Reading Lights celebrates the work of B.C. children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools and libraries throughout Vancouver.
Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.
Twenty Reading Lights plaques have been installed as of January 2016.
Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of B.C. Society.
Explore this interactive map and discover more about these exceptional children’s books and the authors and illustrators who bring them to life.
By Ellen Schwartz; illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
Ellen Schwartz – Born in Washington, DC, and raised in New Jersey, Ellen Schwartz now lives in Burnaby with her husband. She has two grown daughters and has written 12 books for children, including Mr. Belinsky’s Bagels, Dusty, and Abby’s Birds.
By Daniel Loxton; illustrated by Jim W.W. Smith
Daniel Loxton lives in Victoria with his wife and two children. He specializes in science and myth-busting books, and loves getting to the bottom of unexplained mysteries. Before becoming an award-winning children’s author, he worked as a shepherd in the wilds of northern BC.
By Ashley Spires
Ashley Spires – Ashley Spires is a dedicated British Columbian and animal lover who lives in Ladner. She has written nine books, including several featuring Binky the Cat.
By Robert Heidbreder; illustrated by Rae Maté
Robert Heidbreder lives in Vancouver, and has been writing children’s books for more than two decades, following a distinguished career as a primary school teacher.
By Julie Lawson; illustrated by Paul Mombourquette
Julie Lawson was born and still lives in Victoria. She has written thirty books, and travels the country talking and reading to schools and libraries.
By Jeremy Tankard
Jeremy Tankard. Born in South Africa and raised mostly in the United States, Tankard now lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter. He began his career as a commercial illustrator, and moved into writing the stories to go along with his images.
By Valerie Wyatt; illustrated by Karen Fredericks
Valerie Wyatt. Valerie Wyatt lives in Victoria, and has written more than 14 books, with a special focus on science topics. She wrote for OWL Magazine and worked as an editor before taking up writing books full-time.
By Nancy Hundal; illustrated by Laura Fernandez
Lifelong Vancouverite Nancy Hundal works as an elementary school teacher-librarian and writer. I Heard My Mother Call My Name, an evocative prose poem about a child lingering outside at dusk, was her first book.
By David Smith; illustrated by Steve Adams
David Smith was a classroom teacher for more than 25 years, and now travels the world consulting and talking to educators and children about ways of understanding the world, “world-mindedness”. He lives in Victoria, BC.
By Richard Van Camp; illustrated by Julie Flett
Award-winning author Richard Van Camp is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He has written novels, many children’s books, and has done considerable writing for television.
By Caroline Adderson; illustrated by Qin Leng
Originally from Alberta, Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver with her husband and son. She has written novels, short story collections, and many books for children. Norman, Speak! is her first picture book.
By Dan Bar-el; illustrated by Rae Maté
Vancouver writer Dan Bar-el has been a preschool teacher, actor and now travels the country doing readings and leading workshops for children.
By Jude Isabella; illustrated by Simone Shin
Jude Isabella was the managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids, and is now a journalist living in Victoria with her husband. Her writing interests include ecosystems, science, and the environment.
By Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Alice Feagan
Margriet Ruurs lives on Salt Spring Island, where she runs a book-lovers’ bed and breakfast. She had written many books for children, and travels the world giving writing workshops to teachers and students.
By Kallie George; illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Kallie George lives and works in Vancouver. She teaches creative writing workshops. Her whimsical children’s books often feature magical animals like dragons and mermaids.
By Nicola Campbell; illustrated by Kim LaFave
Nicola Campbell is an Interior Salish and Metis author living in North Vancouver with her son. Her books are inspired by stories she was told by her family, elders and community.
By Linda Bailey; illustrated by Bill Slavin
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Linda Bailey now lives by the sea in Vancouver. She began writing children’s books when her two daughters were young, and has now written more than twenty books.
By Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
Chieri Uegaki was born in Quesnel and now lives on the Sunshine Coast. Suki’s Kimono is her first book, and she has now written three, all of which have been nominated for multiple awards.
By Tiffany Stone; illustrated by Jori van der Linde
Tiffany Stone lives in Maple Ridge with her family. She has her BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.
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