Pat Stephens - Illustrator

Born in Toronto, Pat Stephens came to illustration after having been a fine artist, signwriter, paste-up artist, calligrapher and magazine art director. Her childhood hours --- and hours! --- spent drawing horses made it easy to illustrate the many animal books she's done for KCP.

While majoring in modern languages at the University of Toronto, Pat took a fine art studio course “just for fun.” Several years of serious painting and a few gallery shows followed. At 28 she returned to school to study Graphic Design at George Brown College, after which she worked primarily as a paste-up artist, doing magazine illustration on the side.

When manual paste-up became obsolete, Pat turned to illustration in earnest. A book she wrote and illustrated about her cat, Nickie, led to her association with Kids Can Press in the mid 1990s.

Pat had her first child at the ripe old age of 48 and they live in Durham, Ontario, a town small enough that they can be biking along country roads or walking in the woods in minutes. They share their home with several pets and enjoy cooking, woodworking, gardening and reading in front of the fireplace.

Animal Defenses

2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2000 - Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council, Winner
2000 - Teachers' Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
1999 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Animal Groups

2005 - Outstanding Children's Book Award, Animal Behavior Society, Short-listed

Animal Senses

2000 - Teachers Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
1999 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
1999 - Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®, Winner
1998 - Ann Connor-Brimer Award, Short-listed
1998 - Parents' Choice Approved, Winner

Animals and Their Young

2005 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Short-listed

Animals Eating

2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2002 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed

Animals in Motion

2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2000 - International Best Book, Society of School Librarians, Winner

Bears

1998 - Best Books for Children, Science Books & Films, Winner
1997 - Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller, Winner
1997 - Parents' Choice Approved, Winner

Beavers

2001 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed

Deer, Moose, Elk and Caribou

1999 - Best Books for Children, Science Books & Films, Winner

How Animals Use Their Senses

2007 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Commended

Who Lives Here? Desert Animals

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Who Lives Here? Polar Animals

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Who Lives Here? Rain Forest Animals

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Who Lives Here? Savanna Animals

2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Who Lives Here? Wetland Animals

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Wild Dogs

1997 - Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller, Winner
1997 - Parents' Choice Approved Winner, Winner