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

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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!

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“Le voilier d’Olivier” is a 2016 Forest of Reading Finalist!

Une fille heureuse et son livre finaliste!I got some wonderful news this morning: my picture book “Le voilier d’Olivier” is a 2016 finalist for the OLA Forest of Reading awards in the Prix Peuplier category (French picture books)! As you can imagine (and see!) I am thrilled! Thanks to this nomination, Olivier and friends will be sailing into hundred of Ontario schools and libraries and meeting thousands of eager young readers! It’s an authour’s dream come true! Thank you so much to the selection committee!

LePrixPeuplierThe winner of this readers choice award will be announced at Harbourfront on May 19th 2016. If you haven’t attended the Festival of Trees, it’s a hoot and a half! Thousand of kids from all over Ontario come to Toronto to cheer on their favourite books and authors. It’s an amazing event and I am so happy to be attending again this edition! Hope to see you there and congratulations to ALL the finalists! I am humbled to be amongst such a talented and dedicated crew.

Two Times Finalist!!

Oh my! I am twice as happy today! I just learned that two (yes, TWO!) of my books made the long-list for the OLA 2015 Forest of Reading!

« Une Charlotte olympique » is finalist for the Prix Peuplier (French picture book category) and my middle grade chapter book « Embrouilles à Embrun » is finalist for the Prix Tamarac Express (French pre-teen category). What an honour! Just knowing that hundreds of French and French immersion kids will get to read my books, and perhaps even vote for them (a girl can dream!) is filling me with such joy that I can hardly contain myself!
Thank you to the selection committee! And thank you to OLA for taking on such a hugely exciting program!
1794539_837417662987181_4557798398577625234_nIf you’d like to see the 108 books that are finalists in the 9 award categories, click here!

If you’d like to register your school or class for this year’s Forêt de la lecture program, click here and for Forest of Reading, click here!
Now, what finalist book will I read first? 😉

 

Night Flight Now Available in Chinese!

luca chinois-1Wànsuì! (which means Hooray! in Chinese)
My picture book « Night Flight » is now available in Chinese! And what a beautiful version it is. Who needs to get a Chinese character tattoo when you have your own book in Chinese Simplified characters 😉 This is the third language that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this story translated into. Night Flight is also available in French (original version), Arabic and English, of course.
The though of children all over the world reading and sharing my story brings me a lot of joy. It’s moments like these that make writing for children the best possible carreer in the world.
Thank you to the Éditions Scholastic / Scholastic Canada team for making this partnership with Beijing Mediatime Books possible!

Read my books in the Forest!

I got some great news today!

Every year, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) has a wonderful literacy program called The Forest of Reading where young readers from across the province read a selection of books and vote for their favourite. This culminates into a massive celebration at Harbourfront in Toronto in May where thousand of kids come and meet the authors they’ve read. Since 2010, Forest of Reading also has French categories. In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of having two of my books, Tous les œufs dans le même panier and Coup de théâtre à Stratford, make the cut and be finalists for this award.

Today, I got the news that not one but TWO of my new releases are in the running! Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines is a finalist for the Prix Tamarac Express and Chapeau Charlotte! is in the running for the brand new picture book award, Prix Peuplier.

If you’d like more information about the Forest of Reading program, or if you’d like to have your class join in, click here!

Thank you, Forest of Reading selection committee! Now, all we can do is read and… knock on wood! 😉