Sydney discovered his love of children’s illustration while studying drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University in Halifax. Some of his first experiences illustrating children’s books were for the new editions of Sheree Fitch’s older books (Mabel Murple, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen and Toes in My Nose). He has won awards for his illustration for Mabel Murple, There were Monkeys in My Kitchen, and Music is for Everyone. Sidewalk Flowers has been printed in ten countries and 8 different languages. Originally from Halifax, Sydney Smith currently lives in Toronto.