Wednesday, November 4, 2020


Coming from Kids Can Press in Spring 2021 -- Extremely Gross Animals

All the disgusting, revolting, and downright strange animal facts that you didn't know you wanted to know!

(But you do. Want to know them, that is. Trust me....)

Friday, October 9, 2020

Happy 500th to Sci/Why!

By Claire Eamer

That's 500th blog post, not really 500th birthday -- just in case you're confused. And today's its publication day!

Way back in 2011, a few of us Canadian children's science writers decided to start a group blog. We called it Sci/Why. The name came courtesy of founding blogger Pippa Wysong, whose explanation is still in the title banner: "Canadian children's writers discuss science, words, and the eternal question - why?"

We thought it might be fun and interesting to mess around with the blog format for a little while -- and to let people know that (a) there are plenty of good Canadian kids' science writers and (b) what we're writing about. When we ran out of ideas or enthusiasm or time, we'd just shut the blog down. We thought.

Well, we haven't run out of ideas or enthusiasm yet. A few of us have run out of time to produce blog posts, but others have picked up the torch. And the blog carries on.

We've talked about everything from earthquakes (How big can an earthquake be?) to singing lice (The Singing Lice (that are not lice)), from fish sauce (Fishy Sauce and a Fishy Date) to fast travel (Terrifying Speed).

Most of our posts draw anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand readers over time. That post about earthquakes might be the most popular of all, with more than 42,000 separate views -- and the number goes up every time a major earthquake hits (or, possibly, every time a teacher assigns a project on earthquakes). And -- for maybe less obvious reasons -- Shar Levine's 2011 post about a long-ago queen's trinket (Eleanor of Aquitaine Sundial) has garnered well over 10,000 views.

And that's just a taste of what you can find in Sci/Why. Drop by any time and take a look around!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

I Read Canadian Day 2020 Declared a Success

By all accounts, the inaugural I READ CANADIAN DAY, held on February 19, 2020, was a resounding success. The organizers of this national day of celebration of Canadian books -- spearheaded by renowned and prolific children's author Eric Walters -- are already talking about a repeat event next year. Any schools, libraries, bookstores, or other groups and individuals who want to get involved in next year's celebration should keep an eye on the I Read Canadian website.

And consider donating to the I Read Canadian Fund, which supports getting Canadian books into the hands of young people across the country. See the website for details.

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 was also shortlisted for the 2019 Information Book Award given by the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada.

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.

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.