I edit picture books, non-fiction for all ages, and the occasional graphic novel. Here are some of the books I’ve worked on.
Itzel and the Ocelot
Written and illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
The story of an intrepid girl who finds a way to journey into the jungle and bring back the rain for her community. Based on a traditional story from El Salvador. Published by Kids Can Press, 2022.
“An inspiring adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
Can You Believe It?: How to Spot Fake News and Find the Facts
Written by Joyce Grant, illustrated by Kathleen Marcotte
An entertaining and accessible guide to spotting fake news that takes readers through real journalism, different types of fake news, key things to watch out for, and important critical thinking strategies. Published by Kids Can Press, 2022.
“A valuable — and entertaining — guide to an important subject.” —Kirkus Reviews
Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind
Written by Monica Silvie, illustrated by Elina Ellis
A funny, sly story told from the point of view of a mischievous chickadee, who claims to be an expert thief. Published by Kids Can Press, 2022.
Our Green City
Written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Colleen Larmour
The charming, brightly illustrated story of a fully sustainable city and its denizens, with a uniquely positive environmental message. Published by Kids Can Press, 2022.
“… this city will garner return visits from green-keen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
Franz’s Phantasmagorical Machine
Written by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Caroline Hamel
The inspiring true story of Franz Gsellmann, a self-taught inventor who pursued his passion to invent an incredible, phantasmagorical machine. Published by Kids Can Press, 2022.
“A thought-provoking and stimulating historical episode.” —Kirkus Reviews
Before We Stood Tall
Written by Jessica Kulekjian, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper
Expressive text and exquisitely rendered art combine in this story of the life cycle of trees, told in reverse. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“… readers are advised to simply go through it aloud, savoring its sound and enjoying its rhythmic use of words and phrases that invoke magic and monarchies while weaving in arboreal vocabulary.” —Kirkus Reviews
Written by Edward Kay, illustrated by Mike Shiell
A perfectly revolting, perfectly timely primer on all things germs by an award-winning comedy writer. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“A fast-paced and fun introduction to the mysteries of microbes.” —Kirkus Reviews
“… a highly entertaining and informative introduction to germs.” —School Library Journal
Written by Donna Sandstrom, illustrated by Sarah Burwash
The gripping, inspiring true story of orphaned orca Springer and her rescue — the only successful orca rescue and re-release in history! Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“… has a strong impact. The choice to use illustrations rather than photographs gives it a storybook feel, and its happy ending gives the reader hope that nature can be healed and that we can learn from our mistakes. VERDICT: A strong addition to youth collections.” –School Library Journal
“Impressive.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Valéry Goulet
The fact-packed, fascinating story of sleep — why we need to sleep, why we dream, why you never feel like you’ve gotten enough, and much more. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“Solidly research based …” —Kirkus Reviews
“A fun choice for browsable nonfiction shelves and reports.” —School Library Journal,
The Science of Song
Written by Alan Cross, Emme Cross, and Nicole Mortillaro, illustrated by Carl Wiens
An engaging, comprehensive look at the history and science of music technology, from the phonograph to streaming, with fun playlist features to help kids listen their way through music history. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“Engaging and relevant, this attractively designed book will inspire further exploration.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A strong and well-curated text sure to engage young people on multiple levels of music history and science.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
100 Ways to Make the World a Better Place
Written by Karen Ng and Kirsten Liepmann, illustrated by Mona Karaivanova
An encouraging, hands-on activity book to inspire change, with over 100 puzzles, crafts, games, experiments and tips for learning about global issues. Original English edition by Studio Press/Bonnier. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
Arnold the Super-ish Hero
Written by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
The endearing story of un-super Arnold, who answers phones at superhero headquarters — until he’s sent out on a call and has to find a way to save the day. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“A sweet and funny picture book about the power of doing good deeds.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“… Tekavec’s humorous underdog story is endearing, reminding readers of the truism that one can “change the world with a few good deeds.””— Publishers Weekly
That’s No Dino!
Written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay
Discover what a dino is by learning what it’s not in this deep-dive into fascinating prehistoric creatures who are not dinosaurs (or… are they?). Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“The perfect addition to a budding zoologist’s collection of dinosaur books …” —Montreal Review of Books
“Well-researched, with an interesting approach…” —CM Magazine
Walking for Water
Written by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Nicole Miles
An inspiring story of individual activism and a boy whose small action makes a big difference in his community. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“A lovely story with many uses.” —Kirkus Reviews
“… activism-encouraging …” —Publishers Weekly
Mad for Ads
Written by Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Ian Turner
A thoroughly researched, entertaining adventure into the world of advertising, taking kids through how brand campaigns are created and how they can learn to think critically about the advertising they see every day. Published by Kids Can Press, 2021.
“This upbeat, up-to-date look at advertising helps young readers understand just how insidious marketing can be.” —Booklist
“Mad for Ads is a wonderful introduction to the expansive topic of advertising.” —Quill & Quire
“Judicious as well as useful …” —Kirkus Reviews
Emmy Noether: The Most Important Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of
Written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kari Rust
A lively picture book biography about groundbreaking mathematician Emmy Noether, whose discoveries continue to influence how we see the world today. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“This book doesn’t disappoint.” —Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal
“A vivid biographical depiction of history, math, science, and the importance of women in STEM.” —Kirkus Reviews
This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes
Written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon
An essential look at the science of stereotypes — why our brains form them, how we can recognize them, what we can do to fix our unconscious biases — written in engaging, clear prose that makes uncomfortable topics accessible. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“A must-read primer for change.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Alongside Drew Shannon’s colourful illustrations [Lloyd Kyi] encapsulates key sociological and scientific research on racism and stereotyping.” —The New York Times
“A worthwhile purchase … that will help readers recognize, understand, and eradicate stereotypes.” —School Library Journal
In the Dark
Written by Lisa Deresti Betik, illustrated by Josh Holinaty
An informative, engaging primer on what happens after dark for humans, animals, plants, and the night sky, answering questions such as why do we sleep? Why do stars twinkle? Why are some animals nocturnal? And what do plants do at night? Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“Illuminating insights for nocturnal naturalists.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fun science.” —School Library Journal
A Portrait in Poems
Written by Evie Robillard, illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
A fascinating picture book biography about the life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, told in charming second-person free verse. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“This accessible, kid-sized portrayal of Stein and Toklas’ famous relationship is a charmer.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“… this delightful book presents their charmed life in Paris as a model of creativity…” —The New York Times
“… what emanates from these pages, through the chatty, accessible verse and the buoyant artwork, is a sense of the integrity that comes with a well-observed and well-lived life.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A book that is rich in strong personalities and perspectives on art.” —School Library Journal
Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom
Written by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Susan Batori
A hilarious look at thirteen criminals of the animal world, wanted for such crimes as spitting, thievery, and crying wolf. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“In addition to their previous felonies, the animal criminals may end up stealing readers’ hearts!” —Booklist
Nature All Around: Birds
Written by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Carolyn Gavin
A beautifully illustrated resource that takes budding bird-watchers through a year in the life of a bird, exploring feathers, eggs, nests, and other seasonal changes. Includes a bird identification guide for young readers. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“Excellent for fledgling naturalists.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Nature All Around: Plants
Written by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Carolyn Gavin
An introduction to plants, where and how they grow, and how important they are, for aspiring naturalists. Includes a plant identification guide for young readers. Published by Kids Can Press, 2020.
“Another charming entry in a delightful natural-science series.” —Kirkus Reviews
It Started with a Big Bang
Written by Floor Bal, illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck
An accessible informational picture book about how Earth came to be, starting with the Big Bang and ending with life today. Original Dutch edition by Gottmer. Published by Kids Can Press, 2019.
“A simple, effective introduction to some big ideas for curious young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“… a fine introduction to a complex topic …” —School Library Journal
Written by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua
A heartwarming family story, set in the Arctic, about cherishing our possessions and using what we have wisely. Published by Inhabit Media, 2019.
“[A] wonderful and touching story about resilience and thrift and community.” —The New York Times
“[A] rich and moving story about how small things can make a tremendous difference in children’s lives.” —The Globe and Mail
The Fox Wife
Written by Beatrice Deer, illustrated by DJ Herron
An atmospheric retelling of a traditional Inuit story from celebrated singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer. Published by Inhabit Media, 2019.
“The story of a divide that cannot be bridged will leave readers with much to ponder. ” —Kirkus Reviews
Simonie and the Dance Contest
Written by Gail Matthews, illustrated by Ali Hinch
A heartwarming story about a boy who overcomes his nerves to enter his community’s annual dance contest. Published by Inhabit Media, 2019.
“A relatable story about perseverance and facing your fears…” —School Library Journal
“The protagonist’s good cheer and determination will strike chords in like-minded readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
It’s Time for Bed
Written by Ceporah Mearns and Jeremy Debicki, illustrated by Tim Mack
A charming and funny bedtime story about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to bed — it’s so much more fun to stay up and play with all the animals of the Arctic! Published by Inhabit Media, 2018.
“… a modern lullaby for younger children.” —The Globe and Mail
Written by Herve Paniaq, illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok
A traditional Inuit story about the mother of sea mammals brought to life by elder Herve Paniaq and renowned artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. Published by Inhabit Media, 2018.
Animals Illustrated: Bowhead Whale
Written by Joanasie Karpik, illustrated by Sho Uehara
A fact-filled, striking illustrated introduction to bowhead whales from an Inuit author. Published by Inhabit Media, 2018.
Nelson Social Studies 1–6
A complete social studies program for Grades 1–6, aligned to Ontario’s 2013 curriculum. Two student books, a teacher’s resource, and a set of activity cards, in addition to digital ancillary materials, at each grade level. Published by Nelson Education, 2014–2017.