About MeI am an unashamed science geek, and I'll write about science for everyone and anyone, but especially for kids. When I'm writing for kids, I can let my + read more enthusiasm loose, confident that they are just as excited about the world around them as I am.

When I'm not writing about science, I write completely unscientific picture books, fantasy stories, and the occasional middle-grade adventure. Show Less

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

Published WorksOut of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press, 2018)

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press, 2017)

Underneath the Sidewalk (Scholastic Canada, 2017)

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science (Annick Press, 2013)

The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods (Annick Press, 2012)

Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them (Annick Press, 2010)

Spiked Scorpions and Walking Whales: Modern Animals, Ancient Animals, and Water (Annick Press, 2009)

Traitors' Gate and Other Doorways to the Past (Annick Press, 2008)

Super Crocs and Monster Wings: Modern Animals' Ancient Past (Annick Press, 2008)

Speaking InformationI give book-linked presentations, illustrated with a simple computer slide show if the technology is available. The presentations are geared to the age range + read more of the audience. With smaller groups and when time permits, it's also possible to incorporate an activity - in consultation with the teacher or librarian.

I can also give presentations on broader topics related to the content of my books (e.g., biodiversity, ground-breaking ideas, and more). Again, the presentations can be tailored to the age range and interests of the audience.

Particularly for older audiences, including adults, I can talk about the process of researching and writing non-fiction - either as a short presentation or a workshop.

I charge the standard Canada Council rate of $300 for one session, with discounts to $550 for two presentations at the same location, $750 for three, and $900 for four, plus GST. 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

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

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Awards and Recognition:American Institute of Physics Children's Book Award
Red Cedar Information Book Award
Lane + show more Anderson Award for Youth Science Writing
Science in Society Youth Book Award Show Less