Although Ted Harrison is not strictly a children’s book author I’m including him as number 3 in my search because he is just that dandy! Ted Harrison is an author, illustrator and painter of amazing Yukon inspired scenes. His books include A Northern Alphabet, The Cremation of Sam McGee, Children of the Yukon and many more. His bright colours and heavy outlines create a sort of whimsical feeling to all his paintings. I remember reading The Cremation of Sam McGee as a kid and am probably even more blown away by it now as an adult. The bold, unusual use of colours suck you in and make you contemplate moving to such a cold and snowy place like the Yukon if just to catch a glimpse of the colours Harrison has pulled from the northern nature, as if the sun is only there to light up the aurora borealis lamp shade covering the top of North America.
Check out more from his gallery at www.tedharrison.ca