Finalist for the BC and Yukon Book Prize!

Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North is a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. Being nominated for an award is always a great honour, and even more so when it’s in your own province. And I’m thrilled that it is for a sequel, because it tells me I must have done something right with the second book 🙂

Congrats to all the finalists, in all categories this year!

A Colorado Children’s Book Award Nomination!

I am so pleased to announce that The Very, Very Far North has been nominated for the 2022 Colorado Children’s Book Award. This is a wonderful continuation of good news from the state, having had two schools there select my middle grade novel for their One Book / One School event which gets a copy into the hands of every student.

Happy Publishing Day for Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North!

It’s October 6th which means that the sequel book is officially released. Here’s a quote from a fun review from yesterday that I may just steal in the future:

“It was a grand adventure … and contained so many pearls of wisdom, one could make a necklace from them.”

Thank you Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!

JULIE’S LIBRARY reads Not Your Typical Dragon

Julie’s Library is a podcast co-hosted by iconic actress, Dame Julie Andrews and her daughter, children’s author and educator, Emma Walton Hamilton. I was thrilled to have my picture story read by Ms. Andrews, accompanied by music and sound effects in their latest show. You can hear it by going to:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/not-your-typical-dragon-and-rooster-wore-skinny-jeans/id1507980417?i=1000486475589

The Very, Very Far North is a Best Books selection!

Duane the polar bear and his friends were included in the latest Best Books issue that is published bi-annually by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Do check it out. It makes for a fun family read in a time when families are together quite a lot.

North Carolina Battle of the Books

The Very, Very Far North has been included in the line-up of books to be read by students all across the state in their 2020-2011 Battle of the Books. I believe I’m the only Canadian author on the list, so go TEAM POLAR BEAR!

The Guilford County School District requested a recorded greeting, allowing me the opportunity to introduce the book to their students.

Dog Night at the Story Zoo is nominated for the Joan Stuchner Oy Vey! funny book award

Nothing helps in curing two months of debilitating back pain and a kidney stone attack like finding out that one of your books, Dog Night at the Story Zoo, has been nominated for the Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Award. Why? Because ironically, oy vey is what I’ve been groaning of late, and laughter is medicine, and an award celebrating funny books is kind of related.

It’s also a great honour. Those of us in Vancouver knew Joan to be a very funny soul who was taken from us much too early. This award was set up by some of her writer friends.

Dog Night at the Story Zoo is a graphic novel illustrated by Vick Nerino and published by Tundra Books