Friday, January 29, 2010


Yeah! Just got word that I've gotten the Writing Grant I applied for. Thank you thank you BC Arts Council.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Catcher in the Rye

I was so sad to read in the paper this morning that J.D. Salinger has died. For those of you who are saying, "Who?," he was the author of The Catcher in the Rye; one of my all time favorite books. This is one of those classics about not fitting in that is well worth the read.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Celebrate Family Literacy Day

Tomorrow is Family Literacy Day. Celebrate by reading your favourite kid's books with a young person. For tips on family activities or to find out about local events, check out ABC Canada.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Onion Spoof on Adults who love kids' books

You gotta love The Onion and their spoofs. Here's a link to a video spoof that is priceless.

using literature as a teaching tool

I love it when kids enjoy my books, but as a former teacher, I believe that literature can go above and beyond a good read. Visit my website to see how teachers and parents can use my books to extend learning. And, while your at it, check out this home-school based article that uses Jessie's Island as well as other titles as teaching tools.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Katherine Paterson adds Nation Ambassador for Young People's Lit. to her many accolades

What great news... Katherine Paterson has added the title of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to her long list of accolades. I have loved so many of her books including: Jacob Have I Loved, Bridge to Terabithia, and The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer. So for the next two years Paterson will be selling the message that books and reading are life tools that can grow a child's world.

Publisher Weekly has a great article. Check it out.