Reading fun for kids from Canada’s public libraries

Portrait
The Artist

Anne Villeneuve

My name is…

…Anne Villeneuve.

I live in…

…a big apartment in Montréal, Quebec, with my husband and two lazy cats. I also go very often to our cottage in the countryside, which is near a lake.

The best part of my city/town is…

…its cafés, where I love to go work. In fact, a large part of my illustrations for TD Summer Reading Club were created in cafés!

Some of the books I loved most as a kid were…

…all the Adventures of Tintin, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town—I loved studying the tiny details in the illustrations.

I am most creative when…

Early in the morning, after yoga and a good breakfast. I love morning light.

My favourite art supply is…

…watercolour. I love to work with the mix of pigments and water. It seems to me I still have so much to learn from that medium.

My favourite artist is…

…Paul Klee, a painter who painted marvelous watercolours.

If I could meet two people (living or deceased), they would be…

…Matisse and Picasso.

My local library is…

…Marc-Favreau, in Montréal—a beautiful library named after a very popular clown here in Quebec, who wore used trench coats, full of holes, and who was brilliantly playing with words. The interior of my library is very colourful, with large windows everywhere. Plus—we have the right to talk!

A favourite part of my library is…

…on the second floor, where there are all the comic books, graphic novels and large seats to enjoy them.

Some of my favourite books as a kid were…

…James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, the Astérix series by Goscinny and Uderzo, and the Tintin series by Hergé. I can still spend hours looking at all the details and funny expressions.

If I could be any woodland creature, I would be…

…a cute little elf, sharing a tree hole with a fox. I would eat plant roots and mushrooms and nap on wild flowers.

You would never catch me…

…singing in front of a large audience, and this is a good thing! I wouldn’t say I’m shy, but I like to work quietly in my studio.

I am most passionate about…

I love so many things: drawing, painting, knitting, cooking and even picking wild mushrooms in the forest! It seems to me life goes too fast. I never have enough time to do all the things I want to do.

Anne Villeneuve's Books
Book1
Loula and the Sister Recipe
Book2
Loula is Leaving for Africa
Book3
Loula and Mister the Monster
Portrait
The Author

Kevin Sylvester

My name is…

…Kevin Sylvester.

I live in…

Well, I live in Toronto, but I spend an incredible amount of time in my attic.

The best part of my city/town is…

…the hockey rink that’s a five minute walk from my house! And the restaurant around the corner the other way (Universal Grill) that is the inspiration for Neil’s restaurant in the Neil Flambé Capers.

My local library is…

…Palmerston branch TPL! I have spent many hours there. Also love Lillian H. Smith!

A favourite part of my library is…

I’ll pick the Osborne collection of kids books!

I am most creative when…

…I’ve had my morning coffee and a piece of chocolate OR when I’m trying to fall asleep and can’t.

If I could meet two people (living or deceased), they would be…

…Maurice Sendak and J.K. Rowling.

I never begin writing a new story without…

…without asking myself if I care what happens to my characters. Plot is essential, but even a thriller doesn’t mean much if you don’t care about the people..

Some of my favourite books as a kid were…

…Hardy Boys series, Where the Wild Things Are, The Hobbit, Spider-Man series.

My all-time favourite fictional character is….

..Spider-Man.

If I could have one super power, I would choose…

…to be Spider-Man.

My favourite thing that starts with the letter “D” is…

…my brother Doug. (He paid me to say that).

You would never catch me…

…not watching baseball. (See how I used “catch” as a prompt!)

I am most passionate about…

…being curious.

Check out Kevin's amazing interview in Library and Archives Canada's latest podcast episode

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Kevin Sylvester's Books
Book1
Super Duper Monster Viewer
Book2
MINRs3
Book3
Mucus Mayhem