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Short Bio

Barbara Reid is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen award winning picture books, and the illustrator of over twenty five including The Party, The Subway Mouse, Perfect Snow and Picture a Tree. Awards for her unique plasticine artwork include the Governor General’s Award for Illustration, the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Her interpretation of The Night Before Christmas won the Libris 2014 Best Picture Book of the Year. Barbara’s work has been published around the world, and her original artwork is represented in the Osborne Collection, and the Toronto Public Library Foundation.  In 2013 Barbara was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to children’s literature and 2015 became the Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day.  Sing a Song of Bedtime is her newest book.

Shorter Bio

Barbara Reid’s unique plasticine illustrations are recognized around the world, and her picture books have won dozens of awards. Barbara lives in Toronto, but is at home in classrooms and libraries across Canada.

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Barbara Reid biography for young readers

Simple text and full colour photographs describe the life of Barbara Reid. By Jennifer Sutoski, published by Pebble Plus/Capstone Press. Other titles in this Canadian series include Robert Munsch, Hayley Wickenheiser, Terry Fox, Chris Hadfield and Patrick Chan.

 

Podcast Interview at Wilkinson Public School

Eshal interviews author and illustrator Barbara Reid about her books and her art using plasticine.  The interview took place during a school visit to Wilkinson on April 14th, 2016. Listen to the podcast here.

Barbara Reid named Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day

Each year January 27th marks Family Literacy Day in Canada. This annual celebration of families learning together happens in schools, libraries, learning centres and homes from coast to coast to coast. Created by ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) in 1999, Family Literacy Day also presents the opportunity for organizations to raise awareness around the importance of reading and engaging in literacy activities as a family.

 

There is no doubt that Family Literacy Day has become a significant Canadian cultural event. On January 27, 2015 #FamilyLiteracyDay trended fourth in Canada on Twitter, with one story published every eight seconds, as all types of organizations and Family Literacy Day enthusiasts across the country shared the fun they were having and what they were doing to make literacy learning a priority. During the surrounding weeks, over 1,000 news stories shone a spotlight on the importance of literacy and promoted local events online and in print.

 

As Honourary Chair, Barbara Reid will participate in several Family Literacy Day events. She has also created special Barbara Reid Family Literacy Day tips that incorporate literacy activities using her signature art form—modelling clay! Visit FamilyLiteracyDay.ca to hear Barbara’s Family Literacy Day message and download free activities.

 

“I am thrilled to be the Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair,” says Barbara Reid. “Through my work as an author and illustrator I encourage reading and literacy engagement. Families reading and playing together is an important theme that I often include in my books. I have been participating in Family Literacy Day events for many years now and I look forward to increasing my participation in this exciting new role.”

 

Barbara Reid has over twenty children’s books to her credit and is perhaps best-known for her whimsical illustrations that are created using plasticine. Her books are well loved and she has received numerous accolades and awards including the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, The Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

 

“ABC is very excited to have Barbara Reid as the Family Literacy Day Honourary Chair” said Gillian Mason, President, ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Barbara’s books reach parents, children, teachers, librarians, and literacy practitioners across the country—she connects with the very people we strive to rally for Family Literacy Day. With her support, we know even more Canadians will celebrate learning together this coming January 27th.”

 

Barbara discusses the inspiration & creation of Perfect Snow

 

Bibliography

Sing A Song Of Bedtime
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada 2015
Comptines pour faire dodo, Editions Scholastic 2015

The Night Before Christmas
(written by Clement C. Moore)
Scholastic Canada, 2013
Les Editions Scholastic 2013

Welcome Baby
Scholastic Canada, 2013
Bienvenue Bébé, Editions Scholastic 2013

Zoe’s Year
Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2012

Picture a Tree
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada 2011
Imagine un arbre, Editions Scholastic 2011
Albert Whitman & Co., New York 2013

Read Me A Story (Anthology)
The Party, written & illustrated by Barbara Reid
Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2010

Perfect Snow
North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada 2009;
La neige parfaite, Editions Scholastic 2009
Albert Whitman & Co., New York 2012

Sing a Song of Mother Goose
Scholastic Canada 2007; Editions Scholastic 2007

Fox Walked Alone
North Winds Press/ Scholastic Canada 2006; Editions Scholastic 2006, Albert Whitman & Co., New York, 2009

Read Me A Book
North Winds Press/Scholastic (Canada) 2004, Mizan Pustaka (Indonesia)

Peg & The Yeti
(written by KennethOppel) HarperCollins (Canada) 2004

The Subway Mouse
North Winds Press / Scholastic (Canada) 2003; Scholastic Inc, New York, 2004; Kookmin Books (Korea), Mizan Pustaka (Indonesia), Gimtasis Zodis, (Lithuania) Arvids, Denmark (2008); video edition, narrated by author, Nutmeg Media, CT, 2005.

Zoe’s Rainy Day, Zoe’s Sunny Day, Zoe’s Windy Day, Zoe’s Snowy Day
HarperCollins (Canada) 1992, Scholastic (Canada) 2001

The Golden Goose
North Winds Press/Scholastic (Canada) 2000, Newton Korea (Korea), Maxima Pustaka (Indonesia)

Fun With Modelling Clay (out of print)
Kids Can Press (Canada) 1998.

The Party
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada (Canada) 1997, Les Editions Scholastic (Canada) 1997.

First Look Board Books: Acorn to Oak Tree, Seed To Flower, Caterpillar to Butterfly, Tadpole to Frog (out of print)
HarperCollins (Canada) 1999.

Gifts
(written Jo Ellen Bogart) North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada (Canada) 1994, Les Editions Scholastic (Canada) 1995, Sakyejul (Korea), Everest (Spain), Nahdet Misr (Egypt), Caramelo/Siciliano (Portugal)

Two By Two
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 1992 (Canada), Les Editions Scholastic (Canada) 1992, Lentz (Germany), Sakyejul (Korea)

Effie
(written by Beverly Allinson) Summerhill Press (Toronto) 1990, North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada (Canada) 1994, Les Editions Scholastic (Canada) 1990, Scholastic Inc. (Spain) , Nahdet Misr (Egypt)

Sing A Song of Mother Goose
North Winds Press/Scholastic-TAB Publications (Canada) 1987.

Have You Seen Birds?
(Written by Joanne Oppenheim) North Winds Press/Scholastic (Canada) 1986, Sun YA (China), Scholastic Inc.(Spain), Lasten Keskuis Oy (Finland)

The New Baby Calf
(Written By Edith Newlin Chase) North Winds Press/Scholastic-TAB Publications (Canada) 1984, HD-Forlaget (Germany), HD-Forlaget (Norway), Scholastic Inc.(Spain), Gottmer (Denmark)

Jenny Greenteeth (out of print)
(Written By Mary Alice Downie) Kids Can Press (Toronto) 1984, Scholastic-TAB Publications (Canada) 1983

Mustard (out of print)
(Written by Betty Waterton) Toronto: Scholastic-TAB Publications, 1983,
French edition: Moutarde, Toronto: Scholastic-TAB Publications, 1983
Anthologies:

Dream; a Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes
Written by Susan V Bosak, TCP Pres (Canada) 2004.

Mother Goose: A Canadian Sampler
Groundwood Books, Toronto, 1994

Awards

• 2013 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People (for a body of work)

• Order of Canada, 2013

• Order of Ontario, 2012

The Night Before Christmas
Winner:
• 2014 Libris Children’s Picture Book of the Year

Picture a Tree
Winner:
• 2012 Libris Children’s Picture Book of the Year
• The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection
• OLA Best Bets for Children Selection, 2012
• Toronto Public Library First & Best List, 2011
Shortlisted:
• The Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon award for Illustration
• The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Picture Book Award
• The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
• The Shining Willow Award

Perfect Snow
Winner:
• The Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration 2010
• The Toronto Public Library First and Best list 2009
• Quill and Quire 15 Books that Mattered 2009
• The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
Shortlisted:
• The 2011 Blue Spruce Award
• The 2010 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Picture Book Award
• The Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Children’s Picture Book of the Year

Fox Walked Alone
Winner:
• 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Young Readers
• IBBY International Honour List
• 2007 Libris Award for Children’s Author of the Year
• 2007 Libris Award for Children’s Illustrator of the Year
• Honour Book, the Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration.
• Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Selection.
• Globe and Mail Top Ten Picture books of 2006
• Indigo Top 10 “Best of 2006” list for Children’s Picture Books.
Shortlisted:
• Blue Spruce Reader’s Choice Award
• Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
• The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
• Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Shining Willow Award.

Peg & The Yeti
Winner:
• Jean Throop Book Award, Municiple Chapter Toronto IODE 2005
• White Raven’s Selection (International Youth Library)
• Honour Book, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration
• Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Selection
Shortlisted:
• Governor General’s Award for Illustration
• Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Award)
• Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
• TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

The Subway Mouse
Winner:
• Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2003
• IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People With Disabilities 2004
• Globe & Mail Top Ten Children’s Books 2003
Shortlisted:
• Finalist The Governor General’s Award for Illustration
• Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award 2004
• Honour Book CLA Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award For Illustration
• Starred Recommendation, Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Catalogue

Read Me a Book
Winner:
• Starred Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Catalogue.
• Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Book Award, Top Ten Canadian Children’s Books of 2004.

The Zoe Board Books
Winner:
• Mr Christie Book Award, 1991

The Golden Goose
Shortlisted:
• The Ruth Schwartz Award for Children’s Literature, 2001

Fun With Modeling Clay
Winner:
• Honour Book, Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award, 1989.

The Party
Winner:
• The Governor General’s Award for Illustration, 1997
• The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration, 1997
Shortlisted:
• Mr Christie Book Award

Gifts
Winner:
• Canadian Associations of Children’s Librarians, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Medal, 1995
• Bronze Award, Dimensional Art Director’s Award Show, New York, 1995
• International Board on Books for Young People Honour List, 1996
Shortlisted:
• Ruth Schwartz Award for Children’s Literature, 1995
• Mr Christie Book Award, 1995

Two By Two
Winner:
• Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for Illustration, 1993
• American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, 1994
Shortlisted:
• Amelia Francis-Gibbon Award for Illustration, 1993
• Mr Christie Book Award

Sing a Song of Mother Goose
Winner:
• Unicef Ezra Jack Keats International Award, 1987 (for a body of work)
• Canadian Materials Notable Canadian Illustrated Book

Have You Seen Birds?
Winner:
• Unicef Ezra Jack Keats International Award, 1987 (for a body of work)
• Canada Council Prize fir Children’s Literature, 1986
• Ruth Schwartz Award for Children’s Literature, 1986
• Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE Children’s Book Award, 1986
• IBBY, Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award, 1987
• White Raven’s Selection, International Youth Library
• International Reading Association, Big Book Award, 1992
Shortlisted:
• CLA Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award

The New Baby Calf
Winner:
• Unicef Ezra Jack Keats International Award, 1987 (for a body of work)
• Award of Merit, Book Illustration, Studio Magazine
Shortlisted:
• The Canada Council Children’s Literature Prize for Illustration, 1985