Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance

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 Powwow: A Celebration…

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It’s Almost I Read Canadian Day!

February 17th – next Wednesday – is the second annual I Read Canadian Day! Help me celebrate it by spending 15 minutes reading a book – any book! – by a Canadian author. Might I suggest The Boreal Forest? Or any of the other fabulous kids’ books nominated for awards in the Forest of Reading? There are lots of other ways that you, your kids, your schools, and your libraries can get involved. Visit I…

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Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Under Pressure: The Science of Stress

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 Under Pressure: The…

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Managing Information: Note-taking Tips for Writers

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. So far, our discussions of research have focused on how to find interesting, relevant information for our writing projects. Now we’re going to look at a skill that’s equally important,…

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Yellow Cedar Book Talks: It Began With a Page

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 It Began With…

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Erin Silver: Writing About the Pandemic During the Pandemic

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s book creators! Today’s guest: Erin Silver. Take it away, Erin! I’d been working really hard on my first-ever children’s book and was so excited for it’s spring 2020 release. Called Proud to Play, it’s about the experience of Canadian LGBTQ athletes in professional sports. The topic was so important and I’d poured my heart into writing and researching the book. But then the…

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Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Crows: Genius Birds

*Peeks out from under blanket fort* *Decides it might be safe to emerge* *Checks the news, changes mind*   Hello, 2021. We are off to a rocky, rocky start, which means we could all use the escape of a good book right now. And I am here to help. 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…

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What Three Things Make You Truly Happy?

It’s mid-December, and you know what that means: New Year’s Resolutions are just around the corner.  I’ll be honest. I’ve never found classic resolutions particularly helpful. In fact, they’re more likely to produce feelings of guilt and inadequacy than happiness and accomplishment. If you’re with me on this, you might want to try something else instead: Identifying Your Top Three Things I’ll explain, but first, credit where it’s due: I did not invent the concept…

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Carol Matas: Science, Science Fiction, and The Big Questions

Welcome to Cantastic Authorpalooza, featuring posts by and about great Canadian children’s writers! Today’s guest: Carol Matas. Take it away, Carol! I love writing science fiction. My very first four books were science fiction: time travel dystopian novels about climate change, corporations taking over the world, false prophets and utopias. Hmm. That was 33 years ago! Seems like I was either a prophet or nothing has changed. Obviously, it’s the latter. Because those books are…

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Research for Writers: How to Interview an Expert

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. Sooner or later, every writer is going to have to interview an expert. Students might be required to do so for an assignment; for creative writers, interviews are sources of…

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