Welcome to Bill's World

Illustration and graphic story-telling is my passion.
I have created here a portfolio of my work as well as information about myself, new book releases and a bibliography all found in this space if you care to browse. It's all accessible via the stand alone pages which can be reached using the text bar you see above this post.
And if you care to read about my adventures in creating the Elephants Never Forget series, learn to draw Otto or simply practice a few basic cartooning techniques, just click on the images at the bottom of this page.

New Stuff

Who Broke the Teapot?! is now available in stores (April 26, 2016)

Today is Teapot's birthday! The book is now available in stores. We're having a local launch of the book here in Millbrook on June 4, 2016 at Bear Essentials, 12 King St. E., Millbrook Ontario. Fingers crossed that the downtown won't still be a war zone. 

Cleaver Award Nomination (Feb. 25, 2016)

I just found out that Stanley at School was short listed for the 2015 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, an annual illustrator's award. If you click on the link above you'll see Stanley is in great company this year!!

Teapot arrives! (Feb. 24, 2016)

An advance copy of my newest book (and the first picture book I have written in 20 years!), Who Broke the Teapot?!,  arrived on my doorstep on Monday, just in time for me to take it to a couple of schools in Aurora that I visited yesterday. What fun that was!

Hot off the press!

Warm welcome at Kew Beach Public School (Feb. 17, 2016)

I had a great time at Kew Beach Public School in Toronto yesterday, sharing stuff about books and illustration and fielding lots of great questions from three classes of  Grade 3's. Thanks guys!
Talking books with the Grade 3's at Kew Beach Public School.

Older Stuff

Slumming with famous authors (October 2015)

recently returned from a trip out west to a couple of book festivals, Calgary Wordfest and the Vancouver Writers' Festival. Both were amazing experiences, where I got to meet lots of fascinating people and returned energized with my head bursting with new ideas! Some of the new friends I made included the illustraor/authors Cybรจle Young and Anne Villeneuve and author Kallie George, as well as re-connecting with my good friend Linda Bailey.
Back to work…
Now I'm back at my desk, working on art for Tim Beiser's new book, There, There. Here is a sample of one of the pencil drawings I recently did for this very funny story.
And back to school
One of the things I figured out when I was away was how much I miss visiting kids at schools! I have just listed with Authors' Booking Service, with the intention of visiting more schools. If you are interested in booking a visit please check out the information on the School Visits page at the top of this post.
New releases…
I'm very excited about the new Stanley, Stanley at School, released this past summer and now available in bookstores. Here's the trailer. 
And equally exciting is the conclusion of my Elephants Never Forget series with the release of Big Star Otto. It was a wild ride with Otto over the past five years, and I had a lot of fun. I hope you have as much fun reading his adventures.
And coming soon
I have just finished the art for two new books which will be out soonish, Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge by Monica Kulling and my own new book, Who Broke the Teapot?! Both are due out sometime in 2016 but you can sneak preview some of the art here on my Picture Book Illustration page.