Member Profile

Ann Alma

Ann Alma was born and raised on a Dutch market garden. She immigrated to Canada in 1970.  She travelled extensively in Europe, North America, Australia, South Pacific, South-East Asia, and Africa. She taught in Canada, Holland, Japan, Zambia and New Zealand and speaks several languages. She earned a B.Ed. from Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, and her education diploma from a Dutch teachers college. She has 25 years of experience as a teacher of all grades, including kindergarten and college. In 1992 Ann quit full-time teaching and moved to the Kootenay mountains with a dog and a cat.  While living on a hobby farm she has written seven books for young people; five novels and two books of nonfiction. She loves to meet young people for readings, talks, or workshops. She reads regularly at schools and libraries and is often invited back to tell yet more stories about her travels and her books.

E-mail: annalma@shaw.ca
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

KIDS WHO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD facts, notes and helpful hints. nonfiction,self published, printed by Friesen Press., 2013
BRAVE DEEDS How One Family Saved Many From the Nazis. nonfiction, Groundwood, 2008
Skateway to Freedom. Reissued by Dundurn, 2007, first issued in 1993
Summer of Adventures. Sono Nis Press, Winlaw, BC, 2002.
Summer of Changes. Victoria, Sono Nis Press, 2001.
Under Emily's Sky. Dundurn (formerly Beach Holme), 1998
Something to Tell. Newmarket, ON, Riverwood Publications, 1998.

Awards

Silver Birch honour book and regional winner for BRAVE DEEDS How One Family Saved Many From the Nazis, 2009
Bank Street College: one of ten Best children's books of 2008 for BRAVE DEEDS How One Family Saved Many From the Nazis, 2009
Golden Oak nomination for BRAVE DEEDS How One Family Saved Many From the Nazis, 2010
Silver Birch Regional Winner for Summer of Changes, 2004
Nominated Red Cedar Award for Summer of Changes, 2004
Nominated Diamond Willow Award for Summer of Changes, 2004
Nominated Chocolate Lily Award for Summer of Changes, 2004
Nominated Silver Birch Award for Skateway to Freedom, 1995
OUR CHOICE books for Skateway to Freedom; Something to Tell; Summer of Changes; Summer of Adventures
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
No