I am so, so honored to share that Maggie and I are the 2023 recipients of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, Picture book category! This award is especially meaningful to me as the nominating committee consisted of a youth services librarian (Brooke Windsor, Stratford Public Library) along with a bookseller and children’s… Read more »
What a year! Celebrating firsts, clockwise from the top: First in-person book launch, held with family and friends, at Overflow Brewery in Ottawa This is the Boat that Ben Built was included in the Canadian Children’s Book News publication, and later in their Best Books for Kids and Teens. This is a photo of the shelf… Read more »
This is the Boat that Ben Built has been out in the world for one year! This is the second post in a short series to mark the occasion. Seeing This is the Boat that Ben Built in local bookstores was such a fantastic feeling! I am grateful for the support of my local booksellers… Read more »
This is the Boat that Ben Built has been out in the world for one year! This is the first post in a short series to mark the occasion. The other day, as I was getting ready to go on a school visit, I realized that I was almost out of bookmarks to hand out… Read more »
Had such fun at Elmwood School last Friday, exploring my picture book and the northern river ecosystem with the enthusiastic grade 1-5 students! Their March theme was curiosity, and they really lived up to it with their thoughtful questions about the creative process and the animals in the story.
You never quite can tell what’s going to happen on an in-person school visit. The projector goes out. The microphone screeches. A fire drill is called in the middle of a presentation. (We all lined up in the school yard…) But despite it all, you can usually tell when you’ve connected with them. They’re right… Read more »
Thrilled to be joining Maggie Zeng at the AELAQ Holiday Book Fair tomorrow (Nov 5) for a book signing at the Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal, starting at 1pm. More info about the fair can be found here. Hope to see you there!
Yesterday morning I was a ball of nerves getting ready for my first in-person book signing event. But when I got to read to these young explorers, the nervousness dissipated and we quickly connected about the story. They loved guessing which animal would be next, finding the animals that had already been introduced, watching what… Read more »
Earth Day is just around the corner! Take a quick dip (or a deep dive!) into rivers and watersheds with these book pairing ideas that complement THIS IS THE BOAT THAT BEN BUILT. Nonfiction WATERSHEDS: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR HEALTHY WATER by Clive Dobson and Gregor Gilpin Beck published by Firefly Books; Second Edition, Revised… Read more »
It’s been a whirlwind since the book release! My favorite part has been getting photos from readers with my book from all over Canada and the US – especially from kids. I love hearing about their favorite animals in the book, too: so far the owl is quite popular, followed closely by the dog! (note… Read more »