Aino Anto

Aino Anto

A child of newcomers, Aino Anto grew up one of four rambunctious kids in a big city, with summers spent exploring forest paths. She earned her fist dime drawing mermaids on commission from other kids in Miss Brown’s Grade one class. Aino graduated from the University of Toronto and earned an associate’s diploma from the Ontario College of Art, now the Ontario College of Art and Design. Today, neither seems as relevant to how she paints and sees the world as do her experiences of growing up the child of immigrant parents and spending half her life barefoot outdoors. Aino’s first picture book, The Moon Watched It All, was published in 2019. She lives in a leafy corner of Toronto and still treasures her earliest notebook of stories.

Aino also contributed to A World of Mindfulness (2020) in collaboration with 13 other Pajama Press illustrators.

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Books By Aino Anto

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A World of Mindfulness

From the creators of A World of Kindness, a meditative sensory picture book with arresting art from fourteen illustrators featuring several award-winning artists like Scot Ritchie, Suzanne Del Rizzo, and many more. Now in paperback!

By Erin Alladin & Suzanne Del Rizzo & Rebecca Bender & Gabrielle Grimard & Tara Anderson & François Thisdale & Scot Ritchie & Miki Sato & Tamara Campeau & Emma Pedersen & Carmen Mok & Aino Anto & Sue Macartney & Amélie Dubois & Andrea Blinick

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