Margot Thompson - Illustrator

Biography

Margot Thompson is an illustrator and designer. Most of her illustration work has been for magazines, but she has also illustrated several books for children.#Margot started drawing when she was very young, mainly because her older sister was already drawing and so Margot joined in. Her earliest “works” were crayon drawings of princesses. Because she wanted them to be life-size or even bigger, Margot would tape sheets of paper together in long rows and make giant princesses.#During high school and university, Margot focused on another love: science. She received a degree in biology from the University of Toronto. Rather than working in science, though, she decided to study art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. This led to a career as a freelance illustrator and as a designer at the Royal Ontario Museum, keeping her very busy.

Awards

  • Planet Ark

    2014 - Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation, Short-listed

    2014 - Information Book Award, The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Long-listed

    2014 - Top 10 Books on Sustainability for Youth, Booklist, Winner

  • Biomimicry

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

    2012 - Green Earth Book Award, Newton Marasco Foundation, Short-listed

    2012 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Commended

    2012 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

    2012 - Outstanding Science Books, National Science Teachers Association, Winner

  • Tree of Life

    2007 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2006 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Short-listed

    2005 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2005 - Green Earth Book Award, Chicago Public Library, Runner-up

    2005 - Independent Publisher Book Award, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2005 - Silver Birch Award, ASPCA, Short-listed

    2005 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, The Editors’ Association of Canada, Winner

    2005 - Teacher’s Choice List, , Winner

    2004 - Best of the Best Books List, , Winner

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

    2004 - Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, , Winner

    2004 - Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, , Winner

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