Category: children’s books

Immersed in Student Writing

This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of calling the names of twelve young writers whose short fiction won places in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. What a pleasure to be one of this year’s judges and to read excerpts from the fantastic…

The Art of Story: SCBWI Canada East Conference

I always look forward to my regional SCBWI conference. This year it’s especially exciting because I’ll be giving a workshop myself. My topic: revision. I used to dread revisions. I loved drafting; I loved polishing; but I loathed the grunt work in between the…

The Squirrels are Coming!

Wonderful news: When the Squirrels Stole my Sister, my upcoming picture book with Fitzhenry & Whiteside, is going to be illustrated by Patricia Storms. ūüôā Patricia is an accomplished author/illustrator well-known in the Canadian kidlit scene. Her illustrations range from super-adorable to just-a-little-creepy (intentionally…

Friday Faves–Books I Read and Loved this Spring

I updated my Goodreads account this afternoon, adding a dozen or so titles that I read and loved this spring. If you’re looking for a summer read, here are a few of my recent faves. Picture Books Once I Ate a Pie Written by…

The Willow Awards

It is an honour to have my latest middle-grade comedy, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, selected as a 2016 Diamond Willow Nominee! For those who may not know, Willows are not just gorgeous trees. They are also Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards…

SCBWI Spring Conference in Ottawa

There are still a few spaces left for¬†Ottawa’s¬†SCBWI Art of Story Conference¬†scheduled for the end of the month. For¬†two days,¬†guest¬†speakers will¬†offer¬†workshops and presentations to everyone¬†interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, from aspiring picture book illustrators to established YA novelists. There’s something for every…

Thank you, BookFest!

It was a pleasure to be part of the 29th annual Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival this year. I¬†met hundreds of young readers at schools and libraries in the Nanaimo area¬†during a week-long author tour that culminated in¬†BookFest on May 2nd: a day-long celebration…

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference

Next week I’ll be¬†a¬†guest author at the¬†annual MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference, which runs from April 21-23 in Ottawa, Ontario. Students in¬†grades 4-8 from eastern Ontario and western Quebec will be bussed and driven to the Canadian Aviation Museum to attend the Conference…

What are you Writing Now?

I went to¬†Laurentian Regional High School yesterday and spoke with Secondary I and II (Grade 7 and 8) students who’d been reading my novel, All Good Children, in class. The students were great audiences: attentive, informed and enthusiastic. They sent me¬†a long¬†list of questions…

Radio Interview at Noon

The interview I did in Prince Edward County last month (last post) airs at noon today on 99.3 County FM. Lynn Pickering, host of “The County Writes…The County Reads” asks me about my background, my books, and my advice for young writers. Check it…

Hello, Prince Edward County!

I’ll be making my way southwestward next Tuesday to meet with elementary students in Wellington and Picton, Ontario. At the invitation of the Rotary Club of Wellington¬†and the County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives, I‚Äôll be helping the county celebrate Rotary Literacy…

Cool Reads for Cool Kids

My latest middle grade novel, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, is featured in this month’s issue of Middle Shelf Magazine, in their “Cool Reads for Cool Kids” section (under the “Humor” category, natch – you’ll find my excerpt on page 22.) Check…

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