Ashley Barron is IBBY Canada’s 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

June 22, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada is pleased to announce that Ashley Barron has been selected for the 2017 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program, at Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library. During her residency in the month of October, Ashley will present art activities for school children at the library, lead evening workshops in the library for adults and teens, make presentations to art students in high schools and colleges, and offer portfolio reviews.

Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her cut-paper collage-style work. The children’s books she has illustrated include the Math in Nature series, Kyle Goes Alone and Up, all published by Owlkids, and her newest book is being published by Kids Can Press.  Ashley has also done illustration work for magazines, animations, advertising campaigns, and window displays. She grew up in Oshawa, Ontario, graduated from the OCAD University, and now lives in Toronto.

From applications received from illustrators across Canada, the 2017 Illustrator in Residence was selected by a jury comprised of Sheila Barry, Publisher, Groundwood Books (and president of IBBY Canada); Sarah Bradley, Library Service Manager, Toronto Public Library; and Meghan Howe, Library Coordinator, Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program offers a published children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a Canadian public library. The program honours the life of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose children’s books include Plain NoodlesEmily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award.  The Program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Young family.

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IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, founded in 1953, is an network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada ( promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada