Member Profile

Jan Thornhill

2005

Jan was born in Sudbury in 1955, but spent most of her childhood in southern Ontario where she developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world. After working for a few years as a freelance magazine illustrator, she switched to kids’ books, which she now writes, illustrates, and designs. She also writes adult fiction. She spends a lot of time in the woods where she lives in Central Ontario with her husband, looking for birds, fungi and slime molds, and animal skulls.
 

Phone number:
705-778-5402

Publications

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. Groundwood Books, 2016
I Am Josephine (and I Am a Living Thing). Owlkids, 2016
Kyle Goes Alone. Owlkids, 2015
Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change. Owlkids, 2014
Is This Panama?: A Migration Story. Owlkids, 2013
The Wildlife 123 (new format). Owlkids, 2013
The Wildlife ABC: A Nature Alphabet (new format). Owlkids, 2012
Over in the Meadow (new format). Owlkids, 2012
Who Wants Pizza?: The Kids' Guide to the History, Science & Culture of Food. Maple Tree Press, 2010
This Is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming. Maple Tree Press, 2007
I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death. Maple Tree Press, 2006

Awards

The Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for body of work, 2015
The Learning Partnership’s free give-away book for Welcome to Kindergarten program for Over in the Meadow, 2011
The Learning Partnership’s free give-away book for Welcome to Kindergarten program for The Wildlife ABC, 2011
Excellence Certification Science Books by Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for This Is My Planet, 2010
Excellence Certification Science Books by Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for I Found a Dead Bird, 2010
Sankei Jido Shuppon Bunka Award, Japanese edition for The Rumor, 2009
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for I Found a Dead Bird, 2007
Roundtables Information Book Award for I Found a Dead Bird, 2007
Conaculta 7th International Award for the Illustration of a Children’s Book for The Rumor, 2002
TD Children's Literature Award for The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, 2017
Roundtables Information Book Award for The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

During my presentations, which are an hour long, I talk about the book-making process (story/concept genesis, research, visuals, editing, etc.) and usually lead an interactive discussion about my most recent book. Since the tone of these discussions varies considerably depending on the level of understanding of whatever group I'm dealing with, I prefer not to have too wide a spread of ages in one group. My preferred audiences range from gr.2- gr.6. Also, because I end presentations with 15-20 minutes of hands-on time, where I first describe and then pass around items from what I call my "museum-in-a-bag" — animal skulls, dinosaur bones, mounted insects, feathers, snake skins, mummified bat & hummingbirds, etc. — I usually limit the number of kids per group to 2 classes.

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Genre:
children's non-fiction and picture books
Audience size:
max. 50
Workshop Description:

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$500
Three sessions:
$700
One session:
$200
Two sessions:
$425
Three sessions:
$500
GST:
GST applicable