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Biography

Lorna Bennett has worked as a designer, writer, illustrator, and animator. She has won many awards and nominations for her illustration.

Lorna currently devotes most of her time to artwork for children’s picture and educational books, greeting cards, novel covers, technical illustration, multimedia, and animation. Lorna loves touring with the Young Alberta Book Society’s Taleblazers Festival and teaching art in elementary schools.

She attended Grant MacEwan Community College and the University of Alberta in the Arts/Fine Arts programs. Lorna is a born and bred Albertan who especially loves mountain-biking in all seasons, skiing, hiking, horses, literature, making and listening to music, painting, photography, cooking, travel, and Edmonton’s annual Heritage Days Festival. Lorna is a staff Artist on the Wards at the U of A Hospital.

Lorna is currently a non-touring member of YABS and is not available for bookings.

Bibliography

Tadlets & Pigpoles. Written by Betty McDowell, PageMaster Publishing, 2018

Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Aurora. Written by Joan Galat, Whitecap Books, 2016

L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet. Written By Linda Aksomitis, Sleeping Bear Press 2010

True Story. Written By Marty Chan, Ink Jockey Inc 2009

Hockey Trivia for Kids II. Written by Eric Zweig, Scholastic 2009

M is for Mountie: An RCMP Alphabet. Written By Polly Horvath, Sleeping Bear Press 2008

Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Zodiac. Written By Joan Marie Galat, Whitecap Books 2007

Hockey Trivia for Kids. Written By Eric Zweig, Scholastic 2006

C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet. Written By Dawn Welykochy, Sleeping Bear Press 2004

Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon. Written By Joan Marie Galat, Whitecap Books 2004

Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories in the Planets. Written By Joan Marie Galat, Whitecap Books 2003

Ancient Cultures Textbooks grade 4/5. Ontario School System 2001/2002

Cheki, Wahiyaw, Misikitiw, Apisesiw: Opposites in Cree. Written By Anne Anderson, Duval House Publishing 2001

Sandwiches for Duke. Written By Judy Ann Sadler, Stoddart 2001

Life’s on Fire Cookbook Series. Written By Sandi Richard, Cooking for the Rushed Publishing 1999 – 2002

Nikinan: Our Home. Written By Anne Anderson, Duval House Publishing 1999

Awards

Dot to Dot in the Sky,
Stories of the Aurora
– Winner, Crystal Kite Award for Canada, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), 2017
– Skipping Stones Award, 2017
– National Communications Award, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Second Place Book, 2017
– Honorable Mention, Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award, 2017
– Shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award in Atlantic Canada (2017/18).
– Shortlisted for the Red Cedar Children’s Choice Book Award in British Columbia (2017/18).

Dot to Dot in the Sky,
Stories of the Zodiac 

– Gold Moonbeam Award (science/activity category) (2008)
– Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (2007)
– Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award nomination (2010)
– Semi-finalist Calgary Public Library Foundation Literary Awards
– Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids/Teens
– Edmonton Public School Board recommended title

Dot to Dot in the Sky,
Stories of the Moon
– Writers Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (2005)
– Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection
– Edmonton Public School Board recommended title

Dot to Dot in the Sky,
Stories of the Planets

– Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection
– Shortlisted for Rocky Mountain Book Award (2004)
– Edmonton Public School Board recommended title

Rocky Mountain Book Award, shortlisted for C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet 2006

Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, on Notable List for Sandwiches for Duke 2001

Reviews

It’s a pleasure to watch and listen to Lorna. She keeps her audience enthralled with her charming illustrations and enthusiastic brand of storytelling.

McKee, Elementary

Hands on, uniquely interactive & highly engaging. Lorna Bennett’s energy and enthusiasm, coupled with knowledge of her craft, proved to be both educational and entertaining. Lorna engaged her audience, both old and young, with encouragement and lighthearted humor.

Glenora, Elementary

Just wonderful, great at gearing the information and activity to the age level of the students. Lorna was interesting and entertaining, always keeping the children’s attention focussed as they did not want to miss what she was drawing next…It was a wonderful experience that really motivated some students who would normally be reluctant to draw.

Crestwood, Elementary