Victoria CLRT Program

So You Want to Publish a Children’s Book? With Sarah Harvey & Jenny Watson

Monday, Feb. 20th at 7:30 pm
Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Sarah Harvey and Jenny Watson will share their children’s book publishing experience. A large portion of the presentation will be Q & A, so please come prepared with your questions.

Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, BC, where she works as a children’s book editor. For more information, visit

Jenny Watson grew up in small-town New Zealand, dreaming of big adventures in faraway places. After returning to New Zealand to earn a Master’s degree in psychology, she moved to San Diego and trained to be a technical writer. Jenny and her husband now make their home in Victoria, BC.

Doors open at 7 pm; presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies and Children’s Bookstore.

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $7 drop-in; $5 with valid student card.

Annual memberships are $25 (valid for 12 months). Your support helps us support and promote local authors and Canadian children’s literature. Thank you!

For more information, contact Kirsten Andersen:

Get Writing!

It’s that time of the year. The Writers’ Union of Canada is hosting a Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers.

The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 24st Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words, closes on February 1, 2017. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration.

The competition is open to Canadian residents who who have had no more than one book published in any genre (traditionally or self-published) and who are not currently under contract for a second book. Writers not yet published in book format are eligible. TWUC members and staff are not eligible. Entry fee is $29 per submission.

Enter online at by 11:59 PM PST, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Mailed-in entries can be sent (along with a $29 entry fee per submission) to The Writers’ Union of Canada at 460 Richmond Street West, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1Y1, postmarked by Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in May 2017. For complete rules and regulations, please go to For a printer-friendly version, please click here.

The Writers’ Union of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto ON M5V 1Y1

Save the Date!

Happy New Year friends!




Stepping Stones Book Launch in Victoria

If you plan to be in Victoria in mid-October, check this out.


Marmalade Books is a Kids’ book service for busy parents

img_5489Marmalade Books is the new kid on the block.  They are a Victoria-based children’s book subscription service to help you and provide your littles with the best in age-appropriate quality kids’ books.

So, if you are a busy mom or dad who just doesn’t have time to keep up but want your children exposed to quality books, Marmalade Books is for you. Two or three books, and a few bookish surprises arrive at your door monthly. Boxes can be ordered for a variety of ages and Marmalade Books even features special book boxes such as classic picture books.

Prices are very reasonable.  In fact, my partner was so impressed when I opened the sample September box for 1-3 year olds, that he immediately placed an order for his granddaughter’s first birthday! I know that I can’t wait to share Marmalade Books with the littles in my life.

Subscriptions can be for a single month, three months, six months, or for a full year. Can it get any better?

Actually, yes it can!  Pat Oldroyd and her capable partner Jamie are heading up Marmalade Books.  With years as a children’s book buyer for the infamous Munro’s Books and other book sellers, Pat is my go-to expert on anything related to kids books.  She simply knows her stuff and loves sharing books with all ages.

Marmalade Books will have their website up and running any day now.  In the meantime, you can check them out on Instagram #readmarmalade.



New garden, sharing new books with grandkids and edit complete on my new book

I haven’t just been creating a vegetable and flower garden in my new home.


I’ve also been reading some pretty awesome new books to my grandchildren.image.jpg


And I have just finished the edit on my next book. More on this soon, but I sure have enjoyed working with Sourcebooks editor, Katherine Posswimmer.




Hakai and summer reads for kids

I love kids’ books. I love reading them, and I love sharing them. So, it can’t be much of a surprise to hear how much I have been enjoying working with Hakai Magazine    It’s the perfect place for me to share some wonderful coastal-themed kids books with readers.

Hakai may be relatively new, but they aren’t wasting any time in building a reputation for excellence. “Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.” Articles cover diverse topics like: bioluminescence, the genetic ancestry of sperm whales, ocean optimism, and sustainable lobster fishing. Don’t take my word for it though. Check them out for yourself and while you’re there, feel have a peek at my most recent article that reviews summer reads for kids of all ages.

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