Isabelle Arsenault

Author and illustrator Isabelle Arsenault studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec in Montréal (2001). After her studies, she quickly began contributing to several magazines in Canada and the United States. In 2004, she illustrated her first award-winning children’s book. Since, Isabelle has won many awards and distinctions (listed below). Isabelle’s style is infused with sensitivity and finesse that appeals equally to both children and adults.

watercolor, gouache, pencils, digital coloring


Governor General’s Literary Award winner, 2004 (Le Coeur de Monsieur Gaugin); finalist 2008 (My Letter to the World and Other Poems); finalist 2011 (Migrant); winner 2012 (Virginia Wolf); winner 2013 (Jane, the Fox, and Me); New York Times Best Illustrated Book, 2011 (Migrant); New York Times Best Illustrated Book, 2013 (Jane, the Fox, and Me); IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award, 2013 (Jane, the Fox, and Me)

Albert’s Quiet Quest (Random House & Tundra Books, Spring 2019)
Just Because (Candlewick, Fall 2019)
The Mile End Kids book #3 (Random House Tundra, season TBD)
The Mile End Kids book #4 (Random House Tundra, season TBD)

Mr. Gaugin’s Heart (Tundra, 2004)
Le Coeur de Monsieur Gaugin (Editions les 400 coups, 2004)
My Letter to the World and Other Poems (Kids Can Press, 2008)
Spork (Kids Can Press, 2010)
Migrant (Groundwood, 2011)
Virginia Wolf (Kids Can Press, 2012)
Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood, 2013)
Jane, the Fox, and Me (Groundwood, 2013)
Alpha (Candlewick, Summer 2015)
Cloth Lullaby (Abrams, Spring 2016)
You Belong Here (Compendium, Summer 2016)
Colette’s Lost Pet (Random House & Tundra Books 2017)
Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books, 2017)
The Honeybee (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
Captain Rosalie (Walker Books, Fall 2018)