Catherine Austen writes funny, sad, award-winning fiction for all ages. She has two literary novels for young adults, Walking Backward and All Good Children, two middle-grade comedies, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 and 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, and one unfortunately titled picture book, My Cat Isis, illustrated by Virginie Egger. Her second picture book, The Squirrels Stole my Sister, illustrated by Sean Cassidy, will be published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in Fall 2020.
Catherine’s books have won the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s Literature. Her short stories for adults have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Write. Catherine is a literacy tutor for Sage Youth, a mentor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and an editor for the Ottawa Public Library’s annual youth-writing anthology, Pot-pourri. She works from her home in Gatineau, Quebec. She has given readings and writing workshops at libraries, schools, and literary festivals across the country.
The Gift of Reading
The holidays are a special time of year for millions of people around the world. But regardless of our faith or beliefs, it tends to give way to the need for each of us to take a moment and recenter values that, in the end, are shared by all of us. Values we want to pass down to future generations, and those near and dear to us. We therefore propose this series of French and English titles that, first and foremost, speak of generosity, sharing, helping each other, and an openness of heart and spirit. And seeing as winter is finally here, we’ve also included two charming recommendations to welcome the season.