Joanne Fitzgerald facts for kids
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16 February 1956|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||14 August 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Genre||Picture books, children's literature|
Joanne Fitzgerald was a Canadian artist, illustrator and writer. Twice-shortlisted for the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration, her book Dr. Kiss Says Yes won the award in 1991.
Early life and education
Early in her career, Fitzgerald was a staff illustrator at the Royal Ontario Museum. Her subsequent work as a magazine illustrator brought her a following among children's magazine publishers, and drew her into children's textbook illustrations. In turn, she began to illustrate and then write children's books.
Later in life, she returned to fine art, studying and painting at the Art Students League of New York. She was also an early organizer of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario, and served as president and spokesperson in establishing the organization in 2002–2004.
Illustrated children's books
- Plain Noodles (also published as Baby Boat) (1989); story by Betty Waterton
- Emily's House (1990); story by Niko Scharer
- Doctor Kiss Says Yes (1991; re-issued 2012); story by Teddy Jam a.k.a. Matt Cohen
- Ten Small Tales (1993); story by Celia Lotteridge
- Jacob's Best Sisters (1996); story by Teddy Jam a.k.a. Matt Cohen
- The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button (2001); story by Celia Barker Lotteridge
- When You Get A Baby (2002); story by Sharon Jennings
- Circus Play (2002); story by Anne Laurel Carter
- This is Me and Where I Am (2004); story by Joanne Fitzgerald
- The Blue Hippopotamus (2007); story by Phoebe Gilman
- Yum! Yum! (2008); story by Joanne Fitzgerald
Awards and recognition
- Dr. Kiss Says Yes (1991) – Governor General's Award for English Language Children's Illustration
- Ten Small Tales (1993) – IODE Jean Throop Award
- The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button (2001) – Mr. Christie's Book Awards Diamond Pin
- The Blue Hippopotamus (2007) – Finalist: Governor General's Award for English Language Children's Illustration
Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Award and Program
The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program was established in 2013 to honour Joanne Fitzgerald and her contributions to children's literature. The award and program are a joint project of the Canadian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada), the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and participating libraries which have included the Toronto Public Library and the Edmonton Public Library.
The program awards a jury-selected, published Canadian children's book illustrator with a residency at a Canadian urban library each October. The winning Illustrator in Residence leads a program which explains and promotes children's book illustration. Activities include art activities for classes of children, presentations for adults, presentations at nearby high schools and colleges, portfolio reviews for aspiring illustrators, interviews with the press and the display of the illustrator's work in the library. Past winners join experts from the participating library and IBBY Canada as jurists for the following year.
|Year||Winner||Participating Library & Residency Location|
|2013||Martha Newbigging||Toronto Public Libraries – Northern District Branch|
|2014||Patricia Storms||Toronto Public Libraries – Northern District Branch|
|2015||John Martz||Toronto Public Libraries – Northern District Branch|
|2016||Dianna Bonder||Edmonton Public Library – Stanley A Milner Branch|
|2017||Ashley Barron||Toronto Public Libraries – Northern District Branch|
|2018||Nahid Kazemi||Toronto Public Libraries – Northern District Branch|
|2019||Diego Herrera||Toronto Public Libraries – North York Central Branch|
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