Saturday, November 9, 2019

I READ CANADIAN DAY -- February 19, 2020

The inaugural I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This day, February 19, is dedicated to reading Canadian and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

Information about plans and resources for I Read Canadian Day is available on the website

Monday, June 10, 2019

Good News Comes in Twos

The Shining Willow Award
Two of Claire's books have been honoured in the past couple of weeks. These are very special honours because they are associated with children's choice awards, where kids get to vote on their favourite books.

On May 23, at St. Angela's School in Saskatoon, Claire was presented with the 2018-2019 Shining Willow Award for her picture book, Underneath the Sidewalk (Scholastic Canada) -- the book voted most popular by young Saskatchewan readers up to Grade 3.

And just last week, the nominees for British Columbia's 2019-2020 Red Cedar Award were announced -- including Claire's 2018 title, Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press).

And...TA-DAH!... A quick update: Out of the Ice has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Information Book Award given by the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada. The winner will be announced in November.

Friday, February 15, 2019

An Honour, a Trip, and a Chair

Posted by Claire

In January, I had the privilege of travelling to Houston, Texas, as a guest of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). There -- at a national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers -- I received the AIP's 2018 Science Communication award for my book, What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press).

The award, delightfully, includes a beautiful wooden chair with a plaque on the back to mark the occasion. It's now my official Office Chair, and much appreciated. (And no, for those were wondering. I didn't have to carry it home in my suitcase! The AIP kindly sent it by courier.)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Kids in New Brunswick Inspired by UNDERNEATH THE SIDEWALK

Posted by Claire

Dave Burrell is a Grade 1 teacher at Barkers Point Elementary School in Fredericton, New Brunswick. When he read my picture book, Underneath the Sidewalk, to his class, they decided to paint their own under-the-sidewalk monsters. I think they did a wonderful job. What do you think?

All the amazing art is by the Grade One students in Mr. Burrell's class.
Click on the image to make it bigger.

Underneath the Sidewalk, published by Scholastic Canada, has been nominated for the 2018-2019 Shining Willow award in Saskatchewan and the 2018-2019 Chocolate Lily award in British Columbia.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New Book Goodness!

Claire's latest kids' science book, Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past, published by Kids Can Press, is now on bookstore shelves -- real and virtual.

It's the story of the new science of glacial archaeology. Global warming is melting ice patches, glaciers, and permafrost around the world, revealing amazingly well-preserved reliques of the past. But the melt has a down side, even for archaeologists. Once organic artifacts and remains are thawed and exposed to the atmosphere, they deteriorate quickly. Glacial archaeology is a rescue mission, a rush to save vital information about the past before it disappears forever.

Look for Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past at your local bookstore, on Amazon or Chapters Indigo or your favourite vendor.

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.