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Kathryn Shoemaker

mail #101 2466 West 3rd Avenue
ph 604-928-3504
e kshoe@telus.net


Kathryn E. Shoemaker is the illustrator of over forty books for children and the author of four books for teachers. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, and as an exhibit/display/event designer. Her published works include books, filmstrips, greeting cards, poster, calendars, magazine illustrations and articles, and hundreds of educational illustrations and educational workshop in-service materials. Her paintings, prints, illustrations and multimedia creations are in public and private collections around the world. She has been active throughout North America as a speaker and consultant. For the past ten years she has taught illustration at local colleges. She has a Master Degree in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia and is currently working on a doctorate in the department of Language and Literacy at UBC. Her doctoral research is on the social semiotic analysis of how words and pictures work together in narrative picturebooks. She teaches courses on Children's Literature at UBC. As well she serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees in Vancouver, among them the Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable

Book types: picture books, juvenile fiction, poetry, educational books, others

Guest speaker/presentation information

Presentations: on illustration, how a book is illustrated, how picturebooks work(what the words do and what the pictures do), illustration techniques, graphic novels and inservice presentations for teachers and librarians

Presentation geographic range: Vancouver, Coast, Lower Mainland

Presentation audience age groups: primary school, grades K-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-8, high school, college/university/adult

Published work

PUBLISHED WORKS- Illustrated &*Written
2010 No Pets Allowed by Irene N. Watts, Tradewind
2009 Clayman:The Golem of Prague bye Irene N.
Watts, Tundra Books
2008 Goodbye Marianne:The Graphic Novel by Irene
N. Watts, Tundra Books
2006 Baby Oh by Jane Cobb, Black Sheep Books
2004 A Telling Time by Irene N. Watts, Tradewind Books
2002 My Animal Friends by R. David Stephens,
Tradewind Books
2001 Let’s Talk about Touching by Jan Sippel
, Vancouver School Board
1999 Right Choices by Kenneth Taylor, Tyndale House
1999 1999 VanCity Calendar on Places of Refuge
1998 Words and Thoughts to Help You Grow by
Kenneth Taylor, Tyndale House
1997 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1997 1997 VanCity Calendar on Community Events
1995 Los Ninos Alfabeticos by Lourdes Ayala
, Charlesbridge
1994 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1990-94 Children’s activity greeting cards for Painted
Hearts and Friends
1992 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1991 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1990 Advent by Peggy Bradley, Franciscan
Communications Center
1989 Oh Brother, Oh Sister by Patricia McKissack,
1988 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1987 Wise Words for Little People by Kenneth Taylor,
Tyndale House
1987 I Love Spring by Steven Kroll, Holiday House
1987 Jenny’s Neighbours by Richard Thompson, Annick
1987 All Paths Lead to Bethlehem by Patricia
McKissack, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1987 Pre-school Program, Augsburg Fortress Publishers
1986 Illustrations for Joy, Harper & Row
1986 International Red Cross Cookbook, The Red
1985 Giant Steps for Little People by Kenneth Taylor
, Tyndale House
1984 Grandfather Clock and Other Finger Plays by
Sharon Lee, Winston Press
1984 The Merry-Go-Round by Oretta Leigh, Holiday
1983 Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth Taylor,
Tyndale House (sold 250,000 in first five
1982 The Mouse and the Mill and the Bottle Babies by
Alma S. Coon, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
( in 14th printing)
1980 *Creative Classroom written and illustrated by K
Shoemaker, Winston Press
1980 *Children Go Where I Send Thee, Winston Press
1979 The Boyhood of Pope John by Anne McGravie,
Winston Press
1979 Clare’s Choice by Melissa Flannery, Winston
1979 The Three Hermits by Leo Tolstoi, Franciscan
Communications Center
1978 Behold This Child (set of 4 filmstrips) Franciscan
Communications Center
1978 Tone Bells for Classroom Learning by Kathryn
1978 *Creative Christmas written and illustrated by K
Shoemaker, Winston Press
1978 The Man Who Learned about Jesus by Delores
Ready, Winston Press
1977 Brother Francis by Jan Johnson, Winston Press
1975 Visual Literacy-set of four books complied by
Lois Williams, ESEA Title 1
1974 It’s Whale Time at Whaler’s Village by Cymbre
Ferguson, Whalers Village Museum
1973 *Listen to the Children(Children Writing &
Illustrating Their Own Books with Virginia
Gaston, IMED

Hundreds of illustrations for magazines, textbooks, in-service materials for: Art at Work, Augsburg Fortress, Children’s Centre for Ability, The Endeavour Society, Harper & Row, Ladybug, MacDonald’s Canada, McGraw-Hill,Pockets, Silver-Burdett, Winston, The Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children,The Vancouver Sun, & others

Awards & recognition

2010 Clayman shortlisted for Chocolate Lily and
several Jewish book awards
2009 Goodbye Marianne shortlisted for Chocolate Lily

2009 Goodbye Marianne short listed for the Christie
Harris B. C. Book Prize
2006 A Telling Time-Third place in picturebooks for
the Chocolate Lily Award
2006 A Telling Time name a star feature White Raven
by the International Youth Library for the
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
2004 My Animal Friends selected and given to every
three year old in B.C. for the Ready, Set, Learn
1993 Louie Award Nominee for Greeting Card Design
1992 Louie Award Nominee for Greeting Card Design
1986 Award of Merit, Gold Medallion Book Awards for
1985 First Place, Vancouver Centennial Graphics Poster Competition, 100 Children Celebrate 100 Years of Children in Vancouver
1984 Honor Book, Chicago Book Clinic for Big Thoughts for Little People.

1968 Exhibit Design chosen and installed at the World Council of Churches, Uppsala, Sweden.
1965 Honorable Mention for the design of the Bergen Opera House, co-designed with architect, Ian Carl Christiansen


2004 Ceramic Sampler(paintings evocation of ceramics) The Burnaby Art Gallery-February 28-March 28

2003 Rumplestiltskin's Cupboard; Interactive Fairy Tale Art with Cynthia Nugent. The Burnaby Art Gallery at Ceperley House, September 20- November 16

2002 Illustrating Illustrators, Campbell River and District Public Art
Gallery, April 12-May 11
2001 Primary Visions; Children’s Book Illustrators, Bob Prittie Branch, a collaborative project of the Visual Arts Burnaby and the Burnaby Public Library.
2000 Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit, Word on the Street, Vancouver, B.C.

1994-98 Vancouver Artists in Our Midst Annual Spring Exhibition and Open Studio Event

1986 Solo show at Tambelini’s: Cambria, California

1983-99 Kathryn Shoemaker’s Annual Illustrator’s Show, Vancouver, B.C.

1970 Exhibit for Lyons & Carnahan Publishers, Anaheim, California
1969 Paintings and Drawings, St Paul’s Cathedral, Los Angeles, California
1968 Paintings, The World Council of Churches, Uppsala, Sweden
1968 Joint Exhibit of Painting and Prints with Corita Kent in Thousand Oaks, California
1968 Paintings, Magnins, Costa Mesa, California

1968 Painting and Prints, University of California at Los Angeles
1968 Paintings and Murals of the Eugene McCarthy Presidential Campaign Headquarters- used in NBC Election Campaign Coverage ads
1967 Prints at Botolphs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
1960 Painting in the travelling International Red Cross Exhibit