About

Paola Opal

As a Dutch-born Canadian graphic designer, not only do I write and illustrate books for children but I also design them. My first book, One Little Bug, was recognized by the Alcuin Society for excellence in design. Titles in my twelve book Simply Small series have received accolades including a Kirkus Star and multiple listings on the Canadian Toy Testing Council’s great books for children. 

I’ve also worked in design education at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and at Vancouver Film School. I have a degree in Graphic Design for Marketing and live in Surrey BC, Canada. My legal name is Paola Syme.