Sandra Dumais is the 2022 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

IBBY Canada is thrilled that Sandra Dumais is the illustrator for the 2022 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. In October, Sandra will do a month-long residency in the North York Central branch of Toronto Public Library.

During her residency, Sandra will offer hands-on art activities for classes of school children visiting the library, online evening workshops for adults on topics related to working as an illustrator, presentations to students in high schools and colleges, and individual online portfolio reviews with artists and art students.  

Sandra Dumais is a children’s book illustrator and author who lives and works in Montreal. Her favourite picture books are about brave and quirky kids and animals, and their unusual families.

Fluently bilingual, Sandra was raised in Toronto and has lived in Montreal for almost 20 years. Her books have been published in both English and French.. Her titles include Les ouï-dire (Éditions Fonfon), The Fossil Whisperer (Kids Can Press), and the series Farm Crimes / Crimes à la ferme (Owlkids Books and La courte échelle). She won Quebec’s prestigious Prix des Libraires in 2020 and 2021. Her daily comic “Staying In,”documenting the first 100 days of the global pandemic, was covered by CBC Arts.

Sandra creates her illustrations using pencils, gouache, digital collage and acrylic paint.

The Illustrator in Residence Program honours the life Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’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. The previous illustrators are Martha Newbigging (2013), Patricia Storms (2014), John Martz (2015), Dianna Bonder (2016), Ashley Barron (2017), Nahid Kazemi (2018), Diego Herrera/Yayo (2019) and Soyeon Kim (2021).

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