One of the ways I started honing my writing skills was by entering contests, and so I am thrilled to be the guest judge of the McNally Robinson kids' writing contest, open to grade 5 & 6 students in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This year the theme is "I have always wanted to...." go into space, … Continue reading McNally Robinson Writing Contest for Kids
I'm hitting the road in October to talk about The Winnowing (with a few If I Had a Gryphon story times in there for good measure). I'd love to see your smiling faces! Check the Events Page for the most recent updates. Oct 14, 2-3pm Make it an Indigo Weekend Teen Takeover: Indigo Burlington 1250 … Continue reading October 2017 Events
Fall is just around the corner which means sweater weather, pumpkin pie, and The Winnowing! I've been busy working on some guest posts for The Winnowing blog tour and booking events for the fall. Full details coming soon, but for now here is everything you need to know about the Toronto book launch! When: Tuesday, … Continue reading The Winnowing Book Launch
Can you tell a sasquatch horn from a manticore tooth? What about a phoenix tail feather from a gryphon wing feather? Me and my magical bag of pet clues are going on the road this fall to Rockton, Milton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Will I see you there? SEPTEMBER Sept 10th, 10am: Story Mobs, Toronto, ON … Continue reading Fall 2016 Events
What's in the bag? Do you know any young pet detectives who could help me solve a magical mystery? I've been gathering props and breaking out the vocal exercises all in preparation for events and storytimes across Ontario for IF I HAD A GRYPHON. Come join me (and maybe a magical creature or two) on … Continue reading IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!
There were some shining moments in the children's book world in 2014. This year we encouraged children to practice their reading with cats, celebrated graphic novels, established a new YA award in Canada, and took a stand on diversity. Mac Barnett's TED talk Barnett's books are funny, clever, and sophisticated, but never at the expense … Continue reading The Best Moments in Children’s Books, 2014
I could not be more thrilled to be among the fantastic writers on the 2015 Red Maple Award list. The OLA Forest of Reading is one of the largest children's choice award programs in Canada and attending the Forest of Trees ceremony in Toronto is one of my favourite days of the year. If you … Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights Shortlisted for the 2015 Red Maple Award