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Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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Sean Cassidy

Author, Illustrator

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Member
First Name
Sean
Last Name
Cassidy
Province or Territory
Ontario
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  • Author
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Professional information

Bio
Sean was born and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving a B.Ed. and a B.A, he taught just about everything from English and Math to Astronomy and Geography. Before settling in Ontario, Sean and his wife, Sylvia, traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, studying art, architecture and history. After the birth of his daughter, Maggie, he began writing and illustrating stories for, and with, her. Creating the stories was so satisfying that he decided to pursue it professionally. Having taught art and illustration in secondary school for twenty years, Sean recently left teaching in order to devote more time to writing and illustrating books.

Sean was elected President of CANSCAIP in 2009, after serving as Vice President for two years and as Illustrators' Rep for several years before that.

Sean's most recent book is "Kazaak!" (October 2010) Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishers.

Sean is currently editing his first novel "Rough 'n Tumble" (working title).
Available For
Sean loves doing presentations and workshops for schools, libraries and teacher professional development sessions. He has a wide range of presentations suitable for every age - JK to adult. Typically, Sean will use his own work to show how picture books are created. He will then lead the class through a series of drawing lessons geared to the level of the students. * interactive stories where children draw along with Sean - JK to grade 1 * creating expressions on characters - grades 1 - 5 * creating characters - grades 5 - 10 * figure drawing without a model - grades 9 - 12, adults * perspective drawing without rulers - grades 8-12, adults * writing for picture books - grades 7 - 12, adults
Publications
Author-Illustrator

Kazaak!
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010

Gummytoes
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004

Good To Be Small
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002

Illustrator

Hanna Bear's Christmas
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007
author: Monica Devine

Wake Up, Henry Rooster
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
author: Margriet Ruurs

Ten Little Puppies
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001
Carmen Kingsley

The Chicken Cat
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000
Stephanie McLellan
Awards
2008 Syrca Shining Willow selection
Category: Best Picture book
For: Wake Up, Henry Rooster
With: Margriet Ruurs

2008 Chocolate Lily selection
Category: Best Picture book
For: Wake Up, Henry Rooster
With: Margriet Ruurs

2007 Syrca Shining Willow selection
Category: Best Picture book short list
For: Gummytoes

2007 OLA Blue Spruce
Category: Best Picture book
For: Wake Up, Henry Rooster
With: Margriet Ruurs

2006 OLA Blue Spruce
Category: Best Picture book short list
For: Gummytoes

2002 Mr. Christie Silver Seal
Category: Best Picture book
For: Good To Be Small

2001 Ruth Schwartz Award
Category: Best Picture book
For: The Chicken Cat
With: Stephanie McLellan, author

2000 Mr. Christie Gold Seal
Category: Best Picture book
For: The Chicken Cat
With: Stephanie McLellan, author
Other Memberships
TWUC - The Writers' Union Of Canada www.writersunion.ca
CCBC - The Canadian Children's Book Centre www.bookcentre.ca
IBBY - International Board on Books for Young People
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