This is the second book I’ve both written and illustrated, just released from Pandamonium Publishing House, for everybody who’s ever had a bigger-than-life friend only they could see. You can buy this one here: The Pocket Pig – Pandamonium Publishing House
Anna Maria & Maestro Vivaldi (art by Francois Thisdale, published by Red Deer Press), launched in late November, 2022
Inside, a pandemic anthology on the theme of isolation, published by Nevermore Press, in support of the South Shore Public Library system (available at all branches).


  1. Stirling’s Farm Market, Highway 1, Wolfville, Nova Scotia;
  2. Artisans of Annapolis, Main Street, Wolfville;
  3. Wolfville Farm Market, both online and the store; 
  4. Select Coles/Chapters locations;
  5. Select independent bookshops such as  Dartmouth Book Exchange, Woozles and Tattletales (in Halifax and Dartmouth);
  6. My publishers’ sites, with links: Second Story Press, Red Deer Press, Nimbus Publishing, Caramel Tree Readers, Pajama Press, Running the Goat Press, and  Nevermore Press.
  7. Amazon and other online booksellers.
  8. my website – please email ( – I’d be happy to mail a book out to you.
  9. Please click the underlined book titles in the text below these collages for more information.

Fall, 2020,   The Hermit (middle grade novel, Nimbus Publishing).

Book reviews are here:

Finalist for 2021 IODE Violet Downey Book Award (for best Canadian book for readers 13 and under)

Hackmatack Awards (young readers’ choice program) 2021-22

Best Books for Kids 2021 (Canadian Children’s Book Centre)

2-minute book trailer I put together (featuring my late grandparents:)

Fall, 2019; Karissa & Felix (picture book I’ve both written and illustrated!! I’d love to mail a copy to you for $12.00 Canadian, postage included.)

KARISSA & FELIX is, at its heart, a book about finding hope after loss, and the idea that the essence of who we are lives on in the hearts and memories of those we love. Karissa and Grandfather Felix love the beach, birds, and sea glass. When Grandfather begins to roam, can’t find his way home, they have to leave the beach. In the city, Karissa becomes friends with a crow she names Felix. Like Grandfather, he has only one leg. When Karissa finds out that forever is a very long time to miss somebody you love, Felix brings her a very special gift, the gift of hope. This is a story that will provide an opening for that difficult, yet necessary conversation about death that all families must have at some time.

Summer, 2019; SAY WHAT YOU MEAN (middle grade novel, Nevermore Press)

  • approved for curriculum use, NS Dept of Ed Grade 6 ELA

Spring, 2019; Dancing With Daisy (picture book, Running the Goat Press)

  • Finalist, 2020 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award (excellence in illustration)
  • Starred listing, Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (a first for me!)
  • Best new product at Newfoundland Gift and Trade Show 2020

MY NOVA SCOTIA HOME, 2019 anthology of short pieces, including my short story, “You Get a Line.”

Spring, 2018; Talking to the Moon (middle grade novel, Red Deer Press)

  • Hackmatack (Children’s Choice) Book, 2019-20
  • Woozles Battle of the Books, 2019
  • copies purchased for every grade 6/7 school in Nova Scotia


2016: Sky Pig (hardcover picture book, Pajama Press, $20)

  • SLJ Best Picture Books List, 2016;
  • Atlantic Book Awards Winner, 2017, Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration;
  • Willow Award Finalist (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice program)

2015: The Tale of Avalon; Aladdin’s Magic Lamp (Caramel Tree Readers)

2015: The King of Keji (picture book, Nimbus Publishing, $13

2014,  The Flea Market (MeeGenius (bought by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt (HMH), read-aloud story book app

  • (chapter books, Caramel Tree Readers); (I’ve written 18 of these chapter books for emergent readers, and I sometimes use pen names for my Caramel Tree books)

2013, The Power of Harmony (middle grade novel, Red Deer Press, $13)

  • Ontario Library Association (OLA) Best Bets Book, 2014;
  • Ann Connor Brimer Atlantic Book Award Finalist, 2014;
  • Violet Downey Award Finalist, 2014;
  • Hackmatack (Children’s Choice) Book, 2014/15
  • short book trailer (with beautiful music:)  
  • copies purchased for every elementary/middle school in Nova Scotia

2012, Fifteen-Minute Fillers, Volume 2, (Editions de l’Envolees)


2011, Uncle Bobby and the Pirates; Turning Trash to Treasure (Caramel Tree)

2011, Quebec’s Book, Volumes 1 and 2, Quebec ESL Comprehension Workbook , Editions de l’Envolees

Quebec's Book

2011, The Witch’s Fingers; The Cheesy Man Giant; Sarah Snow, Star of the Show; If Dogs Could Talk, The Queen and Mr. Cunningham, The Impossible Dive (Caramel Tree)

2010, A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk, upper middle grade novel, Red Deer Press $13)

(Educators’ Guide)

  • Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist, 2011 (Children’s Text)
  • USBBY 2011 Honor List of Outstanding International Books
  • 2011 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY – US) National Silver Medal
  • 2011 Saskatchwan Young Readers Choice (SYRCA) Snow Willow Nominee
  • 2011 Ann Connor Brimer Award shortlist (Atlantic Book Awards, 2011)
  • Skipping Stones Honor List 2011
  • starred Kirkus Review

2005, Rainbows in the Dark, (hardcover picture book, Second Story Press, $15)

  • IBBY International’s Collection of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities (2006)
  • Our Choice book, 2006, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Braille, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese editions available (Un Arco Iris en L’Oscuridad, Arco-iris no escuro)
  • Foreign rights sold to Brazil and Korea
Portuguese Rainbows

Some of the picture book manuscripts I have on file include:

  • The Baby
  • Anna Maria and Maestro Vivaldi (coming from Red Deer Press, 2022, art by Francois Thisdale!)
  • What was THAT?
  • The Pocket Pig
  • Kit and Kaboodle
  • In Nana’s Garden
  • The Wollypoggle Cape
  • A Diamond for Camila
  • The Forget-Me-Not Coat
  • When Jenny Made a Wish
  • Clifford Bloom

and several chapter books/novels:

  • “Charley & Maple, The Snoop-and-Scoop Mystery”
  • “Blue Moon Tragedy”
  • “This is MY Story!”
  • “Sort-of Sisters”
  • “JJ and the GIANT New Kid”

…always too many ideas and too little time…

6 thoughts on “Books

  1. Murray Stenton

    Hello, I am a local illustrator. I have done one book so far for author Jewel Kats in Toronto. I have been looking for some more book work. I was wondering if I might be able to send you some examples of my work in the event you are ever in need of an illustrator.

    Thanks for your time

    1. Hi, Murray: Thanks for getting in touch. In my experience, it’s the publisher who has chosen the illustrators for my books, so it’s probably best to submit a portfolio to children’s publishers directly. Good luck!


  2. Carolyn

    Hi Jan, I see that you have “Quebec’s Book 1 and 2”. I want to take my kids to Quebec this summer and would love for them to work through a workbook before they go. Where could I get these books or be able to review them?

      Hi, Carolyn – thanks for asking. Here’s the link. They’re workbooks I wrote a few years ago geared toward second language learners – I see the company has them available in French now, as well as English. They include about 25 short essays on various Quebec-related topics, as well as vocabulary activities. Have fun – I love Quebec City! Jan

  3. Hi Jan,
    Thank you for stopping in at the Tweed Public Library last week. Sky Pig will be a great addition to our Children’s collection. It was so nice of you to think of us. It is very rare for us to have authors come in and donate their books. What a nice treat! We wish you the best of luck. Thanks again

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Shannon. Your library is lovely – sorry I didn’t have time to browse your books. Hope SKY PIG makes some young Tweed readers giggle!

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