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Debbie Spring



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I write children's books for all ages. A consistent theme threading throughout my books is that of overcoming obstacles and conquering adversity.

In my children's books about the Holocaust, my protagonists face danger and use their faith in humanity and personal courage to fight for freedom, for themselves and others, despite immediate threats to their lives.

My middle-grade novels show how my characters fight through their disabilities and health problems. They refuse to be labelled or defined as handicapped. They do everything in their powers to live, to excel, and to achieve their goals. Nothing will stop them!

I write picture books that show the connection between my characters and nature. The boys and girls in these books learn about the beauty and importance of nature, about the need to protect and save endangered species.
Available For
I am available to do a variety of workshops on writing and on the topics covered in my books. All of the workshops offered are interactive, intense, and interesting. Workshops can range from one hour sessions, to half day or full day. There is more time to do in depth study in longer sessions. Contact me at for more information, prices and duration of my author visits. I can give custom made programs that will fit your group's age, numbers, curriculum, focus, and interests. I also do virtual visits.
Contact me on how to subsidize an author's visit.
Adult Non-Fiction

What Happened In School Today? (Article)
Kids Toronto, 1990

Young Adult Fiction

The Kayak
Thistledown Press, 2010

Forbidden Love (Short Story)
Zygote magazine, 2000

My Enchanted Hideaway (Short Story)
Canadian Authors Association Ottawa, 2000

The Kayak (Short Story, Educational)
Nelson Publishing, 1999

The Kayak (Short Story, Educational)
Perfection Learning Corporation (U.S.), 1999

Premonition (Short Story)
Calgary Writer's Association, 1996

Pre-Teen Fiction

Vanishing Breeds (English as a Second Language Korea)
JLS , 2010

Cometagon and the Hairy Aliens (English as a Second Language Korea)
JLS, 2010

Grandpa Promised (Holocaust Educational Book with Audio CD)
Scholastic, 2009

Breathing Soccer
Thistledown Press, 2008

The Righteous Smuggler (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)
Second Story Press, 2005

Playing Soldier (Short Story)
Canadian Writer's Journal, 2002

Something Fishy (Short Story)
Calgary Writer's Union, 1999

A Change of Weather (Short Story)
Canadian Writer's Journal, 1998

Ghost Hauntings (Short Story)
Zygote Magazine, 1998

Snapshots (Short Story)
Zygote Magazine, 1998

A Common Thread (Short Story)
Tickled by Thunder: The Year's Best Fiction, 1997

How to Make a Mother's Day Meal (Short Story)
Tale Spinners, 1997

Will Mommy Be Home For Shabbos Dinner? (Short Story)
Canadian Writer's Journal, 1995

Pictures In My Head (Short Story)
Canadian Authors Association, 1994
Children's Fiction

The Big Lie (Short Story)
The Canadian Jewish News, 2001

Wilma, The Wild White Whale
Small World Publishing, 2001
2010 The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Category: recommended book
For: The Kayak

2010 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (Finalist)
Category: Writing
For: Breathing Soccer

2007 Canadian Toy Testing Council (Recommended Books)
Category: Writing
For: The Righteous Smuggler

2006 The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Our Choice Magazine - Special Star Rating
Category: Writing
For: The Righteous Smuggler

2006 CBC's Young Canada Reads
Category: Writing
For: The Righteous Smuggler

1999 Writers' International Forum
Category: Writing

1999 Brendon Donnelly Children's Literature Award
Category: Writing

1998 Writers' International Forum
Category: Writing

1998 Brendon Donnelly Children's Literature Award
Category: Writing

1996 Brendon Donnelly Children's Literature Award
Category: Writing
Other Memberships
Writers' Union of Canada, Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Member of CANSCAIP Executive
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