J’s Granola Bar from OCULUM “E created a set of bookmarks that depict important scenes from the story. Part of … More MORE fabulous kid’s art for OCULUM
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Book 4 in the award-winningWeird Stories Gone Wrong series “With each chapter Dowding develops tension and a strong sense of … More Alex and The Other is one of The Year’s Best Books 2018!
It’s been a decade since my first book was published in April 2009. What have I learned?Here they are, the … More 10 Writing Tips for the 10th Anniversary Celebration!
Gargoth of Tallus illustration by Emma Dolanwww.emmadarkandweird.com Imagine this gargoyle in a tutu, doing a pirouette. Kathryn has to imagine it, … More The Gargoyle in My Yard, Ballerinas and Daisies
CCBC Best Books Selection & Willow Awards stickers! So honoured to announce that OCULUM has been nominated for an SYRCA Diamond Willow … More A Diamond Willow Award Nomination for OCULUM!
Gargoyle Image Courtesy Emma Dolan www.emmadarkandweird.com My first book was published TEN YEARS AGO today, on April 1, 2009! That … More Introducing The Gargoyle Shuffle
Oculum, DCB, Sept/2018 Today, I’m really honoured to be the Guest Blogger on the Kick-Butt Kidlit writing blog! They’ve got … More My Best Piece of Kidlit Writing Advice is …
Coming September/2019, Dundurn Press A book cover is an amazing thing: salesperson, storyteller, harbinger of the delights to come inside … More The 5 Stages of a Book Cover for Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet
PRE-ORDER NOW Coming Sept. 2019 from Dundurn Press Here it is, the amazing cover for Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, book … More Introducing Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet …
Wandered the snowy streets of Toronto today, and came upon this beautiful, fragile image on the street. Heat ascending from … More Beautiful Heat Ascending in the Snow
“The realities of middle school life combined with a creepy mystery adventure story make Alex and the Other a fun and fast-paced … More CM Magazine Recommends Alex and The Other
HERE THEY ARE! All six covers in the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong series, and what a beautiful job series illustrator … More Introducing the Weird Stories Gone Wrong 6 BOOK SERIES!
OCULUM, Dancing Cat Books, 2018 Hey Librarian and teacher friends! I’ll be signing OCULUM, my new middle-grade dystopia from DCB … More OCULUM at OLA Super Conference on Jan. 31!
It’s time for some FREE stuff! My publishers work hard all year long for me, and now they have created … More FREE Teacher’s Guides for OCULUM, Gargoyles, Weird Stories and more
I was six the Christmas that the tin foil fairy appeared in my life. Other people will tell you that … More The Tin Foil Fairy
From whence did you come, you warrior’s badge of youth? From which ubiquitous movie tie-inwere you lost? Star Wars, or … More The Ghost of Lego Past: an Ode
Every spring and fall, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre puts out their list of the Best Books for Kids and … More CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2018, OCULUM makes the list!
BOOK 5, Weird Stories Gone Wrong,Now available! Click for order info “Fans of the short fiction series Weird Stories Gone … More CM Magazine Review, Blackwells and the Briny Deep
Terrifying Cover art! Just a quick blog post to highlight some of the terrific mermaid and briny-type drawings I received … More Kids draw Blackwells and the Briny Deep!
Love WEIRD STORIES? There are TWO brand new additions to the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong series! Alex and The … More Two New WEIRD stories for Halloween!
AVAILABLE NOW! “REASON #2: RESPONSIBILITY. Sailing your own boat is great for building self-esteem, maturity and responsibility. There’s a lot … More 5 reasons for writing a spooky sea story for kids …
Q6. Grannie can remember Cambridge and the boys’ choir there. How old does that make Grannie? How far in the … More Free Teacher’s Guide for OCULUM
The Lost Gargoyle series, 2009-2012 You know, I haven’t talked about The Lost Gargoyle Series on this blog in a … More The Lost Gargoyle Books are going to CANNES!
I’m signing my new middle grade dystopia, OCULUM, at Word on the Street 2018 in Toronto! It’ll be a great … More OCULUM is at Word on the Street 2018!
Oculum, cover by Emma Dolan “May the sun shine, may the sweet rain fall and the fruit trees blossom once … More Happy U.S. Book Birthday to OCULUM, love, death and peaches