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Deb Loughead

Deb Loughead

Photo: Steve Loughead

The first composition Deb Loughead ever wrote was called "A Narrow Escape for a Mouse." Ever since then Deb has been fascinated with animals and nature, and the role these play in the lives of human beings. That early fascination with nature is reflected in almost everything she's ever written; it's varied themes are particularly evident in her children's literature. Her adult short stories focus on that other nature, Human Nature. She completed her B.A. in English at the University of Toronto in 1977, then worked as a copy editor until she decided to stay home to raise her three sons and squeeze in some creative writing on the side. From 1980 - 95, Deb was an associate editor for Spires magazine. She has also written and directed children's plays which were produced by the drama club at an Etobicoke elementary school. She is currently the Past President of CANSCAIP. Her next novel, Just Run, will be published by James Lorimer, Toronto, as well as Stabenfeldt, Norway, Sweden, Finland, in 2011. Deb is available for readings; writing and poetry workshops; storytelling for elementary school children.

Toronto, ON


Time and Again. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2004.
A Pocketful of Fur. Vancouver, BC: Hodgepog Books, 2003.
A Pocketful of Rocks. Vancouver, BC: Hodgepog Books, 2001.
Pet Fair. Vancouver, BC: Hodgepog Books, 2000.
The Twisting Road Tea Room. Charlottetown, PE: Ragweed Press, 2000.
Hey Diddle Diddle. Scholastic Canada, 2006
The Grasshopper and the Ant. Scholastic Canada, 2006
Grandpa's Mumbling House. Heinemann, New Zealand, 2006
Swimming Lessons. Scholastic Canada, 2007
The Thing I Saw Last Night. Scholastic Canada, 2007
All I Need and Other Poems for Kids. Moonstruck Press, 1998
Projekt Griz. Stabenfeldt Norway, Sweden, 2007
Science Fair. Scholastic Educational, 2008
Island Bound. Heinemann, New Zealand, Stabenfeldt Norway, Sweden, 2008 / 2007
Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls (co-editor with Jocelyn Shipley). Sumach Press, 2008
Struck. Orca Books, 2009
School Trip. Scholastic Canada, 2008
Writer's Block (play). Scholastic Canada, 2009
Struck. Orca Books, 2009
Frappee par la Foudre (Struck). Orca Books, 2010
The Snowball Effect. Orca Books, 2010
Just Run. James Lorimer, Toronto, 2011
Northwood Trails: Saddled with Chances. Pony Club U.S. (Stabenfeldt, Norway, translations in six languages), 2010


Second Prize, Writing for Children Award: Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Literary Competition for It Happened, 2004.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice for A Pocketful of Rocks.
Resource Links Book of the Year for The Twisting Road Tea Room, 2001.
John Spencer Hill Award (short story) for Like Smoke, 2000.
Special Prize, Sean Ryan Children's Fund poetry competition, Childhood Category for The Evidence of Your Childhood, 1999.
Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice for A Pocketful of Fur
Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice for All I Need and Other Poems for Kids
Full Circle Poetry Competition third prize for Dried Flowers, 2005
Great Canadian Story Contest shortlist for Small Miracle, 2006
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

A brief background of the author’s writing roots. A description of where Deb’s ideas come from with her poems and novels as examples. How she has saved everything she’s ever written including her first compositions and poems. She reads one of each. Finding poems and stories based on incidents in her life.

Presentation Length:
30-45 min.
Children’s and YA fiction, children’s poetry
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Several variations - Techniques for writing poems in the elementary classroom; how objects can trigger great stories; freefall writing exercises based on objects in their lives; students take turns reading aloud what they’ve written.