Touring In: British Columbia (Interior)

Craft: author/illustrator (bilingual presenter)

Genre: picture books

Ideal Audience Size: 30-40

Maximum Audience Size: 65

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 11

Special Equipment: 8 1/2″x11″ white sheets of paper for the students, pencils and erasers (colored pencils, if available, for K to 5); flip chart, and projector (if available).


Winner of 2012 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Winner of 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration

Presentation Information

We’ll start with a brief description (using samples and visuals, and/or projector if available) of the various steps involved when making a picture book – from idea to manuscript, sketches, illustration techniques and printing.

Then we’re ready for an interactive story-building activity, adapted to audiences’ age, and which can easily be continued afterwards in class.

Given a few opening sentences, the younger students (K to 5) will create together a short picture book story with the help of Genevieve, who sketches it quickly, step by step, weaving in basic notions of perspective, layout, etc. Then, the young authors turn into illustrators as they each draw a favorite moment from our story.

Older audiences (grades 6 to 9) will create with Genevieve the storyline of what could be a chapterbook, and she will help the students as they themselves imagine and draw the characters and scenes from the story.

Grades 10 and 11 will be presented a selection of short classic texts or poems from which they will choose one, to interpret in their own way – an exercise inspired by the Visions of Poetry Series from Kids Can Press. They will create the characters, then develop thumbnail sequences of the story, and  start sketches.

Book List

Shooting Star Rider. Written by Nayoung Jin. (Simply Read Books, 2017)

Noni Speaks Up. Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman. (Tundra Books, 2016)

Mr. King’s Machine (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Bob’s Hungry Ghost (Tundra Books, 2014)

Goodnight You!  (Kids Can Press, 2014)

Starring Me and You (Kids Can Press, 2014)

Mr. King’s Castle (Kids Can Press, 2013)

Mr. King’s Things (Kids Can Press 2012)

Without You (Kids Can Press, 2011)

Me and You (Kids Can Press, 2009)

Spark. Written by Kallie George. (Simply Read Books, 2013)

Ella May and the Wishing Stone. Written by Cary Fagan. (Tundra Books, 2011)

Noni says No. Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman. (Tundra Books, 2011)

Wishes. Written by Jean Little. (Scholastic Canada, 2012)

La petite rapporteuse de mots. Written by Danielle Simard. (Les 400 coups, 2007)

Missuk and the Snow Geese. Written by Anne Renaud. (Simply Read Books, 2008)

First Spring. (Innu tale) Told by Rémy Savard and Catherine Germain. Translated by Donald Kellough (Simply Read Books, 2006)

Minn and Jake. Written by Janet Wong, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003)


In Genevieve’s family, books, brushes and paints were always around. As soon as she knew how to read and write, she started creatting stories about her pet mouse (yes, a real one) or about insects. So it came as no surprise to anyone when she later decided to become an illustrator, and left mice in favor of bunnies.

She has illustrated a number of stories from favorite authors such as Jean Little, Cary Fagan, Danielle Simard, or Christiane Duchesne. She is also the author, in both English and French, of ten picture books, including the Mr.King and Piggy & Bunny Series.

She enjoys giving workshops in schools and has taken part in several book tours throughout Canada, meeting young readers and future writers from coast to coast. She was a member of the Arts and Science team supporting international students on the Cape Farewell Art and Climate Change Expedition to the Arctic in 2009.

Geneviève holds a BA from Concordia University in Montreal. She was an editorial illustrator for many years, contributing to the Boston Globe, The New York Times or the Anchorage Daily News and others publications- which fed her endless curiosity about a variety of topics, form politics to nature, society or just plain weird stuff (A Short History of Dust? Managing Manure? Singing Mice?…)

She has taught creativity techniques at College Salette from 2007 to 2008, was part-time Art Director at Éditions Imagine in 2004-2005, and was president of Illustration Quebec in 1994-1996.

She won the Marylin Baillie Picture Book Award in 2012, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration in 2007, was on IBBY’s Honour List in 2010, won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award in 2005 and was twice shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, in 2007 and 2010.

She has been living and working in Montreal all her life but looks forward to moving to the country soon.


Bob’s Hungry Ghost

  • Shortlisted for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbons Award 2015

Starring Me and You

  • Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Books Award 2014

Mr. King’s Castle

  • Shortlisted for Shining Willow Award 2014

Mr.King’s Things

  • Shortlisted for Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2013
  • Shortlisted for Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbons Award 2013

Les trésors de M.Monsieur

  • Shortlisted for Prix Peuplier 2014

Without You

  • Winner of Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2012
  • Shortlisted for Quebec Writer’s Federation Prize for Children’s Literature 2011

Sans toi!

  • Shorlisted for Prix des libraires Jeunesse 2011

Me and You

  • Shortlisted for Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2010
  • Shortlisted for Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbons Award 2010
  • Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY 2010
  • Best Bets – Top 10 Canadian Children’s Books, Ontario Library Association 2007

Comme toi!

  • Shortlsted for Prix TD 2010
  • Shortlisted for Prix des Bibliothèques Jeunesse de Montréal 2010

Ella May and the Wishing Stone

  • Shortlisted for  Blue Spruce Award 2013

Noni Says No

  • Shortlisted for Blue Spruce Award 2012

La petite rapporteuse de mots

  • Winner of Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration 2007
  • Winner of Prix des Bibliothèques Jeunesse de Montréal 2007
  • Shortlisted for Prix TD 2007
  • IBBY Honour List 2010

What Elephant?

  • Shortlisted for Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbons Award 2007

Le premier printemps du monde

  • Shortlisted for Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration 2003

La grande aventure d’un petit mouton noir

  • Shortlisted for Governor General’s Literary Award Illustration 2000
  • Winner of Grand prix Salon du Livre de Trois-Rivières
  • Silver Medal, New York Society Illustrators

Praise for Geneviève Côté

“Genevieve generously shares her own whimsical and thoughtful stories, while gently encouraging the young people she encounters to think and create independently. She shares the gift of her stories, but also reminds those she visits of the gifts they have to share. This is a winning combination.”
—Robin Sales, Librarian Selwyn School and Former Head Librarian of Montreal Children’s Library

“It’s clear that Genevieve writes about issues that matter to kids — and to her. She explained that as an author-illustrator, “the closer you get to your own values, the better your work will be.”
—Monique Polak, Writer and Teacher, College Marianopolis