Posts by L. E. Carmichael


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It Turns Out I Am Bad at Vacation

First things first: I am now fully vaxxed - woohooo! - and even though the second dose knocked me flat, I am intensely grateful for it, because next week I get to see my (also vaxxed) Dad and Not-So-Evil-Stepmother ... Read More  

Malaika's Surprise by Nadia L. Hohn

Carnival as a Protest and Theme in Nadia L. Hohn’s Malaika Books

In my presentations, when I ask my young audiences to define a carnival, often, they talk about the rides, costumes and music.¬† Carnival is also the celebration in which rich foods are eaten before the start of Lent, the ... Read More  

Fox Cousteau joins Team Pfizer

A Desperately Needed Vacation

So, how's everyone doing out there? Frustrated? Exhausted? Burnt out? Yeah. Me too. I've been trying to figure out why I'm so tired - usually after I realize I've been staring into the middle distance for an unknown number of minutes ... Read More  

The Boreal Forest Wins A Yellow Cedar Honour

I am well and truly honoured by this news! The Forest of Reading is a children's choice award program, and knowing that kids across the country thought my book was good enough to vote for? That's both humbling and ... Read More  

Mad for Ads by Erica Fyvie

Erica Fyvie Goes Mad for Ads

After I finished writing my first book, Trash Revolution, I found myself continuing to research the broken cycle of production-consumption-waste. It made me think about some of the reasons we become consumers, and why we support the companies we ... Read More  

An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Developing an efficient workflow

Managing Information: A Writer’s Workflow

If you've been following the last three Teach Write columns on managing and organizing research, today is the day: the day we put it all together into a streamlined, efficient workflow. Note that this the method I've arrived at over ... Read More  

One Earth by Anuradha Rao

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Picture Book, Tough Like Mum, by Lana Button

Lana Button: Tough Topics in Tough Like Mum

Picture books can be a safe place to have a difficult conversation. A picture book can sometimes tell a hard story in a manner that lands safely for a young reader, and hopefully leaves them feeling inspired. That was ... Read More  

Trending by Kira Vermond

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Scrivener is an invaluable tool for writing nonfiction

Managing Information: Writing Nonfiction in Scrivener

OK. We've talked about how to take notes and how to track our sources, either manually or using a reference manager. Today I'm going to discuss another fabulous app for writers:¬†Scrivener. The combination of Endnote (reference manager) and Scrivener ... Read More  

Gone is Gone by Isabelle Groc

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Gone is Gone: Wildlife Under Threat

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

The Beekeepers, by Dana L. Church

Dana L. Church: Doing Scary Things

As I write this, it is less than a week before my first book, The Beekeepers, is released.* I am thrilled, ecstatic, and excited! But to be honest, I am also a bit scared. Will readers like it? Will ... Read More  

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel, by Susan Vande Griek

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel, and Other Poems of Birds in Flight

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Benefits of reference managers

Managing Information: Reference Management Apps, and Why You Need One

Last time, we talked about note-taking skills, and why it's important for writers to know where every piece of their information originally came from. Today, I'm going to introduce a tool that makes this process a lot easier: the ... Read More  

Powwow by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

I Write Canadian

It’s Almost I Read Canadian Day!

February 17th - next Wednesday - is the second annual I Read Canadian Day! Help me celebrate it by spending 15 minutes reading a book - any book! - by a Canadian author. Read More  

Under Pressure by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Under Pressure: The Science of Stress

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More