Willow Dawson - Author/Illustrator

Willow Dawson, originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, is an illustrator and writer working out of Toronto, Canada. Her stand-alone illustrations are rendered in ink and acrylic on cardboard. She also works sequentially in ink as a comics artist. Some of Dawson's clients include Kids Can Press, Owl Magazine, Shameless Magazine, Feathertale Review, Filmblanc, Sumach Press, Kiss Machine, Locust Mount Records, Tightrope Books and Omni TV.

Dawson most recently illustrated No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure (written by Susan Hughes), an 80-page graphic novel. Recent projects include Ella and Squid's Top 5 March Break Favourites (Owl Magazine), The Innumerable Obsessions of Purl McGee (self-published) and the four-part Violet Miranda: Girl Pirate graphic novella (written by Emily Pohl-Weary, Kiss Machine). Dawson is presently working on 100 Mile House, a series of comic-style memoirs, which will be featured on-line this summer at Top Shelf 2.0. Her books have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dawson is a member of the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications, JacketFlap and Illustration Mundo. She attends book and comic book festivals across North America, participates on panel discussions, gives artist talks and teaches. In her spare time she sews, grows plants, collects dead bugs, eats spaghetti and doesn't comb her hair. Willow also plays saw, keys and sings in the band Little Brown Bat.

No Girls Allowed

2011 - Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

2014 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2013 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Winner
2012 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Winner


Graphic Novel