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Reading Lights
December 302015

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.

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Abby’s Birds

Abby’s Birds

By Ellen Schwartz; illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

July 12015
Abby's Birds

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.

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Ankylosaur Attack

Ankylosaur Attack

By Daniel Loxton; illustrated by Jim W.W. Smith

June 12015
Ankylosaur Attack

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.

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Binky the Space Cat

Binky the Space Cat

By Ashley Spires

May 12015
Binky the Space Cat

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.

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Crocodiles Play

Crocodiles Play

By Robert Heidbreder; illustrated by Rae Maté

April 12015
Crocodiles Play

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.

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Emma and the Silk Train

Emma and the Silk Train

By Julie Lawson; illustrated by Paul Mombourquette

March 12015
Emma and the Silk Train

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.

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Grumpy Bird

Grumpy Bird

By Jeremy Tankard

February 12015
Grumpy Bird

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.

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How to Build your Own Country

How to Build your Own Country

By Valerie Wyatt; illustrated by Karen Fredericks

January 12015
How to Build your Own Country

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.

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I Heard My Mother Call My Name

I Heard My Mother Call My Name

By Nancy Hundal; illustrated by Laura Fernandez

December 12014
I Heard My Mother Call My Name

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.

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If

If

By David Smith; illustrated by Steve Adams

November 12014
If

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.

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Little You

Little You

By Richard Van Camp; illustrated by Julie Flett

October 12014
Little You

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.

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Norman, Speak!

Norman, Speak!

By Caroline Adderson; illustrated by Qin Leng

September 12014
Norman, Speak!

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.

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Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

By Dan Bar-el; illustrated by Rae Maté

August 12014
Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Vancouver writer Dan Bar-el has been a preschool teacher, actor and now travels the country doing readings and leading workshops for children.

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The Red Bicycle

The Red Bicycle

By Jude Isabella; illustrated by Simone Shin

July 12014
The Red Bicycle

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.

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School Days Around the World

School Days Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Alice Feagan

June 12014
School Days Around the World

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.

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Spark

Spark

By Kallie George; illustrated by Geneviève Côté

May 12014
Spark

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.

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Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko

By Nicola Campbell; illustrated by Kim LaFave

May 12014
Shi-shi-etko

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.

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Stanley at Sea

Stanley at Sea

By Linda Bailey; illustrated by Bill Slavin

April 12014
Stanley at Sea

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.

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Suki’s Kimono

Suki’s Kimono

By Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

March 12014
Suki’s Kimono

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.

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Teatime

Teatime

By Tiffany Stone; illustrated by Jori van der Linde

February 12014
Teatime

Tiffany Stone lives in Maple Ridge with her family. She has her BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.

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Watch Me Grow!

Watch Me Grow!

By Deborah Hodge; photographed by Brian Harris

January 12014
Watch Me Grow!

Deborah Hodge has written more than 25 children’s books. A former teacher living in Vancouver, she loves to visit schools and talk to children about writing.

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