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Eleven writers you've likely never heard of, but will never forget...
picture books
How do you decide which pile to put that zebra in? Is it striped? Is it an animal? Is it black and white?
co-created with Nell Jocelyn
middle grade
historical fiction
Orphan meets real world. Part of the SECRETS series.
craft books
Picture Books
Illustrated by Tom Slaughter
Originally written by Beth Gleick in 1960! Now re-printed with collage illustrations by Marthe Jocelyn
Who eats what?
Alphabet in English, French & Spanish
Look at Opposites "with pizzazz"
also available in Danish and Japanese!
Summer is the season that lingers and hurries by at the same time.
Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin!
Governor General Award Finalist
Teen Novel
Short stories in Anthologies
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
Board Books
What should you wear to feel best all year?
Toddler favourite now a board book!
Opposites on board...
Historical Fiction
"An irresistible blend of depth, wit and inventiveness."(Toronto Star)
A story for reluctant teen readers about the first New York City subway!
Most Distinguished Book of the Year! 2004
2002-2003 Finalist for Hackmatack and Red Cedar Awards
Short stories in Anthologies
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
a story in On Her Way Stories & Poems About Growing Up Girl
A history of the Foundling Hospital in London, England Shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award! (Best Non-fiction of the Year)
Chapter Books
The Invisible Day, The Invisible Harry, The Invisible Enemy 3 books about being invisible in Manhattan


me as Ringmaster

I was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956.

When I was a kid, I loved books and going to the theatre. With my brothers and sister, I performed many plays and circuses in the backyard.

I went to high school in Toronto, but decided to work instead of going to college. I had lots of different jobs before becoming a writer, including a theatre usher, a cookie seller, a waitress, a sailor, a photo stylist and a toy designer. I had my own company, called Jesse Design, for fifteen years.

I've lived in New York City since 1978, but spend summers in Stratford, Ontario, where my parents and grandparents lived.
I have two daughters named Hannah and Nell.

Lois Lenski

Favourite Childhood Books

by Kay Thompson

(and everything else) by Joan Aiken

by Edward Eager

Phillipa Pearce

by T.H. White

Favourite Illustrators

Edward Ardizzone
Rodney Alan Greenblat
Jean de Brunhoff
Elisa Klevin
Hilary Knight
Lois Lenski
Julia Noonan
Tom Slaughter
more Dressing Up

Window display at Shoofly book launch for Mayfly

School Author Visit