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About MeI have been writing stories and poems since learning how to write at the age of six. Now I'm a bit older than that but, inside, I am still the 8 year old girl + read more who found a kindred spirit in Pippi Longstocking.

With a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University I teach creative writing at elementary schools and Writing For Children courses around the world. I have been guest lecturer at several universities and recipient of the Region West Presidential Award for Reading & Technology of the International Reading Association. And regular serve on the faculty of the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop.

I conduct author visits and love to share my enthusiasm for reading and writing with some 25,000 students and teachers each year. I visit International Schools all over the world, from Abbotsford to Zimbabwe.

My 33 books for children have been awarded many recognitions, including a shortlisting for Canada's TD Book Award for A Brush Full of Colour, the picture book biography of Ted Harrison.
When you work alone, behind your desk all day, research and rewriting, it is wonderful to get this kind of recognition. My book awards include the Storytellers World Award Honor Title for Emma's Eggs, short listings for the Mr. Christie Award of Excellence, the Forest of Reading, the Shining Willow and the Chocolate Lily Awards and many others. My Librarian is a Camel was shortlisted for Utah's Information Book Award and awarded Teacher's Choice Award. Just recently I was thrilled to be awarded the Crystal Kite Award, a peer voted book award from SCBWI.

My books reflect my interest in the environment and wildlife: A Mountain Alphabet, When We Go Camping, Wild Babies and Logan's Lake. I like humour as you can tell by reading Virtual Maniac, Silly & Serious Poems for Kids and Ms. Bee's Magical Bookcase.

My family and I lived in many different places including The Netherlands, where I was born, Alberta, the Yukon and many other parts of the U.S. and Canada.
When I'm not busy writing, speaking or running my booklovers' B & B Between The Covers on Salt Spring Island, I like to hike or knit (not at the same time!). But what I like best is to get children excited about writing and reading good books! Show Less


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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books

Published WorksThe Elephant Keeper, Kids Ca Press, 2017
Birthdays Around The World, Kids Can Press, 2017
Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family's Journey, Orca Books, 2016
A Brush Full of Colour The World of Ted Harrison, Pajama Press, 2015
Schooldays Around the World, Kids Can Press, 2015
Families Around the World, Kids Can Press, 2014
Amazing Animals, Tundra, 2011
My School in the Rainforest, Boyds Mills Press, 2009
In My Backyard, Tundra, 2007
I Live in the North, Scholastic, 2007
Me & Martha Black, 189413187-8, Penumbra, 2005 - 88 pages
No Dogs Allowed, ISBN 1-894601-34-3, Chestnut, 2006
Wake Up, Henry Rooster!, 1-55041-952-8, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
Emma at the Fair, 1-55005-126-1, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005
My Librarian is a Camel, 1-59078-093-0, Boyds Mills Press, 2005
Animal Alphabed, 1-59078-200-3, Boyds Mills Press, 2005
Ms. Bee's Magical Bookcase, 1-894601-10-6, Chestnut Books, 2004
Wild Babies, 0-88776-627-7, Tundra, 2003
Emma's Cold Day, Stoddart Kids, ISBN 0-7737-33140, 2001
Logan's Lake, Hodgepog, ISBN 0-9686899-7-3, 2001, 48 pages
A Pacific Alphabet, Whitecap, ISBN 1-55285-264-4, 2001
When We Go Camping, 0-88776-476-2, Tundra Books, 2001
The Power of Poems, The Joy of teaching Poetry. Capstone, 2001
Virtual Maniac, Silly and Serious Poems for Kids. 0-929895-43-6 Capstone, 2001
Emma and The Coyote, Stoddart, 1999
Emma's Eggs, Stoddart, ISBN 0-7737-2972-0, 1996
A Mountain Alphabet, Tundra Books, ISBN 0-88776-374-X,1996
Spectacular Spiders, Pacific Edge Publishing, 1995, ISBN 1-895110-20-3
On The Write Track!, a guide to creative writing, Pacific Educational Press
Big Little Dog, 1992, Penumbra Press, ISBN 0-921254-466
The R.C.M.P., KGR Learning, 1988
Fireweed, 1986, Burns & Morton
Apenkinderen, 1986, Leopold Publishing, The Netherlands

Speaking InformationI am available for conference keynotes, presentations, school author visits, and writing workshops. Generally I work with all grades. Please contact me to + read more discuss specific topics, group sizes, equipment and other logistics. Show Less

    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials
“I have néver seen my students so motivated to write, so keen!” - Jill D., Grade 2 Teacher, + read more Kelowna BC
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“Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and for re-kindling the love of writing and getting my + read more students to love writing! A student who has had much difficulty in school was so excited about your visit that he went home to study his spelling list. He wrote his 20 words into a story and is so proud of it! It's the first time he accomplished this! Thank you!”
- L. Boldt, Langley Elementary School Show Less
Following School Author Visit:
“Thank you so much for coming! You are cool and your books are + read more radical!” - Katy, Grade 5 Show Less

Awards and Recognition:A Brush Full of Colour, The World of Ted Harrison (Pajama Press):
2016 TD Canada Book Award + show more finalist,
2016 Silver Birch nominee,
2016 Hackmatack Book Awards, nominee,
2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award shortlisting
2016 Best Books for Kids and Teens
2015 Canadian Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book
2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award nominee

Schooldays Around The World, Kids Can Press:
2016 Rainforest of Reading nominee,
2015 Reading Lights selection:

2014 Honorary Fellowship, Okanagan University College for the creation of Kidswwwrite online magazine

My School in the Rain Forest (Boyds Mills Press):
2009 Best Bets for nonfiction, Ontario Library Association;
Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010, special interest.

Presidential Award for Reading & Technology of the International Reading Association, Region West, 2005 for my online magazine Kidswwwrite.

Wake Up, Henry Rooster! (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Nominated for 2007 Blue Spruce Award
Shortlisting, 2008 (current) Willow Awards

Emma's Eggs (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Winner of the Honor Title for the 1996 Storytellers World Awards

Emma and the Coyote (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Shortlisting, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Shining Willow Awards 
Silver-medal winner of the 2000 Mr. Christie Book Award
Finalist, Tiny Torgi Literary Awards
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection
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