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Sean Cassidy

Sean Cassidy

Photo: Sylvia Cassidy

Sean was born and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving a B.Ed. and a B.A, he taught just about everything from English and Math to Astronomy and Geography. Before settling in Ontario, Sean and his wife, Sylvia, travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe, studying art, architecture and history. After the birth of his daughter, Maggie, he began writing and illustrating stories for, and with, her. Creating the stories was so satisfying that he decided to pursue it professionally. Having taught art and illustration in secondary school for twenty years, Sean recently left teaching in order to devote more time to writing and illustrating books. Sean is currently illustrating, Wake Up, Henry Rooster, by Margriet Ruurs, to be released in the spring of 2006.



The Chicken Cat. a/ McLellan i/Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000
Ten Little Puppies. a/Kingsley i/ Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001
Good to be small. Sean Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002
Gummytoes. Sean Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004
Wake Up, Henry Rooster! a/ Ruurs i/ Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
Hanna Bear's Christmas. a/ Devine i/Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007
Kazaak! Sean Cassidy. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010
A Woodpesker's Tale. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014


Ruth Schwartz Award for The Chicken Cat, 2001
Mr Christie Gold Seal for The Chicken Cat, 2001
Mr Christie Silver Seal for Good to be small, 2002
OLA Blue Spruce Nominee for Gummytoes, 2006
OLA Blue Spruce Nominee for Wake Up, Henry Rooster!, 2007
SYRCA Shining Willow Nominee for Gummytoes, 2006-2007
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Sean's sessions are fun, educational and interactive and they are tailored to the age of the group. Students and teachers will learn skills that they can use in their own work. Sean always brings his sketch books, rough drawings and finished paintings. A normal presentation will be between 60 and 75 minutes in length.

Typically, after talking about how picture books get written, illustrated and printed, Sean does some drawing with the children. For Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sean does a drawing lesson that shows children how to create different expressions on a character. In the older grades, students will learn how to create bodies as well as expressions. Everyone will learn simple skills upon which they can build. Teachers frequently tell Sean that their students return to class and ask to continue exploring what they have just learned.

Sean can also do lessons on body proportions, environments and perspective (suitable for Grades 7 and up). He is flexible and open to working with teachers and librarians to focus on areas they'd like him to cover with their students.

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Picture Books
1-12, adults also
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Workshops are designed to meet the needs of different classes and levels. Sean will deliver a complete class, including handouts, on any of the following topics: developing characters, translating words into pictures, perspective drawing, isometric drawing, drawing people without a model, writing and illustrating picture books. Sean will bring his sketch books and paintings for the class to view.