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Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace

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Ian Wallace is one of Canada's best known and loved author-illustrators of children's books. Over a long and distinguished career he has published many picture book classics, including 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' by Gordon Lightfoot, 'Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance', 'Boy of the Deeps', 'The Name of the Tree' by Celia Barker Lottridge, Very Last First Time' by Jan Andrews, 'The Huron Carol' by Father Jean de Brebeuf, and 'The Sleeping Porch'. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Book Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. Ian currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.   

Brookline, Massachusetts
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The Name of the Tree. illustrator, re-told by Celia Barker Lottridge. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.
Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1984.
The Sandwich. with Angela Wood. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1975.
Very Last First Time written by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Ian Wallace. Groundwood, 1985
Boy of the Deeps. Groundwood Books, 1999
The Naked Lady. Roaring Brook, 2002
The Sleeping Porch. Groundwood Books, 2008
The Huron Carol by Father Jean de Brebeuf, illustrated by Ian Wallace. Groundwood Books, 2006
Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot, art by Ian Wallace. Groundwood Books, 2010


Nominated, Hans Christian Anderson Award for illustration, 1994.
Mr. Christie Award, for illustration, 1990.
Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award, for illustration, 1990.
Amelia Howard Francis Gibbon Award, 1985.
IODE Award, 1985.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

The double vision of the author/illustrator in every picture book there are two stories being told, the one in the words, the other one in the pictures. Using his books as guides, Wallace explores the delicate balance that must be achieved to create a successful picture book.

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60 min.
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