STEMinism Sunday: Women in Space

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. In honour of the recent, first-ever, all-female spacewalk, I thought I’d share three recent, amazing Canadian kids’ books united by the theme…

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Cantastic Authorpalooza: Jean Mills

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Jean Mills. Take it away, Jean! How the setting sparked the story: Larkin on the Shore Warning, readers: I’m not a science writer. But like any scientist, I do incorporate research findings (of a sort) into my stories. Here’s one example that’s especially true of my most recent YA novel, Larkin on the Shore. When stories come to me, they usually start…

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Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part III – Alexei

Welcome to Mad Science Mondays, where we talk about depictions of science in movies, TV shows, books, and the media. We dissect the good, the bad, the comical and the outright irresponsible. Who says learning about science can’t be fun? This is Part III in my series on the scientists of Stranger Things. Check the blog archive for thoughts on Martin Brenner and Sam Owens. Today, we take a look at everyone’s favourite Russian scientist,…

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Teach Write: Age Groups and Audience in Children’s Literature

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. This will be our final column on audience (at least for now). So buckle up for a crash course on age levels in children’s literature! First, a caveat: the categories I’m presenting…

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STEMinism Sunday: Tahrana Lovlin, Snow Specialist

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Today, my guest is Tahrana Lovlin, brilliant woman and accomplished engineer… with an unusual specialty. Take it away, Tahrana! So I’m writing…

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Cantastic Authorpalooza: Frieda Wishinsky

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Frieda Wishinsky. Take it away, Frieda! My Writing Career and the Many Writing Roads I Travel…. A poet and illustrator once said to me, “Why don’t you stick to one kind of writing? You’re all over the place. You should write one kind of book and brand yourself.” It’s true. I write in many genres— picture books, chapter books, series, novels, hi-lo…

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Mad Scientists of Stranger Things: Part II – Sam Owens

Welcome to Mad Science Mondays, where we talk about depictions of science in movies, TV shows, books, and the media. We dissect the good, the bad, the comical and the outright irresponsible. Who says learning about science can’t be fun? And we’re back for another look at the scientists of Stranger Things. Today, Dr. Sam Owens, successor of the horrible Martin Brenner, new head of Hawkins Lab. Let’s just take a moment to reflect on…

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Teach Write: The Dual Audiences of Children’s Literature

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time, we discussed the special, double audience that we have to consider when writing a class assignment for a teacher. Hopefully that advice will help all the students that have now…

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STEMinism Sunday: Dr. Linda Campbell

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Today, we’re talking to Dr. Linda Campbell of Saint Mary’s University. I worked with Campbell at SMU, and she’s passionate about both…

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Cantastic Authorpalooza: Robin Stevenson

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Robin Stevenson. Take it away, Robin! Ghost’s Journey: A Refugee Story Back in 2015, I became involved in refugee sponsorship when I joined a group sponsoring a Syrian family with four small kids. It was a great experience. In fact, this first sponsorship led me to start three more sponsorship groups to help other refugees come to Canada and resettle in my…

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