Ashley Spires - Author/Illustrator

Ashley Spires grew up in a little town on the coast of British Columbia called Tsawwassen with two parents, an older sister, eight cats, a dog and the occasional newt.

For a while she thought that animation was her future, but then photography caught her eye, which led her to bookmaking courses. These classes opened her eyes to the world of illustration and she never looked back. Delighted that there was, in fact, a career that allowed her to remain in her pajamas, hang out with her cats and be productive at the same time, she knew illustration was the perfect job for her.

Ashley spent time living in Toronto and Saskatoon before returning to her home turf of Delta, British Columbia where she now resides with three cats, a dog and her extremely patient fella.

Like Binky, Ashley does not take kindly to insects, though she rarely eats them. She has ingested a number of bugs accidentally during her frequent jogs and bike rides, but trust me, she didn't enjoy it.

Binky Takes Charge

2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, English fiction category, Winner
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Binky the Space Cat

2011 - Silver Birch Express, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2010 - Hackmatack Award, Winner
2010 - Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Binky to the Rescue

2011 - Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Awards, Short-listed
2011 - Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Short-listed
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews, Winner

Binky Under Pressure

2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Binky: License to Scratch

2014 - 2014 Libris Awards, Retail Council of Canada, Long-listed

Fluffy Strikes Back

2017 - 2017/2018 Children's Book Award, Hackmatack, Short-listed
2017 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner
2016 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Larf

2014 - Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2014 - Treasure State Award, Montana University, Short-listed
2014 - Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, The Washington Library Media Association, Short-listed
2013 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association, Commended

Small Saul

2012 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Commended
2012 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

The Most Magnificent Thing

2016 - Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. List, Florida Association for Media in Education, Short-listed
2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society, Short-listed
2015 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2015 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards, Ontario Arts Council, Short-listed
2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book category, Short-listed
2015 - Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading, Short-listed
2015 - Morning Calm Medal, Korea International Schools, Short-listed
2015 - ALA Notables Children's Book List, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Winner
2015 - Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children List, Recommended Book, NCTE, Commended
2015 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, New York Public Library, Winner
2014 - Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl, Winner
2014 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY-Canada, Short-listed