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Jennifer Maruno

Jennifer Maruno

Photo: Bob McNicoll

Jennifer began her publishing career as Jennifer Travis in 1985 with Addison-Wesley Publishing of Canada.Her short stories for children have appeared in Great Britain, United States and Canada. Her childrens novels have been nominated for several Canadian Awards. Jennifer'f first picture book was released in 2018. Her newest middlegrade novel launched February 2020 (Dundurn Press)



When the Cherry Blossoms Fell. Napoleon Press, 2009
Cherry Blossom Winter. Dundurn Press, 2012
Warbird. Napoleon & Company Publishing, 2010
Cherry Blossom Baseball. Dundurn Press, 2015
Kid Soldier. Dundurn, 2013
Totem. Dundurn, 2014
Moose's Roof. Breakwater Press, 2017
Until Niagara Falls. Dundurn Press, 1920


Shortlisted - The Hackmatack Award - Atlantic Provinces for When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, 2010
Shortlisted - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award for When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, 2012
Shortlisted: Rock Mountain Award for Kid Soldier, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

An experienced, entertaining speaker, her knowledge of children’s historical fiction is well known. Her presentations show how a good book can be a springboard for so many other kinds of learning, even mathematics. She enjoys working with children and teachers to foster the love of reading, the craft of writing and a deeper understanding of history.

She prefers to work with children and teachers in a school library or classroom setting, knowing the gym is not conducive to interacting with literature. She will tailor her presentations to the age of the group, their cultural diversity and developmental needs.

Presentation Length:
40-80 minutes
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Jennifer offers workshops for grades 1-6 on:

The Disappearing Art of Letter Writing

Deliciously Descriptive Passages 

For grades 6-8, she is will present :

The Story Behind the Story –Japanese-Canadian Interment in WW2 - One family's experience

A Visit to Sainte Marie - Past and Present The Inspiration for Warbird

Two Lives - Two Novels - The examination of two people's lives from 1939 - 1945

Jennifer will also do presentations for teachers on: Using Literature to Foster Mathematics and Developing Reading Programs with Early Childhood Education and Primary Teachers