Born and raised near Frankfurt, Christina Leist of Vancouver graduated with a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden in Communication Design. After that she worked as an Art Director in advertising for different international advertising agencies in Germany. She moved to Canada in 2005 and became Canadian in 2015.

Illustrated by Christina Leist, Kari-Lynn Winters' rhyming story for young children, On My Walk (Tradewind $16.95), is a charming evocation of the sights and sounds encountered by a child during a summer walk in the rain. On My Walk was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and Chocolate Lily Award. It has been followed by On My Skis and On My Bike. Other books are Baaaad Animals and Jack the Bear. Christina Leist also illustrated Virgina Schwartz's Nutz!, a chapter book about a half-Persian, half-alley cat called Amos.

Jury Member for the 2014 Governor General Literary Award for Children’s Illustration
Nominated for the 2013 Rainforest of Reading Award (Jack The Bear)
Nominated for the 2012-2013 Red Cedar Award (Nutz!)
Silver Medalist BC Bookprize 2010 (On My Walk)
Silver Medalist Chocolate Lily Award 2010/2011 (On My Walk)
Selected as a Top 2010 Canadian Children’s Book by the Toronto Public Library for building reading readiness (On My Walk)
Selected as the Year’s Best Picture Books by Resource Links magazine 2010 (On My Walk)
Silver Medalist 2011 Blue Spruce Award (Jack The Bear)
Nominated for ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Jack The Bear)
Winner of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ Award 1998-1999 (Baaaad Animals)
Chosen for Vancouver Translink’s Poetry in Transit 2008 (Baaaad Animals)


On My Walk (Tradewind 2009) Illustrations by Christina Leist $15.95 978-1-896580-61-6

Nutz! (Tradewind 2011) 978-1-896580-87-6 $12.95

I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood Books 2015). Text by Caroline Adderson

On My Skis (Tradewind 2016) Illustrations by Christina Leist $15.95 978-1926890036

On My Bike (Tradewind 2017)

[BCBW 2017]