Flett wins second Harris Prize
May 12th, 2015
Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
A bit of a wunderkind when it comes to the B.C. Book Prizes, First Nations illustrator Julie Flett took home her second Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for Dolphin SOS (Tradewind), co-written by poet and civil rights activist Roy Miki and his wife Slavia Miki. Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, boys take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins. Flett previously provided illustrations for Earl Einarson’s children’s story, The Moccasins (Theytus, 2004), which was nominated for the Harris Prize in 2004, and she won her first Harris Prize in 2011 for her picture book, Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet (Simply Read, 2010).