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Nicola Winstanley

Nicola Winstanley

Nicola Winstanley is the author of  five picture books, including How To Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps, nominated for the Governor General's Award in 2019, and Cinnamon Baby, shortlisted for the TD Picture Book Award and recipient of an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Nicola has also published poetry, comix and fiction for adults in various literary journals in Canada and teaches learning skills and scriptwriting at Humber College in Toronto. Originally from New Zealand, Nicola lives in Hamilton with her husband, two children, two cats and tiny dog, preposterously called Blueberry Fang Whitepaw.



How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps. Tundra, 2019
Cinnamon Baby. Kids Can Press, 2011
The Pirate's Bed. Tundra, 2015
A Bedtime Yarn. Tundra, 2017
Mel and Mo's Marvellous Balancing Act. Annick, 2019


Marilyn Bailie Picture Book Award Short List for Cinnamon Baby, 2011
Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor Prize for Cinnamon Baby, 2011
Governor General's Award Nominee for How to Give Your Cat a Bath, 2019
Shining Willow Shortlist for Cinnamon Baby and How to Give Your Cat a Bath, 2012 and 2020
Monarch Reader's Choice Award Shortlist for How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps, 2020
The Alvin A. Lee Award for Creative Non Fiction for "Crackers" , 2019
Short Works Prize Fiction Shortlist for "The Feeling in the Flesh', 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Please see my website for more information about my presentations and workshops. My interactive presentations focus on the writing process, and the story behind the story, with specific focus on different aspects of my books depending on the audience's age. 

Presentation Length:
Varies: Typically 45 minutes
Picture Book
Audience Size:
Any size
Workshop Description:

Worshops in story structure, descriptive writing, life writing, writing comics, poetry and creativity. (Varying length according to the needs and size of the participants.) I can also workshop screenwriting with children in the middle grades and highschool.