Jan L. Coates

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Jan L.
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Coates
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Nova Scotia
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I've been writing for children for about 15 years, and reading kids' books for over 50! Other than spending my days sitting at my laptop and staring out the window seeking inspiration or the perfect word, I'm also working on improving my French, in hopes of living in France one day...

I have two young adult children, both married and living in Ontario, and my husband is a retired high school social studies teacher (thank you, Don, for enabling me to be a writer!). I look forward to school visits when I get a chance to connect with young readers and soak up some of their energy and enthusiasm!

RAINBOWS IN THE DARK (Second Story Press, 2005) has been published in Spanish, Catalan and Braille (cool!) and Korean rights have also been sold. My first novel, A HARE IN THE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK (Red Deer Press, 2010), was inspired by the life of Jacob Deng, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, and now a Canadian citizen, university graduate and father of three young children! Proceeds from sales of my novel have been shared with Jacob's foundation, Wadeng Wings of Hope, a charitable society raising funds to support education in Sudan.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope to meet you someday! If you want to check out my blog (which I update irregularly): www.jancoates.ca
Available For
School/Library Visits - PowerPoint presentation, Reading, Writing Activities
Publications
SAY WHAT YOU MEAN (MEAN WHAT YOU SAY) Nevermore Press, 2019
DANCING WITH DAISY, Running the Goat Press, 2019
A HALIFAX TIME-TRAVELLING TUNE,
Nimbus, 2018
TALKING TO THE MOON - Red Deer, 2018
SKY PIG - Pajama Press, 2016
THE KING OF KEJI - Nimbus, 2015
ROCKET MAN - Red Deer Press, 2014
THE POWER OF HARMONY - Red Deer, 2013
FIFTEEN-MINUTE FILLERS - Editions de
L'Envolee, 2012
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A HARE IN THE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK
Red Deer Press, (2010 -
Finalists, 2011 Governor
General's Literary Award for
Children's Text)

QUEBEC'S BOOK, Volumes 1 & 2,
Editions de l'Envolee (2011)

THE WITCH'S FINGERS; THE IMPOSSIBLE DIVE; THE QUEEN AND MR. CUNNINGHAM; THE CHEESY MAN GIANT; SARAH SNOW, STAR OF THE SHOW;IF DOGS COULD TALK;TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE; UNCLE BOBBY AND THE PIRATES; STOP COMPLAINING CHICKEN LITTLE!; FIVE CHILDREN AND IT (ADAPTATION); THE LEGEND OF AVALON; ALADDIN and HIS MAGIC LAMP (and others)
Caramel Tree Readers, 2009 - 2018

RAINBOWS IN THE DARK
Second Story Press, 2005
Awards
TALKING TO THE MOON, Hackmatack Finalist, 2019-20; CCBC's Best Books, 2019

SKY PIG, Willow Award Finalist, 2018, Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2017

THE KING OF KEJI (CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2015)

ROCKET MAN - YALSA Quick Pick, 2015; Woozles Battle of the Books 2015

THE POWER OF HARMONY - OLA Best Bets, 2014; Ann Connor Brimer Finalist, 2014; Violet Downey Award Finalist, 2014; Hackmatack Book, 2014-15

A HARE IN THE ELEPHANT'S TRUNK - 2011 Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award (Children's Text);
2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List; Skipping Stones Honor List; Silver Medal - IPPY (Independent Publishers); Ann Connor Brimer Finalist
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WUC
CCBC
 

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