Mélanie Watt - Author/Illustrator

Biography

It was in a design class taught by Michèle Lemieux at the University of Quebec in Montreal that author and illustrator Mélanie Watt created her first picture book, Leon the Chameleon, which was later published by Kids Can Press. Watt went on to create several more books, including the Learning with Animals collection and Augustine, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Watt has also illustrated Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and Bearcub and Mama, which won the 2006 IRA Teachers’ Choices Project. #Mélanie’s best known book Scaredy Squirrel, has won many awards including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for Children’s Picture Book and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The release of Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, was met with enthusiastic reviews and incredible sales, confirming the arrival of kid lit’s newest superstar. #Chester,Chester’s Back! and Chester’s Masterpiece are about a megalomaniac cat who is every bit the antithesis to Scaredy. Chester has already become a bestseller and shows the breadth and creativity of Mélanie Watt.#Scaredy returns to take a few more tentative steps out of his comfort zone in Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach and Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie has often noted how the Scaredy Squirrel books helped her work out her own insecurities and fears, as the success of these titles has required her to venture out into the unknown, and like Scaredy she has found the experience truly uplifting.#Mélanie currently resides near Montreal, Quebec.

Awards

  • Chester

    2011 - Virginia Readers' Choice Award, Virginia State Reader's Association, Winner

    2010 - Grand Canyon Reader Award, Arizona Library & Reading Associations, Winner

    2010 - Nevada Young Reader's Award, Nevada Library Association, Winner

    2010 - Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner

    2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2009 - Time To Read Award, British Columbia Achievement Foundation, Winner

    2008 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2008 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, International Reading Association, Winner

    2008 - Childrens’ Choices, WEMTA, Short-listed

    2008 - Golden Archer Award, NCTE, Winner

    2008 - Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2007 - Best Bets Picture Book, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2007 - Book of the Year, , Short-listed

  • You’re Finally Here!

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

  • Chester’s Masterpiece

    2011 - Golden Archer Award, Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association, Winner

    2011 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council, Winner

  • Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

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

  • Chester’s Back!

    2009 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, , Winner

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

  • Scaredy Squirrel at Night

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

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

    2010 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

    2010 - Shining Willow Award, , Winner

  • Have I Got a Book for You!

    2011 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed

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

  • Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach

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

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

  • Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

    2009 - Libris Award – Children's Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner

    2009 - Libris Award – Children's Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner

    2008 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2008 - Blue Spruce Award, Mother Goose Programs, Winner

    2008 - Red Clover Children’s Choice Picture Book, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2008 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, , Commended

    2007 - Best Bets Picture Book, , Winner

  • Scaredy Squirrel

    2010 - Illinois Monarch Award, Illinois School Library Media Association, Winner

    2009 - Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Winner

    2008 - Black-Eyed Susan Award, Maryland Educational Media, Winner

    2008 - Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Media, Short-listed

    2008 - Libris Award – Children's Author of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner

    2008 - Libris Award – Children's Illustrator of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association, Winner

    2008 - North Carolina Children’s Book Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice, Winner

    2008 - Shining Willow Award, Read Boston, Winner

    2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2007 - Best Read Aloud Book Award, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Winner

    2007 - Childrens' Choices, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2007 - Great Book of the Year, ALA, Winner

    2007 - Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze Medal, NCTE, Winner

    2007 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, ReadBoston, Short-listed

    2007 - Notable Children’s Books, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2007 - Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts, Children’s Book Sense, Winner

    2007 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, , Winner

    2006 - Best Read Aloud Book Award, , Runner-up

    2006 - Book of the Year Award, , Short-listed

    2006 - Cybils - Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literacy Awards, , Winner

    2006 - Le Prix de la Librarie Millepage (in Vincennes, France), , Winner

    2005 - Summer Pick, , Commended

  • Augustine

    2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2007 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice, Short-listed

    2007 - Shining Willow Award, , Short-listed

  • Leon the Chameleon

    2002 - Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed

    2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2002 - Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2001 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Runner-up

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