was one of England's finest wordsmiths and storytellers. He wrote numerous children's books, and his poetry is represented in the Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse. He lived in London, England.
is an author and screenwriter for film and television specializing in science fiction and fantasy. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.
has written many books for children and young people. Her young adult novel Mud Girl was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award. Alison teaches writers of all ages and works as a freelance editor. She lives in Ladner, BC, with her spouse, three sons and an old rescue dog named Rocky.
studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had poetry published in several magazines. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has been published in magazines such as The Beaver and Reader's Digest. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
grew up in South Africa. She now lives and works in Vancouver, BC. This is her first published book.
is the award-winning author of nearly a dozen novels for children, young and old. She teaches children’s literature at the University of Saskatchewan and lives near Saskatoon.
is a school teacher interested in writing books for reluctant readers.
is the award-winning illustrator of the Mister Got to Go trilogy and Honey Cake, and the author of Francesca and the Magic Bike and Fred and Pete at the Beach. She also makes book trailers and apps and has animated several Tradewind titles.
is a highly acclaimed author of seventeen books for young children and teens, including several historical novels dealing with issues of social justice. She has written Abby's Birds and Mr. Belinsky's Bagels for Tradewind Books. Ellen lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
was born in Argentina and now divides her time between Vancouver, B.C and Guatemala. She wrote this story with her friend, Margarita Kenefic Tejada who lives in Guatemala. They met many years ago when they were both living in a Mexican village about a day’s horeseback ride from Emiliano's home.
has written many highly praised novels for young readers. He has won a number of awards such as the Mr. Christie Award, the Governor General`s Award, and the R. Ross Annett Award. A teacher-librarian for most of his life, he lives in Vancouver where he continues to write, pursue his artwork and coach students working on their own books for young people.
has published eleven novels. He lives in London with his wife and their four children.
has had worked produced in theatre, animation and television. She has written magazine articles for publications such as McLean's and Vancouver Magazine. She teaches creative writing and lives in Vancouver.
is a former creative director of Ricepaper, whose work has appeared in the internationally acclaimed literary journal Grain. She lives in Victoria, BC.
Hans Christian Andersen
is Denmark’s most highly acclaimed writer. His works are known and translated around the world.
Heidi E.Y. Stemple
writes stories and poetry for children and adults. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, where she shares an office with her mother, the author Jane Yolen.
was born in Berlin, emigrated to Britain on a Kindertransport in 1938, and moved to Canada thirty years later. She is the author of many books and plays for children and young people.
is one of Canada's most celebrated authors of fiction for young people. His award-winning books often tell the stories of teenagers struggling to overcome personal difficulties and have been applauded for their story-telling.
one of America's foremost children's writers is the recipient of numerous Coldecout Medals, has earned many awards and her books have been translated into many languages.
Joan Betty Stuchner
is a storyteller, library assistant and teacher. She loves ballet, theatre, art galleries and museums—and hot, strong sweet tea. She lives in Vancouver with her family.
Joanna M. Weston came to Canada in her early 20s. In 1967 she married her husband Robert and they soon raised a family together. An accomplished author, Joanne wrote a number of books including Tradewind's title Frame and the McGuire and her collection of poetry, A Summer Father published by Frontenac House. Joanne passed away in August 2020. She spent her final years on Vancouver Island with her husband, two cats, and, in her own words, "multiple spiders, a herd of deer, and two derelict hen houses".
Author of Strange Beginnings, Karen Needham is the curator of the Spencer Entomological Museum and teaches a variety of biology courses in the Dept. of Zoology at UBC. She has been fascinated with creepy crawlies since a young age.
is a picture book author, poet and performer. She enjoys being in the classroom in any capacity—as a presenter, a teacher or as a student. She works at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education.
was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He has over 30 professionally produced plays to his credit and has won many national and international awards for his writing, including the prestigious John Whiting Award. He was writer-in-residence at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in the UK and at the Meadow Brook Theatre in the USA. He has also supervised international aid and development programs in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. In 2021, Karim won the Wallace Stegner Award (Canada), awarded by the Saskatchewan Arts Council. Karim now lives in Vancouver, BC.
was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she worked as a journalist in radio broadcasting. She now lives in Vancouver, where, as well as writing for young people, she is in charge of educational leadership, teaching and curriculum development in a post-secondary institution. She is the recipient of The Christie Harris Children’s Literature Award (The BC and Yukon Book Prizes) for The King Has Goat Ears (Tradewind Books) and the Chocolate Lily Award for The Blue Vase (Tradewind Books).
Leslie E. Owen
worked as an editor and agent in children's publishing in New York City and Vancouver. She now lives in Florida with her chidlren and many tree frogs.
Liliane Leila Juma
Leila grew up in Uvira, a city in the western Congo on the shore of Lake Tanganyika near the border with Burundi. She now lives in Vancouver, where she works as a Women’s Support Worker. She is fluent in three languages—Swahili, French, and English.
Margarita Kenefic Tejada
is a playwright living in Guatemala.
Mark David Smith
Mark David Smith was born and raised in Vancouver. He teaches English for the Burnaby School District and has travelled extensively with his work, teaching in both Uganda and Kuwait. He resides in Port Coquitlam with his wife and children, a cat, a liziard, several fish and an ever-growing number of aquatic snails.
is a musician and songwritter and has written lyrics for Walt Disney and Warner Bros. She lives in California with her husband and two sons.
lives in British Columbia and teaches children's literature at the University of the Fraser Valley.
was born and raised in Cophenhagen. She has translated Little Rhymes Little Photos by Hans Christian Andersen. She also wrote From the Mundane to the Magical, a bibliography on photographically illustrated children's books. She now lives in Los Angeles.
Nhung N. Tran Davies
Nhung N. Tran Davies is a physician and works as an advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam when she was a young child. Nhung and her family live just outside Edmonton, Alberta.
was born and raised in Jamaica and is one of its most celebrated writers. She is currently the Poet Laureate of Jamaica. Olive is a recipient of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. She divides her time between Jamaica and Toronto.
is one of Canada’s leading writers for young people. His first book for Tradewind was The Jade Necklace, followed by The Bone Collector’s Son and Bamboo. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature. Raised in Vancouver, he currently lives in Toronto.
was born in London but spent the early part of her childhood in Thailand. Paulette and her daughter now live on the edge of Hampstead Heath, London where the story of Where Are My Onions? takes place.
is a former filmmaker who has been a professional writer for the last twenty years. PJ divides his time between Vancouver and Mexico. Wherever he is, you can catch him on his blog at http://www.pjreece.ca/blog/wordpress/
R. David Stephens
is a writer, actor and voice artist. He was born in Los Angeles and is now living in Vancouver. He has taught at the University of San Francisco, Tufts University and Shoreline Community College.
is a freelance writer and journalist. Her first book, What Rachel Sa: A Field Guide for Parents, a collection of her newspaper columns, was published in 2002. The Lewton Experiment is her first novel. Rachel lives in Toronto with her fiancé and her fabulous kitty, Leia.
is a Governor General's award-winning Canadian author. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle-grade and young adult fiction, as well as adult fiction. Her books have received multiple honours and awards and have been translated into several languages. Rachna was born in India, but moved to London, England, with her family when she was fourteen. She currently lives in Ottawa.
has been enchanting children with his joyful poems and rhymes and his brilliant performances for more than two decades. Robert is the author of nearly a dozen books for children, including the award-winning Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. He is recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented to him by Jean Chretien. Robert lives in Vancouver, BC.
Robert San Souci
is the author of many award-winning retellings of legends and folktales for children. He also wrote the screen story for the Walt Disney animated feature, Mulan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Roy & Slavia Miki
Roy Miki's book of poetry, Surrender, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Member of the Order of British Columbia. Slavia Miki is a life coach and studied feng shui under the late Henry Dorst. She earned her teacher’s licence in ikebana while living in Tokyo. Mariko Ando was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She is an artist and illustrator and has exhibited widely in Japan and Canada. Her work has garnered much critical acclaim. She has lived in Vancouver for many years.
is a poet, writer, and editor. He is the author of Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004) and Surrender(Mercury Press 2001), which received the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His latest publications include a book of poems,Mannequin Rising (New Star 2010) and a book of essays, In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing (NeWest 2011). Roy and Slavia Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s shortly after getting married.
started writing in the mid-seventies, inspired by bedtime stories he told his children. He acted and directed in both film and stage plays, and toured North America as a professional storyteller.
is an educator, literary activist and author of poetry, picture books, nonfiction, plays, and novels for all ages. After completing her course work for her masters in English with a focus on children's literature, she has been a full-time writer. She has additionally taught Children's Literature at St. Thomas University and Teaching Poetry and Writing in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Sheree currently lives in Nova Scotia.
Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
is the award-winning author of many books. Albert Einstein was a family friend and the best man at her wedding! She lives in Massachusettes.
was born and raised in Argentina. She is the author of more than twenty books published in Spanish and English, and leader of creative writing workshops for all ages since 1992. She lives in Port Moody, B.C.
was born in Derbyshire, England. He graduated from university with a degree in history and has lived in Canada since 1990. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature of West Redding, CT. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author-in-residence programs for schools and libraries, covering such topics as the writing process, editing and revisions. He is a regular speaker at conferences and festivals, and has served as a juror for numerous literary prizes and awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature in 2007. Simon, his two children, and his dog and cat live in Calgary. Brit Writers speaks with Simon Rose
is a life coach and studied feng shui under the late Henry Dorst. She earned her teacher’s licence in ikebana while living in Tokyo.
was born in a refugee camp in Germany and now lives in a small glass apartment one hundred and fifty feet above the ground. For inspiration he travels to faraway places like Tokyo, Mexico City, New York and Marrakesh. Sometimes he just takes a walk around the block. A number of his books are inspired by folk art and set in other countries. He won the Aesop Accolade, the American Folklore Society Award, in 1997.
Sue Ann Alderson
is one of BC's foremost writers for young people. She has published 16 children's books, including Sure As Strawberries, and Bonnie McSmithers You're Driving Me Dithers. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia for many years.
Tara White is a Mohawk woman from Kahnawake, Quebec. She has always dreamed of being a writer. Her first book, I Like Who I Am, was published in 2008. Tara currently resides in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Tiffany Stone wonders why nothing rhymes with orange. She is the author of Floyd the Flamingo and his flock of friends and Baad Animals, published by Tradewind Books.
has been fascinated by the art of storytelling all her life. She is a writer and educator who teaches the importance of reading aloud to children, especially before bedtime. She lives in North Vancouver near her grandchildren who are her main advisors.
Victoria Miles is the award-winning author of Magnifico, Old Mother Bear and numerous other books for children. She lives in North Vancouver, Canada, with her husband, photographer David Nunuk, and two daughters—Emily and Daphne—otherwise known as Waby.
Virginia Frances Schwartz
has won many awards including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, the Silver Birch Award, Red Cedar, MYRCA, and IODE Violet Downey Book Award. In addition, two of her books were ALA notable books. Born in the fruit belt of Ontario, she now lives in New York City. She is currently a full time writer and teaches writing at UCLA Extension online. Her next book may be a memoir. Check out her website or look for her on facebook.
is a recipient of the Governor General's Award and his books have won widespread international recognition. He has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian literature. William lives in Vancouver, BC.
X. J. Kennedy
is one of America's celebrated poets for children, he has published numerous works including more than 10 collections of verse and two novels. He is the winner of the 2009 Robert Frost Medal awarded by the Poetry Society of America for distinguished lifetime of service to American poetry and the prestigious National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.