Pat Stephens - Illustrator

Biography

Born in Toronto, Pat Stephens came to illustration after having been a fine artist, signwriter, paste-up artist, calligrapher and magazine art director. Her childhood hours — and hours! — spent drawing horses made it easy to illustrate the many animal books she’s done for KCP.#While majoring in modern languages at the University of Toronto, Pat took a fine art studio course “just for fun”. Several years of serious painting and a few gallery shows followed. At 28 she returned to school to study Graphic Design at George Brown College, after which she worked primarily as a paste-up artist, doing magazine illustration on the side.#When manual paste-up became obsolete, Pat turned to illustration in earnest. A book she wrote and illustrated about her cat, Nickie, led to her association with Kids Can Press in the mid 1990s.~ ~Pat had her first child at the ripe old age of 48 and they live in Durham, Ontario, a town small enough that they can be biking along country roads or walking in the woods in minutes. They share their home with several pets and enjoy cooking, woodworking, gardening and reading in front of the fireplace.

Awards

  • Who Lives Here? Rain Forest Animals

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

  • Who Lives Here? Polar Animals

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

  • Who Lives Here? Wetland Animals

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

  • Who Lives Here? Desert Animals

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

  • Animal Groups

    2005 - Outstanding Children's Book Award, Animal Behavior Society, Short-listed

  • Deer, Moose, Elk and Caribou

    1999 - Best Books for Children, Science Books & Films, Winner

  • Bears

    1998 - Best Books for Children, Science Books & Films, Winner

    1997 - Parents’ Choice Approved, American Bookseller, Winner

    1997 - Pick of the Lists, , Winner

  • Beavers

    2001 - Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, , Short-listed

  • Animal Defenses

    2000 - Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council, Winner

    2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2000 - Teachers’ Choices, International Reading Association, Winner

    1999 - Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

  • Animal Senses

    2000 - Teachers Choices, International Reading Association, Winner

    1999 - Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    1999 - Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®, , Winner

    1998 - Ann Connor-Brimer Award, , Short-listed

    1998 - Parents’ Choice Approved, , Winner

  • Animals Eating

    2003 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2002 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, , Short-listed

    2002 - Our Choice, , Winner

  • Animals in Motion

    2000 - International Best Book, Society of School Librarians, Winner

    2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

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