About MeI'm a children's author, illustrator, and writing mentor—or, as I like to think of myself, a daydreaming expert.

I'm the author of Spell Sweeper, The + read more Secret of Zoone, The Guardians of Zoone, and the Kendra Kandlestar series. I have illustrated books for other authors and have served as the official illustrator for the BC Library Association summer reading club.

When I'm not daydreaming myself, I teach kids how to do it through library visits, writer-in-residencies at schools, and as a lead mentor for CWC (the Creative Writing for Children Society of Vancouver). I have delivered countless presentations and workshops in person and via platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.

I enjoy mythology, history, and the mysteries of the universe. During my free time, I'm a traveler, adventurer, and maker of dragon eggs. I especially love to visit exotic places where I can find tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts.

I live in North Vancouver with my wife and son, and am grateful to write, learn, and grow on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Show Less

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Storytelling
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction

Published WorksSpell Sweeper
HarperCollins Children's Books, 2021
ISBN: 978-0062845320

The Guardians of Zoone
HarperCollins Children's Books, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-06284-528-3

The Secret of Zoone
HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06284-526-9

Kendra Kandlestar: Legends & Lore
Simply Read Books, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-772290134

Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen
Simply Read Books, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-927018293

Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah
Simply Read Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927018286

Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve Simply Read Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927018279

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger
Simply Read Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-927018262

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers
Simply Read Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-927018255

Corranda's Crown
Royal Fireworks Press, 2002
ISBN: 978-0-880925730

The Chocolatier's Apprentice
Echo Memoirs, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-978181130

Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria
Brown Books Publishing Group, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-982479681

Gwynne Fair & Shining
Brown Books Publishing Group, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-989433426

I'll Follow the Moon
Brown Books Publishing Group, 2005
ISBN: 978-0-989433402

Speaking InformationI am energetic, dynamic presenter who has worked with thousands of kids at schools, libraries, and festivals in Canada, South Korea, Thailand, England, and the + read more United States.

I engage students with interactive hands-on activities (drawing, mapping, and brainstorming), humorous oral storytelling, and plenty of visuals (including handmade physical props such as dragon eggs, potion kits, and magical broomsticks).

My audiences range from 20-500 in venues as varied as classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries, bookstores, and conference centers—and virtual meeting rooms using platforms such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet. No matter the situation, I enjoy sharing and working with young imaginations.

I’ve worked as a writer/artist-in-residence at numerous schools, including leading art therapy sessions for at-risk teens and creative writing classes for gifted and neurodiverse students. In addition, I’ve presented at the Vancouver Writers’ Fest, the Richmond Children’s Art Festival, the Nanaimo Children’s Book Festival, and the MASC conference in Ottawa.

I’ve toured as part of the CCBC’s Children’s Book Week and have presented many times to teachers and parents on the topics of creative writing approaches, literacy enhancement, and learning strategies.

My workshops are 50-75 minutes long (depending on the age group) and always include an interactive brainstorming session, so that each participant leaves with a visual output—and a broader understanding of concepts such as character, plot, setting, point of view, imagery, and style.

My format is suitable for groups as small as 20 and as large as 300—though groups between 60 and 120 seem to be the best.

I offer many other specific writing workshops and formats; please contact me for specific details. Show Less

    I will visit:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International
  • Virtually

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials“Everyone at our school loved having Lee as our Author-In-Residence, as he is such an engaging and + read more inspirational writer and teacher! He connected with all our students from K to Grade 5 who loved his fun, interactive workshops, which focused on making the writing process accessible to all! I would recommend Lee without hesitation.”

Verity Pritchard, writing coordinator
Southpointe Academy
Tswassen, BC, Canada
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Lee is a very engaging speaker, and was able to keep everyone from K-7 engaged all the way through. + read more He was happy to speak to large groups in the gym, so we were able to include all 460ish students in 3 sessions. Even with these large groups, he did a writing/drawing/brainstorming activity with all grades which everyone was engaged in and many students collaborated on. Students all walked away with either a character, an idea, or a mapped out story plan which they were so excited about and could bring back to the classroom to use for a writing activity. Both teachers and students left the gym telling me how much they enjoyed the sessions.

He talked about his books as well, which students were very interested in, but his focus was very much on the creative process, on the patience and practice it takes to get good at writing and illustrating, and on where his ideas come from. I left the sessions inspired to write stories, and I wasn't the only one! ​

Kyla Macdonald, Teacher Librarian
Lord Kitchener Elementary
Vancouver, BC, Canada Show Less
Thank you so much for helping Central plant the seeds of writing. So many kids are now excited + read more about journaling their ideas and sketches. This never happened before . . . everyone at the staff meeting yesterday was so impressed by your work with our kids

Elaine McEachern, Learning Support Teacher
École Central Elementary
Fort St. John, BC, Canada Show Less

Awards and Recognition:2023/24: Chocolate Lily Awards, Novel Category finalist - Spell Sweeper

2023: Suggested + show more summer reading list, Forest of Reading (Silver Birch Readers) - Spell Sweeper

2022: CCBC Book Awards, Arlene Barlin Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy, finalist - Spell Sweeper

2021: CBC's 35 middle-grade books to watch for - Spell Sweeper

2014: Chocolate Lily Award, best children's chapter book, finalist
- Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

2012: Mom's Choice Award, best children's chapter book, gold medal recipient
- Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah

2011: Cybil, best children's fantasy/science fiction book nominee
- Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah

2009: Cybil, best children's fantasy/science fiction book nominee
- Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve

2009: Mom's Choice Award, best children's chapter book, gold recipient - Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger"

2007: Mom's Choice Award, best children's chapter book, winner
- Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

2007: Chocolate Lily Awards for Outstanding Picture Book finalist - I'll Follow the Moon Show Less

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