Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

Jeanne Bushey

Author, Teacher


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British Columbia
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Jeanne Bushey moved with her husband Richard and her two daughters to Baffin Island from the U.S.A. in 1974. She taught primary children in Nakasuk Elementary School in Iqaluit and became interested in the language and culture of the Inuit people who lived there. In 1980, she and her family moved to Yellowknife, NT where Jeanne continued teaching, began writing, and started directing children's drama. Some of her writing at this time included a five-year parenting column in the "Yellowknifer" newspaper and several education articles for Parenting Magazine(U.S.) and Today's Parent (Can.) as well as short stories for children. Her experience with children's drama and the establishment of the Mildred Hall Festival of Drama, which ran for seventeen consecutive years at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Theatre in Yellowknife, opened the area of script writing as well. Her first illustrated children's book, A SLED DOG FOR MOSHI, illustrated by Inuit print artist Germaine Arnaktauyok, was published in 1994 by Hyperion Press Ltd.

After twenty-five years in the Arctic, Jeanne and her husband left the North and followed their daughters to British Columbia. Currently, Jeanne lives in Richmond, B.C. where she continues to write children's books and is available for author visits and talks about Inuit culture and language in Vancouver area schools.
Available For
Author visits for grades 1-6
Talks about Inuit culture and language for grades 3-5
A Sled Dog for Moshi
Hyperion Press Ltd., 1994

Children's Fiction
Wild Horses Couldn't Keep Me Away
Scholastic Canada, 2006

Orphans in the Sky
Red Deer Press, 2004

"The Boy Who Became A Caribou"
ChickaDee Magazine, 2002

The Polar Bear's Gift
Red Deer Press, 2000

Children's Non-Fiction
Inuit Still
Scholastic Canada, 2006

Holiday Hang-ups
Incentive Press, U.S.A, 1995
2006 Shining Willow Award nomination 2006
Category: Children's books
For: Orphans in the Sky

2006 Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Books of 2006
Category: Children's books
For: Orphans in the Sky

2001 Shining Willow Award nomination 2001
Category: Children's books
For: The Polar Bear's Gift

2001 Mr. Christie's Book Award 2001nomination
Category: Children's books
For: The Polar Bear's Gift

2000 Southwest Writer's contest
Category: Children's short story
For: Anxious Anthony

1995 American Bookseller's "Pick of the List" (Fall)
Category: Children's books
For: A Sled Dog for Moshi
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