Listening up for literacy: Tuktoyaktuk takes part in national audio book project

Mangilaluk Elementary School students pose with drawings they created after listening to the Christmas Wind Radio Show. Back row from left is Landon Brooks, Sean Arey, Chery Chicksi, Peter Selamio and Natalie Avik. Middle row from left is Kenneth Keevik, Edward Pokiak, Maizlyn Loreen, Mona Lisa Felix and Irene Illisiak. Front row from left […]

Listen up: Unique literacy project has kids listening to and providing illustrations for a Christmas story

Alecia Rooney, a Grade 1 student from Belfast Consolidated School (Pinette, PEI), works on her illustration from the eighth and final part of The Christmas Wind Story

By Chris Gregory, THE GUARDIAN (published March 23, 2016) <<read original article here>>
Trudy White has been teaching for 17 years, but she has never experienced anything like the project […]

Campobello students participate in literacy project: Information Morning - CBC Saint John, NB

March 18/16 – CBC Saint John Morning interviewed Grade 1-2 teacher, Holly Matthews, who has been leading The Christmas Wind Story Project with her students at Campobello Island Consolidated School in Wilsons Beach, New Brunswick

See more about The Christmas Wind Story Project HERE

Centreville Academy students join rest of country for unique literacy project

Since January, Grades 2-3 students at Centreville Academy have been listening to audio clips of the Christmas Wind and turning what they hear into illustrations. Centreville Academy is the only school in Newfoundland taking part in the nation-wide literacy project. © Brandon Anstey/TC•media CLICK IMAGE to enlarge

by Brandon Anstey, The Gander Beacon (Published on March […]

Powerview students participate in literacy project

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The Lac du Bonnet Clipper, Manitoba – March 10, 2016
By Arlene Davidson
The students of Jessica Simpson’s Grade 2 class at École Powerview are collaborating with award winning Canadian author Stephanie McLellan in a literacy experiment called The Christmas Wind Radio Show Story Project.
McLellan has recently completed her latest [picture book] […]

Grade 1-2L Author Project (Christmas Wind) at Lennoxville Elementary in Quebec

by Dawn Irving (Principal of Lennoxville Elementary – published in The Sherbrooke Record newspaper)
Thursday, February 4, 2016
<<Read the original printed article here>> and <<online here>>
<<SEE MORE about The Christmas Wind Story Project HERE>>
Grade 1-2L Author Project: Mrs. Luce’s grade 1-2 students were so excited to be one of 13 classes across Canada (1 class per province and […]

Literacy program draws kids to children's author

Pinecrest Public School teacher Michael Sloan was joined by Grade 3 students Damian Embleton, 8, and Emily Larocque, 8, on Tuesday as they participated in the Christmas Wind Project. The new literacy program is taking place at two schools in Timmins and has students listen to a story and then create their own accompanying […]

The Christmas Wind Literacy Project 2016

CLICK IMAGE for an in depth overview of the project, including a delightful visual odyssey that enables you to “SEE What They HEARD” (This will open a PDF)

The W.I.N.D. Story Project is “all about the power of sound and listening.” — CBC

Few of us have to wonder or ponder about very much these […]

Looking forward to meeting students in Surrey, BC next week

I’m looking forward to my visit to schools and libraries in Surrey, B.C. next week. Surrey Libraries invited me out to present at three branches and I’ll be visiting with some local schools as well. (More details here)

I have a secret and a challenge to share with the students I meet that I’ll reveal it […]

Feeling Inspired at Inspire!

Inspire, Toronto’s first International Book Fair, was held at the Toronto Convention Centre today and I got to spend time with three other Pajama Press authors who DO inspire me!

Margriet Ruurs, Marsha Skrypuch, me and Karen Bass


Catherine Mitchell, me and Margriet Ruurs


with Margriet Ruurs