Blog Tags: children’s books

Five Fast Fact for Friday: Exterminator

Exterminators provide a service that you might not think about or value much – until your deck has been eaten by termites or bats have made a home in your eaves. Here are five...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Adele

Adele debuted in 2008 and has become one of the world’s top singer-songwriters. There are many fascinating facts about Adele that you may not know: Adele often imitated the Spice Girls and loved to...

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Have you finished reading Salamander Rescue? Here’s a new QUIZ!

Are you ready for a challenge? If you have finished reading my newest chapter book, Salamander Rescue, try this new quiz to see how much you remember. I’ve included questions about the characters, Waterton,...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Landslides

Often, the deadliest landslides happen with little warning. I have driven through the Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass many times and always find it quite eerie to consider that some of the town’s...

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BOOK LAUNCH for Salamander Rescue

I hope you will join me for the launch of Salamander Rescue on Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary. I’ll talk a bit about Waterton’s salamanders, read some...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Japan

I visited Japan in 1991 and found it was a country of paradoxes – the latest in high tech devices sold a block away from a centuries-old temple, and brides dressed in traditional red...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s story is well-known around the world. Here are five fast facts you may not know: In 2013, more than one million people visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The play, The...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Manta Rays

When I’m swimming in the ocean, it’s always in the back of my mind that a ray could be underfoot. They’re flat, well-camouflaged and downright scary. Remember how Steve Irwin died? As I researched...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Flight

If you could become an animal, what would you choose? I would like to be a bird, able to soar over mountains and deserts. When I was researching facts for this book, I discovered many...

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What is a Crystal Kite?

The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award that recognizes great books by SCBWI members. Fifteen awards are given out in regions around the world, and Canada is one of these. In total,...

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss is likely the best-selling children’s author in the world.  His simple, inviting rhymes tend to linger in dusty memories for decades, springing forth with a few quick words.  Come on now, I’m...

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Who have YOU met on the internet?

If you look carefully, you can find some fascinating, helpful people through the internet. While writing Dirty Jobs: Coal Miner (published by Weigl, 2014), I was challenged to find accurate, reliable details about modern...

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The Joys of Feedback and Revision with Frieda Wishinsky October 16

Honest – revision and feedback can be joyful, with a little help from your friends.  At some point, we all get a little too close to our own work and have trouble seeing it...

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Focus on Children’s Literature with Martine Leavitt: next SCBWI meeting September 11

Do you wrestle with theme when you’re writing, or is it your guiding light?  If you write YA or mid-grade fiction, you won’t want to miss Martine Leavitt’s presentation on theme on Thursday, September 11.  Leavitt is...

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Waterton launch of Ospreys in Danger on July 19!

My new chapter book, Ospreys in Danger, is set in Waterton Lakes National Park, so I am very excited to travel down to Waterton for a launch.  I will be at the Waterton Heritage...

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Signing ‘The Wall’

Behind the counter at Monkeyshines Children’s Books there’s a cool and pretty unique feature wall.  It’s an “I was here” for authors and illustrators who have had the pleasure of reading/signing/launching their books at...

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Reading and signing this Saturday

  Monkeyshines Children’s Books is such a fun place to explore! On Saturday, May 31, I will be reading from Ospreys in Danger and signing books, so please drop in and say hello.  We...

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BOOK LAUNCH of Ospreys in Danger

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the launch of Ospreys in Danger on Saturday, May 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary.  I’ll share a bit of the book...

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Working as an Illustrator: Next SCBWI meeting April 17

  Illustrators have a variety of options for having their work published, but getting started can be a challenge. How do you approach a publisher? What can you expect from your working relationship with...

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Kids’ books versus children’s literature

Is this a case of ‘I say potato, you say spud?’  I don’t think so.  In my mind, children’s literature is like adult literature: finely crafted prose that delves deep into social issues.  Great...

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SCBWI Meeting September 26

On Thursday, September 26, the SCBWI and YABS are getting together!  This should be a great gathering of children’s writers and illustrators and everyone is invited.  We will meet 7:00 – 8:30 pm in...

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Hables Espanol?

I can order three beer in Japanese and ask for directions to the washroom in French, but I can’t claim to be truly fluent in any language other than English.  And sometimes even that’s...

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