Ashley Barron - Illustrator

Biography

Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children’s books, including Kids Can Press’s Birthdays Around the World and My Forest is Green.#Ashley grew up in the Oshawa/Whitby region of southern Ontario with her parents, younger sister and their many pet dogs and rabbits. Ashley’s love for books was ignited at an early age thanks to her mother, a preschool teacher, who kept an extensive collection of children’s literature in their spare bedroom. Although Ashley was very much an outdoorsy kid, she savored rainy indoor days, which allowed her the freedom to daydream, read and draw pictures to her heart’s content.#Ashley’s love for art and literature followed her into adulthood. She graduated from the illustration program at Ontario Collage of Art & Design in 2007 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.#Ashley lives in Toronto with her cinematographer partner, Kevin. Together they share a bright, plant-filled studio with their three cats.~Instagram: @_ashleybarron

Awards

  • My City Speaks

    2022 - Schneider Family Book Award, American Library Association, Winner

    2021 - First and Best, Toronto Public Library, Commended

    2023 - IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities Award, IBBY Canada, Short-Listed

  • My Ocean Is Blue

    2021 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Arts Foundation, Commended

    2020 - Concept (Colors) Category, Northern Lights Book Awards, Winner

    2020 - First and Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner

  • My Forest Is Green

    2020 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children`s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council, Commended

    2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2019 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner

    2019 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Commended

  • Birthdays Around the World

    2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2018 - Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner

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