Jon Klassen has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada "for his transformative contributions to children's literature as an illustrator and author." One of the country's highest civilian honors, it recognizes "outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation." He will be awarded the official insignia at a ceremony later this year.
Klassen is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and its companion books, I Want My Hat Back and We Found a Hat. More than two million copies of the three books have sold worldwide. He illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, as well as Triangle and Square, all written by Mac Barnett. He also partnered with Barnett on The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse, which was recently named the E. B. White Read-Aloud Winner.
Quill & Quire reported that 15 of the new inductees have made notable contributions to Canadian literature, including Beverley McLachlin, newly appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, former Chief Justice of Canada, and author of the recent legal thriller Full Disclosure.