C is for Climate: Three Ways to Celebrate Science Literacy Week!

It’s Science Literacy Week – woohoo!!!! For those unfamiliar, Science Literacy Week is an annual event that celebrates the messy, astounding, wonder-filled thing that is the scientific method and all the knowledge it gives us. It’s a time to learn about science, do some science, and – you guessed it – read science books to improve our understanding of what science is and how it works. It’s a science writer’s favourite time of year. The…

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Sorry For Your Loss: Funeral Customs and Joanne Levy’s Newest Novel

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Joanne Levy. Take it away, Joanne! When I wrote SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, a middle grade novel set in a funeral home, I actually didn’t think much about the science around death. My book is about grief and friendships and what happens to us when we die. But when I was invited to write a post for this blog,…

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Jessica Vitalis: Death and Hope in The Wolf’s Curse

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Jessica Vitalis. Take it away, Jessica! I never meant to write about a story about death; not in the traditional “I’ve lost everybody I love” or the “I’m about to lose someone I really love” sense. After writing several dark and relatively painful manuscripts, I was ready for something new––something light. So when I saw a worn copy of…

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Red Cedar Nomination and a New Presentation!

The Boreal Forest has been nominated for a Red Cedar Award! Kermit GIF from Kermit GIFs The Red Cedars are British Columbia’s children’s choice awards, and I am SO EXCITED to know that kids across British Columbia will be reading my book this school year! I decided to celebrate by designing a brand new presentation, one that combines cool STEM content and practical writing advice – two of my favourite things: What’s Your Book About?…

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It Turns Out I Am Bad at Vacation

First things first: I am now fully vaxxed – woohooo! – and even though the second dose knocked me flat, I am intensely grateful for it, because next week I get to see my (also vaxxed) Dad and Not-So-Evil-Stepmother for the first time since October 2019. Go get your vaccines, people. Get your vaccines. Second things second: it turns out I am really, really bad at vacation, because here’s how my “month off” actually went:…

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Carnival as a Protest and Theme in Nadia L. Hohn’s Malaika Books

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Nadia L. Hohn. Take it away, Nadia! In my presentations, when I ask my young audiences to define a carnival, often, they talk about the rides, costumes and music.  Carnival is also the celebration in which rich foods are eaten before the start of Lent, the forty days which precede Easter,  observed by Christians worldwide. For a child in…

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A Desperately Needed Vacation

So, how’s everyone doing out there? Frustrated? Exhausted? Burnt out? Yeah. Me too. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so tired – usually after I realize I’ve been staring into the middle distance for an unknown number of minutes while my brain was temporarily out of service. Then I realized that it’s been a really, really busy 18 months over here:  I launched The Boreal Forest.  I planned two book tours – the…

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The Boreal Forest Wins A Yellow Cedar Honour

That’s it, really, the headline is the whole post. Except for maybe this:   Kermit GIF from Kermit GIFs I am well and truly honoured by this news! The Forest of Reading is a children’s choice award program, and knowing that kids across the country thought my book was good enough to vote for? That’s both humbling and thrilling. Be sure to check out the other honour book, Science Comics: Crows, and of course, the…

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Erica Fyvie Goes Mad for Ads

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Erica Fyvie. Take it away, Erica! How did you get your initial idea for the book? After I finished writing my first book, Trash Revolution, I found myself continuing to research the broken cycle of production-consumption-waste. It made me think about some of the reasons we become consumers, and why we support the companies we do. How did that…

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Yellow Cedar Book Talks: An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I’ve created a series of video book talks to celebrate the work of my fellow nonfiction kidlit authors and – hopefully – to inspire readers like you to discover their work.  Today, we’re discussing An Earthling’s Guide…

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