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Moonbeam Children's Book Award 2010 - Bronze

The Rabbits’ Race 2010, Moonbeam Book Award, 2010, Bronze Medal, Illustrator


Theytus Books is pleased to announce we have received a bronze medal tie for best illustrator for the book Rabbits Race from the Moonbeams Children’s Book awards.

“This year’s Moonbeam award winners confirm that books can change children’s lives,” said Moonbeam Awards founder Jerrold Jenkins, father of four.

“They’ve already had a big impact on the judges and the kids that read them, so we know these books were created to enrich children’s’ lives.”

The awards had more than 800 entries this year from throughout North America and around the world.

Rabbits Race tells the tale of when a young boy named Joey’s grandfather is invited to participate in the school’s Grandparents Day celebrations. Joey does not know what to expect. His grandfather gently reassures him before going on stage and launching into a beguiling tale of two groups of rabbits that must co-exist in the forest and share their resources to survive. The wisdom of the elder rabbits plays a pivotal role in the story which provides a valuable lesson for Joey and his classmates.

The Illustrator, Virginia McCoy has been a painter for more than 30 years. She is self-taught, working primarily in gouache and transparent watercolours. A transplant from Northern Ontario, she now lives and works in Inverness, Nova Scotia. A woman of Ojibway, French and English ancestry, McCoy explores the lines and forms of the Eastern Woodland Legend school of painting. Her work appears in exhibits in Nova Scotia and in private collections throughout North America and Europe.

Métis author Deborah L. Delaronde was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, in 1958. She grew up in the Métis community of Duck Bay, Manitoba, and has worked in Duck Bay School as a children’s librarian for the past 20 years. As a result of writing and promoting literacy, Deborah was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Literacy.

Theytus will be publishing another book by this dynamic duo in December titled “Christmas La Pouchinn” about a young Metis boys traditional way of life, during the year leading into his communities Christmas celebrations.

Theytus is proud of our authors and illustrators who continue to garner recognition from around the world. To see more award winning books please visit our website at