I’ve always been fascinated by the story behind a book. What sparks an idea or theme?
My latest picture book, A Flower is a Friend with luminous art by Karen Patkau, published by Pajama Press, began with a packet of ... Read More
How does an author known for books about history, social justice and sports write a book about science and superheroes? By calling up her past.
I never studied science, and I’m certainly not a superhero (I don’t think), but as ... Read More
This book was a collaboration from the beginning. Ideas for words and images exchanged between friends.
On a warm summer day, as Frieda and I relaxed in her beautiful garden, we noticed birds and insects whizzing and settling among the ... Read More
Despite changing climate and savage conditions, animals in the polar regions can still thrive. Author L. E. Carmichael’s 23rd children’s science book takes a fascinating look at how they manage it—and how young environmentalists can help. Read More
I’m not a scientist. I’m a science lover. I have been one since childhood.
Back then, a special book on my shelf was a science textbook that my father co-wrote. I couldn’t understand the big words or concepts then, but ... Read More
Did you have a dinosaur phase when you were a kid? I did. I was in the second grade, and I was obsessed. I pored over library books, memorizing five-syllable names and amazing the adults with my stockpile of ... Read More
All stories are connected,
new ones woven from the threads of the old.
—ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, Braiding Sweetgrass
I used the epigraph above in Making Seaker, my latest book—a contemporary Middle Grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) novel. Making Seaker was ... Read More
The Boreal Forest has been nominated for a Red Cedar Award! The Red Cedars are British Columbia's children's choice awards, and I am SO EXCITED to know that kids across British Columbia will be reading my book this school ... Read More
I like to say that I’m very lucky because I have two careers. I’m a registered nurse – currently working part-time – but I’m also an author/illustrator/artist. My debut picture book, Pirate Year Round, was published last May and ... Read More
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, one author’s book is giving young readers and their families a chance to see the world through fresh eyes. L.E. Carmichael’s newest book, The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest ... Read More