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I Am Canada: A Celebration

A Celebration

by Heather Patterson
illustrated by Jon Klassen; Barbara Reid; Marie-Louise Gay; Danielle Daniel; Geneviève Côté; Ashley Spires; Qin Leng; Jeremy Tankard; Ruth Ohi; Irene Luxbacher; Eva Campbell; Cale Atkinson & Doretta Groenendyk

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list price: $9.99
published: 2020
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
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A board book edition of this beautiful picture book — featuring artwork by Canada’s finest illustrators!


What is being a Canadian kid all about?

Simple text describes the ample space available to our children in this country, and the freedom they have to grow and dream and share. With artwork from 13 of Canada’s finest illustrators, each page is a celebration and a reminder of the infinite variety of our home and native land.

Heather Patterson’s free verse poem I Am Canada, originally published in 1996, speaks to a new generation in this perfect toddler gift. Bright illustrations by some of Canada’s best children’s book creators provide a view of different art styles, highlighting Canada’s diversity in a very special way.


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Editorial Review


Praise for I Am Canada:

Each spread is unique and recognizable to fans of these artists, yet the overall presentation is surprisingly cohesive, unified by the themes of diversity, landscapes, and positivity. ... I Am Canada is a beautiful book that belongs in all Canadian collections. Highly Recommended.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This charming book is a celebration of both Canada and Canadian illustrators from across the country, with varied backgrounds, styles and perspectives... an inspired interpretation of this lovely poem, a cohesive vision of what it means to be Canadian, created by 13 remarkable illustrators. The diversity in illustration styles fittingly reflects the diversity of our home and native land — its landscapes, flora and fauna and, of course, its people. Each illustration is a joy to behold and will captivate readers young and old. The cheerful, buoyant children who dance across the pages are explorers and dreamers; they are sharing, playing, learning and contemplating. [T]his is a perfect book for our sesquicentennial, a wonderful resource kindling discussion about the deeper meanings of being Canadian.” — Canadian Children’s Book News, Red Leaf Literature reviews


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About the Authors

Heather Patterson

HEATHER PATTERSON is the author of Thanks for Thanksgiving, Pioneer Christmas Crafts, A Poppy Is to Remember and Canada From Above, all published by Scholastic Canada, Ltd. A former elementary school teacher and children's book editor, Heather is a fiercely proud Canadian. She lives in Etobicoke, Ontario.
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Jon Klassen

JON KLASSEN is an animator and Governor General's Award-winning creator of children's books. His book This is Not My Hat won both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenway Medal, making Jon the first person to win both awards for the same work. Jon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid is the bestselling author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, and the illustrator of over twenty five. She has won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, The Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. In 2013 she became a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2015 she was named Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day. Her book Picture the Sky won the 2018 CBC Fan Choice Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.
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Marie-Louise Gay

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has won awards, including the Governor General's Award, for her children's book illustrations.
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Danielle Daniel

Danielle Daniel is an author and artist whose first picture book, Parfois je suis un renard, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the First Nation Communities Read Award for aboriginal literature. A former elementary school teacher, Danielle is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. Danielle lives in Sudbury, Ontario.

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Geneviève Côté

Geneviève Côté
studied art and graphic design at Concordia University in Montreal. She has
illustrated numerous books for children. She also enjoys writing her own
stories: Quel éléphant? (What Elephant?) and Je suis là, petit Lundi (With You Always, Little Monday)
were the first books that she both wrote and illustrated. Côté's editorial
art has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and other
publications. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor
General's Award for Illustration, one of which she went on to win. She has
also won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

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Ashley Spires

Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of BINKY THE SPACE CAT. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at www.ashleyspires.com.
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Qin Leng

Qin Leng is the illustrator of many picture books for children, including Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award. Qin was born in Shanghai, and now lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto, Ontario.
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Jeremy Tankard

Jeremy Tankard is the creator of the Los Angeles Times Favorite Book Grumpy Bird and its companions Boo Hoo Bird, Hungry Bird, and Sleepy Bird, and the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Rachel Vail's Piggy Bunny and David LaRochelle's It's a Tiger! The beloved Bird books are bestsellers in Tankard's native Canada. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at jeremytankard.com.
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Ruth Ohi

RUTH OHI has illustrated more than sixty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.RuthOhi.com.
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Irene Luxbacher

IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen’s Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa and its sequel Une belle journée avec grand-papa. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Viens jouer, Matou, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children’s art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.

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Eva Campbell

EVA CAMPBELL is a painter of the human form. She is the illustrator of The Matatu by Eric Walters. Eva has lived in Ghana and the Caribbean, but now resides in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator, writer, animator whose work can be found in children's books, animated shorts, television, and games. Cale is the illustrator of If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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Doretta Groenendyk

DORETTA GROENENDYK is an artist and illustrator of picture books for children, including Thank You for My Bed, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Doretta is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and lives in Canning, Nova Scotia, with her family.
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