Jan Dolby is a full-time freelance children’s illustrator and graphic designer based in Aurora, Ontario Canada. Jan is internationally published and has a vast amount of technical and graphic design experience. She is incredibly grateful for her creative life and is delighted to be illustrating for the children’s industry. Seeing her work in bookstores and online is a dream come true.
Her first Canadian picture book, ‘Gabby’ written by Joyce Grant won the Rainforest of Reading Festival Award – Montserrat in 2015. Since then she has illustrated Gabby: Drama Queen, Gabby: Wonder Girl, Lucky Me, The Cold Little Voice and But Why? A Virus Story About Feelings. She has illustrated children’s books with authors Joyce Grant, Alison Hughes and Jackie Azua Kramer to name a few.
She is a Fine Art graduate of the University of Guelph and holds an Arts Administrative Certificate from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Prior to freelancing, Jan worked at Young Peoples Theatre, London Children’s Museum and the Quinte Arts Council. Jan was born in St. John’s Newfoundland and has lived in many towns and cities across Ontario.
Jan is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Illustrators for Hire.
Jan and her family live in a home with 47 steps and spend their summers surfing in Lake Huron.
Honours & Awards
Gold Medalist – Independent Publisher Book Award, Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing, Award for Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
Gold Medalist – Nautilus Book Award, Better Books for a Better Word, Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
Silver Medalist – Independent Book Publishers Association, Ben Franklin Award for Editorial and Design
Winner – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Montserrat 2015
Nominee – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Grenada and St. Lucia 2014
Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets Top 10 2014
Featured in: Canadian Toy Testing Council Toy Report 2014 Award Winning Books
Canadian Living Magazine’s Family Fun Guide summer 2013 – Great Summer Reads
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013 – Picture Books for kids ages 3 and up