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
WHAT I PUBLISHED Not one, but TWO new novels! Bringing my series about Benji and Clarissa to a close in DAYS THAT END IN Y was bittersweet. I love this review in CM Magazine because above all else I aim to be authentic, and if the mother of a teenage daughter who happens to be … Continue reading Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review
Despite the crisp autumn air, Summer Days, Starry Nights is still kicking around! I was thrilled to see a shiny red star next to Summer Days, Starry Nights in the Fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. Days That End in Y also got a mention, which means that all three Clarissa books have … Continue reading A Star for Starry Nights!
Today is the first day of school for many kids across the country, so it seems a fitting time to do a round-up of my fall events. Here is the schedule thus far: Sept 13: CANSCAIP September Meeting, 7pm I'll be chatting social media with a CanLit dream team consisting of Lena Coakley, Cheryl Rainfield, and … Continue reading Fall 2013 Events
What a way to start the weekend! I was so thrilled to be interviewed in The National Post this weekend. Goodness knows it is like pulling dragon's teeth to get any major media coverage for children's books in Canada, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to talk about my beloved Reenie, place in … Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights in The National Post
I am so thrilled with the response to Summer Days, Starry Nights. Here are some memorable moments so far, starting with hitting the #1 spot on the best-seller list in Woodstock: Here it is recommended in my favourite childhood magazine, OWL: And again in Canadian Family magazine: The June issue of Quill and Quire had this … Continue reading Summer Loving