Also, see 7 great gifts for the writer in your life here.
Lana Button has a number of marvelous picture books, mainly with Kids Can Press. Check out: What If Bunny's NOT a Bully? 2020, My Teacher's Not Here! 2018, Willow's Smile 2016, Willow's Whispers 2014, and Willow Finds a Way 2013.
She also has a picture book with OwlKids: Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School).
And you can even pre-order Tough Like Mum from Penguin Random House in April 2021.
This fall, Erin also published a timely nonfiction book for ages 6+, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of Covid-19, from Second Story Press.
Note: Lanna Button and Erin Silver will be the guest speakers for the Writing Little Kid Lit course starting in the new year. Details here.
Kira Vermond is the author of six nonfiction books that make kids think. Four of them with OwlKids: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular; Half-Truths and Brazen Lies; Why We Live Where We Live; Growing Up: Inside and Out; and The Secret Life of Money: A Kid's Guide to Cash, which was my son’s and daughter’s favourite book the year it came out, although my kids are four years apart.
Angela Misri has a funny middle grade adventure novel: Pickles vs. the Zombies, that answers the question, what will the pets do during a zombie apocalypse? A sequel, Trip of the Dead, featuring Trip the racoon, will be out in February 2021, and rumour has it she’s writing a third book in the series featuring Emmy, the berserker hamster (all from Cormorant Books’ DCB imprint).
Angela also has a series of Victorian mystery novels, featuring her female sleuth, Portia Adams. The most recent came out this fall: The Detective and the Spy (from Cormorant) or you can start with the first in the series, Jewel of the Thames.
Kelly Armstrong has 50+ books, for adults, young adults and middle grade readers. If you’re not yet familiar with Kelly’s books, the best place to start is by browsing the shelves at your local bookstore, or if it’s on lockdown, check out her website here.
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than a dozen middle grade and young adult novels, most recently Body Swap, a young adult novel published by Dundurn Press and the four books in the Mistake Mystery series for middle grade kids, also from Dundurn.
Note: Kira Vermond and Sylvia McNicoll will be the guest speakers for the Writing Kid Lit course starting in the new year. Details here.
David Moores published, Attitude, his debut young adult novel this year with Middle Road Publishers.
“Attitude is a fast-paced novel pitting resourceful teens, Lyle and Laura, against a cast of quirky, dysfunctional characters and real bad asses who mostly get what’s coming to them.” ~Mike Joll
Two great sailing adventures:
Note: Jennifer will be the guest speaker for the Writing Personal Stories course starting in the new year. Details here.
Karma Brown published her most recent novel, Recipe for a Perfect Wife with Penguin Random House. Her four earlier novels were all with MIRA Books a Harlequin/HarperCollins imprint. Check them out here.
Hannah Mary McKinnon is the author of four domestic thrillers, most recently, Sister Dear, published with MIRA Books, and you can pre-order Hannah’s fifth novel coming in May 2021: You Will Remember Me. Check out all five here.
and gifts to make the world a better place here. Plus, don't forget, try to shop local. Buy your books straight from the publisher or from a book store.
See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including online and in-person writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.