Sydney Smith (illustrator)

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Sydney Smith is a Canadian illustrator of children's books. He was awarded the 2015 Governor General’s Award For Illustrated Children’s Books for Sidewalk Flowers, a wordless picture book which he illustrated with author JonArno Lawson. He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1]

Education[edit]

Smith studied drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2] It was while studying there that he realized his interest for illustrating children's books.

Career[edit]

Smith has worked for two different publishing houses in his career as an illustrator: Nimbus Publishing and Groundwood Books. In addition to his work as an illustrator for children's books, Smith has also done graphic design work for Canadian musical acts Hey Rosetta! and Old Man Luedecke.[3]

Published works[edit]

  • 2010: Mabel Murple by Sheree Fitch
  • 2011: There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch
  • 2012: Toes In My Nose: And Other Poems by Sheree Fitch
  • 2014: Jewel of the Thames (A Portia Adams Adventure Book 1) by Angela Misri
  • 2014: Music Is For Everyone by Jill Barber
  • 2015: Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling
  • 2015: Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
  • 2016: Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
  • 2016: The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem "Pangur Bán" by Jo Ellen Bogart
  • 2017: Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz
  • 2019: Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Book Result
2015 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration[4] Music Is For Everyone Won
2015 Governor General’s Award For Illustrated Children’s Books[5] Sidewalk Flowers Won
2015 Prix Libbylit for Best Picture Book (Belgium)[6] Sidewalk Flowers Won
2015 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year[7] Sidewalk Flowers Won
2015 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year[8] Sidewalk Flowers Won
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books[9] Sidewalk Flowers Nominated
2016 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award[10] Sidewalk Flowers Won
2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal[11] Town Is by the Sea Won
2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award[12] Town Is by the Sea Won
2021 Kate Greenaway Medal[13][14] Small in the City Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.sydneydraws.ca/about
  2. ^ "Q and A Sidewalk Flowers illustrator Sydney Smith". Quill and Quire. February 24, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Q and A Sidewalk Flowers illustrator Sydney Smith". Quill and Quire. February 24, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration". The Canadian Children's Book Centre. 2015. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sidewalk Flowers - Anansi Press". Anansi Press. 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Prix Libbylit". Ricochet Jeune. 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sidewalk Flowers - Anansi Press". Anansi Press. 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sidewalk Flowers - Anansi Press". Anansi Press. 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sidewalk Flowers - Anansi Press". Anansi Press. 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "Sidewalk Flowers wins CLA's 2016 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award". Canadian Library Association. 15 April 2016.
  11. ^ "PW: Geraldine McCaughrean, Sydney Smith Win 2018 Carnegie, Greenaway Medals". Publishers Weekly. 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Best Canadian children's book of 2018? It just won a $50,000 prize". thestar. 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  13. ^ Flood, Alison (2021-06-16). "Jason Reynolds wins Carnegie medal for 'breathtaking' Look Both Ways". the Guardian. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  14. ^ "Reynolds, Smith win 2021 Carnegie, Greenaway medals". Books+Publishing. 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2021-06-17.