Teaching Guide Now Available!

TeachingGuideScreenshootLooking for ways to enjoy The Branch even more? Look no further! The wonderful folks at Kids Can Press have put together an amazing, FREE, teaching guide that’s yours for the taking. Use it in class or use it at home!

The lessons in this teaching guide are designed to enhance a child’s ability to deal with challenging emotions, as well as think about the “potential” of each difficult situation, similar to the main character in the story. It’s also a lot of fun!

Click HERE to download it!

The Branch in korean!

C9ua5BGVwAAOVDVIt’s here! The korean version of The Branch is now available. Doesn’t it look cool? Thank you to the team at Kids Can Press who keep finding new and wonderful ways to make my story travel and reach more readers!

Braille Inspires!

braille-amelie-boucherIt is with great honour that I will be the judge of the 2017 edition of the Creative Braille Writing Contest. Organized by the CNIB, this one-of-a-kind competition is open to anglophone and francophone primary and secondary students who are blind or partially sighted and who live in Canada. The stories, essays and poems will be submitted in braille where a panel of experts will rate them on their accuracy. Afterwards, the texts will be translated into sighted text for me to enjoy. I can’t wait!CNIB_Logo_new_tag

The goal of this contest is to encourage kids with vision challenges to write and express themselves in braille while sharing their work with others from across the country. There are many cash prizes to be won in dozens of categories and the winners will be announced this fall during a great awards ceremony with all the finalists.

Here is an interview (in French) with Amélie Boucher, the 7 year old winner of last year’s competition in the poetry category. Impressive, n’est-ce pas?   Amélie Boucher, braille poetry champion!

I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful initiative and wish all the participants good luck!

Ma branche préférée, now available in stores!

Couverture_Ma branche préférée_HRHooray! Hurrah! Hurray!

Whichever way you spell it (or say it!) the feeling remains the same. I’m thrilled to announce that Ma branche préférée, the French version of my picture book The Branch, is now available in good book stores everywhere. Book stores like this one, and this one, and this one!

Your resolution for 2017 was to read more books or to learn French? Look no further! Start the year off right by getting a copy of Ma branche préférée! :-)