Bill Slavin - Author/Illustrator

Biography

Bill Slavin was born on February 12, 1959, in Belleville, Ontario, as the seventh of eight children. He illustrated his first book, “The Adventures of Zok the Caveman”, when he was seven years old. It was published in an edition of one. He has been writing and illustrating ever since. He has illustrated over one hundred children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, including Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey, winner of the 2004 Blue Spruce Award, the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.#He also co-wrote (with his brother Jim Slavin) and illustrated Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made, which won the Norma Fleck Award as well as the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award in 2006. In 2014, he completed his Elephants Never Forget graphic novel trilogy, fulfilling a lifetime desire to return to the world of comic books that he had inhabited in his youth.#Bill lives in the village of Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, Esperança Melo, who is also an artist and the co-illustrator of Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, winner of the 2005 Blue Spruce Award. They have lived and worked in this community since 1990.

Awards

  • Stanley’s Beauty Contest

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

    2010 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

    2010 - Shining Willow Award, Foreword Magazine, Short-listed

    2009 - Book of the Year, , Short-listed

  • On the Run in Ancient China

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

  • Stowing Away with the Vikings

    2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

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

  • Trash Revolution

    2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Outstanding Merit Selection

    2019 - Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards -, International Literacy Association, Winner

    2019 - Intermediate Nonfiction Category, The Nature Generation, Winner

    2019 - Green Earth Book Award, Children's Nonfiction Category, WSRA Children’s Literature Committee, Listed

    2019 - Just One More Page! Recommendation List, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Finalist

    2019 - Middle Grades Science Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Finalist

    2019 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Nominated

    2019 - Red Maple Nonfiction Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

    2018 - Skipping Stones Honor List, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, California Reading Association, Honor Book

    2018 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

    2018 - Lane Anderson Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, Short-listed

    - Youth Book Award, ,

  • Stanley at School

    2017 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2015 - 2015 Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY, Short-listed

  • Stanley’s Little Sister

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

    2012 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2011 - Best Children Books of the Year, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Best Bets Picture Book, , Winner

  • Stanley at Sea

    2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner

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

    2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2009 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, , Short-listed

    2009 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, , Short-listed

    2009 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, , Short-listed

  • Stanley’s Wild Ride

    2009 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Winner

    2008 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Canadian, Commended

    2007 - Children’s Literature Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2007 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, ForeWord Magazine, Commended

    2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children’s Books, , Winner

    2006 - Book of the Year Award – Gold Medal, , Winner

  • Stanley’s Party

    2011 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Short-listed

    2007 - Ministry of Education Time to Read, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Winner

    2006 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2006 - Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2006 - SMART Award, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2005 - Chocolate Lily Award, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Winner

    2005 - Georgia Picture Storybook Award, , Winner

    2005 - Shining Willow Award, , Winner

    2004 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, , Winner

    2004 - Best Bets, , Winner

    2004 - Blue Spruce Award, , Winner

    2004 - Book of the Year Award – Silver Medal, , Winner

    2004 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, , Winner

    2004 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, , Winner

    2004 - Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature, , Winner

  • Transformed

    2008 - Red Cedar Book Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Winner

    2007 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed

    2007 - Great Book of the Year, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2006 - Independant Publisher Book Award, , Short-listed

    2006 - Information Book Award, , Short-listed

    2006 - Norma Fleck Award, , Winner

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