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Lana Button

Lana Button

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Children’s Author Lana Button grew up in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She has a background in acting and is an Early Childhood Educator. Today Lana writes for young children and reads books out loud to crowds of children whenever she gets the chance.
Lana’s picture books have been shortlisted for awards including The Blue Spruce, The Shining Willow, the Jean Throop IODE Award and the Rainforest of Reading, and have been recognized as Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Bets and the IBBY Outstanding Book for Young Children.
Lana specializes in school, library and festival presentations. Her literary presentations about perseverance, empathy and anti-bullying have inspired children across Canada.
In addition to writing and presenting, Lana volunteers for literary organizations IBBY Canada, First Book and One World Schoolhouse. Lana and her husband have three grown daughters and live in Burlington, Ontario.



Willow's Whispers. Kids Can Press, 2010
Willow Finds a Way. Kids Can Press, 2013
Willow's Smile. Kids Can Press, 2016
My Teacher's Not Here!. Kids Can Press, 2018
What if Bunny's Not a Bully?. Kids Can Press, 2020
Raj's Rule (For the Bathroom at School). OwlKids, 2020


Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Finalist for Willow's Whispers, 2010
Shining Willow Award Finalist for Willow's Whispers (Kids Can Press, 2010), 2011
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Finalist for Willow Finds a Way (Kids Can Press, 2014), 2014
Jean Throop Book Award, IODE Ontario Finalist for My Teacher's Not Here! (Kids Can Press, 2018), 2018
Rainforest of Reading Finalist for Willow Finds a Way (Kids Can Press, 2013), 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I present to the primary grades on the magic of picture books! Using examples from my own editing process and experience I take the children through the exciting journey of publishing a picture book, from idea to picture book.

Presentation Length:
45 minutes
picture books