Upcoming 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. 

Past Events


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.

I'm continuing to write a monthly blog about children's literature called Kid Lit Can for Open Book Toronto on its website. Check out my April 2016 column on tips for writing fantasy YA:

Sample 1

and the February 2016 column about writing edgy young adult fiction:

Sample 2

I have a biographical picture book about the amazing urban planner Jane Jacobs coming out with Kids Can Press in 2018. So thrilling!

Joshua Schramm; Marie-Eve Letourneau; Margaret Ingleson; Me

Joshua Schramm; Marie-Eve Letourneau; Margaret Ingleson; Me