Books, etc.

my growing collection...

my growing collection…

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

Forthcoming, Winter, 2016; Lost in the Story (Caramel Tree)

Spring, 2016: Sky Pig (hardcover picture book, Pajama Press, $20) SLJ Best Picture Books List, 2016; Atlantic Book Award Finalist, 2017 – Lillian Shepherd Award for Illustration; Willow Award Finalist (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice program)

9781927485989 (2)

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


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


2014, Rocket Man (Red Deer Press, middle grade novel, $13)

  • YALSA Quick Pick, 2015
  • Woozles Battle of the Books, 2014-15

Rocket Man cover

2014,  The Flea Market (MeeGenius (recently bought by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt (HMH), read-aloud story book app – here’s a link to sample the story:


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;Power of Harmony - cover
  • 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)

Five Children and It

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








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

Chicken Little

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

Uncle Bobby and the Pirates cover

Turning Trash to Treasure cover

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)

The Witch's Fingers

If Dogs Could Talk

The Cheesy Man Giant

Sarah Snow, Star of the Show!


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

Hare GG

  • 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)

Queen and Mr. Cunningham

Impossible Dive


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

download (2)Rainbows cover

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:

  • “Lost & Foundlings”
  • “Talking to the Moon”
  • “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…

4 Responses to Books, etc.

  1. Murray Stenton says:

    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

    • janlcoates says:

      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 says:

    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?

    • janlcoates says:
      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

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