Kady MacDonald Denton

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Kady MacDonald Denton
Born 22 July 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Genre Children's picture books

Kady MacDonald Denton (born 22 July 1941) is a Canadian creator of children's books, primarily an illustrator of picture books.[a] She observed in 2011 that "I'm in that quickly-shrinking group of illustrators who doesn’t use a computer at any stage in the illustration process."[1]


Denton was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto. She studied at the University of Toronto, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the Chelsea School of Art.[2] She and her husband live in Peterborough, Ontario.[3]


Early in the 1990s Denton illustrated three Kingfisher collections of retellings by Ann Pilling, which have been reissued. For another Kingfisher collection several years later, A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, she won the 1998 Governor General's Award for English language children's illustration,[4] and also the 1999 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award and Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Awards.[5][6] Previously, she had won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award for 'Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children, edited by David Booth. She won the Mrazik-Cleaver award again in 2006 for Snow, written by Joan Clark.[7]

In June 2014, the Children's Literature Association named Will They Love a Lion? (Kingfisher, 1995), which Denton both wrote and illustrated, a runner-up for next year's Phoenix Picture Book Award, which annually recognises a picture book with lasting value that did not win a major award 20 years earlier. "Books are considered not only for the quality of their illustrations, but for the way pictures and text work together."[8]


  1. ^ Asked in 2011 whether she is an "illustrator or an author/illustrator", she labeled herself "Illustrator/author".[1] As of 14 July 2014 she lists 18 books published from 2000, of which she wrote one; 23 published earlier, of which she wrote as many as seven.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Seven Questions Over Breakfast with Kady MacDonald Denton". 5 July 2011. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: a blog about books (blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings). Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  2. ^ "ARCHIVED: Kady MacDonald Denton". Library and Archives Canada (collectionscanada.gc.ca). Last modified 2002-09-25. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
      Components: "An Interview with Kady MacDonald Denton" by Josiane Polidori (2001?); Biography; Bibliography.
  3. ^ a b (home page). Kady MacDonald Denton (kadymacdonalddenton.ca). Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ "Announcement of the Winners of the 1998 Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Literary Awards" at the Wayback Machine (archived 16 December 2007). News Release 17 November 1998. Canada Council for the Arts (canadacouncil.ca). Archived 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  5. ^ "Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award". Canadian Library Association (cla.ca). Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award" at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 May 2010) (1986–2008). IBBY Canada (ibby-canada.org). Archived 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  7. ^ "Snow by Kady MacDonald Denton wins 2006 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award" at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 March 2010). Release 4 March 2007. IBBY Canada (ibby-canada.org). Archived 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  8. ^ "Phoenix Picture Book Award". Children's Literature Association. Retrieved 2014-07-20.

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