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BLADES, ANN, 1947-

Ann Blades fonds. - 1973-1987. - 3 m of graphic material and textual record.

Biographical Sketch

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.

Scope and Content

The Ann Blades 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. The fonds also includes the reviews, publicity and examples of other formats in which the books appeared, such as Braille and tape versions, a film and a multi-media kit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: The majority of the fonds was acquired from Ann Blades in 1987. The illustrations and manuscripts for Mary of Mile 18 were acquired in 1989. [1987-08, 1989-10]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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