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Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear

  • 5 stars across 15 books
Kyo Maclear is the author of many books for children, including Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and some for adults. When she was a little girl, she wanted very badly to be a fashion designer. She spent countless hours drawing odd dresses, including a very special cloud dress. Her style muses include her mother, Patti Smith, the residents of Moominvalley, and anyone with a sense of casual and androgynous flair. Though she loved writing about Schiaparelli's signature color, shocking pink, Kyo's own favorite color is blue. She plants her garden with flowers in all shades of blue, and in spring when they bloom, it's a blue extravaganza. Kyo makes her home in Toronto, where she lives with her two sons and husband, a musician. You can find her at

Julie Morstad is the author and illustrator of Today and How To. She has illustrated many books for children, including Swan, The Dress and the Girl, This Is Sadie, and Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Julie makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives with her family. You can find her at
4th February 2020

Story Boat

(2 reviews) Review
8th July 2014

Julia, Child

(1 review) Review
5th July 2018

The Liszts

Mama Liszt, Papa Liszt, Winifred, Edward, Frederick and Grandpa Liszt make lists all day long. So does their cat. Then ... MoreThe Liszts

(1 review) Review
22nd March 2018

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by gifted team Kyo Ma... MoreBloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

(1 review) Review
27th September 2016

The Wish Tree

Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion ... MoreThe Wish Tree

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3rd January 2010

The Fog

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1st September 2010


His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of t... MoreSpork

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2nd March 2017

Virginia Wolf

Meet Virginia, who is feeling particularly wolfish today. Somehow, her sister Vanessa must help her feel better. But how... MoreVirginia Wolf

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27th February 2018

Flo: A Picture Book

Meet Flo, a relaxed little panda. In a world with so much to do, she likes to sleep in, explore, and enjoy everything ar... MoreFlo: A Picture Book

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