Member Profile

Celia Godkin

Photo: Bruce Dodds 2009

Celia has enjoyed a number of complimentary and overlapping careers that combine her love of art and nature. She's worked as a biologist, a natural science illustrator and a teacher of studio arts courses, but is best known as the author ansd illustrator of award-winning children's nature books. She's published hundreds of illustrations in books and journals, on zoo signs, museum exhibits and coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint.

E-mail: celia@godkin.ca
Phone number:
613-275-7204

Publications

Amber, the Story of a Red Fox. by Shirley Woods, illus. Celia Godkin. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004.
Jack, The Story of a Beaver. by Shirley Woods, illus. Celia Godkin. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002.
When the Giant Stirred. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002.
Kit: The Adventures of a Raccoon. by Shirley Woods, illus. Celia Godkin. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
Flying Lessons. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999.
Flying Acrobats. by Gisela Woldenga, illus. Celia Godkin, Toronto, 2007
Wolf Island. Toronto, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2nd ed, 2006
Fire! The Renewal of a Forest. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
Hurricane!. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World. Pajama Press, 2014
The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park. Pajama Press, 2017

Awards

Nominated, Red Cedar Award for Kit, The Adventures of a Raccoon, 2001.
Nominated, Silver Birch Award for Kit, The Adventures of a Raccoon, 2001.
Nominated, Ann Connor Brimer Award for Kit, The Adventures of a Raccoon, 2000.
Nominated, Red Cedar Award for Black Nell, The Adventures of a Coyote.
Honours list for the Children's Literature Roundtable's of Canada Information Book Award for Ladybug Garden, 1996.
Silver Birch Express shortlist for Fire! The Renewal of a Forest, 2007
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction Honour Book for Fire! The Renewal of a Forest, 2007
Canadian Science Writers' Association Science in Society Journalism Award nominee, Youth Book Category for Fire! The Renewal of a Forest, 2007
Black Spruce Award shortlist for When the Giant Stirred, 2003
Diamond Willow Award winner for Amber, the story of a Red Fox, 2006
Red Cedar Book Award nominee for Amber, the story of a Red Fox, 2006/07
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Two of the following topics can usually be covered in one hour:

• Putting a book together - what it takes
• Wolf Island - story; discussion of wolves, population dynamics etc.
• Ladybug Garden - story; discussion of harmful and beneficial insects etc.
• Sea Otter Inlet - story; discussion of sea otters, kelp forests etc.
• When the Giant Stirred - story; discussion of Polynesians, volcanoes, tsunamis.
• Flying Lessons – told with puppets; recommended for K – 2.
• Fire! – forest ecology and the impact of fires on forest plants and animals.
• Hurricane! - how mangroves survive severe storms and help protect human communities.

• Skydiver - the inspiring story of how the peregrine falcon was saved from the brink of disaster

• The Wolves Return - the unexpected consequences of re-introducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park and what this tells us about the importance of top predators.

Readings are accompanied by slides of the illustrations and illustration process. The ecology behind the story is explained. Questions are encouraged.
Information Guides are available to teachers for the first three books, free of charge.

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Genre:
Information story book
Grades:
k-6
Audience size:
30-100
Workshop Description:

Teacher presentations are available on how to use these titles to teach ecology in the schools.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$250
Two sessions:
$500
Three sessions:
$750
Four sessions:
$1000
GST:
GST applicable