Melanie Florence, author of Benjamin’s Thunderstorm, is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto, Ontario. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of several books for young readers and has won awards […]
Jack Briglio, the author of ThunderBoom, is also the writer of the Eisner-nominated fantasy adventure series Growing Up Enchanted (Markosia). He is also the creator of Dominion Jack, a serial in the Joe Shuster–nominated Canadian superhero anthology series True Patriot Presents (ChapterHouse Publishing). Jack has also worked on Scooby-Doo and Legion of Super-Heroes in the […]
Claudia Dávila writes, illustrates and designs picture books and graphic novels for kids of all ages, with stories and themes that encourage children to be strong, thoughtful, compassionate and responsible people. She is the former art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines, and is the author-illustrator of Super Red Riding Hood (2016 Forest of Reading […]
Joyce Grant is a freelance journalist and children’s author. She created the popular website Teaching Kids News and has given hundreds of presentations at schools and libraries. She is also the author of the Gabby picture book series and two middle-grade novels. Joyce lives with her family in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rochelle Strauss is an award-winning author of non-fiction children’s books, including the global bestseller, One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Through her work, Rochelle combines her love of nature and passion for stories to teach children about the wonders of the natural world. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Mike Shiell is a cartoonist, animator and author/illustrator. He is the creator of the animated short films, Melon Shorts and the Wandering Melon web comics series, as well as the illustrator of the Gross Science book series (written by Edward Kay). As a longtime animation director, Mike also directed a number of children’s TV shows, […]
Natasha Donovan is an award-winning illustrator originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Natasha now lives on a tiny farm along with several wonderful creatures — both of the human and the nonhuman variety — in Deming, Washington.
Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of many books including the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing, now an award-winning animated short film; and The Binky The Space Cat series, currently in its second season as an animated TV series called Agent Binky. Her book Small Saul was selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s […]
Darren LeBeuf lives with his wife and two kids in Vancouver, the city that inspired his first published book, My Forest is Green. Darren started his creative career as an exhibit designer at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. As well as being an acclaimed children’s book author, he is also a family and wedding photographer. My […]
Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her intricate paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children’s books, including Birthdays Around the World, Love You Head to Toe, and a series of books with author Darren LeBeuf. In 2017, Ashley was the Toronto Public Library’s Illustrator in Residence, a program organized by IBBY Canada.
Lindsay Zier-Vogel is an author, grant writer and the creator of the internationally acclaimed Love Lettering Project. After studying contemporary dance, she received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Letters to Amelia and her work has been published widely in Canada and […]