Brenda Clark

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Brenda Clark (born February 10, 1955) is a Canadian illustrator, perhaps best known for her work on the Franklin the Turtle series of children's books.

She was born in Toronto and studied illustration at Sheridan College. She now lives in Port Perry.[1][better source needed]

Several books in the Franklin series have received awards from the Canadian Children's Book Centre.[2] An animated television series Franklin based on the Franklin the Turtle books appeared on Canadian and American television. Canada Post issued a stamp featuring Franklin the Turtle in 2012.[3][4] A second television series Franklin and Friends appeared in more than fifteen countries.[5]

Clark was named to the Order of Canada in 2014.[3][6]

Selected work[4][edit]

  • Sadie and the Snowman (1985) text by Allen Morgan
  • Franklin in the Dark (1986) text by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Little Fingerling (1989) text by Monica Hughes, received a book award from the Toronto chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire
  • My Dog: A Scrapbook of Drawings, Photos and Facts (1993) text by Marilyn Baillie
  • Puddleman (1994), text by Ted Staunton


  1. ^ Canadian Children's Book Centre (1999). The Storymakers: Illustrating Children's Books : 72 Artists and Illustrators Talk about Their Work. pp. 32–33. ISBN 1-55138-107-9.
  2. ^ "Brenda Clark". Kids Can Press.
  3. ^ a b "Brenda Clark named to the Order of Canada". Alumni News. Sheridan College.
  4. ^ a b Holmes, Gillian (1999). Who's Who of Canadian Women, 1999-2000. pp. 184–85. ISBN 0-920966-55-1.
  5. ^ "Franklin the turtle turns 25 - and gets a new TV series". Globe and Mail. March 3, 2011.
  6. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Governor General of Canada". Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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