Barbara Reid Public School

Barbara Reid Public School

BARBARA:
I think I’ve illustrated probably more than 25 books, and of those about 12 I wrote. I started working as an illustrator because
I really like expressing my ideas in pictures. I really thought writers -they were my heroes
– because I really like reading a lot and I didn’t think I could be a writer…and
then I was talking with an author illustrator one day and she said well you’re already
creating stories through your pictures so it’s not that big a step to write the words! So I went to some writing classes and learned
more and more about writing and gave it a try. Why do you like to use plasticine in your
art? BARBARA: I think it’s because it’s a really fun
medium, and so many kids can do it. It looks great right away, it’s fun, it’s
so changeable and playful and I think it’s because it’s unusual it might make you look
at the pictures longer than other mediums. FEMALE STUDENT: So you received a number of awards. What was that like? BARBARA: Receiving the Governor Generals award was super exciting. It was a really good feeling to go to the
award ceremony, which is for adult writers- writers for adults – and poets and drama people
and to know that creating books and pictures for children was equally as important as all
those big people because children are the first readers. I think it is important but it felt good for
other people to say that. When I became honourary chair of family literacy
day, really it’s just about promoting reading and books and families reading together, so
I kind of feel like I do that anyway, now I just get more attention for it. FEMALE STUDENT:
How does it feel to have a school named after you? BARBARA: It’s a very new experience for me. I’m getting…I just don’t know what really
to think about it except to be very excited and very pleased that the York Region Board
is supporting books and reading in that way – that it’s recognizing authors and Canadian
authors and Canadian books. FEMALE STUDENT:
What I learned about Barbara Reid is that she puts a lot of effort and time into her
artwork. She inspired me to never give up. FEMALE STUDENT:
It was really nice to meet Barbara Reid because she’s really interesting and she did inspire
me a lot and I really like her artwork because it’s just a little different from other
authors… MALE STUDENT:
She likes to read just like me…it’s…she’s a good representative for the school. FEMALE STUDENT:
The most interesting thing I learned today was I’m guessing all the things that she
did – like the Order of Canada, that’s pretty big. I think it’s really cool to go to a school
where – um – a woman is doing something so amazing while making these beautiful pieces
of artwork. BARBARA:
It feels as if this new school is like opening a brand new book. It’s a blank page, and all the students
and teachers and families that come to the school are having the opportunity to write
the story, to create this new book, this new chapter, this new school and I’m, I’m
very excited to see it take shape.

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