Michael Wandelmaier - Illustrator


Michael Wandelmaier grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, in a family of science geeks with artistic temperaments. His years at Queen’s University in Kingston were spent diligently neglecting his courses in civil engineering and geology in favor of leisure and drawing cartoons for the school paper. #After graduation, he moved to Toronto to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. He is currently a designer at a Toronto advertising agency and an illustrator whenever possible. #In the two years since Michael began illustrating professionally, his illustrations have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Maisonneuve magazine, Fantagraphics’ Beasts! Book 2, and Planadviser magazine. #Michael currently lives in Toronto with his girlfriend, artist Jessica Fortner, from whom he derives constant inspiration.


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    2012 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Children's Crown Award Reading Program, Short-listed

    2012 - Lamplighter Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2012 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, The Children's Literature Association of Utah, Short-listed

    2012 - Utah Beehive Award - Informational Category, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

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

    2011 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, NSTA, Short-listed

    2011 - Norma Fleck Award, , Winner

    2010 - Outstanding Science Trade Book, , Winner

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