The author waves back

The author waves back

When we wave to authors and they wave back, we participate. We insert ourselves into the creativity! We amplify magic by making it real, and by making the originator of stories real. Which is interesting, isn't it? We make magic bigger by demystifying the creator. It's a funny thing. When a regular real-life person replies to a tweet or a photo or a handwritten letter, the regular real-lifeness of that interaction turns into possibility. 'You could do this, too!'

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On bringing The Secret Path into classrooms

On bringing The Secret Path into classrooms

In the age of Trumpism, it's more important than ever to teach history and empathy to Canada's kids. I spoke to CKBW Radio in London, Ontario about bringing Chanie and 'The Secret Path' into classrooms—and how kids are naturally empathetic, imaginative creatures. All we have to do is ask them what they think. This is how we create a better world: by listening.

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Zombies + pirates at TD Book Week 2017

Zombies + pirates at TD Book Week 2017

Big and happy news! I've been chosen for TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2017, a longstanding and fantastic program where authors and illustrators adventure to and fro across the country—Maritimers visiting the Yukon, Quebecers in Newfoundland, west coasters in Nunavut, Albertans in Ontario—for a dizzying week of readings and workshops.

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My favourite mail

My favourite mail

I've gotten piles of paper held into a bundle with paperclips, elastic bands, scotch tape. Even once, a 6-foot-high thank-you banner to hang in my house. It's like monster Christmas morning! See? Silly werewolves. Big-hearted werewolves. Werewolves eating doughnuts. Regular kids, imagining regular life in irregularly power-full, growly ways. Funny, big-smiling stuff.

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The National Reading Campaign and CM Magazine love zombies!

The National Reading Campaign and CM Magazine love zombies!

If I Were a Zombie is a boisterous trip through the twisted and often gory delights of a child’s imagination. This is a picture book that is fun and gross at the same time: what could be better? This is a delightful, entertaining book that is sure to be a hit with kids. —National Reading Campaign

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Island time

Island time

I don't think Evan and Ben will ever fully recover from their backstage pass to the CBC Charlottetown studios for our interview with Karen Mair for Mainstreet. Stars and rainbows! Karen suggested that they might do one of the 'You are listening to CBC Radio' plugs. So they got all hooked up, with big headphones and everything, and tried it. Then tried it again. Then tried it again.

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