Michael Wandelmaier - Illustrator

Michael Wandelmaier grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, in a family of science geeks with artistic temperaments. His years at Queen's University in Kingston were spent diligently neglecting his courses in civil engineering and geology in favor of leisure and drawing cartoons for the school paper.

After graduation, he moved to Toronto to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. He is currently a designer at a Toronto advertising agency and an illustrator whenever possible.

In the two years since Michael began illustrating professionally, his illustrations have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, Maisonneuve magazine, Fantagraphics' Beasts! Book 2, and Planadviser magazine.

Michael currently lives in Toronto with his girlfriend, artist Jessica Fortner, from whom he derives constant inspiration.

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2012 - Utah Beehive Award - Informational Category, The Children's Literature Association of Utah, Short-listed
2012 - Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2012 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2012 - Lamplighter Award, Children's Crown Award Reading Program, Short-listed
2011 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2011 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA, Winner