-awaited follow up to My Dad Is Big and Strong, But…, My Dad at the Zoo is another tale of role reversal in which Dad reverts to the unsocialized, wild ways of childhood. Probably tired from all of his wearying antics around bedtime, here Dad heads off to the zoo with his son and goes completely zany.

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9-11 YEARS OLD | 2020 winner

Hidden, by Loïc Dauvillier & Marc Lizano, Tr. by Alexis Siegel (First Second, 2014)

In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been deported to concentration camps.

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12-14 YEARS OLD | 2020 winner

Through A Life, by Tom Haugomat (Nobrow, 2017)

Rodney spends his life looking through. Windows give way to screens as he comes of age dreaming of what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere… This powerfully silent graphic novel by Tom Haugomat follows the saga of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted… until a fatal shuttle crash upends his life, and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth.

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Want more? Read the shortlist here