Karen Patkau

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Karen Patkau

Author, Illustrator
Toronto, ON
Genres

Non-fiction, Picture books

Biography

Karen Patkau was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A telling note is written by her mother, on the back of a photo of her at 10 months old – “Here is Karen looking at a book. She enjoys books, especially those with pictures of animals in them.”

Karen started drawing at the age of three. She attended public school in Winnipeg and was known as the “class artist.” She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree, and became interested in visual storytelling while studying for her Master of Visual Arts degree at the University of Alberta.

Today, Karen lives in Toronto. She has been writing and illustrating for many years. Her work appears in children’s picture books, posters, educational publications, advertisements, magazines, package designs, greeting cards and art exhibitions.

 

PUBLICATIONS

One Hungry Heron – author Carolyn Beck and illustrator Karen Patkau, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014

WHO NEEDS A DESERT? A Desert Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2014

WHO NEEDS A PRAIRIE? A Grassland Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2014

WHO NEEDS A REEF? A Coral Reef Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2014

A Good Trade – author Alma Fullerton and illustrator Karen Patkau, Pajama Press, 2012, BookInMyLife Publishing, Korea, 2014

WHO NEEDS A SWAMP? A Wetland Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2012

WHO NEEDS A JUNGLE? A Rainforest Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2012

WHO NEEDS AN ICEBERG? An Arctic Ecosystem – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2012

One Watermelon Seed – author Celia Barker Lottridge and illustrator Karen Patkau, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008

CREATURES Yesterday and Today – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2008

CREATURES Great and Small – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Tundra Books, 2006

Sir Cassie to the Rescue – author Linda Smith and illustrator Karen Patkau, Orca Book Publishers, 2003

Python Play and Other Recipes for Fun – author Robert Heidbreder and illustrator Karen Patkau, Stoddart Kids, 1999

In the Sea – author/illustrator Karen Patkau, Annick Press, 1990

Seal is Lost – author Priscilla Galloway and illustrator Karen Patkau, Annick Press, 1988

Ringtail – author/illustrator Karen Patkau and poet Patricia Sillers, Oxford University Press, 1987

One Watermelon Seed – author Celia Barker Lottridge and illustrator Karen Patkau, Oxford University Press, 1986

Don’t Eat Spiders – author Robert Heidbreder and illustrator Karen Patkau, Oxford University Press, 1985

 

AWARDS & HONOURS

A Good Trade • Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee 2015 • Blue Spruce Award Nominee 2014 • White Ravens 2013 Choice • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2013 Finalist • Kirkus Starred Review • Ontario Library Association 2013 Best Bets for Children • Bank Street Books Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults 2014

WHO NEEDS A SWAMP? A Wetland Ecosystem • Silver Birch Express Award Nominee 2013 • Green Book Festival 2012 Honor Book • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2013 Finalist

WHO NEEDS AN ICEBERG? An Arctic Ecosystem • Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Reads 2014 • Green Book Festival 2013 Honor Book • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2013 Finalist

WHO NEEDS A JUNGLE? A Rainforest Ecosystem • Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Reads 2014 • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books 2012 Selection • Green Book Festival 2014 Honor Book • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award 2013 Finalist

One Watermelon Seed • Selected for the 2009 ReadNowBC Ready, Set, Learn Program • Bank Street Books Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults 2009 • Toronto Public Library’s First & Best 2008 • Toronto Public Library’s Top Ten Books for Pre-Schoolers • Resource Links 2008 Year’s Best List CREATURES Yesterday and Today • Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Reads 2014 • Book Sense Summer 2008 Children’s Picks List • Resource Links 2008 Year’s Best List

CREATURES Great and Small • Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Reads 2014 • Shining Willow Award Nominee 2008 • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 2007 Selection • Resource Links 2006 Year’s Best List

Sir Cassie to the Rescue • Applied Arts Magazine Illustration Award 2004 • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 2004 Selection • Resource Links 2004 Year’s Best List

Python Play • 11th Annual Dimensional Illustrators Bronze Award 1999 • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 1999 Selection

In the Sea • 3rd Annual Dimensional Illustrators Bronze Award 1992

Seal is Lost • 2nd Annual Dimensional Illustrators Merit Award 1991

Ringtail • Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice 1987 Selection

Don’t Eat Spiders • Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal – UNICEF / USSBY 1986 • International Graphic Design Award 1986

Presentations
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WHO NEEDS AN ECOSYSTEM? – PowerPoint Presentation for Grades 2 to 5

This session includes a slideshow presentation based on Karen’s Ecosystem Series: Who Needs a SWAMP?, Who Needs an ICEBERG?, Who Needs a JUNGLE?, Who Needs a DESERT?, Who Needs a PRAIRIE? and Who Needs a REEF? plus an optional Ecosystem Survival Game.

Karen Patkau (pronounced “PAT-co”) shares two passions in her presentations. One is her love of nature. The other is the art of the picture book. Karen aims to educate and entertain, as well as to give children and teachers insight into the creative process. She would love to come to your school or library. For more information about her visits or to buy books contact Karen.

Venues, Equipment and Details • Karen can present in a classroom, library, auditorium or gymnasium. • Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes in length. • PowerPoint presentations for Grades 2 to 6 are on a USB Flash Drive. • A computer, digital projector, screen, display table and chair are required for PowerPoint presentations. • Karen has her own voice amplifier for small rooms, but prefers a microphone for large venues. • A ten-minute alert before the end of a session is requested.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6)

Fees: Karen's rate is $275 plus HST per session. For travel expenses outside of Toronto please contact Karen.

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RETELLING / DRAWING ACTIVITY – Kindergarten with Reading Buddies

This session includes a reading and a retelling/drawing activity that incorporates math, language and visual art.

Karen Patkau (pronounced “PAT-co”) shares two passions in her presentations. One is her love of nature. The other is the art of the picture book. Karen aims to educate and entertain, as well as to give children and teachers insight into the creative process. She would love to come to your school or library. For more information about her visits or to buy books contact Karen.

Venues, Equipment and Details • Karen can present in a classroom or library • Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes in length. • Chartpaper, a stand and a wall to tape up drawings are required • Students will need copies of handouts, drawing materials and tables and chairs • A ten-minute alert before the end of a session is requested.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten

Fees: Karen's rate is $275 plus HST per session. For travel expenses outside of Toronto please contact Karen.

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HOW A PICTURE BOOK IS MADE – PowerPoint Presentation for Grades 3 to 6

This session includes a slideshow presentation about the picture book illustration process and a drawing activity.

Karen Patkau (pronounced “PAT-co”) shares two passions in her presentations. One is her love of nature. The other is the art of the picture book. Karen aims to educate and entertain, as well as to give children and teachers insight into the creative process. She would love to come to your school or library. For more information about her visits or to buy books contact Karen.

Venues, Equipment and Details • Karen can present in a classroom, library, auditorium or gymnasium. • Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes in length. • PowerPoint presentations for Grades 2 to 6 are on a USB Flash Drive. • A computer, digital projector, screen, display table and chair are required for PowerPoint presentations. • Karen has her own voice amplifier for small rooms, but prefers a microphone for large venues. • A ten-minute alert before the end of a session is requested.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6)

Fees: Karen's rate is $275 plus HST per session. For travel expenses outside of Toronto please contact Karen.