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Valerie Sherrard



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Valerie Sherrard first decided to become an author when she was in grade six! Her homeroom teacher that year, Mr. Alf Lower, praised and encouraged her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. Although nearly three decades went by before she began to pursue writing seriously, Valerie never forgot her teacher’s words.

After producing a number of books for teens, Sherrard turned her hand to picture books and juvenile novels. In 2008 There’s
A COW Under My Bed! introduced Oscar Ollie Brown. Oscar’s second adventure There’s a Goldfish in my Shoe! was released in the fall of 2009, the same year that Valerie's debut juvenile novel, Tumbleweed Skies, was published. She now enjoys writing for all ages.

Since becoming a published author, Sherrard has enjoyed visiting many classrooms and libraries to speak to young people about writing, literacy, and most of all, finding and following your dreams.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie has lived in a number of provinces. She currently lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with her husband Brent (who is also an author).
Available For
School and library visits Canada wide.
School Visits
Fun and interactive in-person or virtual presentations to students from grades 1 - 8. Please email to inquire about fees and other details.
Hand puppets are part of virtual visits, as appropriate.
Novels for Pre-Teens and Teens

From Dancing Cat Books:
Birdspell (2021)
The Rise and Fall of Derek Cowell (2020)

From Penguin Random House:
Random Acts, 2015

From Fitzhenry & Whiteside:
Cooper Clark and the Dragon Lady (chapter book) 2019
Rain Shadow, 2014
Driftwood, 2013
Counting Back from Nine, 2012
The Glory Wind, 2010
Tumbleweed Skies, 2009

From The Dundurn Group:
Testify, 2011
Accomplice, 2011
Watcher, 2009
The Shelby Belgarden Mystery Series, 2002 - 2008
Speechless, 2007
Three Million Acres of Flame, 2007
Sarah's Legacy, 2006
Sam's Light, 2004
Kate, 2003

Chapter and Picture Books

From Fitzhenry & Whiteside:
Cooper Clark and the Dragon Lady (chapter book) 2019
Down Here (PB) 2015
Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)

From Creative Book Publishing, Tuckamore Imprint:
Miss Wondergem's Dreadfully Dreadful Pie, 2011
Wendy J. Whittingham (Illustrator)
There's a GOLDFISH in my Shoe!, 2009
David Jardine (Illustrator)
There's a COW Under my Bed!, 2008
David Jardine (Illustrator)
Winner of:

The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction

The Ann Connor Brimer Award

Bronze Medal for Regional Fiction, Independent Publishers Association

The Word Guild Award for Young Adult Novels

Shortlisted for:

The GG, TD, CLA Book of the Year for Children, and numerous readers' choice awards in Canada and the US.
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