Friday, May 11, 2018

Forest of Reading and New-Book Goodness

Claire will be in Toronto May 13 to 19 to take part in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading celebrations. She'll be at the Toronto Public Library's Don Mills Branch Monday morning and at the Centennial Branch Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, she'll join other authors and thousands of kids at Harbourfront to celebrate this year's Forest of Reading nominees. Claire's book, What a Waste: Where Does Garbage Go?, is a nominee in the Silver Birch non-fiction category.

And while you're here, take a sneak peek at the cover of Claire's next book. The frozen places of the world are thawing as Earth's climate warms, and lost evidence of the past is being revealed -- in some cases, for the first time in tens of thousands of years. To get the scoop, watch for Out of the Ice: How Climate Change Is Revealing the Past -- due out in September from Kids Can Press.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

School and Library Presentations

Claire is available for presentations and workshops in schools and libraries - or anywhere else kids gather. For information about presentations, check her profile at the Writers' Union of Canada website or her member page at CWILL BC. Both sites also provide general information about sources of funding for bringing authors into schools and libraries.

Check with Claire (EamerWriter [at] for her latest rate schedule. Generally, there is a small surcharge for events beyond Vancouver Island to help cover the extra travel expenses.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Year's Greetings from Claire

We're about to start a brand new year - and I hope it's a fine year for all of you. For me, it means a new book coming out in the fall, all about ice and archaeology and many amazing things. I'll tell you more about it closer to the date. And it might mean some other writing projects. We'll see....

In the meantime, here's a pretty picture from the winter rainforest here in British Columbia, just to celebrate the turning of the year and the return of the light.

Claire Eamer photo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

And we have a finalist!

The finalists in the AAAS/Subaru SB&F prizes competition have been announced - and among them is Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press, 2016)! It's one of five books (including two Canadian books) in the Middle Grade Science Book category. The full article about the 18 books on the final listing is available for download here.

In describing Inside Your Insides, the prize committee wrote: "In this book, Eamer introduces kids to their microbiomes, which are usually full of beneficial microbes and inside everyone. Eamer does a great job simplifying the topic and incorporating attention-grabbing jokes that will bring laughter to children."

The prize winners will be announced in January, and the prizes will be presented at the 2018 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Austin, Texas, February 15-19.

Monday, October 16, 2017

More Award Nominations Announced

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go?, published by Annick Press, has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association's 2018 Forest of Reading Program in the Silver Birch Non-fiction category.

This a children's choice award. Kids across Ontario read the nominated books over the next few months, and in the spring, they vote for their favourites. Just being nominated means that thousands of kids are going to read your book - and that's what the job's all about!

And that's not all the news today. Both What a Waste! and Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press) are on the long list for the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F award in the middle grade category. The finalists in each category will be announced in the November 2017 issue of Science Books & Films magazine, and the winning books will be announced at the 2018 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Austin, Texas, in February.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

INSIDE YOUR INSIDES shortlisted for Lane Anderson Award

The Lane Anderson Award — created by the Fitzhenry Family Foundation — honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young reader categories. Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press) was one of three finalists for the 2016 Young Reader award. It's an introduction to the human microbiome, aimed at middle grade kids - or anyone who finds the subject a bit intimidating!

The winner of the 2016 award, announced at a dinner in Toronto in September, was 5 Giraffes, written by giraffe biologist Anne Innis Dagg and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Claire's earlier book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science (Annick Press, 2013), was the winner of the 2013 Lane Anderson award.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recent books

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go?

***Runner-up in the general non-fiction category at the 2017 Green Book Festival in San Francisco***

History, science, and technology for Grades 4-7
Published by Annick Press, 2017

Find out about the weird and fascinating world of garbage, covering topics like water pollution, modern “throwaway” culture, landfills, human waste, and recycling. The highly visual treatment with lots of sidebars and humorous illustrations makes this an engaging, kid-friendly introduction to an important issue.

"A smart overall survey sprinkled with choice nuggets of garbage lore. Dig in." Starred review in Kirkus Reviews

Underneath the Sidewalk

Picture book for ages 3 to 8
Published by Scholastic Canada, 2017

A rhyming romp through a magical world of underground monsters.

"Guaranteed to provide both shivers and smiles of relief, this is a book that will fascinate and thrill young readers." Quill & Quire

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home

***Finalist: Science in Society Youth Book Award***
***Best Books for Kids & Teens selection ***

The science of the human microbiome for Grades 3 to 7
Published by Kids Can Press, 2016

Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride --- living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of microbes. Readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live, both inside and outside our bodies. Some are bad guys that cause disease, but many are actually good guys that keep us healthy.

"An excellent example of engaging science writing, this title would be a useful mentor text for young science writers and a fine addition to science programs dealing with the topic of the human body." School Library Journal