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Mélanie Watt
Author/Illustrator
Mélanie Watt
It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers’ Choices Project.
Mélanie’s best known book Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar.
Chester,Chester’s Back! and Chester’s Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.
Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.
Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.

Picture Books
  • The Alphabet, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Augustine, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Bearcub and Mama, 2005
    Illustrator
  • Chester, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Back!, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Masterpiece, 2010
    Author/Illustrator
  • Colors, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Have I Got a Book for You!, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Leon the Chameleon, 2001
    Author/Illustrator
  • Numbers, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Opposites, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at Night, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party, 2011
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, 2012
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Shapes, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • You're Finally Here!, 2011
    Author/Illustrator


Augustine
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Short-Listed
Bearcub and Mama
2006Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2006Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2006Teacher’s Choices Project, International Reading Association Winner
Chester
2011Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, Virginia State Readers’s Association Winner
2009Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Time To Read Award, British Columbia Achievement Foundation Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2008Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2008Golden Archer Award, WEMTA Winner
2008Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Short-Listed
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine Short-Listed
Chester’s Back!
2009Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2009Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2009Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
Chester’s Masterpiece
2011Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council Winner
Have I Got a Book for You!
2011Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Short-Listed
2010Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association Short-Listed
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Leon the Chameleon
2002Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2002Young Adults’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2001International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International Runner-Up
Scaredy Squirrel
2008Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media Winner
2008Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media Short-Listed
2008Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008North Carolina Children’s Book Award Winner
2008Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Winner
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Winner
2007Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2007Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council Winner
2007Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze Medal Winner
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Notable Children’s Books, ALA Winner
2007Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Winner
2007Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
2006Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France) Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2010Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards Short-Listed
2010Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Short-Listed
2010Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach
2009Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
2009Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2009Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2008Red Clover Children’s Choice Picture Book, Mother Goose Programs Short-Listed
2008Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Commended
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
You’re Finally Here!
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Mélanie Watt
Author/Illustrator
Mélanie Watt
It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers’ Choices Project.
Mélanie’s best known book Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar.
Chester,Chester’s Back! and Chester’s Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.
Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.
Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.

Picture Books
  • The Alphabet, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Augustine, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Bearcub and Mama, 2005
    Illustrator
  • Chester, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Back!, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Masterpiece, 2010
    Author/Illustrator
  • Colors, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Have I Got a Book for You!, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Leon the Chameleon, 2001
    Author/Illustrator
  • Numbers, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Opposites, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at Night, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party, 2011
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, 2012
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Shapes, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • You're Finally Here!, 2011
    Author/Illustrator


Augustine
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Short-Listed
Bearcub and Mama
2006Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2006Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2006Teacher’s Choices Project, International Reading Association Winner
Chester
2011Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, Virginia State Readers’s Association Winner
2009Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Time To Read Award, British Columbia Achievement Foundation Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2008Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2008Golden Archer Award, WEMTA Winner
2008Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Short-Listed
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine Short-Listed
Chester’s Back!
2009Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2009Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2009Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
Chester’s Masterpiece
2011Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council Winner
Have I Got a Book for You!
2011Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Short-Listed
2010Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association Short-Listed
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Leon the Chameleon
2002Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2002Young Adults’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2001International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International Runner-Up
Scaredy Squirrel
2008Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media Winner
2008Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media Short-Listed
2008Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008North Carolina Children’s Book Award Winner
2008Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Winner
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Winner
2007Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2007Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council Winner
2007Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze Medal Winner
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Notable Children’s Books, ALA Winner
2007Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Winner
2007Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
2006Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France) Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2010Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards Short-Listed
2010Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Short-Listed
2010Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach
2009Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
2009Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2009Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2008Red Clover Children’s Choice Picture Book, Mother Goose Programs Short-Listed
2008Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Commended
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
You’re Finally Here!
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Mélanie Watt
Author/Illustrator
Mélanie Watt
It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers’ Choices Project.
Mélanie’s best known book Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar.
Chester,Chester’s Back! and Chester’s Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.
Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.
Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.

Picture Books
  • The Alphabet, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Augustine, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Bearcub and Mama, 2005
    Illustrator
  • Chester, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Back!, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Chester's Masterpiece, 2010
    Author/Illustrator
  • Colors, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Have I Got a Book for You!, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Leon the Chameleon, 2001
    Author/Illustrator
  • Numbers, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Opposites, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel, 2006
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at Night, 2009
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, 2008
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party, 2011
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, 2007
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas, 2012
    Author/Illustrator
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, 2013
    Author/Illustrator
  • Shapes, 2005
    Author/Illustrator
  • You're Finally Here!, 2011
    Author/Illustrator


Augustine
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Short-Listed
Bearcub and Mama
2006Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2006Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2006Teacher’s Choices Project, International Reading Association Winner
Chester
2011Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, Virginia State Readers’s Association Winner
2009Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Time To Read Award, British Columbia Achievement Foundation Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2008Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2008Golden Archer Award, WEMTA Winner
2008Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Short-Listed
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine Short-Listed
Chester’s Back!
2009Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Short-Listed
2009Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2009Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
Chester’s Masterpiece
2011Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council Winner
Have I Got a Book for You!
2011Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Short-Listed
2010Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association Short-Listed
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Leon the Chameleon
2002Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2002Young Adults’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2001International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International Runner-Up
Scaredy Squirrel
2008Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media Winner
2008Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media Short-Listed
2008Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008North Carolina Children’s Book Award Winner
2008Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Winner
2007Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Winner
2007Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2007Childrens’ Choices, International Reading Association Short-Listed
2007Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council Winner
2007Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze Medal Winner
2007Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Short-Listed
2007Notable Children’s Books, ALA Winner
2007Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, NCTE Winner
2007Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner
2006Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France) Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at Night
2010Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
2010Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards Short-Listed
2010Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Short-Listed
2010Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award Winner
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach
2009Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association Winner
2009Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
2009Libris Award – Children’s Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2009Libris Award – Children’s Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association Winner
2008Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Short-Listed
2008Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association Winner
2008Red Clover Children’s Choice Picture Book, Mother Goose Programs Short-Listed
2008Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Commended
2007Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association Winner
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas
2013Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
You’re Finally Here!
2012Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner
 
Books by Mélanie Watt have been the recipients of the following awards: