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Reading Lights
January 202017

Reading Lights celebrates the work of B.C. children’s book authors and illustrators and offers unexpected encounters with an array of stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools and libraries throughout Vancouver.

Intended to spark an interest in stories and reading, the program features excerpts of books and illustrations on lamp posts across the city for all to enjoy.

Twenty Reading Lights plaques were installed in January 2016, 20 additional ones added in 2017 and a final 20 plaques in January of 2018, for a total of sixty plaques around the city.

Reading Lights is a collaborative project of Vancouver Public Library and the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of B.C. Society.

Explore this interactive map and discover more about these exceptional children’s books and the authors and illustrators who bring them to life.

You can also download and print this Reading Lights Map to take along while you explore!

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Abby’s Birds

Abby’s Birds

By Ellen Schwartz; illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

January 12017
Abby's Birds

Ellen Schwartz – Born in Washington, DC, and raised in New Jersey, Ellen Schwartz now lives in Burnaby with her husband. She has two grown daughters and has written 12 books for children, including Mr. Belinsky’s Bagels, Dusty, and Abby’s Birds.

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Ankylosaur Attack

Ankylosaur Attack

By Daniel Loxton; illustrated by Jim W.W. Smith

December 12016
Ankylosaur Attack

Daniel Loxton lives in Victoria with his wife and two children. He specializes in science and myth-busting books, and loves getting to the bottom of unexplained mysteries. Before becoming an award-winning children’s author, he worked as a shepherd in the wilds of northern BC.

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Bear’s Winter Party

Bear’s Winter Party

By Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Lisa Cinar

November 102016
Bear Winter Party

Deborah Hodge is the author of more than 25 books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for young readers. She also enjoys writing picture books, and has collected many awards including the Information Book Award of Canada, twice! She lives with her family near the mountains and ocean in Vancouver, BC.

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Ben Says Goodbye

Ben Says Goodbye

By Sarah Ellis; illustrated by Kim La Fave

November 12016
Ben Says Goodbye

Sarah Ellis has written more than a dozen novels and picture books for young readers. Her many honors include the Governor General’s Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Book Prize, and the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Big Blue Forever

Big Blue Forever

By Anita Miettunen

September 152016
Big Blue Forever

Anita Miettunenis a writer and illustrator who loves exploring the natural world. She has lived in Toronto, Ottawa, England, Finland, and Japan, but now lives in Vancouver, close to the ocean in a little white house under a giant fir tree. Big Blue Forever is Anita’s first children’s book.

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Big City Bees

Big City Bees

By Maggie de Vries; illustrated by Renné Benoit

September 12016
Big City Bees

Maggie de Vries is the author of several children’s books and winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Her adult non-fiction title Missing Sarah was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Binky the Space Cat

Binky the Space Cat

By Ashley Spires

August 12016
Binky the Space Cat

Ashley Spires – Ashley Spires is a dedicated British Columbian and animal lover who lives in Ladner. She has written several books, including several featuring Binky the Cat.

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A Boy Asked the Wind

A Boy Asked the Wind

By Barbara Nickel; illustrated by Gillian Newland

July 12016
A Boy Asked the Wind

Barbara Nickel is the author of books for young people, including Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, which won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. She lives in Yarrow, B.C. with her husband and two sons.

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Boy Meets Dog: A Word Game Adventure

Boy Meets Dog: A Word Game Adventure

By Valerie Wyatt; illustrated by Dave Whamond

June 12016
Boy Meets Dog

Valerie Wyatt lives in Victoria, and has written more than 14 books, with a special focus on science topics. She wrote for OWL Magazine and worked as an editor before taking up writing books full-time.

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Brave Highland Heart

Brave Highland Heart

By Heather Kellerhals-Stewart; illustrated by Werner Zimmermann

May 12016
Brave Highland Heaart

Heather Kellerhals-Stewart is an experienced writer of children’s and young adult fiction. Brave Highland Heart was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Heather lives on Quadra Island where she hears many tall tales.

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Le Camion  21

Le Camion 21

By Nancy Hundal, illustrated by Brian Deines

April 122016
Le

Nancy Hundal is a celebrated children’s author and teacher-librarian from Vancouver, BC. Her writing is inspired by her three children, her many students and the beautiful West Coast she’s been fortunate to call home her whole life.

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Chitchat

Chitchat

By Jude Isabella; illustrated by Kathy Boake

April 12016
Chit Chat

Jude Isabella was the managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids, and is now a journalist living in Victoria with her husband. Her writing interests include ecosystems, science, and the environment.

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Crocodiles Play

Crocodiles Play

By Robert Heidbreder; illustrated by Rae Maté

March 12016
Crocodiles Play

Robert Heidbreder lives in Vancouver, and has been writing children’s books for more than two decades, following a distinguished career as a primary school teacher.

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Different? Same!

Different? Same!

By Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Pippa Curnick

February 12016
Different Same

While working as a preschool teacher, Heather Tekavec discovered that children’s books were a lot more fun than adult books! Different? Same! is her eleventh published book, and her first work of non-fiction. Heather lives with her husband and three daughters in Cloverdale.

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Dipnetting with Dad

Dipnetting with Dad

By Willie Sellars, illustrated by Kevin Easthope

January 202016
Dipnetting with Dad

Willie Sellars is a band member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc) of the Secwepemc Nation. Living on the reserve for the majority of his life, he has been going dip-net fishing with his dad and uncles since he was seven years old. Willie is married with two beautiful children, and keeps himself busy practicing his culture and playing hockey.

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The Duck Says

The Duck Says

By Troy Wilson, illustrated by Mike Boldt

January 102016
Duck Says

Troy Wilson was born in Port Alberni, BC and currently lives in Victoria. He is best known as the author of the acclaimed picture book Perfect Man, and he has also written numerous kids’ stories for Chirp, Chickadee, and Highlights for Children.

The Duck Says “WHAAAT?!”  to express his surprise.

Mike Boldt has been illustrating children’s products, including pop-up books, iPhone games, and comics, for over 13 years. He is the illustrator of Little Jack Horner, Live From the Corner and Ode to Underwear, and the author-illustrator of 123 versus ABC and Colors versus Shapes. Mike lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

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Eat, Leo! Eat!

Eat, Leo! Eat!

By Caroline Adderson; illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

January 12016
Eat, Leo! Eat!

Caroline Adderson – Originally from Alberta, Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver with her husband and son. She has written novels, short story collections, and picture books for readers of all ages.

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Emma and the Silk Train

Emma and the Silk Train

By Julie Lawson; illustrated by Paul Mombourquette

December 12015
Emma and the Silk Train

Julie Lawson was born and still lives in Victoria. She has written thirty books, and travels the country talking and reading to schools and libraries.

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Follow That Map!

Follow That Map!

By Scot Ritchie

November 12015
Follow That Map

Scot Ritchie is an award-winning illustrator and writer who lives in Vancouver. He has been illustrating and making art for many years. He has illustrated over 50 books, some of which he also wrote. His books have been translated into French, Korean, Indonesian, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Dutch.

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Grumpy Bird

Grumpy Bird

By Jeremy Tankard

October 12015
Grumpy Bird

Jeremy Tankard. Born in South Africa and raised mostly in the United States, Tankard now lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter. He began his career as a commercial illustrator, and moved into writing the stories to go along with his images.

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

By Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Qin Leng

September 12015
Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin

Chieri Uegaki is a second-generation Japanese-Canadian who was born in Quesnel, British Columbia. By the age of one, she and her parents had moved to East Vancouver, where she and her two sisters grew up. Chieri now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two dogs, Nika and Rosie.

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How to Build your Own Country

How to Build your Own Country

By Valerie Wyatt; illustrated by Karen Fredericks

August 12015
How to Build your Own Country

Valerie Wyatt. Valerie Wyatt lives in Victoria, and has written more than 14 books, with a special focus on science topics. She wrote for OWL Magazine and worked as an editor before taking up writing books full-time.

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Hungry for Math : Poems to Munch On

Hungry for Math : Poems to Munch On

By Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming; illustrated by Peggy Collins

July 12015
Hungry for Math

Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning picture book author, playwright, and scholar who enjoys being in the classroom in any of these capacities. She holds a position at Brock University as an associate professor of drama-in-education and literacy.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming – from a family of Seanchai (sean-a-hees or Irish storytellers), Lori derives inspiration from stories hailing from an oral tradition or from personal experience. She uses theatre, storytelling and rhythm to encourage young people to make active and creative connections to literature.

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I Heard My Mother Call My Name

I Heard My Mother Call My Name

By Nancy Hundal; illustrated by Laura Fernandez

June 12015
I Heard My Mother Call My Name

Lifelong Vancouverite Nancy Hundal works as an elementary school teacher-librarian and writer. I Heard My Mother Call My Name, an evocative prose poem about a child lingering outside at dusk, was her first book.

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If

If

By David Smith; illustrated by Steve Adams

May 12015
If

David Smith was a classroom teacher for more than 25 years, and now travels the world consulting and talking to educators and children about ways of understanding the world, “world-mindedness”. He lives in Victoria, BC.

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If I had a Gryphon

If I had a Gryphon

By Vikki VanSickle, illustrated by Cale Atkinson

April 202015
If I had a Gryphon

If I Had A Gryphon is Vikki VanSickle’s first picture book, and was shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award, among others. The story grew out of an idea she had observing storytime at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, where she worked after attending UBC. She now works and writes in Toronto, Ontario.

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Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

By Jane Yolen; illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

April 152015
Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Jane Yolen is the author of many children’s books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won numerous awards.

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Kah-Lan : the Adventurous Sea Otter

Kah-Lan : the Adventurous Sea Otter

By Karen Autio, illustrated by Sheena Lott

April 102015
Kah-Lan

Karen Autio is a Finnish Canadian writer of children’s fiction. Karen grew up on the northern shore of Lake Superior, and now lives in Kelowna, BC. Before starting her writing career she worked as a software developer after studying mathematics and computer science at the University of Waterloo.

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Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers
April 12015
Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

Lee Edward Födi grew up on a farm in British Columbia, cleaning up after chickens, pigs, geese, and younger siblings. He is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, and has illustrated picture books for other authors. Edward lives in Vancouver with his wife and unhelpful cat.

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The Klondike Cat

The Klondike Cat

By Julie Lawson, illustrated by Paul Mombourquette

March 202015
The Klondike Cat

Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. The subjects of her books range from ghosts and Chinese dragons, to fishing adventures, and she is a contributor for the historical fiction series Dear Canada. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Kung Pow Chicken : Let’s Get Cracking!
March 102015
Kung Pow Chicken

Born in Smithers, BC, Cyndi Marko Marko has fond childhood memories of itchy sweaters, frost bite, and tunneling through deep snow to get to school. Cyndi currently lives within walking distance of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada, and hopes to one day meet Ogopogo in person.

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Liam Takes a Stand

Liam Takes a Stand

By Troy Wilson, illustrated by Josh Holinaty

March 12015
Liam takes a Stand

Troy Wilson was born in Port Alberni, BC and currently lives in Victoria. He is best known as the author of the acclaimed picture book Perfect Man, and he has also written numerous kids’ stories for Chirp, Chickadee, and Highlights for Children.

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Little You

Little You

By Richard Van Camp; illustrated by Julie Flett

February 202015
Little You

Award-winning author Richard Van Camp is a member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He has written novels, many children’s books, and has done considerable writing for television.

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Mae and the Moon

Mae and the Moon

By Jami Gigot

February 102015
Mae and the Moon

Jami Gigot was first introduced to the world of 3D Animation at the University of Wisconsin. The film Toy Story piqued his interest, and intrigued by the possibilities of this new fusion of art and technology, Jami packed his bags and headed to Vancouver, BC to study Digital Animation. Mae and the Moon is Jami’s first picture book.

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Maggie’s Chopsticks

Maggie’s Chopsticks

By Alan Woo; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

February 12015

Alan Woo was born in England, but came to Canada when he was a young boy, and grew up in Vancouver, where he still lives. He always wanted to be a writer, and gets his inspiration from his Chinese-Canadian heritage, friends and family, reading lots of books, going to live theatre, meeting new people, traveling and playing with cats!

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Magical Animal Journey Adoption Agency : Clover’s Luck

Magical Animal Journey Adoption Agency : Clover’s Luck

By Kallie George, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

January 152015
Magical Animal

Kallie George is an author, editor, and speaker who lives in Vancouver, BC, near the sea. She loves picture books, fairy tales, and baking cookies. She has a Master’s of Children’s Literature from UBC, and when she’s not writing or editing she teaches creative writing workshops.

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Mermaids

Mermaids

By Cynthia Heinrichs; illustrated by Jumin Lee

January 12015
Mermaids

Cynthia Heinrichs was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but grew up in Vancouver, BC, where she has lived most of her life. She has worked as a nanny, an art restoration assistant, an English teacher in South Korea and a writing tutor, but her favorite jobs are aunt and writer.

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Mister Got To Go, Where Are You?

Mister Got To Go, Where Are You?

By Lois Simmie; illustrated by Cynthia Nugent

December 12014

Lois Simmie is an author of children’s books, adult fiction, a historical true crime story, radio plays, and a children’s play for live theatre, and she has won many awards for her published works. Lois lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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The Most Magnificent Thing
November 152014
Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires is a dedicated British Columbian and animal lover who lives in Ladner. She has written many books, including several featuring Binky the Cat.

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No Pets Allowed

No Pets Allowed

By Irene Watts

November 12014
No Pets Allowed

Irene Watts was born in Berlin, emigrated to Britain on a Kindertransport in 1938, and moved to Canada thirty years later. She is the author of many books and plays for children and young people.

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Noah and Great Bear : an Adventure in the Yukon

Noah and Great Bear : an Adventure in the Yukon

By Danielle S. Marcotte, illustrated by Francesca Da Sacco

October 152014
Noah and Great Bear

Working for CBC radio in Vancouver for over 30 years, Danielle Marcotte interviewed artists, political figures, and citizens of all walks of life. Now retired, she writes children’s books and articles for newspapers and magazines in French and in English. Danielle lives in Tsawwassen, BC.

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Norman, Speak!

Norman, Speak!

By Caroline Adderson; illustrated by Qin Leng

October 12014
Norman, Speak!

Originally from Alberta, Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver with her husband and son. She has written novels, short story collections, and many books for children. Norman, Speak! is her first picture book.

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Once Upon a Bathtime

Once Upon a Bathtime

By Vi Hughes, illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

September 12014
Once Upon a Bathtime

Vi Hughes has been fascinated by the art of storytelling all her life. She is a writer and educator who teaches the importance of reading aloud to children, especially before bedtime. She lives in North Vancouver near her grandchildren, who are her main advisors.

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Peace is an offering

Peace is an offering

By Annette LeBox; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

August 12014
Peace is an Offering

Annette LeBox is an award-winning poet and environmental activist who divides her time between Maple Ridge, British Columbia and a remote cabin in the Cariboo grasslands.

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Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

By Dan Bar-el; illustrated by Rae Maté

August 12014
Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Vancouver writer Dan Bar-el has been a preschool teacher, actor and now travels the country doing readings and leading workshops for children.

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The Reading Tree

The Reading Tree

by The Vancouver Public Library, illustrated by Diana Bonder

July 152014
Reading Tree

What can you find, Hidden in the tree?

Turn the page and explore with me…

As an only child, Diana Bonder would spend a lot of time colouring and drawing, and dreamed of one day being an artist. She worked as a commercial artist for several years before venturing seriously into the world of children’s literature. Diana has two daughters and lives on Gabriola Island, BC

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The Red Bicycle

The Red Bicycle

By Jude Isabella; illustrated by Simone Shin

July 12014
The Red Bicycle

Jude Isabella was the managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s Science Magazine for Kids, and is now a journalist living in Victoria with her husband. Her writing interests include ecosystems, science, and the environment.

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School Days Around the World

School Days Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Alice Feagan

June 12014
School Days Around the World

Margriet Ruurs lives on Salt Spring Island, where she runs a book-lovers’ bed and breakfast. She had written many books for children, and travels the world giving writing workshops to teachers and students.

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Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko

By Nicola Campbell; illustrated by Kim LaFave

May 202014
Shi-shi-etko

Nicola Campbell is an Interior Salish and Metis author living in North Vancouver with her son. Her books are inspired by stories she was told by her family, elders and community.

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Small Saul

Small Saul

By Ashley Spires

May 152014
Small Saul

Ashley Spires Ashley Spires is a dedicated British Columbian and animal lover who lives in Ladner. She has written many books, including several featuring Binky the Cat.

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Spark

Spark

By Kallie George; illustrated by Geneviève Côté

April 202014
Spark

Kallie George lives and works in Vancouver. She teaches creative writing workshops. Her whimsical children’s books often feature magical animals like dragons and mermaids.

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Stanley at Sea

Stanley at Sea

By Linda Bailey; illustrated by Bill Slavin

April 12014
Stanley at Sea

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Linda Bailey now lives by the sea in Vancouver. She began writing children’s books when her two daughters were young, and has now written more than twenty books.

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Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family’s Journey

Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family’s Journey

By Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr

March 202014
Stepping Stones

Margriet Ruurs has a Master’s degree in Education from SFU, and loves to visit schools to tell children about being a writer and to share her love of playing with language, Margriet has lived in many places, but she now lives on Salt Spring Island, B.C. where she runs a booklovers’ Bed & Breakfast.

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Stop, Thief!

Stop, Thief!

By Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Pierre Pratt

March 102014
Stop Thief

Heather Tekavec was born in Manitoba, Canada, but moved at a young age to British Columbia. After graduation, she taught preschool, and discovered the wonder of children’s books. In 2002, she published her first picture book, Storm is Coming! She has also written for older children and teens, and published short stories in various magazines. Heather lives with her husband, her three daughters, and a pet rabbit in Langley, BC.

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Suki’s Kimono

Suki’s Kimono

By Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

March 12014
Suki’s Kimono

Chieri Uegaki was born in Quesnel and now lives on the Sunshine Coast. Suki’s Kimono is her first book, and she has now written three, all of which have been nominated for multiple awards.

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Teatime

Teatime

By Tiffany Stone; illustrated by Jori van der Linde

February 12014
Teatime

Tiffany Stone lives in Maple Ridge with her family. She has her BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.

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Underneath the Sidewalk

Underneath the Sidewalk

By Claire Eamer, illustrated by Thomas Gibault

January 202014
Underneath the Sidewalk

Growing up on the Prairies, Claire Eamer spent summer days exploring the riverbank, catching grasshoppers, and gathering wildflowers. She now lives on Gabriola Island, BC and writes both fiction and non-fction for children and young adults.

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Waiting for Sophie

Waiting for Sophie

By Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Carmen Mok

January 102014
Waiting for Sophie

Sarah Ellis has written more than a dozen novels and picture books for young readers. Her many honours include the Governor General’s Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Book Prize, and the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Watch Me Grow!

Watch Me Grow!

By Deborah Hodge; photographed by Brian Harris

January 12014
Watch Me Grow!

Deborah Hodge has written more than 25 children’s books. A former teacher living in Vancouver, she loves to visit schools and talk to children about writing.

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West Coast Wild : a Nature Alphabet

West Coast Wild : a Nature Alphabet

By Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

December 152013
West Coast Wild

Deborah Hodge is the author of more than 25 books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for young readers. She also enjoys writing picture books, and has collected many awards including the Information Book Award of Canada, twice! She lives with her family near the mountains and ocean in Vancouver, BC.

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The Yoga Game: By the Sea

The Yoga Game: By the Sea

By Kathy Beliveau; illustrated by Denise Holmes

December 12013
Yoga Game: By the Sea

Kathy Beliveauhas a passion for yoga and nature which shine through in her writing and in her presentations and workshops. She writes for children and adults and has enjoyed recognition in literary magazines. She lives by the sea on Vancouver Island, BC.

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