About Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up in Niagara Falls and Toronto. In high school, he worked in his family’s candle factory, which he says made him smell like cinnamon.  Though he considers Toronto his hometown, Jon currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and their young son.

Jon Klassen is the first Canadian to win the Caldecott Award, which he received for his book This is Not My Hat. He received a Caldecott honor the same year for his illustrations in Mac Barnett’s picture book Extra Yarn, and another Caldecott honor in 2015 for Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. He won a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010 for his picture-book illustration debut, Cats’ Night Out and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (he’s the first Canadian to claim the U.K. award since it was established in 1955). His humour and wit have made him an International kidlit star!

See some of Jon’s most recent work on his Tumblr account.

Our August contest

Jon Klassen’s newest book is “Triangle” written by Mac Barnett. Grab a ballot at your local library branch and draw a tricky triangle or a scared square to enter our contest.  Enter to win a Super Fantastic Jon Klassen prize pack, which includes a book, posters, tattoos, and a signed print, all donated by Candlewick Press.


Find our contest post on Facebook.


enter on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BookClub150. Just tell us what your favourite Jon Klassen book is and why.

Lots of ways to enter. Good luck! Contest ends August 31st, 2017. 

Please note that the prize must be picked up at an Annapolis Valley Regional Library Branch.

Reading list

Click on a link below to visit www.valleylibrary.ca. Sign in with your AVRL library card, place a hold, and have a copy sent to the Valley Library of your choice.

I Want My Hat Back

This Is Not My Hat

We Found a Hat

Cats’ Night Out

Extra Yarn

House Held Up By Trees

The Dark

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole



April - Sandra and Ron Lightburn

Jon Klassen walks us through his creative process and discusses sources of inspiration in this short video via The Globe and Mail.

What is Book Club 150?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we are highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017. To celebrate with us, we encourage you to read the books, join our online conversation, and enter our monthly contests. Our featured books include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Pick up a copy at your local library, look for a Book Club in a Bag to share, or find a library Book Club near you. We’ll have special events and contests throughout the year, so be sure to visit our library website at www.valleylibrary.ca, or look for feature posts each month on our new library blog site, RenewYourCuriosity.ca.

Featured storytellers

January 2017

Robert Munsch

February 2017

André Alexis

March 2017

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

April 2017

Ron & Sandra Lightburn

May 2017

Christy Ann Conlin

June 2017

Julie Flett

July 2017

Marie-Louise Gay

August 2017

Jon Klassen

September 2017

Lawrence Hill

October 2017

Jeff Lemire

November 2017

Sydney Smith 

December 2017

Ami McKay