OK, it’s no secret that I maybe love books a little bit.
And some authors and illustrators I love a little bit much.
And when those authors/illustrators get recognition for excellence I…
What I’m saying is: Congratulations to Sydney Smith, author and illustrator of Small in the City, on winning the Governor General’s Award for Illustrated Book!
I rarely post about awards, but this one feels personal: Sydney Smith is a Maritimer (so am I!) who lived in Toronto (as did I!) but returned home to the Maritimes (sadly, I have not) and his work just speaks to me on a personal level. I want to take a moment to highlight other works he’s illustrated because, come on, let’s celebrate him!
Both are exquisite books: The White Cat and the Monk spoke to my professional soul; Town Is by the Sea spoke to my homesickness.
It’s been wonderful to watch Sydney Smith grow and develop as an artist and an author and I’m pleased as punch to see him win this award. I can’t wait to see what he does next!