John Martz is the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence

IBBY Canada has announced that John Martz has been selected for the 2015 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program, at Northern District Branch of Toronto Public Library. During his residency in the month of October, John Martz will present art activities for classes of children visiting the library, lead evening workshops in the library for adults and teens, visit high schools and colleges to talk to students in art programs, and offer portfolio reviews.

John Martz has illustrated children’s picture books including A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press), Black and Bittern Was Night (Kids Can Press), and Dear Flyary (Kids Can Press). He has also illustrated comic books, web comics and iPad picture books, and was the founding editor of the illustration blog John lives in Toronto.

From illustrators’ applications from across Canada, the 2015 illustrator was selected by a jury comprised of Shannon Babcock, Ministère de l’Éducation, Quebec (and president of IBBY Canada); Meghan Howe, Canadian Children’s Book Centre; Martha Scott, Toronto Public Library; Patricia Storms, illustrator and author (Illustrator in Residence in 2014); and Leigh Turina, Toronto Public Library.

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program offers a published children’s book illustrator a month-long residency in a public library. The Program honours the memory of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose children’s books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award. The Program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, with financial support from Joanne’s family.

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IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, founded in 1953, is an network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada ( promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer
IBBY Canada