• 25 Picture Books that Promote Empathy and Respect, Book Riot
  • Prix Jeunesse des Libraires du Québec (2012: Winner)
  • School Library Journal Trailee Award (2011: Finalist)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (2011: Finalist)
  • Best Children’s Books of the Year, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2011)
  • Top Ten Children’s Books, Ottawa Citizen (2011)
  • Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee (2011)
  • Best Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews (2010)
  • Magnificent Children’s Books, Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal) (2010)
  • Favorite Book, DRAWN (2010)
  • Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award (2010: Finalist)
  • Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY (2010: Winner)


“While some picture-book tales have difficulty promoting the “different can be good” message without slipping into deep didactism, Maclear’s text feels nearly effortless. The inanimate-object identification also pairs brilliantly with Arsenault’s melding of mixed media and digital art…a sublime little parable.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“It’s a story that could wilt under the weight of moral high-mindedness, but the graceful voice of Maclear, making her children’s book debut, keeps it light and entertaining.”
Publishers Weekly

“Arsenault’s expressive drawings of an un-happy spork are instantly winning.”
The New York Times

“[H]er message of acceptance will resonate, particularly with parents.”

“[T]he lighthearted storytelling and whimsical mixed-media illustrations will draw readers in, and adults will find the book to be a useful conversation starter for the topics of race, difference, and acceptance.”
School Library Journal

Spork is one of the cutest, most clever books on mixed-race issues to land on my desk in a long time. Both story and illustrations create a perfect package of ticklish, delightful fun … with important life lessons for lasting zing.”
Book Dragon (Smithsonian)

“Identity and cultural divisions are weighty topics, but Maclear handles them with a gentle wit. The jokes also abound in Arsenault’s retro-inspired pictures, where spoons, forks, and other kitchen denizens take on the same expressions and self-important scurrying as the humans who use them. Spork is a book both kids and parents will devour.”

“Playfully billed as a “multi-cutlery” tale, this smart, adorable book shows that everyone has something special to give and it’s our differences that make us shine. I loved that it took a baby, untainted by prejudices, to help this lonely fellow. And the fact that sporks really are handy for babies only adds to the charm.”
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