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Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky

Photo: Bill Wishinsky

Growing up in New York City, Frieda never dreamed she'd be living in Canada and writing books for children. But she's so glad she is! While teaching children with learning difficulties, Frieda began to write for kids. To date, she's published over 40 trade and educational books all over the world. She's won awards in Canada and the UK and writes in many genres (Picture books, chapter books, novels and non-fiction). She loves sharing the writing process with kids and adults in lively, interactive presentations. Writers-in-the-Schools listing: Frieda is an experienced and entertaining teacher, speaker and workship leader. Her fast-paced, interactive programs inspire kids to share their stories. Her books have won world-wide acclaim and have won numerous awards in Canada and the UK.



Oonga Boonga. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko, Toronto, Scholastic, 1998
Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone. illustrated by Neal Layton, Toronto, Scholastic, 2004
A Noodle Up Your Nose. Victoria, Orca Books, 2004
What's the Matter With Albert?. Illustraed by Jacques Lamontagne. Toronto, Maple Tree Press, 2002
Queen of the Toilet Bowl. Victoria, Orca Books, 2005
A Whale Tale. Canadian Flyer Adventures. Toronto, Maple Tree Press, 2008.
Please, Louise!. Toronto, Groundwood, 2007.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn't Know About Food. Co-authored with Elizabeth Macleod, Scholastic, 2008


Stockport, Sheffield and Portsmouth children's choice award, UK for Jennifer Won't Leave Me Alone
Nominee Governor General's Award for text for Each One Special, Orca books, 1999
Nominee Red Cedar and CLA book of the year for Just Call Me Joe, Orca Books, 2004
Nominee Blue Spruce, Chocolate Lily and Tiny Torgi for Give Maggie a Chance, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 20
Nominated for: The 2008 TD Literature Award for PLEASE, LOUISE! (Groundwood), 2008
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Frieda usesdrama, Q & A and an interactive approach to her talks. She taylors her presentations to the needs of each group and grade.

Frieda prefers not to speak in the gym but the library, resource room or classroom.

Presentation Length:
1 hr, flexible
picture books, children's fiction and non-fiction
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Frieda offersa hands-on writing workshop with students in grade 3 and up.

She also offers workshops for high school, university students or teachers about:

The Writing Process

Integrating Writing Through the Curriculum

How to Use Literature in the Classroom

Making History Come Alive.