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About MeIn 2003, a publisher saw my artwork at a show and asked if I wanted to do a children’s book. For the next year I sent concept after concept and got back + read more rejection after rejection—but my perseverance paid off. "One Little Bug" was published in 2004 and received a national award for book design. But the formula wasn’t quite right yet. With help from writer/editor Kallie George, I built on the strengths of my first book to create "Saffy" and then the rest of the Simply Small Series.

I believe perseverance is an empowering tool that can help children. I try to weave this theme into the Simply Small stories in a way that relates to the everyday challenges little ones face. Each story celebrates a special moment of learning and growing in the life of a child.

Besides being an author and illustrator, I am a marketing & design specialist. I live with my husband in Surrey, BC, Canada. My legal name is Paola Syme. Show Less


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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books

Published WorksThe Simply Small Series features cute baby animals who find clever solutions to their not-so-small problems. The series now has 12 titles, over 50,000 books in print, 2 apps, an ESL box set, and many accolades—including recognition from Kirkus Reviews and the Canada Toy Testing Council.
Speaking InformationInterested in speaking engagements to college/university/adult audiences about the world of children's book publishing, marketing and design, and being an + read more author/illustrator.

Also interested in opportunities to present the Simply Small Series to very young children (ages 0-5) and their parents/teachers/librarians. Show Less


    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Lower Mainland

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • College / University / Adult

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Awards and Recognition:Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design for "One Little Bug," 2004 (Children's 3rd pl. + show more under maiden name Vanturennout).

Kirkus Reviews star for exceptional merit for "Emma," 2014.

"Saffy Looks for Rain," app shortlisted for an Appy Award, 2012.

"Saffy" and "Perry" on the Canada Toy Testing Council's list of best books for kids. Show Less

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