Upcoming Events

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Launch of What Happens Next -- Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2 - 4

Join illustrator Carey Sookocheff and I, and our publisher Owlkids, at our book launch on March 3, 2018 at Queen Books, Toronto, as we celebrate the publication of our picture book What Happens Next!

 

OLA Conference, Toronto, Canada -- Friday, February 2, 2018, 11 - 11.30

I'll be signing and giving away copies of my picture book What Happens Next (Owlkids, March 2018) along with the book's amazing illustrator Carey Sookocheff at the Ontario Library Association conference at the Toronto Conference Center on Friday, February 2, 2017 between 11 and 11.30. We can't wait to meet you and share our book with you!

 


Past Events

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OLA Conference, Toronto, Can. Feb 2, 2017, 9 - 9.30

I'll be signing and giving away copies of UP! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones (Owlkids, spring 2017) along with the book's amazing illustrator Ashley Barron at the Ontario Library Association conference in Toronto on February 2, 2017 between 9 and 9.30. We can't wait to meet you and share our book with you!

OLA Conference, Toronto, Can. Feb 2, 2017, 10.30 - 11.15

My nonfiction book Making Canada Home (Owlkids, 2016) was chosen as an OLA Best Bets! I'll be speaking to librarians about my book alongside other Best Bet nominees at the conference.

Visit to First Nations School of Toronto, Toronto, Can. Feb 10, 2017, 9 - 10.30

I'm looking forward to sharing my picture book Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble (Kids Can, 2016) to K to 2 students at this Reading Celebration organized by First Book. 


News


My nonfiction book Making Canada Home (Owlkids, 2016) was chosen as an OLA Best Bets, 2017 in the nonfiction category! I know the book's up-to-date informative text and colorful primary and secondary source photos will be ideal for teachers and students studying Canadian history, culture and citizenship.


Check out the Open Book Toronto website each month to catch my latest news, tips, and interviews with children's book creators.


Skype Session

Skype Session

I now offer book talks with teachers and students via Skype, and I will Skype with interested writer-clients during critique and coaching sessions. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more about arranging a Skype session with me.


I am pleased that so many writers are contacting me for manuscript critiques and mentoring. It is very exciting to be part of their creative process and to be able to help them achieve their writing goals.

In particular, I'd like to congratulate Gary Schwartz, my writing mentee, whose middle grade novel The King of Average is being published by Booktrope this fall.


From 2015 to 2017, I wrote a monthly blog about children's literature called Kid Lit Can for Open Book Toronto. To read the dozens of my interviews with Canadian authors, illustrators, and publishers, and get insights on writing and publishing, please look at the columns in the archive by accessing the Open Book website:http://open-book.ca/ .


Susan Hughes (right), an adjudicator in the Braille Writing Contest for Kids, in 2016, with (left to right)  winning writers Joshua Schramm; Marie-Eve Letourneau; and Margaret Ingleson.

Susan Hughes (right), an adjudicator in the Braille Writing Contest for Kids, in 2016, with (left to right)  winning writers Joshua Schramm; Marie-Eve Letourneau; and Margaret Ingleson.