Scot Ritchie - Author/Illustrator

Scot Ritchie is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and been a judge for the Governor General's Award for Illustration.

Scot grew up with one creative parent and one encouraging parent. He is convinced this is a recipe for success because he's spent his life being fairly sure he knows what he's doing --- but at the same time, never entirely sure. When you're not entirely sure, you're probably learning.

Growing up in the port city of Vancouver, Scot had a curiosity about the world. He has been able to marry his passion for bookmaking with his passion for travel. Even before the internet, Scot would pack up his mini office and work from places as far afield as Chania in Crete, Berlin, Honolulu and a 17th century stable in Amsterdam. Scot likes to think this shows up in his work, giving it a universal appeal.

Scot's books have been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Korean and Russian.

He draws on paper then scans the ink line into his computer where the coloring is done. He is especially proud of his Exploring Our Community series with Kids Can Press.

Follow That Map!

2010 - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, NCSS-CBC, Winner
2010 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2010 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Look at That Building!

2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

See How We Move!

2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner