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awards

2014: Won: Brock University Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2014: Nominated: Alberta provincial Reader’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award.

2014: Nominated: Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s “Outstanding Youth Book” for Buzz about Bees.

2014: Selected: Ontario Library Association’s “Best Bets” selection for Buzz about Bees.

2014: Selected: Storytelling World’s Resource Awards “Best Stories for Young Listeners” for Gift Days.

2013: Selected: Resource Links magazine’s Best Books of 2013 for Buzz about Bees.

2013: Recommended, Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Toy Report 2014 Best Books for Buzz about Bees.

2013: Recommended, Canadian Toy Testing Council’s Toy Report 2014 Best Books for Gift Days.

2013: Nominated, Forest of Reading’s Silver Birch Award for Buzz about Bees.

2013: Selected, TVO Parents Book Club Best Books for your 6-8 Year Old for On My Walk.

2013: Finalist, BC Book Prize (“Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize“) for Gift Days.

2013: Nominated, BC Reader’s Choice Chocolate Lily Award for Gift Days.

2013: Finalist, Ontario Library Association’s Rainforest of Reading for Gift Days.

2013: Recipient: SSHRC Grant.

2012: Selected among 100 Great Books to Read Together, Edmonton Public Library, for On My Walk.

2011: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) award of the year.

2010: Selected among First and Best of 2010, Toronto Public Library, for On My Walk.

2010: Winner, Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award for Writers, selected by the Surrey International Writers Conference. See press release.

2010: Finalist for the 2010 BC Book Prize (Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize) and sponsored tour for On My Walk

2010: Valedictorian, UBC Graduation Speaker. See video.

2010: Nominated, BC Reader’s Choice Chocolate Lilly Award for On My Walk

2009: Winner, Association of Educational Publishers “2009 Distinguished Achievement Award” in the fiction category for “Extreme Rollers”

2009: Silver Medal, BC Reader’s Choice Chocolate Lily Award for Jeffrey and Sloth

2009: Winner, EveryTales Best Tale Contest for Oh Ducky Day!

2009: Selectee, TD Canadian Children’s Book Tour (Prince Edward Island)

2009: Selected, Resource Links’ Best Books for 2009 for aRHYTHMetic

2008: Finalist for the 2008 BC Book Prize (Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize) and sponsored tour for Jeffrey and Sloth

2008: Honour Book for the Blue Spruce Award (see also my book’s page)

2007: Ontario Library Association’s “Best Bets” selection for Jeffrey and Sloth

2007: Winner of the ABCs of Education best books of 2006-2007 for Jeffrey and Sloth

2007: Between the Cracks magazine “Flash Fiction” winner

2006: UBC Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

2006: won a full SSHRC Scholarship

2005: Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada Master’s Research Award for best master’s thesis (read it online)

2005: Lomcira Harold Covell Memorial Scholarship

2001: Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, North Carolina Public Schools

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