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Touring In: 
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Craft: Illustrator/Author

Genre: Picture Books

Ideal Audience Size: 40-60

Maximum Audience Size: 60

Grades: Grades 1-8

Special Equipment: An easel with flipchart paper for drawing demonstration, plus two tables to display books and her menageries of bakers’ clay creatures.

Cost for School Readings Program: $200.00, plus 15% HST per school presentation

Cost for Public Readings Program: $250.00, plus 15% HST per public presentation

 

Presentation Information

Eugenie Fernandes is a celebrated artist and author who will draw stories and read stories. She will tell students how she found Finding Lucy and talk about abstract art. She will bring her menagerie and show students how to make their own baker’s clay animals. Eugenie will make an elephant…. and she will then draw with her eyes closed!

 

Selected Book List

Finding Lucy, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Pajama Press, 2019)

A Likkle Miss Lou, written by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Owlkids Books, 2019)

Surfer Dog by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Orca Book Publishers, 2016)

Today Is the Day by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra Books, 2015)

Hope Springs by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra Books, 2014)

Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (WordSong, 2014)

My Name Is Blessing by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra Books, 2013)

Mimi’s Village [Citizen Kid} by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press, 2012)

Birthday Suit by Oliver Senior, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Annick Press, 2012)

Kitten’s Winter, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press 2011)

Kitten’s Summer, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press 2011)

Kitten’s Autumn, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press 2010)

Kitten’s Spring, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press 2010)

There’s a Barnyard in My Bedroom! by David Suzuki, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Greystone Books, 2010)

One Hen [Citizen Kid] by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press, 2012)

Earth Magic by Dionne Brand, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press, 2006)

Everything Grows by Raffi, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Rounder Books, 2004)

Ribbon Rescue by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Scholastic Canada, 1999)

The Tree that Grew to the Moon, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Scholastic Canada, 1994)

A Difficult Day, written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press, 1987)

Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish by Henry Fernandes and Eugenie Fernandes (Scholastic Canada, 1986)

 

Biography

Eugenie Fernandes’ memories of her childhood are full of the wonder of animals and nature. “I draw children in bare feet as much as I can, because that’s me—frogs in my pocket and starfish in my hair!” laughs Eugenie. “I love warm beaches and turquoise water,” she admits, “and I’d rather do trees than buildings.” She looks back to her childhood to locate the inspiration that led her to become the successful writer and illustrator she is today. “My father, a comic-book illustrator, had his studio overlooking Huntington Bay in Long Island. I had my own desk right next to his, where I spent much of my youth.”

When Eugenie graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she began designing greeting cards and knocking on publishers’ doors with her portfolio. Before long she was submitting stories with her art, which led to the publication of her first book.

In the 1980s, Eugenie wrote and illustrated a number of Little Golden Books. One of her first books published in Canada was the acclaimed A Difficult Day. Since then she has worked on several projects a year and now lays claim to over 100 children’s books.

Eugenie and her husband, Henry, also an illustrator, have two children, Kim and Matthew. Eugenie, who has lived in places as diverse as New York City and a thatch hut in the South Pacific, now lives beside a lake in Ontario. She works in a glass studio surrounded by her favorite things: trees, birds, brushes, water, frogs, sunshine, snow, her family, and there is never a dull moment. Yesterday, there were otters sliding along the ice and diving into the water to catch their lunch while she ate her lunch snug and warm in a puddle of sunshine.

She can usually be found at home, except when she is off traveling to warm destinations by the sea. In her free time, she paints … and has been exploring the wild and wonderful world of non-objective painting, “visual poetry.”