Welcome to 2022

Two weeks into 2020-too – how is everyone doing? It’s been a mixed bag for me so far. In the YAAAAAAY column, I got my COVID booster (woo vaccines! woo science!) and The Boreal Forest won the 2021 Information Book Award!   Kermit GIF from Kermit GIFs Thank you so much to the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada for this honour! Also, every book on the shortlist is awesome, so check them out. In the…

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Bev Katz Rosenbaum: Playing the Long Game

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Bev Katz Rosenbaum. Take it away, Bev! Like many authors, I have many author friends. I also have all too many friends who gave writing-to-publish a shot and gave up after a short while. Some of them went on to self-publish their books. I think self-publishing is a grand option if you’re happy to take on all the jobs…

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Merry COVID Christmas: On the Value of Traditions in the Worst of Times

The ancient glue that held the stable together finally gave up – but don’t worry. Tech Support can fix pretty much anything. Last week was tough, you guys. Last week I told a friend I haven’t seen in over two years not to fly out for the holidays, because omicron is blowing up in Ontario and it wasn’t safe for her to come. There was grief, and there was rage. Now, there is mostly the…

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Jean Mills: When “Research” Means Mining Your Own Experience

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Jean Mills. Take it away, Jean! “Write what you know.” Who said that? I’m not sure, but it’s a phrase – an instruction, really – thrown around as a guideline for writers. It suggests you should draw on what you know, mine your own life experience, and be careful leaping into the unknown – or at least no leaping…

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The Sleep Article For People Who Hate Sleep Articles

This bear gets better sleep than I do. Art by Josée Bisaillon, from our book, The Boreal Forest You know those articles about how we should all be getting more sleep? The ones where the first half is dedicated to telling you all the terrifying things that happen to the sleep deprived, and the second half contains completely obvious advice like “drink less caffeine and watch less TV at night?” How about those social media…

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One Weird Trick to Reduce Writing Time

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 and students can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Here we are, well into another school year, and I’m betting quite a few of you are already grappling with writing assignments. So, it seemed like a good time to…

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Karen Krossing: Sparking Conversations About Emotions with Sour Cakes

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Karen Krossing. Take it away, Karen! Thanks for inviting me to write this post, Lindsey. I’m a fan of Cantastic Authorpalooza! As an author of novels for teens and kids, I’m used to being the sole creator of a book in partnership with a publishing team. When I wrote my first picture book, part of my journey was to…

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And That’s How Two Years Go By

The Carmichaels on the shores of the Mediterranean. The pill bottle next to my sandals contained some of my mom’s ashes, which we released into the sea. Photo by my wonderful stepmom, author Jackie Carmichael. Two years ago today, I submitted the first draft of my forthcoming children’s book.* I was burned out and already coughing from what would turn out to be a raging case of stress-induced bacterial bronchitis. And I was getting on…

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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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