Ashley Barron - Illustrator

Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children's books, including Kids Can Press's Birthdays Around the World and My Forest is Green.

Ashley grew up in the Oshawa/Whitby region of southern Ontario with her parents, younger sister and their many pet dogs and rabbits. Ashley's love for books was ignited at an early age thanks to her mother, a preschool teacher, who kept an extensive collection of children's literature in their spare bedroom. Although Ashley was very much an outdoorsy kid, she savored rainy indoor days, which allowed her the freedom to daydream, read and draw pictures to her heart's content.

Ashley's love for art and literature followed her into adulthood. She graduated from the illustration program at Ontario Collage of Art & Design in 2007 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.

Ashley lives in Toronto with her cinematographer partner, Kevin. Together they share a bright, plant-filled studio with their three cats.
Instagram: @_ashleybarron

Birthdays Around the World

2018 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner
2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

My City Speaks

2022 - Schneider Family Book Award, American Library Association, Winner
2021 - First and Best, Toronto Public Library, Joint winner

My Forest Is Green

2020 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children`s Book Award, Ontario Arts Council, Short-listed
2019 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner
2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2019 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Honour Book

My Ocean Is Blue

2021 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Ontario Arts Foundation, Short-listed
2020 - First and Best List, Toronto Public Library, Winner
2020 - Concept (Colors) Category, Northern Lights Book Awards, Winner