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You’re Invited to the BOOK LAUNCH for FIREFLY, March 2nd, 2021, 6 p.m.

Please join me at the  FIREFLY BOOK LAUNCH!  WHEN: Tuesday, March 2nd/2021,6-7 p.m. You can register for this…

Are the Kids Alright … 10 books for I Read Canadian Day on 49th Shelf!

Today is IReadCanadian Day! That means, on February 17, each of us can read a Canadian…

A beautiful first review for FIREFLY …

“But author Philippa Dowding isn’t telling us Firefly’s story as dress-up play, as a little girl…

5 Questions About My Next Book, FIREFLY!

FIREFLY is coming out this month, February 2021! It’s my thirteenth book for children, and it’s…

Letter from Bergen Belsen, 1945

Here’s a blog entry that I repost on April 22 (the day it was originally written…

FIREFLY launches February 6, 2021!

THEY CAME!! My author copies of my next middle-grade novel, FIREFLY, arrived yesterday! The anticipation and…

Here’s a Pandemic Poem for 2020, Have you?

Well friends, 2020 is blessedly almost behind us (not fast enough, frankly).  How have we all…

FIREFLY is based on a real costume shop in Toronto’s east end…

Here’s the beautiful cover for my next middle-grade book! The illustration is by the wonderful Julie…

Dance, Girl

It’s been a while since I’ve posted poetry here, but I’ve been writing some lately. Perhaps…

5 Take Aways from Writing a Middle Grade series …

The Weird Stories Gone Wrong series, 2014-2019 YES, it’s almost Halloween, so here is my re-post…

Introducing FIREFLY, coming from DCB, February 2021

  I couldn’t be more excited to reveal the cover for my next book: FIREFLY, a…

Blackwells and the Briny Deep is a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Expert Pick!

“An adventure full of creatures both terrifying and wonderful…perfect for reading aloud in a family setting.”…

How to write Spooky Stories, writing prompts and more on the CABIN TALES podcast…

Do you have a budding young writer at home? With COVID upon us again this fall, parents,…

Summer 2020 on Mute

Author and husband, July 2020 Congratulations dear reader, you made it through Summer 2020, the summer…

OCULUM is a great summer read for kids, thanks Innisfil Library!

Me with OCULUM, 2018Thanks to author Lucy Falcone for the photo! “Maybe you prefer dystopian adventures?…

A poem for the summer you were 12…

I post this poem at the end of each summer. For me it’s salt water, Cape…

Read Canadian this summer!

We can’t hold each other right now,  but until we can, it might help to hold…

OCULUM is featured on CBC BOOKS, livestream event and more!

IMAGE of author and OCULUM from CBC Books, click image for link. So honoured to have…

CM Reviews RECOMMENDS Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet

“Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet is a timely tale about what can happen when we destroy the…

Top 5 Memories from Forest of Reading 2017

Here’s a post from a few years ago, to celebrate the Forest of Reading week May…

A writer’s life during the pandemic crisis…

Dear Friends, Do we all have a picture of ourselves in a mask by now? We…

Without music, life would be a mistake …

Saturday night guitar party, 28/03/2020 (I’m top, 2nd left)10 guitars, 15 friends, including a friend from…

FREE Teacher’s Guides for OCULUM, online resources for parents and kids, and more

Silver Birch 2020 nominee; SYRCA Diamond Willow 2020 nominee  Hi all, I’ve re-posted this for everyone…

Writing in the time of Coronavirus

Dear Friends, It’s March 2020, and the world is in the grip of a pandemic. No…

I Read Canadian! Do you?

Today is the inaugural I READ CANADIAN day! I’m proud to say that as a Canadian,…