Nicholas Oldland - Author/Illustrator

Nicholas Oldland

Nicholas Oldland is the creative director and one of the owners of an apparel company called Hatley. He has been illustrating prints for children's pajamas for the past 10 years.

Nicholas always wanted to write a book that you could take to bed with a pair of Hatley pajamas, but he quickly discovered writing a book was a lot harder than he imagined. Instead, he found easier things to do, like going for lunch, playing with his kids and napping.

This all changed one sleepless night when Nicholas blindly scratched out the story for Big Bear Hug. In the morning when he looked at his sketchpad he knew he had something. He spent the next few weeks sketching frantically and when it was all done Nicholas dropped it off at Kids Can Press. This was his first book so he did not know what to expect, but luckily they liked it.

Nicholas had such a good time creating Big Bear Hug that he has started working on a second book. This time he is going to explore the personality of one of Bear's best friends, Moose.

Unlike most other illustrators and authors, Nicholas's work can be found on pajamas, and the best place to have a look is on his company's website: www.hatleystore.com

Big Bear Hug

2011 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Dinosaur Countdown

2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Making the Moose Out of Life

2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Busy Beaver

2013 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Up the Creek

2014 - CCBC Choices 2014, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

Walk on the Wild Side

2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner