IBBYLogoAnd what is IBBY you may ask? Well, I will tell you. With some help from Wiki, of course:

IBBY Canada is the Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. The mission of IBBY Canada is to introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world and to promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada.

IBBYStormsSo why am I mentioning IBBY Canada? Because I am very happy to say that I have been selected for the IBBY 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.

It’s going to be lots of fun! For the month of October, I will be doing workshops, school visits and portfolio reviews!

The official launch of the program is Wed Oct 1st, 6:00-7:30pm at the Northern District Branch. There will be a gallery of my illustrations along with work of the very talented children’s book illustrator, Joanne Fitzgerald.


Snow Job!!

So it’s April 11th, and guess what – this morning it snowed. I didn’t really mind. I had to pop out of the house in the early hours to meet with a lovely person and at that point it was raining ice, so I figure the snow I encountered on the way home was an improvement.

To celebrate this crazy weather day (because honestly – what good does complaining do?) I am posting some wonderful drawings given to me in January of this year when I did a snow-themed presentation at the Richmond Hill Public Library. I had been telling the kids about my recently illustrated book Snowy Science, so I thought it might be fun for them to illustrate a kooky snowy science story about an evil scientist named Professor Zamboni who creates a monster snowman whom he hopes will take over the world. Unfortunately for evil Professor Zamboni, the snowman (named Dave) is really a nice guy, who just wants to sell ice cream and then retire to Florida to melt.


Creative Kids Got it Covered!

This past Friday I visited Frankland Community School in Toronto to share with the grade 4-6 kids some of my art, as well as some of my experiences in the wonderful, wacky world of publishing books. It was a blast! The staff were super friendly & helpful, and the kids were SO amazing. I focused most of my presentation on the process involved in creating a (hopefully) good book cover. Of course the workshop shouldn’t be all about me, so eventually I got the kids to create their own book covers. Here are a few of the gems these creative geniuses produced:

Whoops. Now isn’t that a clever, catchy title?


And who wouldn’t want to read a book called My Cat the Evil Alien Robot?


Gahhhh!! The Creepy Donut from Outer Space! Beware!


And finally…The Smart Kid. Heh.


But seriously, all these kids are super smart. I hope they all continue to write & draw. Because we need more artists & creative problem-solvers out there, brightening up our world.

The Pirate and Penguin Play is the Thing!


…in which we’ll catch the conscience of the kids? Well, hopefully we’ll catch their attention and make ’em laugh! Yup, we’re at it again – gettin’ all silly and piratey and penguiny.

In case you didn’t know, Sunday Feb 27 is Family Literacy Day, “a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”

Well, we’re celebrating Family Literacy Day one day early – Guy & I will be whooping it up 2:00 – 3:00pm at the Maria A. Shchuka library tomorrow (Feb 26th) to celebrate this special day. After our play, I’ll be doing a cartooning workshop with the kids – showing them how I draw all my kooky cute characters.

So come on out if you can! Celebrate the fun of books and reading!

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