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Hazel J. Hutchins

Photo: John Sheridan 1993

For over twenty years, Hazel has been a popular author of both picture books and novels for young people. With a wide variety of titles that cover fantasy, humour, fun facts, history and - for the youngest set - the delight and exuberance of simply discovering the world, she is repeatedly invited to visit schools and libraries across Canada. Her home base is the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta.

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The Prince of Tarn. illus. Ruth Ohi. Willowdale, ON: Annick Press, 1997.
Yancy and Bear. illus. Ruth Ohi. Willowdale, ON: Annick Press, 1996.
Tess. illus. Ruth Ohi. Willowdale, ON: Annick Press, 1995.
Within a Painted Past. illus. Ruth Ohi. Willowdale, ON: Annick Press, 1994.
The Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid. illus. John Richmond. Willowdale, ON: Annick Press, 1983.
Two So Small. Annick, 2000
Robyn's Monster Play (and six other "Robyn" series books). Formac, 1997-2008
Sarah and the Magic Science Project. Annick, 2005
TJ and the Cats, TJ and the Haunted House, TJ and the Quiz Kids and others in the TJ series. Orca, 2002 - 2007
The Sidewalk Rescue. Annick, 2004
A Second is a Hiccup. Scholastic, 2005
Beneath the Bridge. Annick, 2004
The List. Annick, 2007
Mattland (co-authored with Gail Herbert). Annick, 2008
After. Smith Bonappetit and Sons, 2008
Together. Annick, 2009


Nominated, Governor General's Award for Children's Fiction for Tess, 1995.
Nominated, Mr. Christie Award, 1995.
Writers' Guild of Alberta Children's Literature Award, 1992.
Parenting Magazine's Reading Magic Awards List, 1988.
White Raven Collection, Munich, 1986.
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for Mattland, 2009
R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for Mattland, 2009
Shining Willow Young Reader's Choice Award for TJ and the Cats, 2003
R. Ross Annett Award for Children't LIterature for The Prince of Tarn, 1998
Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, Hackmatack Young Readers Choice Lists for Various picture book, middle reader and YA titles, 2003-2009
Norma Fleck Honour Award for A Second is a Hiccup, 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

In a lively and engaging manner, Hazel talks about becoming an author, gives dramatic readings from her books and discusses getting ideas, creating characters and coming up
with great endings. She brings examples of rewriting, printers sheets that
help to illustrate how books "come together", rough art from the
illustrator and objects related to research. Finger plays and chants for

younger children, greater discussion of story elements for older
students, time for questions throughout and a good deal of gentle fun along the way! Grades K - 6

Workshop Description:

Contact Hazel for details.

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