I am a teacher and author from Winnipeg, Canada. I am currently teaching grade 8, but have also been a Teacher-Librarian and Kindergarten teacher, which is where I got my inspiration for my first picture book, 'Teaching Mrs. Muddle'.
I'm super proud of the accolades and awards that my books have received, but listing them here feels very braggy! I'll just say that Harvey Comes Home was nominated for many awards across the US and Canada, and won the SYRCA Willow (Saskatchewan) and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People. It was also a Bank Street Best Book for Kids. The follow-up book, Harvey Holds His Own, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award (which was one of my #lifegoals!). Sadia won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and was nominated for a Forest of Reading Red Maple Award. The Undercover Book List has been nominated for readers choice awards across the country and it's been wonderful to meet so many students who are fans of Tyson and Jane's!
The third Harvey book called Harvey Takes the Lead came out last spring. My first non-fiction title, co-written with my good friend Kathie MacIsaac is out now! It was fun and exciting to work in a different genre.
As an avid MG and YA reader, I am involved in a number of literacy initiatives, such as the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, MG Lit Online Book Club and the Canadian Childrens Book Center. Over the years, I have lived in New York and Japan, but the pull of the prairies brought me back to Winnipeg.
I have two teen-age boys and three step-children. After years of negotiations, we recently added a dog to our family, a West Highland Terrier named Rosie. When not writing or teaching, I like to run, read, travel and cheer my boys on at sporting events. A few other things I like: chocolate, beating my husband at Scrabble, tulips and watching Rosie chase squirrels.