Barbara Spurll

Barbara Spurll

Toronto, ON

Beginning Readers, Board Books, Early chapter books, Picture books


Barbara's family traded the English fog for the wind-chill factor of Winnipeg,Canada when she was three-and-a-half. She survived the winters and Cream of Wheat, eventually moving east to Toronto to study art at the Artists' Workshop, the New School of Art and George Brown College. Her career started with commissions for the Toronto Star and has branched into the advertising, institutional and publishing industries. Barbara combines the natural quality of water-colours with the brilliance of water-colour dyes.

Barbara's humorous style has been said to portray 'animals with attitude'. She has many children's picture books to her credit commissioned by publishers such as Scholastic Inc., Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Oxford University Press, Clarion and Zonderkidz.