Wallace Edwards - Author/Illustrator

Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, currently divides his time between Toronto and Kingston working as a freelance illustrator. He has created artwork for magazines, posters and the Toronto Zoo. His first children's picture book, Alphabeasts, won the 2002 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature Illustration. Wallace's third book, Mixed Beasts was also shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award.
Wallace's work is widely received and has won the IRA Children's Choice Award and the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. His newest title, The Painted Circus, continues to build on his reputation as an exquisite artist and author.

Birthplace?
Ottawa, Ontario.

When is your birthday?
September 20th.

Where do you live?
I divide my time between Toronto and Kingston, Ontario.

Do you have any pets?
No, not yet.

What is you favorite book?
Moby Dick.

What are your hobbies?
My favorite hobby is playing guitar.

What was your schooling or training?
I went to the Ontario College of Art.

How did you get involved with children's books?
In my spare time, I did a collection of paintings that seemed to work as a book. I enjoyed it a lot and plan to do more.

What is the thing that you like the most about creating children's books?
I like knowing that my audience has great imagination.

How do you research or create your illustrations?
I look at pictures and things around me and draw a lot.

What material do you work in?
I work in watercolors and pencil. Both feel natural for my drawing style.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Keep at it!

What is you favorite childhood memory?
My favorite memory is playing with my brothers and sisters as a kid.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
From the beginning, I wanted to be an artist. I started drawing when I was three.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I worked as a cremator at a cemetery in Ottawa for a summer when I was 19.

Alphabeasts

2004 - Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Commended
2003 - Our Choice, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2003 - Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - Book of the Year, Gold Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner
2003 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2003 - Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2003 - Independent Publisher Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Winner

Mixed Beasts

2006 - Independant Publisher Book Award, Short-listed
2006 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Runner-up
2006 - Libris Award, Canadian Booksellers Association, Short-listed
2005 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed

Monkey Business

2005 - Great Book Award, Canada Toy Testing Council, Winner
2005 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Winner
2005 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Winner
2005 - Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2004 - Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

The Cat's Pajamas

2012 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, 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 - Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner

The Extinct Files

2007 - Independent Publisher Book Award - Gold Medal, Winner
2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Short-listed
2007 - Libris Award Book Design of the Year, CBA, Short-listed
2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association, Winner

The Painted Circus

2008 - Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2008 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2008 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Short-listed
2007 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Commended
2007 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed