Touring In: Manitoba

Craft: author/illustrator (bilingual presenter)

Genre: picture books, junior fiction, YA

Ideal Audience Size: 20-40

Maximum Audience Size: 60

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 3

Special Equipment: I will need a hard surface on which I can attach large sheets of paper. A flip-chart, a wall, etc. Anything I can stick my paper to. If possible, I could also use a projector or computer to show a short video.


Winner of the 2016 Outstanding International Book, USBBY
Winner of the 2015 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse

Presentation Information

Although it is not necessary, it is always a good idea to have read one or two books from the author prior to the event so the children are more involved in the activity. And remember, smaller groups have more time to talk with the author and have a more personalized experience. In the 45 to 60 minutes of the presentation, Marianne likes to give herself a lot of space for improvisation. During the event, there will be books read, discussions, demonstrations of the creative process to make a book, and interactive live drawing. Here is the general layout of the presentation:

If technically possible, the presentation will begin with a very short video of Marianne when she was 10 years old. She had been asked by a television crew to tell them what she wanted to do when she grew up. She answered that she “wanted to do books for little children, and posters for exhibition… and stuff…”. She actually still looks a lot like the little girl in the video, which really makes children laugh. This shows them that it is possible to become what you dream of when you are in 2nd, 3th or 4th grade. Marianne then reads a book, one of her short ones. She talks with the audience, answers questions and comments. Her books are filled with details, and that always sparks ideas and comments in the minds of the young (and not so young) readers. Marianne likes to explore the relationship between images and words in picture books. Some of her books have few or even no words. She explains how she uses images to tell the story, and how one reader can see a whole different story then the other. Some books have been created using only images, the text being written afterward. Others have been created with the opposite intention. Marianne explains her creative process using one of her books as an example, going from idea to print.

She brings roughs, original illustrations and examples of the different steps of the process the children can manipulate. More books are read, and Marianne chooses in her catalogue the stories that are more suited to the audience’s age, mood and energy. She finishes the presentation by doing a live drawing inspired by the children’s ideas. She asks them what they want her to draw, and mixes everything in one big illustration. Of course, this image stays in the class, as a souvenir, and can be used by the teachers to inspire a story, or to do other activities in class.

Book List

Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip (Kids Can Press, 2017)

Je ne suis pas ta maman (Comme des géants, 2016)

The Animals’ Ark (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Lucy and Company (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Lucie et cie, (Comme des géants, 2015)

The Bus Ride (Kids Can Press, 2015)

Mr Postmouse’s Rounds (Kids Can Press, 2015)

La tournée de Facteur Souris (Casterman, 2015)

L’autobus (Comme des géants, 2014)

The Lion and the Bird (Enchanted Lion, 2014)

Le lion et l’oiseau (La pastèque, 2013)

Le gâteau (La courte échelle, 2013)

Mais papaWritten by Mathieu Lavoie. Illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (Scholastic, 2013)

The Sea (Officina Libraria, 2012)

Animal Masquerade (Kids Can Press, 2012)

Au carnaval des animaux (La courte échelle, 2012)

Un éléphant qui se balançait (Casterman, 2010)

In Front of My House (Kids Can Press, 2010)

Devant ma maison (La courte échelle, 2010)

La mer (La pastèque, 2007)


Being an only child, Marianne followed her parents to all their (sometimes boring) grown up suppers and events. She would keep busy drawing quietly on her own. Her mother always said that she must be the child with the most pencils and pens in the whole entire world. Marianne’s little hands were always covered with ink marks.This was not in vain, since she is now making a living out of it!

Marianne studied Graphic Design at Université du Québec de Montréal, where she took all of the illustration classes available. She published her first book The Sea (originally published at La pastèque under the title La mer) in 2006. A few years later, Marianne wrote and illustrated her second book called In Front of my House (originally published as Devant ma maison, La courte échelle, 2010). It was translated in 15 languages, and marked the beginning of her career internationally. Since then, her books have been translated in 25 languages around the world, in 20 countries. She has been nominated many times for literary awards, winning a few along the way. Recently, L’autobus won the 2015 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, Le lion et l’oiseau won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration in 2014, and other books have also received honours throughout the years.

Being both author and illustrator, Marianne has the opportunity to express her universe with a lot of freedom. She considers herself very lucky to have the chance to travel and share this passion with readers of all ages.

Marianne Debuc’s Blog


In Front of my House / Devant ma maison

  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Prix TD de littérature jeunesse
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Prix Pitchou de la Fête du livre de jeunesse de Saint-Paul-Troix-


  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Shining Willow Awards, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Prix du livre jeunesse des bibliothèques de Montréal
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book
  • Honorary mention 2010 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec
  • Winner of the 2013 Prix littéraire des enfants de la Ville de Genevilliers
  • Winner of the 2011 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner of the 2010 Best of Biblio Reads
  • Winner of the 2010 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY

Animal Masquerade / Au carnaval des animaux

  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Prix jeunesse des bibliothèque de Montréal
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Prix littéraire du Gouverneur Général
  • Winner of the 2013 Outstanding International Book, USBBY

The Lion and the Bird / Le lion et l’oiseau

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Prix des bibliothèque du Québec
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Prix TD de littérature jeunesse
  • Winner of the 2014 Prix du Gouverneur Général
  • Winner of the 2014 Prix Alvin Belisle

The Bus Ride / L’autobus

  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Prix jeunesse des bibliothèque de Montréal
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, The
    Canadian Library Association
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 First & Best List, Toronto Public Library
  • Winner of the 2014 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec
  • Winner of the 2016 Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Winner of the 2015 Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse

Mr Postmouse’s Rounds / La tournée de Facteur Souris

  • Winner of the 2016 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children’s Picture Books
  • Winner of the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner of the 2015 Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
  • Joint winner of the 2015 – Blue Ribbon – Picture Book Category, The Bulletin of the
    Center for Children’s Books
  • Winner of the 2015 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec

Praise for Marianne Dubuc

“Ms. Dubuc, thanks to the high quality and dynamism of her presentation, has certainly sparked the interest of my students. From a picture book reading to the creation of an interactive drawing, the students were absolutely delighted. They not only had the chance to dive into the heart of the work of a creator but also deepened their knowledge of the work of a children’s literature author. (…) She hosted my group exceptionally, promoting an exchange of the most rewarding between children and herself. She helped develop love of reading in my students in addition to enriching their general knowledge.”
—Marie-Mathilde Riffaud, First Grade Teacher, Académie Louis-Pasteur

“I want to stress the many qualities that make Marianne, beyond a talented illustrator, a rigorous person, very creative and always able to see things from a child’s point of view. We have collaborated for many years, and whether in duo, in the reflection of a project or group, in the context of intervention in book fairs, or classes, Marianne always shows beautiful human and relational qualities.”
—Mélanie Perry, Early Childhood Publisher, Casterman (France)

“With her dynamic approach, her contagious joy and humour, this sparkling writer draws and tells stories that make you laugh, smile, dream … to the delight of young readers from 4 to 7 years old, as well as older. With her word’s sensitivity and the many details scattered throughout her images, Marianne’s books deserve all the honours. I therefore warmly recommend Marianne Dubuc, because she has the ability to foster a love of beautiful picture books among young and old.”
—Sylvie Sauvé-Cliche, Service des loisirs et bibliothèques St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

“We had the honour of receiving Ms. Dubuc at the 2014 Literary Festival La crue des mots; she gave a series of children workshops in several schools of our area. The comments from TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2017 teachers and students she met were unanimous: Marianne Dubuc not only produces beautiful books, but she knows how to read them and animate them successfully.”
—Julie Boivin, Executive Director, Carrefour de la littérature, des arts et de la culture

“My teachers have appreciated very much the author Marianne Dubuc you have so kindly proposed … A pure delight !! They had only good words for her! She was perfect in every way! She also set the bar very high!”
—Principal of the École Saint-Paul Elementary School (Laval, QC)