2015 Festival – Children’s Authors



Carolyn Beck is the author of an eclectic mix of picture books. From the postman-devouring dog in The Waiting Dog to the zenfully happy cow inButtercup’s Lovely Day to the ardent nosepicker in Richard Was a Picker to the misbehaving pooches inWellington’s Rainy Day and Dog Breath, each of her characters have something distinctly unique to say. Her latest books are One Hungry Heron (Fall 2014), a swampy counting book, and That Squeak (Spring 2015), a story of discovery. Carolyn lives in Toronto.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Sean Cassidy grew up in Montreal. As a boy, he loved to draw and read adventure stories, as well as science fiction and stories about animals. As a grown up, Sean travelled extensively, studying art, architecture and history. After Maggie, his daughter, popped into the world, Sean’s focus turned to picture books. Sean’s picture books have won several awards, including Mr. Christie’s Gold Seal and the Ruth Schwartz Award. His books have been nominated for many national and provincial awards, including theBlue Spruce, Chocolate Lily and Shining Willow awards. When he’s not writing, illustrating or gazing at Saturn through his telescope, Sean relaxes with a good mystery book or his guitar.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Wallace Edwardswrites and illustrates children’s books. His first book Alphabeasts, published in 2002, won the Governor General’s Award (GG) for Children’s Book Illustration. Since then he has written and illustrated eight more books, winning many national and international awards, including being a GG Finalist in 2005 and 2007. The Governor General is a big fan. He offered a collection of Wallace’s books as a gift to President Obama’s children, and invited him to a state dinner to present his books to the Empress of Japan. Wallace’s paintings can be found in private and public collections throughout the world. His last book,Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe, was shortlisted for the Blue Spruce award. His latest book is Unnatural Selections. He lives in Yarker ON with his partner Katie.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Where Are My Books?, published in 2015, is the first book that Debbie has written as well as illustrated. Her illustrations have appeared in several picture books, Sea-Monkey and Bob (written by Aaron Reynolds), I’m Bored (New York Times Notable Book, written by Michael Ian Black) and Naked!(also written by Michael Ian Black). Debbie has also illustrated ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles.PHOTO: ANNIE T.


Jan Thornhill is a multi-award-winning author and illustrator who has produced numerous books for children. Her newest book, Kyle Goes Alone—gorgeously illustrated by Ashley Barron — is the story of a young three-toed sloth who has important business to do on the rain-forest floor. When not working on books, Jan spend all her spare time poking around in the woods looking for skulls and other bones and obsessively collecting and cataloguing fungi and slime moulds.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning Canadian children’s author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Twenty-three of her picture books, non-fiction, or poetry books have been accepted for publication. Dr. Winters is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada, the United States, and in South Africa. Kari-Lynn currently works at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, teaching drama-in-education and language arts.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


Ben Caesar has been performing magic for more than 25 years. He did his first magic show at the age of 12; he went on to compete and win magic competitions across Canada, the United States and Hong Kong, and in 1999 won a trip to Japan, where he entertained audiences there. His show is a mixture of illusion and comedy; it’s a delight for people of all ages.PHOTO: SUBMITTED


As a children’s singer-songwriter,Eddie Douglas brings music and poetry together for kids. His songs embody a cross-current of musical genres with lyrics ranging from out-and-out wacky wordplay to beguiling poetic imagery – from the works of celebrated modern-day writers to traditional rhymes and classic children’s verse, and also from his own pen.  He has been nominated for two JUNO Awards for Children’s Album of the Year.  Eddie lives in Guelph.PHOTO: SUBMITTED