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2021 Prix Albertine Jeunesse Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 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 “Appearance.s”. 

Nearly 2500 children voted this year, including students enrolled in accredited French schools and public bilingual/dual language schools in North America alongside children and parents who were able to cast their ballot directly through the Albertine website.


3-5 YEARS OLD | 2021 winner

Deep in the Ocean | La Grande Plongée by Lucie Brunellière (Abrams Books, 2019, Albin Michel Jeunesse, 2018)

A scientific team has boarded the submarine Oceanos to explore the ocean’s depths. Suddenly, it gets caught in a violent storm, causing it to drift thousands of miles off-course. From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a bewitching journey through fascinating waters—some warm, colorful, and crowded with sea creatures, others mysterious and turbulent.

More info here.


6-8 YEARS OLD | 2021 winner

Blob: The Ugliest Creature in the World | Blob : L’animal le plus laid du monde by Joy Sorman & Olivier Tallec (Enchanted Lion Books, 2017, Actes Sud Junior, 2015, Tr. Sarah Klinger)

Blob the fish is ecstatic. After years of failed attempts, he has just won the ugliest animal in the world contest! But the popularity and fame that accompany Blob’s win soon go to his head—and he can feel the loneliness that comes with the new title in his heart. And, of course, fame can’t last forever.

More info here.


9-11 YEARS OLD | 2021 winner

Captain Rosalie | Capitaine Rosalie by Timothée de Fombelle & Isabelle Arsenault (Candlewick, 2019, Editions Gallimard Jeunesse/Walker Books, 2018, Tr. Sam Gordon)

While her father is at war, five-year-old Rosalie is a captain on her own secret mission. She goes undercover and tracks her progress in a secret notebook. Some evenings, Rosalie’s mother reads Father’s letters from the front lines aloud, so that Rosalie knows he is thinking of her and looking forward to the end of the war and to finally coming home. But one day a letter comes that her mother doesn’t read to her, and Rosalie knows her mission must soon come to an end.

More info here.


12-14 YEARS OLD | 2021 winner

The Missing of Clairdelune (The Mirror Visitor, Book 2) | Le passe-miroir, tome 2 : Les disparus du Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions, 2018, Editions Gallimard Jeunesse, 2015, Tr. Hildegarde Serle)

When Ophelia is promoted to Vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of Pole, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the public spotlight. Her gift—the ability to read the secret history of objects—is now known by all, and there can be no greater threat to the nefarious denizens of her icy adopted home than this. Beneath the golden rafters of Pole’s capitol, she discovers that the only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic and emotionally distant fiancé. As one influential courtier after another disappears, Ophelia again finds herself unintentionally implicated in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond Pole’s many illusions to the heart of a formidable truth.

More info here.


The Prix Albertine Jeunesse is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and supported by Kids Trail. Media Partner: Literary Hub.


Want more? Read the shortlist here

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