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Bill Slavin

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Bill has worked in and around the publishing industry since 1979, working for many years as art director/illustrator/layout artist for a small publishing house in the Ottawa Valley. After moving back to Toronto, he became involved with doing illustrations for educational computer software programs, while continuing to try to get a job doing what he had really always wanted to do, illustrate kids’ books. He eventually contracted with Kids Can Press to illustrate Paulette Bourgeois’ book, Too Many Chickens!. Since then Bill has illustrated a number of children’s books, and that is now his primary source of income. It is work which he loves, and considers himself a most fortunate person to be working in this industry.

Today Bill lives in paradise in an old farmhouse on the edge of the village of Millbrook. He lives with his wife, Esperança Melo, who is also an artist and children's nook illustrator and is an integral part of all he does, and their cat Merlin. They have formed a company called Kinder Box and from 1995 to 2002 were both members of the Millbrook Gallery, a gallery collective of nineteen local artists.

Bill primarily work in acrylics, or water colour and inks. He tends to work quickly and impetuously at his art, but is learning to slow down and smell the resins.
Most Recent Works

Paulette Bourgeois, Too Many Chickens! (Kids Can Press, 1990)
Ethan Miles, Otto’s Tricks (Silver, Burdett and Ginn, 1991)
Traditional, The Cat Came Back (Kids Can Press, 1992)
Nathan Zimmerman, How the Second Grade Got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty (Albert Whitman and Company, 1992) 0-8075-3431-5
Amanda Lewis, Tim Wynne-Jones, Rosie Backstage (Kids Can Press, 1994)
Bill Slavin, The Stone Lion, (Red Deer College Press, 1996)
Tim Wynne-Jones, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Key Porter Books, 1996)
Ted Staunton, Morgan Makes Magic (Formac Publishing, 1996)
A.W. Cockerill, Emma on Albert Street (Black Cat Press, 1997)
Howard Engels, A Child’s Christmas in Scarborough (Key Porter, 1997)
Anthology, Truly Scary Stories for Fearless Kids (Key Porter, 1998)
Ted Staunton, Morgan and the Money (Formac Publishing, 1998)
Shelley A. Leedahl, The Bone Talker, (Red Deer College Press, 1999)
Frieda Wishinsky, A Quest in Time (Owl Books, 2000)
Ted Staunton, Morgan’s Secret (Formac Publishing, 2000)
Ted Staunton, Great Play Morgan (Formac Publishing, 2001)
Anthology, Chills and Thrills (Key Porter, Fall 2001)
Ruth Miller, The Bear on the Bed (Kids Can Press, 2002)
Ted Staunton, Morgan’s Birthday (Formac, Spring 2002)
Linda Bailey, Stanley’s Party (Kids Can Press, Fall 2002)
Ted Staunton, Morgan’s Pet Project (Formac, Spring 2003)

Brian McFarlane, Hockey: The Book for Kids (Kids Can Press, 1990 Revised 1994)
Catherine Ross, Circles (Kids Can Press, 1992)
Linda Granfield, Extra! Extra! (Kids Can Press, 1993)
Claire Mackay, Touching All the Bases (Boardwalk Books / Scholastic, 1994)
Catherine Ross, Triangles (Kids Can Press, 1994)
Cynthia Pratt Nicolson, Earthdance (Kids Can Press, 1994)
Linda Granfield, 1987; The Year I Was Born (Kids Can Press, 1994)
Liz McLeod, The Phone Book (Kids Can Press, 1995)
2008-09 California Young Reader Medal for Stanely’s Wild Ride
2008 Red Cedar Award 2008 for Transformed
2007 Honour Book, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Stanley’s Wild Ride
2007 Time to Read: The B.C. Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy for Stanley’s Party
2006 Canadian Children’s Roundtable Non -fiction Award for Transformed
2006 Norma Fleck Award for Transformed
2007 Canadian Toy Testing Council "Great Books" Winner for Transformed
2006 Book of the Year, (Picture Book) Foreword Magazine’s Book Awards for Stanley’s Wild Ride
2006 Chocolate Lily Award (B.C.) for Drumheller Dinosaur Dance
2005 ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award (Juvenile Non-fiction) Bronze Medal for Transformed
2005 Hackmatack Award for Adventures in The Ice Age (author award)
2006 SMART Book Award (Oregon) for Stanley’s Party
2005 National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Transformed
2005 Chocolate Lily Award (B.C.) for Stanley’s Party
2005 Georgia Children’s Book Award for Stanley’s Party
2005 Blue Spruce Award (Ontario) for Drumheller Dinosaaur Dance
2005 Shining Willow (Saskatchewan) for Stanley's Party
2004 Blue Spruce Award (Ontario) for Stanley’s Party
2004 CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award for Stanley's Party
2004 B.C. Book Awards Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for Stanley's Party
2005 Zena Sutherland Award for Stanley's Party
Book Illustration of the Year, 2000 Alberta Book Awards for The Bone Talker
Book of the Year, 2001 Foreword Magazine’s Book Awards for The Bone Talker
Silver Birch Award 2001, for Adventures in the Middle Ages (author award)
Red Cedar Award 2003, for Adventures in the Middle Ages
Hackmatack Award 2003, for Adventures with The Vikings
Honour title, 1997 Storytelling World Awards for The Stone Lion
Silver Birch Award Finalist 2003, for Adventures with The Vikings
Silver Birch Award Finalist 2004, for Adventures in Ancient China
1997 Storytelling World Honour Title for The Stone Lion
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