Kirkus Best Picture Book 2019

Each year in November, the illustrious Kirkus Review issues their Best Books of the Year list. And each year I get my pen and paper out, jot down those titles and run to the library with my list to put those books on hold so that I can read and learn from them.

So imagine my surprise and joy to learn that Treasure, MY picture book, is on this year’s list! It’s nice to rub shoulders with authors I admire. Thank you Kirkus for having such good taste 😉

G.O.A.T. at the War Museum!

Here’s a confession… I am plucky! So when my new picture book Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War came out, I thought “Hey! This would be the perfect book to present at the War Museum in Ottawa”. So, I called them up and I told them so. And, guess what? They agreed!

I was invited to present Sergeant Billy, in French and in English, at the War Museum on a special evening of Remembrance activities for Youth groups. I was pretty stoked. But I had no idea what I was really in for…

At 6pm, they started arriving. Troops and troops of scouts, brownies and guides from all over Ottawa. At 6:45pm there were over 300 hundred kids in the auditorium. I was ready to start. But the organizers asked me to wait a little bit longer as more were still on their way. “More?” I thought. “Oh dear…”.

By 7pm the hall was full – standing room only. Some even watched from the second floor. I was given the green light and presented Sergeant Billy. The energy in the room was palpable. We all had a wonderful time.

After the event, I was told over 900 people attended the presentation. It’s all a bit of a wonderful, happy blur. It’s days like these were I LOVE my job!

Thank you to the organizers at the War Museum and to all who came out to listen to the story of Billy. I hope we get to do it again soon. It was the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)!

 

Sergeant Billy Launch

 

November 3rd was the launch party for my new historical picture book, Sergeant Billy : The True Story of the Goat Who went to War. What a wonderful day we had!

It was also the opportunity for me to meet for the first time (in person) the illustrator of our book, the oh so nice and oh so talented Kass Reich!

 

It was so nice to finally all be under the same roof!

The happy event took place at one of my favourite indie bookstores – Queen Books in Leslieville (Toronto). If you haven’t been yet I highly recommend a visit. It is a magical place full of books, old creaky wood floors, fancy rugs, bossy wallpaper and a kids section that dreams are made of!

 

 

 

Thank you again to everyone who came out to celebrate Sergeant Billy with us!

I’m a Prix Peuplier Finalist!

Yipee! The finalists for the OLA Forest of Reading program have been announced! In this 2020 edition there are 13 different award programs with over 90 English nominees, 46 French nominees, 37 English publishers, and 16 French publishers – whew! That’s a lot of great books!

I’m very happy to announce that my picture, Tellement sauvage, is a finalist in the Prix Peuplier program (French picture books). I am excited and honoured to be amongst the selected titles. This means that hundreds of students (francophones and francophiles) will read my silly story about what nocturnal animals are up to while we sleep. I giggle just thinking about it!
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Sergeant Billy Book Trailer

As some of you know, when I’m not writing kids books, script writing or being a mom, I’m also a voice-over actress. This gives me the opportunity of working on some really cool projects like being the narrator for a new kids science series, ScienceXplosion, and… voicing a book trailer for my new picture book, Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War. Here is the little gem of a trailer, directed by Ian Partridge.

Treasure Launch!

Thank you to all those who came out for the official book launch of Treasure/Trésor! Illustrator Irene Luxbacher and I had a wonderful time meeting with old friends and new readers at Ella Minnow Bookstore on September 21st.

If you missed the event, we signed some extra copies. You can swing by Ella Minnow to pick one up!

 

 

Authoring Outside

Let’s be honest… Most of my author life is spent indoors – at home, on my computer, in schools, at libraries, on trains… But this Fall has been a little bit different. I’ve had the pleasure of being an author OUTSIDE. And you know what? It was really nice!

 

On September 8th I was invited to present my new picture books Treasure and Sergeant Billy at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. The youth stage was abuzz with authors, illustrators, storytellers and singers. Families cam out in droves to listen and participate in our stories. We even hosted a 10th birthday party for Stella, Marie-Louise Gay’s now famous spunky redhead character. It was cloudy, it was a little chilly and it was perfect!

 

 

Then, on September 22nd, I presented Trésor and Treasure in the Rose Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. This was during Nature Tales – a special day of nature-themed stories by children’s authors and performers organized by the stellar crew of Telling Tales. On this occasion, I was presenting with Irene Luxbacher, illustrator of Treasure. Authors and illustrators don’t often get to present together so this was twice as special. I got to hang out with a talented creators while quite literally smelling the roses.

Thank you all for getting me out of the house.

I would love to do it again sometime soon 😉