Touring In: British Columbia Interior

Craft: Illustrator

Genre: Picture Books

Ideal Audience Size: 30-50

Maximum Audience Size: 60

Grades: Grades 1 – 3

Special Equipment: Overhead projector or smart board, an easel, a chair for readings, a small table



Shortlisted for the 2018 OLA Blue Spruce Award


Presentation Information

Brooke’s main focus is exploring creativity and encouraging imagination. Her goal is to inspire children to trust their instincts and be true to their imaginations when creating their own characters or illustrations. There is no certain way to draw a tree or a dog or a fish – you can have fun and make it your own!

Brooke is a lively and fun presenter who loves interacting with children. Her presentations are tailored to the age group and Brooke will be happy to discuss content with educators beforehand.

She offers two different presentations/workshops – the first option focuses mainly on the creative process and how illustrations are made, while the second option allows more time for a hands on creative workshop for the students. (The second option is more suited to smaller group size and teachers should allow at least an hour and a half – enough time to get creative!)

What to expect:

Typically, Brooke will start with a traditional reading of one of her books. This will be followed by a presentation (slide show if projector is available) focusing on how Brooke found her way to making picture books, discussing her life long love of doodling and showing some her very first drawings. Next the kids will get to see how the illustrations in a book come to be, starting with the very first sketches all the way to the final art. Brooke will keep the kids actively engaged throughout the presentation with questions, games, and stretches.

All sessions will finish with some hands-on creative fun. Brooke offers two options here, depending on group size, time, and the educator’s preference.

For larger groups Brooke will lead a group drawing, by getting input from the students to create an imagination fuelled character or Illustration.

For smaller groups (up to 25 kids) – each child will work on an individual illustration. Brooke will show the children that a simple sentence can be made so much more interesting, original and fun by using their imaginations and adding their own personal touch.

Group size: 1-2 classrooms for optimal interaction. Maximum group size: 60.

Age groups: grades 1-3 (ages 6-8)

Equipment required: easel to attach large pad of paper, chair, and an overhead projector to connect a computer or iPad (if possible)

if educators are interested in option 2 please have art supplies for students: paints or markers/ paper


Book List

Sophie Trophy by Eileen Holland. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Crwth Press, 2019)

The Girl and the Cat by Bev Brenna. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Red Deer Press, 2019)

A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Orca Book Publishers, 2018)

The Christmas Wind by Stephanie McLellan. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Red Deer Press, 2017)

Jammie Day by Carrie Snyder. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (OWL Kids, 2017)

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain by Carolyn Huizinga Mills. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2017)

Maggie McGilliCuddies Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Fishermen Through & Through by Colleen Sydor. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Red Deer Press 2014)

Dog Breath by Carolyn Beck. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2011)

Wellington’s Rainy Day by Carolyn Beck. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Orca Book Publishers, 2011)

KISS ME! I’m a Prince! by Heather McLeod. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010)



Born and raised in Toronto Canada, Brooke currently splits her time between Tiny, Ontario and a little town in the French Alps called Chamonix. Both places inspire her daily with their landscape and beauty. Brooke has loved to draw and get creative ever since she was small. Doodling, scribbling, colouring and crafting until one day she realized she wanted to go away to college to study art. From there, with a lot of practicing and a lot of hard work, she eventually found her way to illustrating picture books. What a lovely twisty road it has been!

In her books so far, Brooke has worked in watercolour, guache, pencil crayon, collage and most recently digital on an iPad pro! She’s inspired by all sorts of things, the mountains, the sea, the clouds, the flowers, and mostly her very overactive imagination. Brooke particularly loves the final moments of a painting when it all comes together, adding the last touches and extra little details……. if you look carefully at her work you might spot a little creature hidden in the background, or a poka dot flower blowing in the wind.

Brooke has illustrated over 10 picture books including design-award winning Fishermen Through & Through, and recent Blue spruce honor book The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain.



The Little Boy who Lived Down the Drain

  • Honour book of the year.
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 OLA Blue Spruce Award

Jammie Day

  • OLA Best Bets for Children and Young Adults
  • CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017 Starred Selection

The Christmas Wind

  • CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017 Starred Selection

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain

  • CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017 Starred Selection

Fishermen Through & Through

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 OLA BLUE SPRUCE Award
  • Shortlisted for the Alquin Society Awards of Excellence in Book Design

KISS ME! I’m a Prince

  • Shortlisted for the 2012 OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council “Top Ten Great Books for Children 2012

Dog Breath

  • OLA Best Bets for Children and Young Adults 2011

Wellington’s Rainy Day

  • OLA Best Bets for Children and Young Adults 2011



“I only have glowing things to say about Brooke as she was excellent with the children and her

presentation actively engaged them. Both staff and students approached me afterwards saying

how inspiring she was and thanked me for arranging the visit.”

Helena Sioukas, teacher-librarian, Alexmuir PS


“Brooke provided the grade one students with a stimulating lesson that was age appropriate and engaging. She introduced the students to a hands on art activity that met several curriculum expectations and she demonstrated an enthusiasm for teaching that helped to establish a rapport with the students. She was very professional in her approach and was always positive.

It was a pleasure to have Brooke in the classroom and I would be happy to have her return.”

Bonita Taylor, Grade One Teacher, Bayview Public School