Dog-Eared Reads

Barbara Reid on her ongoing love for The Chronicles of Narnia

The children's author and illustrator on why she re-reads the classic fantasy series by C. S. Lewis.
Barbara Reid is an author and illustrator. (HarperCollins/Ian Crysler)

Children's author Barbara Reid, who uses plasticine to illustrate her stories, has written several bestselling books. Her book Picture The Sky was a finalist for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and received the most votes from young readers in the CBC's Fan Choice Contest.  

Reid explains why she's a faithful fan of the The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. 

"A series of books I read over and over as a kid were The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I just loved those tales and wanted to have animals that could talk to me. What appealed to me with the Narnia book series was being able to go to another world. My life was incredibly boring. I had a lovely happy childhood. Books were an escape from that.

"It just was such a wonderful place and so connected to nature. I loved that aspect of the book and world. I was so excited to reread those books with our two daughters... we still remember things from those books. I also liked the original drawings by Pauline Baynes. She had a very lively pen and I learned a lot as an illustrator from her work as well."

Barbara Reid's comments have been edited for length and clarity. 


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