Eugenie Fernandes - Author/Illustrator

Biography

My world is yellow and blue and green. I grew up on the beach. I painted with my father — comic-book illustrator Creig Flessel. We made up stories sitting on the front porch. Birds flew down from the sky and sat on my shoulder. Cats purred. Frogs hopped. I have always lived on islands …a house on Long Island, an apartment on Manhattan Island, a thatch hut on an island in the middle of the South Pacific, and now … I live and work in a little house … on a little island … in a little lake in southern Ontario. Summer and winter …starting at the crack of dawn, I paint every day. Sometimes, I write stories. Sometimes, I sell the stories. Then I paint again … I paint my stories … I paint other people’s stories. Sometimes, I paint paintings for myself … abstract paintings … big … free … Sunshine fills my studio.I am surrounded by water and birds and trees.My world is yellow and blue and green. Eugenie graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1965. Her paintings from Earth Magic and One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference are at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

Awards

  • Mimi’s Village

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

    2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Commended

    2013 - Red Cedar Award, , Commended

  • Kitten’s Summer

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

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

  • Kitten’s Winter

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

  • Kitten’s Spring

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

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

  • Kitten’s Autumn

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

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

  • One Hen

    2010 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

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

    2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, African Studies Association, Winner

    2009 - Children’s Africana Book Award, International Reading Association, Winner

    2009 - Children’s Choices, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2009 - Norma Fleck Award, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2009 - Notable Book for a Global Society, USBBY, Winner

    2009 - Outstanding International Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2009 - Silver Birch Award, , Short-listed

    2008 - Massachusetts Book Award, , Winner

    2008 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, , Winner

  • Earth Magic

    2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed

    2007 - Golden Oak Award, , Short-listed

    2006 - Governor General’s Literary Award, children’s illustration, , Short-listed

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