Do you know a classroom, a library, or a child who needs a teddy bear? Because this teddy needs a home! Enter to win the teddy, a signed copy of Teddy Bear of the Year, and an activity kit with everything you need to host your own Teddy Bear Service Awards, a great theme for … Continue reading Contest: This Teddy Needs a Home!
I'm going on tour! Check the schedule above to see if the Teddy Bear Service Awards will be rolling into your town. Teddies of all shapes and sizes are welcome! Interested in hosting your own event? Check out the free, downloadable activity kit here. It includes snack and game ideas, teddy bear ears headband craft, … Continue reading Teddy Bear of the Year Tour
We are one week away from the release of my new picture book TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated by Sydney Hanson. All of my books are a nod to something I love, and I've always had a soft spot for the softest of toys, bear or otherwise. Here are some of my favourite teddy … Continue reading 6 Picture Books Featuring Teddy Bears (and Rabbits)
I am very excited to announce that my next picture book, TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated with warmth and humour and a lot of fuzziness by Sydney Hanson, will be published by Tundra Books on January 21, 2020. This book is a love letter to teddy bears and stuffies of all shapes and sizes. As … Continue reading TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR- Coming Soon!
Of all the delightful and unexpected things that have happened to me as an author, this video featuring students from Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, ON rapping their way through my picture book IF I HAD A GRYPHON is truly special. This was part of a music class lead by Miss Yoo and involved … Continue reading Students Rap Their Way Through IF I HAD A GRYPHON
It's been a busy spring and I'm still riding high off The Winnowing winning the 2018 Red Maple Award! What a day that was! I met so many readers at The Festival of Trees celebrations in Toronto, Durham, Peel, and Niagara. Thank you to everyone who told me their thoughts about The Winnowing and gave … Continue reading Summer 2018 Events
I value my picture book collection the way that Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler values her files: deeply, though you wouldn't know it by my lack of an ordered cataloging or shelving system. Here are some of the books published in 2016 that made it onto my shelves this year. Panda Pants is a dialogue between … Continue reading What I Read in 2016: Picture Books
This week is my book birthday and boy am I spoiled girl! Check out the incredible cake made by colleague Barb, senior manager of advertising and design at Penguin Random House Canada. It was just as delicious as it was beautiful and certainly made this author feel loved. On Thursday I dropped by the Classical … Continue reading Kids’ Books Recommendations- Classical 96.3 FM
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!
We are a month away from the release of my first picture book, If I Had a Gryphon (Tundra Books, February 9/16). In this primer on magical pet care, Sam deliberates the pros and cons of raising a series of fantastic beasts, including unicorns, gryphons, krakens, hippogriffs and many more! Here are what people are saying … Continue reading Giveaway: If I Had a Gryphon