Barbara Reid - Children's author wows young ones and teenagers alike
It's not every day the remarkable Barbara Reid presents to kindergartners and teenagers in the same visit. The award winning Toronto author and artist is best known for her Plasticine art and prolific writing. In the Lower School, Barbara spoke with Junior and Senior kindergarten students about the inspiration for her stories and the joy of working with Plasticine. Her favourite part of using Plasticine is blending the colours to create entirely different looks in her pieces. She did share that it can be tough when the clay is firm and less malleable. As she read stories aloud to the group, she pointed out features in her illustrations and shared the significance of many of the details. For example, she explained a stuffed bunny drying on a clothes line was inspired by her daughter's favourite toy called Floppsy Bunny. Later in the day, she spoke with Upper School students about how she connects the majority of her work with her personal experiences. Students in both schools have been working on their own Plasticine illustrations and many had questions on how best to create works of art.
Barbara Reid's books have won every major children's book award, and in 1988 she became the first Canadian to win the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award for Excellence in Children's Book Illustration. She is also a Globe and Mail bestselling author and her book the Subway Mouse won a Governer General's award for literature.
In July 2013 Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
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