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.