About MeI am the author of thirty books for children. Many of my titles are nature and wildlife books for younger readers, most with a west coast focus. I also enjoy + read more writing picture books. For older students, I have focussed on selected history and social justice topics.

As a former primary school teacher and curriculum writer for the BC Ministry of Education, I enjoy visiting schools (when time permits) and speaking to students and teachers about books and writing.

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

Published WorksCooking with Bear, Groundwood Books (April, 2019)

Bear's Winter Party, Groundwood Books

West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet, Groundwood Books

Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport, Tundra Books

Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City, Kids Can Press

Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm, Kids Can Press

The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration, Kids Can Press

The Kids Book of Canada's Railway, Kids Can Press

Lily and the Mixed-up Letters, Tundra Books

Bears (and many other titles in the Kids Can Press Wildlife series)

Polar Animals (and many other titles in the Who Lives Here? series), Kids Can Press

For a full list of my books, please see the "Books" page of my website at:

Speaking InformationI'm a former teacher who has been speaking in schools and libraries for more than twenty years. I love to talk to students about writing books and have + read more developed a variety of presentations for different grade levels. At this time, however, I am mainly speaking to primary students, as most of my recent books are for this age-group.

I am also an experienced presenter at writing festivals, literary conferences and Professional Development days and I enjoy the opportunity to speak to adults about writing and literacy.

As time permits, I am happy to travel to visit schools, locally, or occasionally out of town.

For more detailed information, please see the "Author Talks" section of my website at:

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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC

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

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Awards and Recognition:I am grateful to have had awards and recognition for some of my books. The honours + show more include:

- Two-time winner of the Information Book Award, Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable for: West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet and for The Kids Book of Canada's Railway

- Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Santa Monica Library for: Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

- National Jewish Book Award finalist for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for: "Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport

- Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities from IBBY for: Lily and the Mixed-up Letters

For a full list of awards and honours, please see the "Contact" page on my website at:
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