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Barbara Reid (born November 16, 1957) is a Canadian illustrator and author of children's books. She has been called "one of Canada's major literary figures".

She was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied at the Ontario College of Art. She began her career creating illustrations for textbooks.

She creates her illustrations by starting with a pencil drawing. She then builds up the image using coloured modelling clay to give it a three-dimensional effect. The result is then photographed and used as an illustration.

Her work has been published in over 19 countries, including Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, China, Germany, Brazil and Thailand. In 2012, she received the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. Her Zoe series of books received a Mr. Christie's Book Award.

Selected works

  • The New Baby Calf (1984), text by Edith Newlin Chase
  • Have You Seen Birds? (1986), text by Joanne Oppenheim, received the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Sing a Song of Mother Goose (1987)
  • Playing with Plasticine (1988), non-fiction
  • Effie (1990), text by Bev Allinson
  • Two By Two (1992), won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Zoe's Year (1992)
  • Gifts (1994), text by Jo Ellen Bogart
  • The Party (1997), received the Governor General's Award for English-language children's illustration
  • Fun with Modeling Clay (1998), non-fiction
  • The Golden Goose (2000)
  • The Subway Mouse (2004), nominated for a Governor General's Award, received the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Read Me a Book (2004)
  • Fox Walked Alone (2009), named to the International Board on Books for Young People International Honour List
  • Perfect Snow (2009), received the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Picture a Tree (2011), nominated for a Governor General's Award
  • Welcome Baby (2013)
  • The Night Before Christmas (2013)
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