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The Secret Lives of Two Trees
What is notable about these apple trees is not their size or location, or their advanced age. It’s what happened under the trees that makes them remarkable.

Congratulations Writing Contest Winners

With Winnipeg winners, (L to R) Alexa, Felix and Alanis at the McNally Robinson Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to this year’s award-winning authors of the McNally Robinson Grade 5/6 Writing Contest! Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope you continue to pursue your writing well into the future.

Winnipeg Winners
First Place
“Slow Growers” by Alanis G.
Second Place
“Solving the Riddles of Snow” by Alexa C.
Third Place
“The Switching Machine” by Felix W

Saskatoon Winners
First Place
“Money Tree” by Jasmine H.
Second Place
“The 4-Stroke Engine and Gas Cars” by Dillan G.
Third Place
“Homeworkanator” by Macy N.

Speakers and Presenters for Your School or Library

Teachers and librarians in Winnipeg and surrounding areas looking for speakers and presenters have a new option. Prairie Bookings is a locally-based booking agency with a slate of  poets, illustrators, screenwriters, and authors (yours truly among them) who are available for school and library visits. For more information, please check Prairie Bookings.

Book Fairs The Story Emporium Way

Rebelight Publishing gives the traditional in-school book fair a new spin with Story Emporium.  From novels and comic books to picture books and non-fiction, games and music, every item at a Story Emporium book fair has a Manitoba connection.  In addition to featuring Manitoba-based authors, musicians, illustrators, game-makers, and publishers, Rebelight takes the pressure off teachers and librarians by handling set-up, sales and distribution.  Schools benefit financially, too.  For more information, check The Story Emporium webpage.

Literacy Blog Posts

To celebrate the many literacy programs that kick into high gear from February to May, you’ll find these literacy-related posts and others on The Footloose Writer.

Journeys by Journal
What You Might Not Know About These 6 Kid-Lit Authors

Rhymers are Readers – Maybe Writers, Too
How to Experience the Prairie and Desert Without Going There
The Power of the Well-Told Story
The Science of Walking & The Art of Creating
Of Saints, Sinners and Reluctant Boy Readers
Freedom to Read Week – What Does Free Expression Mean
I Love to Read Month – Finding Story Magic

Indulge Your Inner Paleontologist This Summer


The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba offers a range of summer programs from fossil digs to up-close and personal meetings with Bruce, the world’s largest exhibited mosasaur. Check out what’s being offered at CFDC’s website.









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