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About Christina

Christina was born and raised in Germany – just outside of Frankfurt.
In the final year of the last century, she graduated with a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden in Communication Design. After that she worked as an Art Director in advertising for different international advertising agencies in Germany.
She moved to Canada in 2005, after she had fallen in love with Canada’s rainy West Coast and became a Canadian Landed Immigrant a little while later. She now is living in Vancouver, goes to Germany for long visits and spends her time focusing on writing, illustration and graphic design. The books she has published have received several award nominations and great recognition.

Christina likes being outside in all kinds of weather, yoga, ginger, ice cream, animals and getting to visit classrooms all over the country.
You can book Christina as a fun presenter at your school. Please find more information under About/School Visit Bookings.
 
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Awards and Recognition

Jury Member for the 2014 Governor General Literary Award for Children’s Illustration
Nominated for the 2013 Rainforest of Reading Award (Jack The Bear)
Nominated for the 2012-2013 Red Cedar Award (Nutz!)
Silver Medalist BC Bookprize 2010 (On My Walk)
Silver Medalist Chocolate Lily Award 2010/2011 (On My Walk)
Selected as a Top 2010 Canadian Children’s Book by the Toronto Public Library for building reading readiness (On My Walk)
Selected as the Year’s Best Picture Books by Resource Links magazine 2010 (On My Walk)
Silver Medalist 2011 Blue Spruce Award (Jack The Bear)
Nominated for ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Jack The Bear)
Winner of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ Award 1998-1999 (Baaaad Animals)
Chosen for Vancouver Translink’s Poetry in Transit 2008 (Baaaad Animals)