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Jan L. Coates

Jan Coates

Photo: Shannon Vooys

I’m curious about everything and everybody. I like to watch strangers and imagine their lives. Why is he doing that? How did that raccoon get in there? What would she do if…? Basically, I'm nosey. Being a visiting author is one of my favorite parts of being a writer because I get to share my love of reading and writing with lots of other people with big imaginations and amazing ideas. In my free time, I play badminton, shop at used clothing and antique stores, browse Kijiji, travel, go to the gym, and work as a substitute teacher. Besides my books mentioned below, I’ve also written eighteen English as a Second Language chapter books for use in South Korean language schools (Caramel Tree Readers), and two adult ESL workbooks. I live with my husband, Don, and our Golden Irish, Charlie, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Sadly, my adult kids Liam (and Rachel) and Shannon (and Peter) both live in Ontario, as do their two little girls, Noelle and Ada.

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Nova Scotia
children's books
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Anna Maria & Maestro Vivaldi (picture book). 2022, Red Deer Press
The Pocket Pig (PB). 2022, Pandamonium Publishing
The Hermit (middle grade novel). 2020, Nimbus Publishing
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say (MG). 2019, Nevermore Press
Dancing With Daisy (PB). 2019, Running the Goat Press
Karissa & Felix (PB). 2019, self-published
Talking to the Moon (MG). 2018, Red Deer Press
A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune (PB). 2018, Nimbus Publishing
Sky Pig (PB). 2016, Pajama Press
The King of Keji (PB). 2015, Nimbus Publishing
Rocket Man (MG). 2014, Red Deer Press
The Power of Harmony (MG). 2013, Red Deer Press
A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk (MG). 2010, Red Deer Press
Rainbows in the Dark (PB). 2005, Second Story Press


Award nominations include: Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award, Ann Connor Brimer Award, SYRCA, Hackmatack, Violet Downey Award, IBBY Honor Lists and Governor General's Literary Awards for various, various
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: