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! 🙂

Bestiole finalist for OLA’s 2017 Forest of Reading Award

14713073_1299318283463781_7105297753398647959_oQ: Who will be reading my picture book « Une Bestiole à l’école » this winter and spring?
A: Hundreds of Ontario kids!

Saut de joie!That’s because « Une bestiole à l’école » has been selected for the 2017 Prix Peuplier awards (French picture books category) of the prestigious Forest of Reading program!

The Forest of Reading awards are a « children’s-choice » type award program which means the young readers of hundreds of schools in Ontario will register, select the category they want (there are 12!), read the finalists’ book and finally vote for their favourite book in each prize category.

The list of finalists has just been announced and I am thrilled to be among this incredibly talented bunch! For a complete list of the finalists, click here!

The winning books will be revealed in May at the Festival of Trees, an amazing event at Harbourfront. Fingers crossed!LePrixPeuplier



The Branch – Short-listed for the GG Young People’s Literature Illustrated Books award!

gg_logo-smFirst came an email from a friend of mine who is a morning-show journalist: Congrats on your nomination!

It was 6:20 am. What nomination, I thought. Am I still dreaming?

Later came the phone calls, the messages, the texts… Congrats!

By 9:02 am the news was everywhere on my Facebook feed: my picture book The Branch had been short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in the Young People’s Illustrated Book category!

14591629_1795187000724130_1284761038439819557_nSince then, I’ve been on cloud nine! This is a first for me. A first book in English. And first time being nominated for a GG. I am honoured that my book was selected and humbled to see my name amongst children’s literature giants such as Sydney Smith, Jo Ellen Bogart, Lucy Ruth Cummins, Esmé Shapiro and so many more!

To see the list of all the nominated books (and to get reading before the announcement of the winners on October 25th) click here!