IBBYLogoAnd what is IBBY you may ask? Well, I will tell you. With some help from Wiki, of course:

IBBY Canada is the Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. The mission of IBBY Canada is to introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world and to promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada.

IBBYStormsSo why am I mentioning IBBY Canada? Because I am very happy to say that I have been selected for the IBBY 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.

It’s going to be lots of fun! For the month of October, I will be doing workshops, school visits and portfolio reviews!

The official launch of the program is Wed Oct 1st, 6:00-7:30pm at the Northern District Branch. There will be a gallery of my illustrations along with work of the very talented children’s book illustrator, Joanne Fitzgerald.


Eden Mills 2014!


Ahem, yes, bad blogger. What can I say? Knee replacement surgery, flooded basement, busy life. Lots of stuff has happened since my last post – plenty of book love for NEVER LET YOU GO (thank you!), appearances on TV (!), a super fun book tour in Saskatchewan. Summer was quiet, but now Fall approaches with all its busy blustery bookiness.

First on the agenda – The Eden Mills Writers Festival! Sunday September 14th, from 2:30-2:50.

Check out their web site to see all the amazing authors who are attending!

I’ve presented at Eden Mills before, and I loved it. Here’s hoping for great weather tomorrow!

The Beat of a Different Drummer

Also excited to mention that I’ll be having one more NEVER LET YOU GO book launch at one of my favourite book stores, A Different Drummer in Burlington. This launch means a lot to me, because I spent a lot of time as a teen hanging out in that old Victorian House, browsing books, buying what I could afford, and playing with their cat. It was a peaceful safe haven for me, and I wish this lovely store many more years of success.


Never Let You Go Book Launch!

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Woo hoo! I’ve been a VERY bad blogger and have not posted in quite a while, but I’m back with GREAT news. I’m happy to announce that there will be a fun book launch for my new picture book, NEVER LET YOU GO. The launch takes place Sunday Oct 27th, at the wonderful Redfish Bluefish Creative Cafe. The event goes from 2:30-5:00pm. There will be crafts & cake! And me! Hope to see you there!

Oh, and I will only be taking cash & cheques, but the price of the book is an easy $8.00. Makes a great Christmas gift, folks!

Never Let You Go Coming Soon! Ok, not until October…


Looky, looky! I got a copy of Scholastic’s Fall 2013 catalogue! Beautiful books from Barbara Reid, Jean Little, Helaine Becker, Robert Munsch, Ruth Ohi, oh, and…me!

Can’t wait…

World Penguin Day!!


Woo hoo! Did you know that today is World Penguin Day? A very nice lady reminded me this morning (I forgot! Shocking!) and so I must write a brief post about my love for these adorable creatures.

According to the Ian Somehalder Foundation website, there are currently 17 species of penguins living throughout the world, and they are considered the world’s most popular bird.

I have now written & illustrated two picture books about penguins, and illustrated one counting book about penguins. Obviously, they are not non-fiction books revealings lots of fascinating facts about penguins. That’s not my gift. I like to make up sweet, fun stories for kids. I love to draw funny, positive art. That is who I am. At my core, my nature is positive, open and friendly. Some people who have met me have commented that I “have no guile”. This has served me well, in some ways, in other ways, not so good.

So that’s why I love penguins. To me, they seem like they have no guile, either. They just want to live, and enjoy life, without being bothered, and without bothering others. Oh if the world was only like that!

Cover Me With Love

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And here’s the cover for my new picture book, NEVER LET YOU GO.

Yes, I Love Snow



…almost as much as I love penguins! And so why not mix, snow, penguins & love in one image?

Here’s another peek from my upcoming book, NEVER LET YOU GO. Can you tell that I really adore this little purple penguin?

Snow Job!!

So it’s April 11th, and guess what – this morning it snowed. I didn’t really mind. I had to pop out of the house in the early hours to meet with a lovely person and at that point it was raining ice, so I figure the snow I encountered on the way home was an improvement.

To celebrate this crazy weather day (because honestly – what good does complaining do?) I am posting some wonderful drawings given to me in January of this year when I did a snow-themed presentation at the Richmond Hill Public Library. I had been telling the kids about my recently illustrated book Snowy Science, so I thought it might be fun for them to illustrate a kooky snowy science story about an evil scientist named Professor Zamboni who creates a monster snowman whom he hopes will take over the world. Unfortunately for evil Professor Zamboni, the snowman (named Dave) is really a nice guy, who just wants to sell ice cream and then retire to Florida to melt.


Beautiful, beautiful Bologna


A big thank-you to the fine folks at Scholastic Canada for taking this photo while attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Yes, I finally have some wonderful news to share! I have a new picture book coming out this September, to be published by Scholastic Canada. The book is entitled Never Let You Go, and I’m pleased to say that I am once again both author and illustrator. And yes, once again I’ve created a book with PENGUINS! It would appear that I am not quite ready to ‘let go’ of these lovely little creatures.

This picture book is a bit of a departure for me – yes, there is humour in it, but there’s also a lot of heart, & warmth & love. It feels good to tap into a part of myself which has been tucked away for far too long. And now that the floodgates are open, who knows what will come out next? Stay tuned…

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