Biography

Willow Dawson’s picture book The Wolf-Birds (Owlkids Books) is a finalist for The 2017 Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award, The 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, The 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and The 2016 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. Her book Avis Dolphin (Groundwood Books, Canada; Mondadori, Italy) with Frieda Wishinsky has also been shortlisted for The 2016 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature, The 2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and The 2016 IODE Violet Downey Book Award.

Some of her other books include, Ghost Limb (self-published), Hyena in Petticoats (Penguin Books), Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club (Kids Can Press), and No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes (Kids Can Press). She is currently illustrating White as Milk, Red as Blood, a collection of forgotten fairy tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, translated by award winning translator and editor Shelley Tanaka (Alfred A. Knopf, ETA 2018). Her books are supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dawson's illustration clients include: Alfred A. Knopf, Groundwood Books, Penguin Random House Canada, Kids Can Press, OWL Magazine, OwlKids Books, Annick Press, Top Shelf Comics, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., Metaviews, Jesse Hirsh, YWCA Canada and more. She teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies and does regular Author Visits to schools, libraries and museums.

For all inquiries contact Dawson directly at: jarsofhoney@gmail.com

Author photo by Owlkids Books, 2015

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