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Elizabeth MacLeod

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First Name
Elizabeth
Last Name
MacLeod
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Ontario
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Bio
Getting a degree in sciences may not be an obvious first step to becoming a children's writer, but that was how Elizabeth MacLeod's career began. She survived the Banff Publishing Workshop a few years later and began work as an editor at OWL Magazine. Liz took a break from children's publishing to write for a software company, then became an editor at Kids Can Press. Now she is a freelance writer and editor, working for a number of publishers. Liz writes books, textbook articles, magazine articles and more. She also edits material for both children and adults.

Liz has written more than 50 books, ranging from non-fiction to picture books to craft books. She especially enjoys investigating the lives of such well-known people as Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Wright brothers and Albert Einstein, and making their lives interesting and accessible to children. Liz has written two series of award-winning biographies. one for first readers and one for kids ages 8 to 12. The subjects of her books about animals include dinosaurs, cats, horses, pterosaurs (flying creatures from the time of the dinosaurs) and others. She's also written books about money, royalty, food, great Canadians and many other topics.

Writing for children gives Liz the opportunity to investigate many topics and find out more about our incredible world. Did you know that some dinosaurs were as small as pigeons or that Alexander Graham Bell often was annoyed the way the telephone interrupted his work?
Available For
Presentations, seminars
Primary school readings, writing and editing workshops (children and adults)
Conferences, library visits, book clubs
Publications
Pre-Teen Non-Fiction

Bones Never Lie
Annick Press, 2013

Royal Murder
Annick Press, 2008


Children's Fiction

I Heard a Little Baa
Kids Can Press, 1998


Children's Non-Fiction

A History of Just About Everything
Kids Can Press, 2013
Frieda Wishinsky (co-author)

Canadian Government
Scholastic Canada, 2013

Canada's Trees
Scholastic Canada, 2011

Canadian Money
Scholastic Canada, 2010

Monster Fliers
Kids Can Press, 2010

Harry Houdini (Inspiring Lives series)
Kids Can Press, 2009

Making Money: Minting and Printing
Scholastic Canada, 2009

Marie Curie (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2009

Why Do Horses Have Manes?
Kids Can Press, 2009

The Wright Brothers (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2008

Thomas Edison (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2008

Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Scholastic US, 2008
Frieda Wishinsky (co-author)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2008

Mark Twain (Snapshot series)
Kids Can Press, 2008

Samuel de Champlain (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2008

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
Kids Can Press, 2008

Alexander Graham Bell (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2007

George Washington Carver (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2007

Helen Keller (Inspiring Lives)
Kids Can Press, 2007

The Kids Book of Canada at War
Kids Can Press, 2007

Eleanor Roosevelt (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2006

The Kids Book of Great Canadian Women
Kids Can Press, 2006

Chock Full of Chocolate
Kids Can Press, 2005

Harry Houdini (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2005

The Kids Book of Great Canadians
Kids Can Press, 2004

Bake and Make Amazing Cookies
Kids Can Press, 2004

Helen Keller (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2004

Marie Curie (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2004

Albert Einstein (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2003

The Wright Brothers (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2002

Bake and Make Amazing Cakes
Kids Can Press, 2001

Gifts to Make and Eat
Kids Can Press, 2001

To the Top of Everest
Kids Can Press, 2001
Laurie Skreslet (co-author)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 2001

What Did Dinosaurs Eat?
Kids Can Press, 2001

Alexander Graham Bell (Snapshot)
Kids Can Press, 1999

Grow It Again
Kids Can Press, 1999

Bake It and Build It
Kids Can Press, 1998

Get Started: Stamp Collecting
Kids Can Press, 1996

The Phone Book
Kids Can Press, 1995

Dinosaurs: The Fastest, the Fiercest, the Most Amazing
Kids Can Press, 1995

The Recycling Book
Greey de Pencier Books, 1991

Australia (1990), Puffins (1990), Koalas (1989), Lions (1988), all Grolier
Awards
Recent awards include:

2010 Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science writing, finalist
Category: Writing
For: Why Do Horses Have Manes?

2009 Silver Birch Award, #1 Honour Book
Category: Writing
For: Everything but the Kitchen Sink
With: Frieda Wishinsky (Co-winner)

2009 Red Maple Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: The Kids Book of Canada at War

2009 Red Maple Award Winner
Category: Writing
For: Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

2009 Red Cedar Award Winner
Category: Writing
For: Everything but the Kitchen Sink
With: Frieda Wishinsky (Co-winner)

2009 Norma Fleck Award, non-fiction, finalist
Category: Writing
For: Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

2009 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Book, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

2008 VOYA's Nonfiction Honour List
Category: Writing
For: Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

2008 Starred Selection, Best Books for Kids and Teens
Category: Writing
For: George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life

2008 Red Cedar Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: The Kids Book of Canada at War

2007 Silver Birch Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Eleanor Roosevelt: An Inspiring Life

2006 Rocky Mountain Book Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Harry Houdini: A Magical Life

2006 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award Winner
Category: Writing
For: Harry Houdini: A Magical Life

2005 Starred Selection, Our Choice List
Category: Writing
For: The Kids Book of Great Canadians

2005 Red Cedar Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life

2005 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life

2005 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, finalist
Category: Writing
For: Helen Keller: A Determined Life

2004 Tiny Torgi (CNIB) Audio Award, finalist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2004 Silver Birch Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2004 Science in Society, Canadian Science Writers' Assoc., finalist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2004 Red Cedar Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2004 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2004 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, finalist
Category: Writing
For: Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius

2003 Science in Society, Canadian Science Writers' Assoc., finalist
Category: Writing
For: The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start

2003 Red Cedar Award, shortlist
Category: Writing
For: The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start

2003 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, finalist
Category: Writing
For: The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start
Other Memberships
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
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