Author over 60 books for young people including picture books, novels for the reluctant reader, television scripts, Governor General nominated novel Home Free; ‘ghost writer’ for 40 Franklin books
Instructor Ryerson University – Writing for the Children’s Market, 2004-
Juror Canadian jury member in Kenya for the Burt Award for African Literature, 2011, 2013
Writer in Residence King City Public Libraries, Winter/Spring 2007; Hillfield Strathallen College, 2012-2013
Speaker workshops, keynote events, school and library visits across Canada
Recent Gig two week author visit/writing workshop in Thailand, The Early Learning Centre, International School
Editor textbook publishing houses; freelance editor; manuscript evaluator, 1978-
Education MA, English Literature, York University, 1978
Affiliations Current President (Past President 1997-99) of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, Performers)
Board of Directors – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2009- Present
2011 Blue Spruce Nominee: C’Mere Boy!
2011 Silver Birch Honour Book: Home Free
2010 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Nominee: Home Free
Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist 2009: Home Free
ForeWord Magazine Awards (U.S.): Best Book of the Year Finalist: Home Free
Next Generation Indie Book Awards (U.S.): Winner: Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train
Best Books (Bearcub and Mama): IRA (International Reading Association) and SSLI (Society of School Librarians International)
TD Bank Giveaway: When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming (given to every grade one student in Canada, 2002)
Palmares de Communication-Jeunesse: Franklin Goes to the Hospital (Benjamin va a l’hopital)
The Blue Spruce Award: The Bye-Bye Pie
Mr. Christie’s Silver Seal: Priscilla and Rosy
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Finalist: Bearcub and Mama
Numerous honourable mentions, shortlists, starred reviews, bestseller lists, Year’s Best, CBC Radio’s Best Books list, etc.
Instructor, Ryerson University, 2004-: I have taught a Continuing Education course several times during the last nine years to adults wishing to write for young people. Topics include developing plot, character, setting, dialogue, with a look at various genres, preschool to young adult.
Juror: In affiliation with CODE, I have twice travelled to Nairobi as the Canadian juror for The Burt Award for African Literature (BAAL), Kenya. Also presented several days of workshops to writers and editors: November 2011, February 2013.
Writer in Residence, King City Public Libraries, Winter/Spring 2007: I was available for manuscript consultation in different libraries over a five month period. My duties also included classroom visits and workshops (grades one to twelve), a lecture at Seneca College, workshops for adults, speaking at various Book Club meetings, judging a writing contest, and meeting with the Press. Also served as writer-in-residence at two public schools over a period of several weeks.
Presenter: I have travelled across Canada presenting author visits to all grades in libraries and schools (as well as colleges and universities), and have spoken several times at Packaging Your Imagination, Literature Roundtables of Canada, various book festivals (such as Nanaimo, Stratford, Eden Mills) and have toured three times for The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. A highlight of my career was a speech I gave for M.P. Sarmita Bulte in honour of National Literacy Day.
Editor: I was a senior editor on the Networks program for Nelson Canada, 1985-1987; worked as an editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978-1985. I have also done freelance work for publishing companies and individuals and am now doing regular reader’s reports for manuscript evaluation.