Joanne Stanbridge (Everdello)

Joanne Stanbridge lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has written and/or illustrated about a dozen books for young readers, including a picture book called The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Who Runs This Country Anyway? A Guide to Canadian Government (Scholastic Canada).

Joanne holds a B.A. in English and Fine Art from the University of Guelph, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Concordia University, and an M.L.I.S. (Masters in Library and Information Studies) from McGill University. For several years she attended evening classes at the Visual Arts Centre/Centre des arts visuels in Montreal, where she studied drawing and watercolour painting with Pat Walsh.

After serving for ten years as a librarian at Westmount Public Library, she moved to Kingston in 1998. She is currently the local history librarian at Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

In October 2008 Joanne began posting illustrations and sketches on her Everdello blog ( , and participating in online sketching projects like Urban Sketchers, Illustration Friday, and Every Day in May.  A full list of her books and pictures can be found on the Art and Books page of her blog.

In early 2019 she was invited to show her sketches in Martello Alley by the owner, David Dossett. She had walked past this alley many times without realizing how special it is. When she finally dropped in, she fell in love with the place! She loves it so much, she created a pocketbook called the Martello Alley Story. You can read about it here, and obtain your own copy here. To see some of her work at Martello Alley, go to this link on the  Martello Alley website.