Maruno, Jennifer

June 15th, 2024

Jennifer Maruno is the author of seven novels for middle grade and young adult readers as well as the picture books While You Sleep and Moose’s Roof. Her novels have been nominated for the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, the Hamilton Arts and Culture Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and more. She received […]

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Mills, Jean

June 14th, 2024

Jean Mills has been writing professionally for over 30 years, her five Young Adult novels received critical acclaim in Canada and internationally. Skating Over Thin Ice was a 2019 Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction nominee and was named to the USBBY Outstanding International Book List. Jean is a former college Communications professor, and she […]

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Mills, Jean

February 7th, 2024

Jean Mills has been writing professionally for over 30 years, her five Young Adult novels received critical acclaim in Canada and internationally. Skating Over Thin Ice was a 2019 Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction nominee and was named to the USBBY Outstanding International Book List. Jean is a former college Communications professor, and she […]

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Sinclair, Opal

February 7th, 2024

Opal Sinclair has always had a passion for writing. She earned her Masters in English and Film at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Her poems and short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines, When Dogs Work is her debut picture book. Opal has had many pets throughout her life, including three […]

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Laurent, Lina

December 8th, 2023

Lina Laurent is a journalist and beekeeper. She lives part of the year in the village of Parkkuu in southern Finland, where she keeps not only bees, but also chickens, sheep and sometimes even pigs. Secret Gardeners is her first book for children.

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Ross, Ailsa

December 8th, 2023

Ailsa Ross is an author, illustrator, and fact-checker. Born in Scotland, she studied law with a focus on women’s and human rights. Her work on the topic of inspirational women began on social media before expanding into the world of books. She lives in Alberta’s Jasper National Park with her family.

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Leitch, Lynn

December 8th, 2023

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Lynn Leitch is a children’s author with a passion for stories that lead to giggles. After graduating from Queen’s University and Dalhousie, Lynn worked at the Bank of Montreal before becoming a freelance writer. Her debut picture book brings together eight humorous dinosaurs with their ideal modes of transport. Lynn […]

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Winters, Kari-Lynn

December 8th, 2023

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning Canadian children’s author, poet, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Since 2007, she has authored over 33 books. Kari-Lynn has received the British Columbia Book Prize silver medal twice and has garnered multiple nominations for awards such as the Forest of Reading (e.g., French Toast) and the Chocolate Lily Awards (e.g., Good Pirate). Notably, her book, Bad Pirate […]

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Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk

December 8th, 2023

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch‘s award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honour Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time, won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Her YA novel Dance of the Banished was a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2015. In 2008, […]

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