Books, etc.


  1. Stirling’s Farm Market, Highway 1, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  2. Select Coles/Chapters locations
  3. Select independent bookshops such as Woozles and Tattles (in Halifax and Dartmouth, and The Inside Story (Greenwood, NS)
  4. My publishers’ sites: Red Deer Press, Nimbus Publishing, Pajama Press, Running the Goat Press and Nevermore Press
  5. Amazon.

Spring, 2020, The Hermit (middle grade novel, Nimbus Publishing)

Summer, 2019; Say What You Mean (middle grade novel, Nevermore Press)






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







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

Spring, 2018; A Halifax Time Travelling Tune (picture book, Nimbus)










2016; Lost in the Story (chapter book, Caramel Tree)

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, Rocket Man (Red Deer Press, middle grade novel, $13)

  • YALSA Quick Pick, 2014;
  • Woozles Battle of the Books, 2014-15







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





2013, Mr. Beethoven and Me (chapter books, Caramel Tree Readers); Bruno and the Brazilian Rubberaser (I 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:)  





2013,  Five Children and IT (a retelling of the classic novel, Caramel Tree)









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








2012, Stop Complaining, Chicken Little; Pinocchio Learns to Love;  (Caramel Tree)







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  (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

2010, What Will Mommy Do?, personalized web book, StorySomething Publishers

2010, The Queen and Mr. Cunningham, The Impossible Dive, (Caramel Tree)









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

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

  • The Baby
  • Karissa and Felix
  • Anna Maria and Maestro Vivaldi
  • 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:

  • “Blue Moon Tragedy”
  • “Say What You Mean”
  • “This is MY Story!”
  • “The Hermit”
  • “Sort-of Sisters”
  • “JJ and the GIANT New Kid”

…always too many ideas and too little time…

6 thoughts on “Books, etc.

  1. 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

    • 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. 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

    • 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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