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Fonds contains the correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, sketches, illustrations and paintings for "Mary of Mile 18", "Boy of Taché" and "By the Sea: An Alphabet Book", with annotations by the author. Fonds also includes the reviews, photographs, publicity and examples of other formats in which the books appeared, such as Braille and tape versions, a film and a multi-media kit.
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Textual records; graphic material; moving images; sound recordings; textual records (braille); multi-media kit Finding aid available. Consult archivist. 90 (Paper)
Biography / Administrative history
Children's writer and illustrator, Ann Sager Blades was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1947. She received her teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia (1970) and graduated as a nurse from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (1974). Her experience as a teacher in isolated communities in British Columbia inspired her first two books, "Mary of Mile 18" (1971) and "A Boy of Taché" (1973). She has illustrated numerous books by other writers: "Jacques the Woodcutter" by Michael Macklem (1977), "A Salmon for Simon" by Betty Waterton (1978), "Six Darn Cows" by Margaret Laurence (1980), "Pettranella" by Betty Waterton (1980), "Anna's Pet" by Margaret Atwood and Joyce Barkhouse (1980), "A Candle for Christmas" by Jean E. Speare (1986), "Ida and the Wool Smugglers" by Sue Ann Alderson (1987), "The Singing Basket" retold by Kit Pearson (1990), "A Dog Came Too" by Ainslie Manson (1992) and "A Ride for Martha" by Sue Ann Alderson (1993). Blades's works have been published throughout the world. "Mary of Mile 18" won the 1972 Book of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians and was made into a film distributed by the National Film Board of Canada in 1981. She was awarded the Canadian Children's Literature Award for Illustration (1979) for "A Salmon for Simon", and the first Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award (1986) for "By the Sea: An Alphabet Book". Ann Blade's work was chosen for an exhibition of Canadian children's book illustrations, Canada at Bologna, held in April 1990 at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.
1. Littérature de jeunesse Archives.
2. Children Literature Archives.
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