Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fred and Pete Win!

Fred and Pete won the Chocolate Lily prize tonight! I am so honoured. 4000 children voted this year for this wonderful award.

Friday, April 22, 2011

using picture books in the schools

I am so impressed with the kind of learning activities that talented, caring and energetic teachers are employing in the school. Here is one student's work on an activity elementary school teacher, Janine Fitkall, did with her students with Fred and Pete. I just love it! (click on the image to enjoy a larger size.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


The Vancouver Sun newspaper has an annual campaign called Raise-a-Reader which culminates in Raise-a-Reader Day on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. Look for the special feature in the Vancouver Sun that day. This year they are including a lot of local writers and putting videos of us reading from our books onto their website. Here's mine (sorry about the commercial - it's an embedded video from the Sun's website). The reading starts soberly enough, then gets increasingly goofy. Goofy's good.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Perfect Day

Fred and Pete was chosen by a committee of Vancouver Elementary School Principals and Vice Principals as the 2010 picture book to go into every school library. They bought 100 copies from Kids Books on Broadway and today held a special ceremony to celebrate the book. It was held at Douglas Elementary School and hosted by lovely teacher librarian Kathryn Buchan.

Sixty Vancouver schools were each represented by a teacher and two students.
My presentations were received with rapturous appreciation.

And if that wasn't enough, I was presented with beautiful flowers and everyone there was given a chocolate bar in the shape of a dog bone. Delicious! I was simply brimming with happiness.

But for me the absolute highlight of the afternoon was the splendiferous art that the Douglas Elementary grade 3 students did based on the Fred and Pete illustrations. Funny, beautiful and gorgeous all.

It was a huge honour and a perfect day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How to do a painted photo

The illustrations in Fred and Pete at the Beach were photographs pasted onto painted backgrounds. Here's a video demonstration.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Book Broads Interview

At Word on the Street on September 27, I made the acquaintance of the wonderfully vivacious Book Broads: Angela Crocker, Kim Plumley, & Peggy Richardson. They were interviewing many of the authors presenting at the Vancouver Public Library that day and I was lucky enough to be included in their busy schedule. They asked intelligent, well-researched questions and were quick with interested responses and easy laughter. In short, they are the ideal interviewers, making me feel both relaxed and fascinating. Here is the video of my interview. (Podcast data and content copyright

Thank you, Book Broads!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fred and Pete on the North Shore

The Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC are having a party to showcase members' new books and you're invited! It's called the Fall Book Harvest. I'll be there with Fred and Pete at the Beach. Click on the image for details.