Vikki VanSickle is an award-winning author and a devoted member of the Canadian children’s book industry. Frequently referred to as “Canada’s Judy Blume,” she is the author of a number of acclaimed books, including the picture books IF I HAD A GRYPHON, TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR and ANONYMOUSE, and the novels WORDS THAT START WITH B, SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS and the 2018 Red Maple Award winner THE WINNOWING. Her next novel is the hilarious, stigma-busting P.S. TELL NO ONE (February 2023).
After obtaining an MA in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia, Vikki’s career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. She spent 12 years in publishing, focusing on children’s book marketing. She is frequently called upon to speak about kids’ books as CTV Your Morning’s resident bookworm, the children’s literature columnist at Open Book Ontario, and as Lainey Gossip’s YA mentor. In addition to writing, she is on the board of Funny Pages Book Festival and is the education coordinator of The Period Purse. Originally from Woodstock, ON, she now lives in Toronto with her cat.