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Sheryl McFarlane

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I was born in the Ottawa Valley, but grew up in Arizona. I am a certified elementary educator, a freelance editor, and the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for kids. Waiting for the Whales and Jessie's Island are two of my titles that have been in print for over 25 years. I am the former chair of the Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable, have been involved in numerous award committees, and coordinated author tours for the Canadian Children's Book Centre. I live on Vancouver Island, a windswept coast that continues to inspire me.

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What's That Sound? In the City. illus. Kim LaFave. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004.
What's That Sound? On the Farm. illus. Kim LaFave. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004.
This is the Dog. illus. Chrissie Wysotski. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003.
A Pod of Orcas. illus. Kirsti Wakelin. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002.
Going to the Fair. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1996.
What's That Sound? By the Sea. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
What's That Sound? At the Circus. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
The Smell of Paint. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006
Island Santa. Children's Foundation of Vancouver Island /Orca Books, 2013
Waiting for the Whales. Orca, 1991
Jessie's Island. Orca Books, 1992
Eagle Dreams. Orca Books, 1994
Moonsnail Song. Orca Books, 1994
Tides of Change. Orca Books, 1995
Going to the Fair. Orca Books, 1996
I Love Kisses. Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky, 2018
Island in the Salish Sea. Orca Book Publishers, 2018


Governor General's Literary Award, for illustration.
IODE Award for text.
Canadian National Library Notable Book.
Shortlisted, for Mr. Christie Book Award for Waiting for the Whales.
Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" Selection for Jessie's Island; Moonsail Song.
Moonbeam Gold for YA Fiction for The Smell of Paint, 2007
Manitoba Willow Short List for YA Fiction for The Smell of Paint, 2009
Moonbeam Silver Award for Boardbooks for What's That Sound? By the Sea, 2007
Canadian Toy Council's Best Books for What's That Sound? By the Sea, 2007
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


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