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Jill Bryant

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Jill Bryant is a Canadian writer who specializes in children’s nonfiction. Born in Toronto, Jill grew up in Elora and Eden Mills, Ontario. After university, she and her husband backpacked from England to India, which turned into a lifetime interest in travelling. Jill’s first book, Sew Your Own Bean Bag Friends, was published in 1998. She is the author of Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs, Dazzling Women Designers, Backyard Circus, Making Shadow Puppets, Amazing Women Athletes, and others.

When she isn’t writing books for children, Jill edits textbooks and educational materials. She has worked as an in-house editor and currently freelances for many publishers, including Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and Nelson. Jill used to enjoy contributing science articles to KNOW magazine. She was managing editor of KNOW from September 2011 until its closure in February 2012.

Swimming, canoeing, and cross-country skiing are among her favourite recreational activities. Jill has lived in Japan, the U.S., England, and Germany. She now makes her home in historic Kingston, Ontario with her husband and their two school-aged daughters.
Available For
School presentations, small or large groups
Writing workshops
Professional Development Days – for teachers
Explosive Volcanoes,
Nelson Cengage Learning, 2016

The Power of Wind,
Nelson Cengage Learning, 2016

Exploring Caves,
Nelson Cengage Learning, 2015

Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs, Second Story Press, 2013

Dazzling Women Designers
Second Story Press, 2010

Amazing Women Athletes
Second Story Press, 2001

Medical Inventions: The Best of Health
Crabtree Publishing, 2013

Technology Mysteries Revealed
Crabtree Publishing, 2010

Backyard Circus
Annick Press, 2006

Making Shadow Puppets
Kids Can Press, 2002
Catherine Heard (co-author)

Make Your Own Bean Bag Bears
Somerville House, 1999

Sew Your Own Bean Bag Bears
Somerville House Books, 1998
2014 Bank Street List of Best Books
For: Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

2013 Resource Links Year's Best
For: Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

2012 Amelia Bloomer List
For: Dazzling Women Designers

2004 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Shortlist
For: Amazing Women Athletes

2003 Parents’ Choice, Approved Award Winner
For: Making Shadow Puppets

2003 Our Choice List
For: Making Shadow Puppets

2002 Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, Honours
For: Making Shadow Puppets

1998 Canadian Toy Testing Council, Two-Star Rating
For: Sew Your Own Bean Bag Friends
Other Memberships
The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)
Young Kingston: Southeastern Ontario Writers for Children and Teens (YK)

Member photo albums (1 Album)

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