Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards

Wallace Edwards was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1980). His paintings and illustrations are found in public and private collections, books, magazines, and on public display in Canada and the United States. Edwards’ clients include the Metro Toronto Zoo, the City of Toronto, the B.C. Ministry of the Environment, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and various magazine publishers. He has been the invited guest speaker at conferences, literary events, schools and libraries. He finds visiting with students from kindergarten to grade six especially enjoyable, where his presentations consist of reading, discussions, and drawing.

Edwards is the multiple award-winning author illustrator of nine books.  His distinctions include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award for best children’s picture book in Canada, the Children’s Choices Award (Beginning and Young Readers) from the International Reading Association, the Grand Canyon Reader Award, the Arizona Library Association Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration.

More about Wallace Edwards can be found on his website: wallace-edwards-art.com


Woodrow at Sea (Pajama Press, 2017)
What is Peace? (Scholastic Canada, 2016)
Edwards explores peace, and invites young readers to think about what that means to them. In a series of linked questions combined with Edwards’ singular art, the concept of peace is picked up, shaken, turned all around, and carefully examined from every angle.
Once Upon a Line cover
Once Upon a Line (Pajama Press, 2015)
“The test of any high-concept book is the execution and Edwards totally pulls it off, creating a sort of If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller for the under-10 set.” – Globe & Mail
Unnatural Selections (Orca, 2014)
Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals.


Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe
An entertaining journey through dream-like surprises.
(Orca, 2012)


Cat’s Pajamas A second collection of idioms, companion to Monkey Business, bringing new meaning to familiar sayings. (Kids Can Press, 2010)
The Painted Circus Visual puzzles and optical illusions abound for readers of this tour de force work of art.
(Kids Can Press, Can, Fall 2007) Nominated, 2007 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration
The X-Tinct Filesdesigned by Karen Powers(Kids Can Press, Can, Fall 2006) Selected, 2008-2009 Horned Toad Tales List
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, Texas
Short-listed, 2007 Libris Award, Book Design of the Year
Canadian Booksellers’ Association
Mixed Beasts (Kids Can Press, Can, 2005) Nominated, 2005 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration
Short-listed, 2006 Amelia Frances-Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration
Monkey Business (Kids Can Press, Can, 2004) Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2009, Non-Fiction
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2005
Ontario Arts Council
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustration Award, 2005
Canadian Library Association
Great Book Award, 2005, Canadian Toy Testing Council
Alphabeasts (Kids Can Press, Can, 2002) Winner of the Governor General’s Award
for Children’s Illustration, 2002
Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award for Excellence
in Canadian Children’s Literature, 2003


You Are the Earth by Dr. David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden
(Greystone Books, 2010)Revised and expanded edition.
Since You Are the Earth was first published in 1999, there has been a dramatic rise in concern about the environment. Through media, the Internet, and school, kids today are more aware of issues such as climate change, pollution, and energy shortages as well as recycling and other conservation measures.

Online Press

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