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Beverley Brenna

Beverley Brenna

Photo: Stobbe Photos, Saskatoon

Bev Brenna is the author of over a dozen books for young people, including The White Bicycle—winner of a Printz Honor and shortlisted for a 2013 Governor General's Award, and Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life—winner of a 2021 Joan Betty Stuchner award for humour. 

Bev is also the Children's Editor at Red Deer Press.

After many years as a classroom and special education teacher and consultant, Bev worked as a faculty member in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, teaching courses in ELA as well as researching literacy and Canadian children's literature--which she has continued with Emerita status since 2022. Her academic books include Stories for Every Classroom (Canadian Scholars Press, 2015) and Contemporary Canadian Picture Books (Brill Publishing, 2021). 

Bev lives with her husband in a tall yellow house on the prairies. 



Contemporary Canadian Picture Books: A Critical Review for Educators, Librarians, Families, Researchers, and Writers. . 2021, Brill Publishing
Because of that Crow. 2020, Red Deer Press
The Girl with the Cat. 2020, Red Deer Press
Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life. 2019, Pajama Press
Fox Magic. 2017, Red Deer Press
Stories for Every Classroom: Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities. 2015, Canadian Scholars Press
The Bug House Family Restaurant. 2013, Tradewind Books
The White Bicycle. 2012, Red Deer Press
Falling for Henry. Red Deer Press, 2011
Waiting for No One. 2010, Red Deer Press
Something To Hang On To. 2009, Thistledown Books
The Moon Children. 2007, Red Deer Press
Wild Orchid. 2005, Red Deer Press
The Keeper of the Trees. 1999, Ronsdale Press
Spider Summer. 1998, ITP Nelson
Daddy Longlegs at Birch Lane. 1997, Smithsonian Institute/Soundprints


Joan Betty Stuchner--Oy Vey!--Funniest Children's Book Award for Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, 2021
Michael L. Printz Children's Literature Award for The White Bicycle, 2013
Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award for Waiting for No One, 2012
Governor General's Literary Award for The White Bicycle, 2013
Dale D. Johnston Outstanding Article Award for One Literate Life: A Case Study of a Ninety-Four-Year-Old Reader, 2013
CBC's 100 Young Adult Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian for Wild Orchid, 2015
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Dr. Bev Brenna is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan where her teaching and research interests include Canadian Children's and Young Adult Literature. She has published over ten books for young people and has earned numerous awards and honours including a Governor General's nomination and Printz Honour Book Award (The White Bicycle). For more information see or

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Canadian Children's Literature
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