Nominations and shortlists for What’s the Buzz?

What’s the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight was nominated or shortlisted for several awards.

In 2015, in addition to being a Junior Library Guild Selection, What’s the Buzz? was an Ontario Library Association Best Bet book and a finalist for the Lane Anderson Award, celebrating the best in Canadian science writing.

In 2016, What’s the Buzz? was included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens and was shortlisted for the Green Earth Book Award and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children’s Book Award and a nominee for the 2016/17 Red Cedar Book Awards.

Junior Library Guild Selection

What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight has been awarded the designation, "A Junior Library Guild Selection" for Fall 2015. 

Here's how it works:  The Junior Library Guild reviews more than 3,000 new titles for children and teens each year, selecting about 700 of them. Librarians in the United States and Canada then choose from the JLG selections to build their collections. According to the Junior Library League:

"We've developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews. And, according to statistics provided by Collection HQ, from 2013 to 2014 JLG Selections circulated 81% more than other books published for children and teens."

Thank you, Junior Library Guild! And thank you Orca Book Publishers!


Book signing and bee benefit

I will be signing copies of my book, What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight, and selling my own Flower Power honey at The Local General Store (my favourite shop in Victoria), on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be an apple tasting, music by Wild Honey, and lots of other bee-themed products for sale. Best of all, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to Sierra Club Canada for their great work in protecting the bees. 

Hope to see you there!