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I Am Canada: A Celebration

A Celebration

by Heather Patterson, illustrated by Jon Klassen; Barbara Reid; Marie-Louise Gay; Danielle Daniel; Genevieve Cote; Ashley Spires; Qin Leng; Jeremy Tankard; Ruth Ohi; Irene Luxbacher; Eva Campbell; Cale Atkinson & Doretta Groenendyk

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A board book edition of this beautiful picture book — featuring artwork by Canada’s finest illustrators!

 

What is being a Canadian kid all about?

Simple text describes the ample space available to our children in this country, and the freedom they have to grow and dream and share. With artwork from 13 of Canada’s finest illustrators, each page is a celebration and a reminder of the infinite variety of our home and native land.

Heather Patterson’s free verse poem I Am Canada, originally published in 1996, speaks to a new generation in this perfect toddler gift. Bright illustrations by some of Canada’s best children’s book creators provide a view of different art styles, highlighting Canada’s diversity in a very special way.

 

About the Authors

Heather Patterson

HEATHER PATTERSON is the author of Thanks for Thanksgiving, Pioneer Christmas Crafts, A Poppy Is to Remember and Canada From Above, all published by Scholastic Canada, Ltd. A former elementary school teacher and children's book editor, Heather is a fiercely proud Canadian. She lives in Etobicoke, Ontario.
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Jon Klassen

JON KLASSEN is a Canadian-born author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated three picture books of his own (I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found A Hat) and illustrated many other author’s texts, including Sam & Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett, The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Pax by Sara Pennypacker. His books have won a Caldecott medal and two Caldecott honors and other international awards. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and son.

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Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s leading illustrators and authors. Her bestselling books include The Subway Mouse, The Party, Effie and Two by Two. She has won numerous awards for her innovative Plasticine illustrations, including a Governor General’s Award for The Party. The Subway Mouse won the Ruth Schwartz Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Barbara Reid was the first Canadian illustrator to win the international UNICEF/Jack Keats Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler, and their two children. Visit her website at www.barbarareid.ca.

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MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

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MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

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Geneviève Côté has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Lady of Shalott, by Tennyson, La petite rapporteuse de mots, by Danielle Simard, and her own Me and You, What Elephant? and With You, Always, Little Monday.  Her editorial art has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, l’Actualité and other such publications. She has won several honors, including the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2005 and the General Governor’s Award for Illustration in 2007. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.  Visit her at www.genevievecoteillustration.com.
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Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.
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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai and later moved to France, then to Montreal in Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and works as a designer and illustrator. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. Qin graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films. Her picture books have been nominated for such prizes as the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award, and she won the APAAL for Best Picture Book. You can visit her at www.qinleng.tumblr.com.

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Jeremy Tankard is the bestselling authorstrator of the Grumpy Bird picture books. He has always loved comics and planned to make a career of them when he was about nine years old. He discovered the joys of Shakespeare in high school when his drama teacher cast him in a production of The Tempest. He has loved all things Shakespeare ever since. His book Yorick and Bones sees these two interests collide in the most unexpected ways. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children.

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RUTH OHI has illustrated more than sixty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.
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Irene Luxbacher is an artist and the author-illustrator of The Jumbo Book of Art, The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art, the Starting Art series and Mattoo, Let's Play! She also illustrated The Imaginary Garden for Kids Can Press. She lives in Toronto.
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Irene Luxbacher is an artist and the author-illustrator of The Jumbo Book of Art, The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art, the Starting Art series and Mattoo, Let's Play! She also illustrated The Imaginary Garden for Kids Can Press. She lives in Toronto.
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CALE ATKINSON is an author, illustrator, and animator. Maxwell the Monkey Barber is his fourth picture book. He is also the creator of To the Sea (Disney Hyperion) and Explorers of the Wild (Disney Hyperion), and illustrator of If I Had A Gryphon (Tundra Books). He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.
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Doretta, a painter, writer and teacher, lives with her husband and three children on a small spot of land in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. She is the author and illustrator of Snow for Christmas, and Thank you for My Bed, both of which were shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. Her other titles include Step Outside, I’m Writing a Story, and Bully 101. She is also the co-author of Spin to Sea with her daughter, Izra Fitch.
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Awards
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Review

 

Praise for I Am Canada:

Each spread is unique and recognizable to fans of these artists, yet the overall presentation is surprisingly cohesive, unified by the themes of diversity, landscapes, and positivity. ... I Am Canada is a beautiful book that belongs in all Canadian collections. Highly Recommended.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This charming book is a celebration of both Canada and Canadian illustrators from across the country, with varied backgrounds, styles and perspectives... an inspired interpretation of this lovely poem, a cohesive vision of what it means to be Canadian, created by 13 remarkable illustrators. The diversity in illustration styles fittingly reflects the diversity of our home and native land — its landscapes, flora and fauna and, of course, its people. Each illustration is a joy to behold and will captivate readers young and old. The cheerful, buoyant children who dance across the pages are explorers and dreamers; they are sharing, playing, learning and contemplating. [T]his is a perfect book for our sesquicentennial, a wonderful resource kindling discussion about the deeper meanings of being Canadian.” — Canadian Children’s Book News, Red Leaf Literature reviews

 

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