Jon Klassen becomes first Canadian to win Kate Greenaway Medal


Winnipeg-born Canadian writer and illustrator Jon Klassen has won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his best-selling children's book This Is Not My Hat.

The U.K.-based award, established in 1955, is presented annually for "an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people." This Is Not My Hat is Klassen's critically acclaimed story of a tiny but precocious fish.

Klassen, a first-time recipient of the honour, will take home a golden medal and £500 worth of books ($910 CDN) to donate to a library of his choice. He is the first Canadian to win the Greenaway Medal.

"The U.K. has such an amazing history and tradition of children's books - this list has people like Quentin Blake and Brian Wildsmith! It's amazing to be considered a part of that. Long live the Queen!" Klassen told Publisher's Weekly after the announcement on Monday.

Klassen's previous achievements include winning a Governor General's Award in 2010 for Cats' Night Out, and the Caldecott Medal in 2013, also for This Is Not My Hat.

You can listen to a recent interview Klassen did with Q guest host Kevin Sylvester in the clip below!