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Aubrey Davis

Aubrey Davis

Aubrey Davis has worked as logger, and raised goats and chickens. He’s sold antiques, books, car parts and beads. While traveling in Europe and North Africa, he discovered traditional folktales and the art of storytelling. He’s performed and conducted storytelling workshops in Canada and the US. A retired teacher with an M. Ed. in psychology and adult education, he taught an oral language program to primary and special needs students. In 2006 he wrote a screenplay for Sheldon Cohen's animated short, The Three Wishes. His most recent title, Bagels from Benny, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award (2003), Society of School Librarians International Book Awards honor book (2004); Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children’s Literature Prize (2004). Other titles: Kishka for Koppel (Orca, 2011) and A Hen for Izzy Pippik (Kids Can Press, 2012)

Toronto, ON


Bagels from Benny. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2003.
The Enormous Potato. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1997.
Sody Salleratus. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996.
Bone Button Borscht. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.


Mr. Christie’s Silver Book Award for Bagels from Benny, 2004.
Sydney Taylor Book Award (Assoc. of Jewish Libraries) for Bagels from Benny, 2003.
Children's Literature Prize (Canadian Jewish Book Awards) for Bagels from Benny, 2004
Finalist, National Jewish Book Award for Bagels from Benny, 2004.
Toronto IODE Book Award for Bagels from Benny,, 2004
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Aubrey is an award-winning author and storyteller whose fresh take on traditional tales delight and provoke thought in audiences young and old. These priceless stories have traveled through time and across cultures because they are so entertaining and so useful. They call to what is best within us and can help us better understand our selves and our world.

Presentation Length:
45-60 min.
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Humans are storytelling creatures. At all times and places people have told stories to communicate, understand and learn. It’s our nature to do so In this two hour workshop, participants become aware of their innate faculties for oral narrative and learn to use them to bring personal experience to life on the page. Limited to 30 participants. Please contact Aubrey for fees.