Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian childrenÕs literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada.
LARRY SWARTZ is an instructor in literacy as well as dramatic arts at the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for
over thirty-six years and is well known for his use of children's literature to help young
people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher,
consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with
teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United
States, and Asia. He is the author of several teacher resource publications.