Fonds RBSC-ARC-1800 - Kathryn Shoemaker fonds

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Kathryn Shoemaker fonds

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30 cm textual records
230 drawings : pencil

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Biographical history

Kathryn Shoemaker was born January 10, 1943 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the illustrator of over forty books for children, including Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts (2016), My Animal Friends by R. David Stephens (2002), Floyd Flamingo and His Flock of Friends by Tiffany Stone (2004), Jenny’s Neighbours by Richard Thompson (1987) and Los Ninos Alfabeticos by Lourdes Ayala (1995). She is also the author of four of her illustrated books, including Creative Christmas (1978). In addition, she illustrates educational materials, cards, posters and calendars for publishers, businesses and other groups.

Shoemaker earned a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Immaculate Heart College, and later attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) to earn a Master of Arts in Children's Literature (2006) and a PhD in Language and Literacy Education (2014). She studied art at the Otis Art Institute, Occidental College and the Chouinards Art Institute. Since 1996, she has been an instructor of classes on illustration at institutions such as UBC, SFU, Langara, Kwantlen, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. In 2009, Shoemaker began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on illustration, children’s literature, and Canadian children's literature, with a specialty in picturebooks and graphic novels, in the Library Archival and Information Studies programs and Language Literacy and Education programs at UBC.

Shoemaker's works have received numerous awards and accolades including the Western Canada Jewish Book Prize in 2018 and the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in 2017 for Seeking Refuge (by Irene N. Watts), and numerous nominations for the Chocolate Lily Award since 2006. In 2018, Shoemaker received the Alumni UBC Faculty Community Service Award for her role as an "advocate for reading and excellence in children’s literature" including her illustrations, writing, and development of teaching and learning materials.

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The materials were received directly from Kathryn Shoemaker.

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The fonds consists of records related to Kathryn Shoemaker's illustrative works, and includes final artwork and sketches, as well as draft texts, dummy copies, resource materials, published reviews and correspondence, including the author and publisher, relating to the production of the work.

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The fonds is arranged according to publication--this arrangement reflects the groupings of materials by Shoemaker. Within the series, files are preserved according to Shoemaker's own arrangement and description when possible; titles supplied by the archivist are indicated with brackets [ ].

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The first accession--the complete series Seeking Refuge and start of the series Good-bye Marianne--was received and processed in 2019. Future accruals are expected.

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