Ashley Spires - Author/Illustrator

Biography

Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with her parents, her sister, a dog, eight cats and the occasional newt. As a child she was constantly making drawings, stories and small polymer clay figures, to say nothing of her cross-stitching prowess. Despite being told she wasn’t the best drawer, she set out from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design to become a children’s book illustrator. Now, some twenty years later, she is known for creating many quirky beloved characters, including Small Saul, 2016’s TD Grade One Book Giveaway, Larf and Binky the Space Cat, who is now featured on his own animated television series. Ashley’s bestselling book The Most Magnificent Thing has been translated into nineteen languages worldwide and was recently adapted into a short animated film. She strives to make books that reflect her own struggles with making mistakes and how to learn from them. During the rare moments when she is not creating, she fosters orphaned kittens for her local animal shelter. She resides in Ladner, British Columbia, with her dog and many, many cats.

Awards

  • 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 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2013 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2013 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2012 - Best Bets, Picture Books, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Commended

    2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, , Winner

  • Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite!

    2022 - Texas 2x2 Reading List, Texas Library Association, Winner

    2023 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, , Short-Listed

  • The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

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

    2018 - Rainforest of Reading Award, OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation, Commended

    2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2017 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner

  • Gordon: Bark to the Future!

    2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Listed

    2019 - Chocolate Lily Award - Chapter Book/Early Novel Category, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, , Winner

  • Fluffy Strikes Back

    2018 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Chapter Book Category, Hackmatack, Short-listed

    2018 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Award, Bank Street College, Winner

    2017 - 2017/2018 Children's Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

    2017 - Best Children's Books of the Year, , Winner

    2016 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred, , Winner

  • Binky: License to Scratch

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

  • Binky Takes Charge

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

    2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, English fiction category, , Winner

  • The Most Magnificent Thing

    2022 - Bolognaragazzi Crossmedia Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award (BRAW) Committee, Commended

    2016 - Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. List, Florida Association for Media in Education, Commended

    2015 - ALA Notables Children's Book List, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Winner

    2015 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association, Commended

    2015 - Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading, Commended

    2015 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

    2015 - Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children List, Recommended Book, NCTE, Commended

    2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book Category, West Coast Book Prize Society, Commended

    2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, Korea International Schools, Commended

    2015 - Morning Calm Medal, Ontario Arts Council, Commended

    2015 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, New York Public Library, Commended

    2014 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, IBBY-Canada, Winner

    2014 - Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, A Mighty Girl, Commended

    2014 - Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, , Winner

  • Small Saul

    2012 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association, Commended

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

    2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2012 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

    2012 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

  • Binky Under Pressure

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

  • Binky to the Rescue

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2011 - Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Short-listed

    2011 - Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Awards, Short-listed

    2010 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews, Winner

  • Binky the Space Cat

    2011 - Silver Birch Express, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2010 - Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards, Short-listed

    2010 - Hackmatack Award, , Winner

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