Member Profile

Linda Granfield

Photo: Devon Smiley 2005

Born near Boston, Massachusetts, Linda Granfield immigrated to Canada as a doctoral student over 30 years ago. Now a dual citizen, she has taken her life-long interest in history and worked it into 30 non-fiction titles for young readers and adults alike. She travels North America, collecting data and helping young readers make connections between their lives and our collective history.She is particularly interested in helping young readers realize their bonds with their family and community war veterans.

Phone number:
416-626-8429

Publications

High Flight. Tundra Books, 1999.
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by J. McCrae. Stoddart, 1995
Pier 21: Gateway of Hope. Tundra Books, 2000
Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001
97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of Immigrant Life. Tundra Books, 2001
Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes: Stories from Canada's British War Brides. McClelland and Stewart, 2002
I Remember Korea: Veterans Tell Their Stories of the Korean War, 1950-53. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae-10th anniversary edition. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005
What Am I?. Tundra Books, 2007
The Unknown Soldier. Scholastic Canada, 2008
Brain Quest Canada. Thomas Allen, 1998, 2001
All About Niagara Falls. Kids Can Press, 1988
Silent Night: The Song from Heaven. Tundra Books, 1997
Remembering John McCrae: Soldier-Doctor-Poet. Scholastic Canada, 2009
Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace. Tundra Books, 2009
The Road to Afghanistan. Scholastic Canada, 2013

Awards

Red Cedar Non-Fiction Award for In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, 1997.
Silver Birch Non-Fiction Regional Award for In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, 1997.
Information Book Award for In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, 1996.
IODE-Toronto Book Award for In Flanders Fields, 1996.
C.L.A. Honour Book for Flanders Fields, 1996.
International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Book for In Flanders Fields, 1997
Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Munich-White Ravens selection for In Flanders Fields, 1997
Books for the Teen Age-New York Public Library for In Flanders Fields, 1997
Best Books--Ontario Library Association for Circus, 1997
Canadian Library Association--Notable Books-Nonfiction for Circus, 1997
Bank Street College of Education-Best Books" for Circus, 1998
Chicago Public Library-Best of the Best List for Circus, 1998
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books-"Top 100 Books of 1998" for Circus, 1998
VOYA OUtstanding Title for Circus, 1998
Alcuin Society First Prize Design Award for Silent Night, 1998
Canadian Toy Testing Council-three star rating for Brain Quest Canada, 1999
Parent Council U.S.-Outstanding Selection for High Flight, 2000
Parent Council U.S. Outstanding Title for Silent Night, 2000
Resource Links/The Year's Best for Pier 21, 2000
VICKY METCALF AWARD for a Body of Work, 2001
Information Book Award-Honour Book, Can. Children's Lit. Roundtables for Pier 21, 2001
Norma Fleck Award for Non-fiction-Honour Book for Pier 21, 2001
Quill & Quire-Five Best Children's Books of 2001 for Where Poppies Grow, 2001
Quill & Quire-"Five Best Children's Books of 2001" for Where Poppies Grow, 2001
Alcuin Society Third Prize Design Award for Where Poppies Grow, 2001
New York Public Library-Books for the Teen Age for 97 Orchard Street, New York, 2002
Canadian Library Association-Notable Non-fiction List for Where Poppies Grow, 2002
Information Book Award-Can. Children's Lit Roundtables for Where Poppies Grow, 2002
Resource Links-The Year's Best for Where Poppies Grow, 2002
Pennsylvania School Librarian Assoc. Top Forty YA Nonfiction Titles for Where Poppies Grow, 2002
Pennsylvania School Librarian Assoc. Top Ten YA Titles for Where Poppies Grow, 2002
Junior Library Guild selection for I Remember Korea, 2003
Resource Links-Best Non-fiction 2005 for In Flanders Fields/10th anniversary edition, 2005
Frances E. Russell Award/IBBY Canada, 1991
Ontario Library Assoc. Best Books List for All About Niagara Falls, 1988
Canadian Library Assoc. Notable Non-fiction for All About Niagara Falls, 1989
American Booksellers' Pick of the Lists for Cowboy, 1994
Information Book Award-Canadian Children's Lit. Roundtables for Cowboy, 1994
Information Book Award-Cdn Children's Lit Roundtables-Honour Book for Extra! Extra!, 1994
Children's Book Council/National Council of Social Studies U.S. Notable Social Studies title for Cowboy, 1994
American Library Assoc-"Wyick Picks for Young Adults" for Cowboy, 1995
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Power-point presentations--one hour long (including 15 minutes for questions at the beginning of the hour.)

Presentations available: John McCrae/In Flanders Fields; High Flight (WWII Canadian teen pilot); The Unknown Soldier around the World; British War Brides (Canada WWII) [for adult audience]; Pasta (research); The Road to Afghanistan (generations of veterans in Canadian families).

I bring historical artifacts to complement the program.

Word-search sheets are given to the teacher; more activity sheets are available on my website.

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Genre:
Non-Fiction
Grades:
4-12
Audience size:
75-100
Workshop Description:

Please contact me to discuss your workshop needs.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$350 (a.m. only)
Two sessions:
$500 (a.m. only)
GST:
GST applicable