FIREFLY wins the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2022!

  “The students jurors who selected Firefly were very enthusiastic about the book.  “We wish we could meet these characters…

FIREFLY is a Rocky Mountain Book Award 2023 Nominee!

  I am so HONOURED that FIREFLY has been selected by the Rocky Mountain Book Awards…

Student Art for FIREFLY is mind-blowing and beautiful

What’s going on in the mind of FIREFLY? I’m just blown away and extremely honoured to…

FIREFLY is an IODE Violet Downey Award 2022 Nominee!

  I’m SO honoured to say that FIREFLY has been nominated for the IODE Violet Downey…

FIREFLY is a MYRCA Northern Lights 2023 nominee

I could not be more honoured to say that FIREFLY has been nominated for the Manitoba…

FIREFLY is shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award!

I am SO HONOURED to announce that FIREFLY has been shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia…

FIREFLY is a CCBC Expert Pick, March 2022

“This award-winning book is a poignant exploration of grief that touches on many heavy topics but…

Introducing OCULUM ECHO, coming October 2022

  What happens to Miranda1, Mannfred, Cranker, Grannie and the other children of OCULUM now they’re…

FIREFLY is an OLA Best Bets Selection 2021!

Thank you to the Ontario Library Association! Their expert nominating committee has chosen FIREFLY as one…

A visit to the costume shop, a day skiing, a guitar visitor

A few February updates for you: AUTHOR VIRTUAL VISITS FIREFLY went to Thunder Thighs costume shop last…

5 Questions About My Book, FIREFLY!

FIREFLY is my thirteenth book for children, thank you to DCB Young Readers, my amazing publisher.  It…

FIREFLY gets a Starred Review and is a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book!

“This fantasy specialist’s shift into realism is a triumph.” The Globe 100: The Books we Loved…

A poem for 2022, “But that was twenty years ago, Auntie”

Eating, dreaming, 2021 Here is a new poem about pandemic for the first month of 2022,…

Enjoy The Time Twin, my short story on CBC Books

  CLICK IMAGE TO READ The Time Twin ON CBC BOOKS. Thank you to CBC for…

What’s it like to win the Governor General’s literary award?

  “A: On October 3rd this year, a woman in Golden, BC, woke up to a…

FIREFLY WINS the Governor General’s Literary Award 2021

  FIREFLY has WON the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature (text) 2021! I am…

FIREFLY is a Governor General’s Award Finalist AND an OLA Red Maple Nominee

I’ve never had a week like this before. I don’t think that as a writer, you…

It’s a Governor General’s Literary Award Nomination for FIREFLY!

  I am so honoured to be able to say that FIREFLY is a Finalist for…

Singing lobsters, medieval warriors, and There’s Always a Guy in a Gorilla Suit …

  “Gloria! You are HILARIOUS!” one of the ladies laughs, then they all grab a lobster…

FREE Teacher’s Guide for FIREFLY!

  “Of all the costumes Firefly wore, what was your favourite? Why?” – Sample FIREFLY Teacher’s Guide…

Time out on Manitoulin Island

“Give me nights perfectly quiet, and I looking up at the stars.” Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass…

A lovely tweet for FIREFLY from a fan …

It’s not every day that an author gets a TWEET like this from a reader!  Thank…

FIREFLY is Recommended by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre!

 “In Firefly, Phiippa Dowding presents serious topics such as homelessness and mental health in a way…

OCULUM has a sequel coming September 2022, OCULUM ECHO!

  SEQUEL NEWS! I could NOT be happier to announce that my 2018, multi-award nominated title,…

An Italian videographer uses my guitar piece SUMMER …

  … and it’s really lovely! Thank you to Dino Chierichetti for the uplifting images of Summer: beach,…