I Love to Read Month 2020

During “I Love to Read” month, or one of its variations around the globe, books are celebrated in schools, libraries and homes.  It’s a time when readers of all ages are encouraged to hunker down with books of every genre and variety. A few years ago, I wrote those words in a post similar … Continue reading

Coop the Great Five Ways

With Coop the Great on the MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards) shortlist, teachers and librarians  have found clever ways to connect readers to my down-and-out dachshund who eventually rises to greatness.  Here are four examples: Sketchbook – Grosvenor School, Winnipeg, Grade 3, Ms … Continue reading

Dear Larry

I received an envelope thick with cards. letters and notes from students I had recently visited during THIN AIR week. This was not the first time - and hopefully not the last - that such a package has landed in my hands after visiting a school. As usual, I waited until I had time to digest the … Continue reading

Writing from the Kid Inside

Not long ago, I visited a number of schools in Winnipeg as one of the authors involved in the school program side of THIN AIR, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.  I love visiting schools, in part because I had been a teacher for so long and it feels like I am a prodigal son returning … Continue reading

THIN AIR is Alive and Well

Last week, I was one of many authors involved in the school side of THIN AIR, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.  For two days, I barreled down Winnipeg roads and dipped into schools like Oak Bluff Community School, John de Graff and John Pritchard to visit students from K to Grade 6. … Continue reading