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 and other new works.
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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books

Published Works(2007-2021) Simply Small Series. Simply Read Books. 12 board books: Saffy, Ollie, Totty, Perry, Dotty, Rokko, Bitsy, Pippy, Zingy, Emma, Tecka, Spookie (writing, illustration, design)
Recognition: Kirkus Star, Canada Toy Testing Council’s Top 10 Great Books for Kids

Winters K.L. (2014) Stinky Skunk Mel. Simply Read Books. Picture book (illustration)

(2009) “What time is it, Bailey?” Owlkids, Chirp Magazine, April issue. Story/activity (writing, illustration)

(2005) One Little Bug. Simply Read Books. Picture book (writing, illustration, book design)
Recognition: Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design (Children’s 3rd, under name Paola van Turennout)

    I will visit:
  • Lower Mainland

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades K-3
  • 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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