Arden Johnson

has illustrated several highly acclaimed books for children. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Bee Willey

lives in England with her husband and two children. She has illustrated over twenty children's books published internationally including The Zoo At Night for Tradewind Books. Her book Bob Robber and Dancing Jane was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway prize.

Blair Drawson

studied drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art and has exhibited his paintings worldwide. His work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Time, Saturday Night, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Blair currently resides in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Christina Leist

worked in advertising as an art director and graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Christina was born and raised in Germany, and now lives in Vancouver.

Cynthia Nugent

is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. All of her books have been on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice lists. She is currently enrolled in the MA program in Children's Literature at UBC. She lives in Vancouver with her little dog, Emma.

Elisa Gutiérrez

is a Vancouver-based independent illustrator and graphic designer born and raised in Mexico City. She moved to Canada in 1998 to be with her husband Dave, whom she met while participating in an exchange program at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1995. Elisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from La Salle University in Mexico City, and worked in Mexico City for a number of years at the renowned publishing house "Artes de Mexico". After moving to Canada, Elisa began to explore her illustration skills further. Since that time, she has worked on the design of many children’s books and a number of other illustration projects.

George Juhasz

was born in Hungary in 1933, but left the country in 1956. He lived in Switzerland, Montreal and Vancouver. A celebrated animator, his credits include the Beatles' Yellow Submarine and Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince.

Geraldo Valério

has illustrated many award-winning picture books published in his native Brazil as well as Portugal, the United States and Canada. He lives in Toronto.

Grace Lin

was born in China and now lives in Boston. She is has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's books.

Julie Flett

is a Vancouver-based artist and illustrator. She is a recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize as well as a nominee for the Governor-General's Award.

Kathryn E. Shoemaker

is the illustrator of over thirty-six books for children. She lives in Vancouver, BC and teaches children's illustration at Langara College.

Kim La Fave

has illustrated over a dozen children's books. He is recipient of many awards including the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Books Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. He lives in Gibsons, BC.

Launi Lucas

is a biological illustrator at the University of British Columbia. Her work appears in many science journals and books.

Laura James

is an award-winning artist and self-taught painter of Antiguan heritage. Working as a professional artist and illustrator for many years, she is best known for her illustrations for the Book of the Gospels: a lectionary, published by LTP Press. She was born in New York City, where she now lives.

Marc Mongeau

is the published author and illustrator of many children's books. He currently lives in Quebec.

Matilda Harrison

has been working as an illustrator for more than twenty years. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and St Martin’s School of Art where she later taught illustration. She lives in London with her partner, their daughter and a very old cat (who likes to sit on her pictures while she’s painting).

Millie Balance

studied art in the Camberwell School of Art, London. She lived in Canada for many years and now lives in London.

Philippe Béha

is an internationally acclaimed artist. He studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France. A member of the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he has illustrated more than 100 books for children. He lives in Montreal.

Pierre Pratt

has been illustrating and writing children's books for over two decades. He is a three-time recipient of the Governor-General's Award and has won the Mr. Christie Book Award, among many other prizes. Pierre lives in Montreal and Lisbon.

Pulak Biswas

is one of India's most celebrated illustrators. He has received many awards for his illustrations, including the Grand Prix from the Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislava, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators & Writers, New Delhi.

Rachel Berman

is an established Canadian artist living in Victoria, BC. Her work is exhibited at the Ingram Gallery in Toronto, and the Westchester Gallery in Victoria.

Rae Maté

has always loved making pictures. She has been painting and showing her work professionally since she graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1986. Rae also enjoys teaching art to preschoolers, and she divides her painting time between her home studios in Vancouver and Hornby Island BC.

Shaoli Wang

was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children's book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.

Sigune Hamann

studied in London and Berlin where she was the student of the celebrated Quentin Blake. She is an illustrator and recently designed the set for the Vienna Opera. Sigune lives in London, England.

Silvia Vignale

lives in Genoa, Italy. In 1993, she won the UNICEF "Illustrator of the Year" award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. She is the mother of two little girls, who constantly inspire and check her work.

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

lives and paints on Gabriola Island, BC. She is a well-known cloth and collage artist and is especially interested in the ways that art brings together people of different cultures.

Stefan Czernecki

was born in a refugee camp in Germany and now lives in a small glass apartment one hundred and fifty feet above the ground. For inspiration he travels to faraway places like Tokyo, Mexico City, New York and Marrakesh. Sometimes he just takes a walk around the block. A number of his books are inspired by folk art and set in other countries. He won the Aesop Accolade, the American Folklore Society Award, in 1997.


has illustrated eight children's books, and has been nominated for the highly esteemed Governor General's Award. Yayo lives in Montreal with his wife and two sons.