Kady MacDonald Denton

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Kady MacDonald Denton
Born22 July 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
OccupationIllustrator, writer
GenreChildren'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, Ontario. 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]

The Children's Literature Association named Would They Love a Lion? (Kingfisher, 1995), which Denton both wrote and illustrated, as an Honor Winner of the 2015 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]


As illustrator:

  • What Are You Doing, Benny? by Cary Fagan (Tundra, 2019) ISBN 9781770498570
  • The Bear and Mouse series by Bonny Becker (Candlewick)
  • The Good-Pie Party, by Liz Gartlon Scanlon (Arthur A. Levine, Mar 2014), ISBN 9780545448703
  • The Queen of France, by Tim Wadham, (Candlewick, Mar 2011), ISBN 9780763641023
  • You're Mean, Lily Jean!, by Frieda Wishinsky (North Winds, Sep 2009)
  • A Sea-Wishing Day, by Robert Heidbreder
  • Snow, by Joan Clark
  • A Second Is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of Time, by Hazel Hutchins
  • I Gave My Mom a Castle, by Jean Little
  • Amber Waiting, by Nan Gregory
  • Elephant Child, by Mary Ellis
  • In the Light of the Moon and Other Bedtime Stories, by Sam McBratney
  • Two Homes, by Clare Masurel
  • I Wished for a Unicorn, by Robert Heidbreder
  • The Arctic Fox, by Mary Ellis
  • If I Were Your Father, by Margaret Park Bridges
  • If I Were Your Mother, by Margaret Park Bridges
  • The Umbrella Party, by Janet Lunn
  • Toes Are to Tickle, by Shen Roddie
  • The Kingfisher Children's Bible: Stories from the Old and New Testaments, retold by Ann Pilling
  • Realms of Gold: Myths and Legends from Around the World, by Ann Pilling
  • Jenny and Bob, by David Wynn Millward
  • The Travelling Musicians, retold by P.K. Page
  • Before I Go to Sleep: Bible Stories, Poems and Prayers for Children, selected and retold by Ann Pilling
  • The Story of Little Quack, by Betty Gibson
  • 'Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children, selected by David Booth
  • The Ned series by Pam Zinneman-Hope
    • Find Your Coat, Ned
    • Let's Play Ball, Ned
    • Let's Go Shopping, Ned
    • Time for Bed, Ned
As author and illustrator
  • A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes (1998)
  • Watch Out, William! (1996)
  • Would They Love a Lion? (1995)
  • The Christmas Boot (1990)
  • Janet's Horses (1990)
  • Dorothy's Dream (1989)
  • Granny Is a Darling (1988)
  • The Picnic (1988)


  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"". Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). 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" Archived 6 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Canadian Library Association (cla.ca). Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  6. ^ ""Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award"". Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2008.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) (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"". Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). 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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