A beautiful picture book featuring artwork by Canada's finest illustrators - a true-north tribute to our nation and its children, from coast to coast to coast!
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, gets new life in this beautiful, illustrated hardcover timed to celebrate both Canada's 150th year and Scholastic Canada's 60th anniversary.
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 with her husband in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Canada’s Finest! I AM CANADA Contributing Illustrators:
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.
ASHLEY SPIRES is the creator of many picture books for children, including the Binky the Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Ashley lives in Ladner, British Columbia.
BARBARA REID is an award-winning author best known for her Plasticine illustrations. Barbara is a member of the Order of Canada and is the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Illustration. In 2015, she was named Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day. Barbara lives in Toronto, Ontario.
RENE LUXBACHER is a Governor General’s Award nominated illustrator of children’s art activity books and picture books, including Mittens to Share by Emil Sher. Irene works with organizations to raise awareness for the importance of arts education. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
JEREMY TANKARD is the author and illustrator of self-described “silly picture books for children,” including Boo Hoo Bird, Hungry Bird and Grumpy Bird, which won the OLA Blue Spruce Award. Jeremy was born in South Africa and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
MARIE-LOUISE GAY has created more than 60 books for children. She has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and has received three Governor General Awards. Marie-Louise lives in Montreal, Quebec.
GENEVIÈVE CÔTÉ is the author and illustrator of Me and You and Mr. King’s Machine. Geneviève’s illustrations have won the Governor General’s Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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.
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.
DANIELLE DANIEL is an author and artist whose first picture book, Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, 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.
RUTH OHI is the illustrator of over 60 books, including the popular Fox and Squirrel series. Her books have been nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Shining Willow Award and the Blue Spruce Award. Ruth lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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.
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.