News and Reviews



Watch Out for Watch Out
2019 release of Watch Out, a gripping Rear Window-style thriller that Kirkus Reviews calls "an entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers"! 
Canada Council Peer Assessment Committee 2019
Interesting to serve on this jury in Ottawa with a lovely group of writers.
New Releases 2018 
Hide and Shriek, a gripping hi-lo title for Orca's Soundings Series for reluctant readers and The Cold Little Voice, a picture book about self-acceptance with Clockwise Press. 
2018 TD Canadian Children's Book Week 
Very excited to be heading to Southwestern Ontario for this wonderful festival of children's literature.
A Double! Hit the Ground Running and Kings of the Court are both nominated for the Willow Awards
Honored to be nominated for both the 2018 Snow Willow Award and the Diamond Willow Award.
Ottawa Public Library's One School One Book Project
I'm heading back to Ottawa for the third time courtesy of the lovely folks at the Ottawa Public Library! 
Hit the Ground Running nominated for a 2017 Governor General's Award
My two kids on the dusty highway have come a looong way.  So honoured to be nominated with a great group of authors and books: 
2018: Kasey & Ivy released with Orca Book Publishers!
New middle grade out spring 2018!
Hit the Ground Running is a Junior Library Guild Selection
Spare Dog Parts up for the 2017 Chocolate Lily Award
What Matters nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (Alberta Literary Awards)
Such an honour to be nominated alongside the talented Georgia Graham and Paige Feurer.
Spare Dog Parts named a 2017 Best Children's Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education (NY)
What Matters is Featured in the Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2016) 
A lovely review of What Matters by Tracey Schindler for The Classroom Bookshelf:  Think Outside the Trash...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
SCBWI selects What Matters and Spare Dog Parts for their Winter Reading List 2016
Delighted to have two picture books selected for this list!  
Ottawa Public Library Selects Lost in the Backyard
The Ottawa Public Library chose Lost in the Backyard for their One School, One Book Pilot Project.
What Matters is looking lovely on Amazon 
A great review from Kirkus:
2016 Silver Birch and OLA's Forest of Reading Festival
A rollicking great time at the Forest of Reading's wind-up festival at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto!  
2016 SONWA Nature Writing Award Notable Book
Lost in the Backyard selected as a Young Adult Notable Book for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award! 
Spare Dog Parts on the BC Association of Book Publishers Bestseller List
The oddly-assembled mutt has drooled her way onto a bestseller list from 80 independent BC book sellers.  
Lost in the Backyard nominated for a 2016 Diamond Willow award
Honoured again to be nominated for Saskatchewan's Diamond Willow award.
Lost in the Backyard nominated for a 2016 Hackmatack Award
Gerbil, Uncurled Squeaks onto Foreword Reviews 16 Best Picture Books of Winter 2016
Lost in the Backyard is an Ontario Library Association Best Bet!
2016 Edmonton Journal Profile of Me, our dog Milly, and Spare Dog Parts
Spare Dog Parts released, along with a lovely review!

Great starred review from Quill & Quire:
Beatrice More Moves In released
Beatrice More, list-making neat-freak, has moved into bookstores!  I'm happy to have a title on the Orca Echoes list for readers ages 7-9.
Lost in the Backyard nominated for a 2016 Ontario Forest of Reading Silver Birch award!
What an honour to be nominated alongside so many great titles and authors for the 2016 awards!  
Word on the Street Festival, Toronto 2015
Suzanne Del Rizzo (illustrator extraordinaire) and I had fun presenting Gerbil, Uncurled at the TD Children's Literature tent of the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto, on September 27th.  
Gerbil, Uncurled released!
My first picture book, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo, is officially released!  A tale of difference, inclusion, community and activism?  Possibly.  A squeaking fun romp with a cage-full of gerbils?  Definitely.
2015 Hackmatack award week in Halifax

I had a wonderful time at the Hackmatack Atlantic Canada Children's Choice Award week in Halifax.

Poser nominated for BC's 2015 Red Cedar Award
Very excited to be nominated for British Columbia's children's choice awards!
Interview with Open Book Toronto
Susan Hughes interview with me about writing in multiple genres for Open Book Toronto: