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Video: for illustrator and author Kelly Canby, self-isolating at home means working on the kitchen table and having your 10-year-old son interview you for Paper Bird Books Home Club - Lower primary to pre-primary

Video: for illustrator and author Kelly Canby, self-isolating at home means working on the kitchen table and having your 10-year-old son interview you for Paper Bird Books Home Club

April 8, 2020

Join Will and Kelly Canby as they dive into Kelly's world of developing awesome characters and colours for her picture books, which include The Hole Story, Rodney and the soon-to-be-released Littlelight.

In this episode of Paper Bird Books Home Club, Will asks his mum, Kelly, about the inspiration behind her three picture books, and where she keeps these ideas (spoiler alert: it's in a Milo tin!) Follow along as the mother-son pair / comedy act discuss the illustration world, including why Kelly decided to become an illustrator, how long it takes for her to finish a picture book, and which one is her favourite. Watch until the end for a surprise visit from their four-pawed family member Banner, and join in on the fun as they draw different pictures based on audience requests.

About the author

Kelly Canby was born in the UK and moved to Perth, Australia, when she was a young child. She gained her BA in Design from Curtin University, and naturally went into illustrating after she was inspired by the beautiful picture books she bought for her son, Will. Now she is an internationally published illustrator and author, with 25 children's books to her name, three of those with Fremantle Press.

To buy the books, read a sample chapter or download an activity sheet, follow the links below.

Littlelight

Sample chapter

Activity sheet

Book cover of Littlelight  Word search activity sheet for Littlelight

Rodney

Sample chapter

Activity sheet

Book cover of Rodney  Colouring in activity sheet for Rodney

 

The Hole Story

Sample chapter

Activity sheet

Book cover of The Hole Story  Activity sheet for The Hole Story