I am a writer, and former publishers' rep, bookseller, managing editor, publicist, creative writing teacher and most recently, a lighthouse keeper formerly based on the Lennard Island Lightstation near Tofino, BC from 2008-2021. I have written nine books for adults and children so far, and an adult literacy collection of short stories. In June of 2024, my third picture book, Have You Ever Heard A Whale Exhale? illustrated by Claire Victoria Watson will be published by Pownal Street Press and distributed by Raincoast Books. I have reviewed books in at least four genres for the quarterly BC Bookworld since 2014, and on BCBookLook online as well. Please visit my website www.carolinewoodward.ca for more biographical information.
Disturbing the Peace (1990) was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize/BC Book Prize in 1991, Alaska Highway Two-Step (1993) was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Mystery Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada in 1994 and was a Globe & Mail Pick for Best 100 Books of 1993, Singing Away the Dark was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Prize in 2011 as well as the 2010-2011 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award (Picture Book category), and the 2011-2012 Chocolate Lily Award (Picture Book category). It was also a 2012 Best Books for Kids and Teens Our Choice selection by the Canadian Children's Book Centre and a top pick in the US-based School Library Journal. It has been published in Quebec in French, translated by Fanny Britt, by Le Groupe d'éditions La Courte Échelle as well as by Korean, Bulgarian, Japanese and Chinese co-publishers to date.
Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper (2015) was nominated for the Bill Duthie BC Booksellers Prize in 2016 and A West Coast Summer (2018) was also nominated for the 2016-2017 Chocolate Lily Award (Picture Book Category).
Please see notes beside each book for notes on presentations specific to each book and each audience. More information is available on my website, www.carolinewoodward.ca and by contacting me directly with queries specific to each title and age group. I have given over 100 readings including those as a guest presenter at the Sechelt Writers Festival twice, the Whistler Writers Festival, the Vancouver Island Children's Bookfest, and numerous others.
Please see notes above, read the descriptions on my website or contact me directly to work with me and each particular book for a presentation tailored to your classroom needs. Thank you.