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A Salmon for Simon

Written by Betty Waterton

Illustrated by Ann Blades

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888992765
  • 8.750" x 7.500"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Fishes
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian


Publication Date April 01, 1997

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Simon discovers that catching a salmon is more difficult than it looks. A simple, touching and multi-award-winning story with evocative watercolor illustrations.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 1978

Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 1978


Betty Waterton
Betty Waterton was the author of nineteen children's books, including the Quincy Rumpel novels and a number of well-loved picture books. Over the course of her writing career she traveled all over Canada giving readings to children. For many years she lived on Canada's West Coast, where A Salmon for Simon, her first children's book, takes place.

Ann Blades
Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.


"Simple, straightforward and deftly told, with impressive illustrations by Blades, Ann, one of Canada's best." Toronto Star

"There is magic in the way the story is told as well as magic in Ann Blades' beautiful illustrations." Books in Canada