The Branch in the Willows!

Good news! The Branch is a finalist in the 2018-2019 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards in the Shining Willow category (picture books).

My book is in amazing company with the likes of authors and illustrators like the very talented Linda Bailey, Kass Reich, Nadia L. Hohn, Irene Luxbacher, Claire Eamer, Thomas Gibault and David A. Robertson! What more can a person ask for? I am truly thrilled to be nominated!

Thank you for making The Branch a Willow 😉

A Spruce and a Poplar…

A spruce and a poplar… Sounds like the start of a nerdy tree joke or maybe a garden centre list. But it isn’t!

Photo le 2017-11-06 à 12.21 PMMy picture book The Branch / Ma branche préférée is a finalist for two literary awards – the Blue Spruce (for the English version) and Prix Peuplier (for the French version). Both awards are in the Forest of Reading program of the Ontario Library Association.

Between now and May 2018, thousands of young Ontario students will read the books in their selected categories (French, English, fiction, non-fiction, picture book, chapter books & YA). They will then vote for their favourite book. The winners will be announced mid-May at a huge (and I mean HUGE!) book party at Harbourfront in Toronto with hundreds of young readers going wild for their favourite books and authors. If you ever had any doubt as to whether kids can still get excited about books, this is THE must-attend event of the year!

This is my 6th time being a finalist for the Forest of Reading but this is my FIRST TIME having one of my books in both a French and an English category simultaneously. I’m honoured… and a little stunned. This year, in the Blue Spruce finalists there is a book written by an astronaut, a book with a foreword by a hockey legend and a book that will have you running for your pencils to write your own story. And that’s just a few of the amazing books that The Branch is up against! The list is just as impressive on the French side with books that will have you laughing, rhyming, thinking and maybe even shedding a little tear! One thing is for sure – the readers will have a fantastic time discovering all these wonderful Canadian authors and illustrators!

Happy reading to all the participants and congratulations to all the finalists!




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!