Available for IN-PERSON visits in : Kamloops Region (British Columbia)

Home Location: Vancouver, BC

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle-Grade Fiction

Target Audience: Grades 1-7

Maximum Audience Size: 60 students

Preferred Presentation Space: a library

Cost for School and Public Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes



Presentation/Workshop Information: 

It Happened on Sweet Street (Grades 1-3; 30-45 minutes)

Book Synopsis: Monsieur Oliphant’s cake shop, the only bakery game in town, has long had customers lining up outside its door for Oliphant’s delicious jelly rolls and marvelous wedding cakes . . . until the day cookie concocter Mademoiselle Fée takes over the old shoemaker’s shop. And it isn’t long before the divine piemaker Madame Clotilde soon moves into the old bric-a-brac shop. Three different bakers all trying to outclass one another means their little cul-de-sac is packed with customers every day and night, so, one morning, when everyone is bumping and jostling each other with their cakes, cookies and pies, a food disaster — a massacre of cream, a devastation of crumbs — is inevitable! Only one little girl has the drive (or appetite?) to find a solution, but can it last? This madcap tale of frenzied cooks and zany eats (and one very lucky town) will delight readers with a sweet tooth of any age!

About the presentation: This story sweetly engages kids – with dessert! – at the same time it teaches the importance of respecting the choices of others, and dramatizes a peaceful conflict resolution. As a bonus, students will practice math skills, and learn some French. A follow-up art activity is available.


Izzy in the Doghouse (Grades 1-3; 30-45 minutes)

About the presentation: What is more thrilling than a new puppy?  What more exhausting? This is what Isabel experiences when Rollo enters her life after a falling out with her best friend. Through lively readings and discussion, young learners will help Isabel resolve her friendship troubles and cope with her new responsibilities as the mother of a fur-baby.  They’ll also be introduced to a non-traditional family: an adopted child of a single mother moving through the adoption process with her new dog.


Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories (Grades 4-7; 45-60 minutes)

About the presentation: No matter where they live, the current cohort of students have in common that they all lived through an historic moment: the Covid-19 pandemic. This presentation introduces middle-grade learners to a group of kids just like them, survivors, who found a way to cope during a crisis, often better than their adult counterparts.  Through excerpts and discussion, we take a peek inside the lives of kids who all live in the same inner-city apartment building. They cope with humour and build new friendships and understandings. By the end, young readers will recognize that they, too, are the heroes of their own pandemic stories.


Babble! And How Punctuation Saved It (Grades 3, 4, and 5; 45-60 minutes)

Book Synopsis: Chaos reigns in the village of Babble! All day, the residents fight, yell and argue, and no one is heard or understood . . . until a mysterious little girl arrives and gives the locals something very strange: a period. But what is this thing that looks like a freckle or a spot? The villagers don’t even know how to ask. However, as the girl begins to share more gifts — a question mark, quotation marks — the residents slowly learn how to communicate. But when more fights arise and disaster strikes, can punctuation truly save the day?

About the presentation: This dynamic presentation gets kids off their feet and laughing. Through an amusing parable, using verbal, visual and tactile means, they review basic punctuation marks and come to understand the importance of good communication in all interactions: friends, family, or whole communities.


Book List

Izzy’s Tail of Trouble, Kids Can Press, 2022: chapter book

Babble! And How Punctuation Saved It, Tundra, 2022: a fable

Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories, Groundwood 2021: middle-grade short stories

Pierre & Paul: Dragon!, Owl Kids Books, 2021; Melhoramentos, Brazil: bilingual picture book

Izzy in the Doghouse, Kids Can Press, 2020: chapter book

Pierre & Paul: Avalanche!, Owl Kids Books, 2020; Melhoramentos, Brazil: bilingual picture book

It Happened on Sweet Street, Tundra, 2020: picture book

The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat, Groundwood 2019: middle-grade novel

Jasper John Dooley, Public Library Enemy #1, Kids Can Press, 2016; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey: chapter book

Jasper John Dooley, Lost and Found, Kids Can Press, 2015; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey: chapter book

Eat, Leo! Eat! Kids Can Press, 2015: picture book

I Love You One to Ten, Groundwood Books 2015; Korea Piaget 2016: picture book

Jasper John Dooley, You’re in Trouble, Kids Can Press, 2015; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey: chapter book

A Simple Case of Angels, Groundwood Books, 2014; Kodansha, Japan: middle-grade novel

Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love, Kids Can Press, 2014; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey: chapter book

Norman, Speak!, Groundwood Books, 2014; The BookInMyLife Publishing Company, South Korea 2015: picture book

Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind, Kids Can Press, 2013; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey: chapter book

The Middle of Nowhere, Groundwood, 2012; Kodansha, Japan 2014: middle-grade novel

Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week, Kids Can Press, 2012; Kirmizi Kedi Yayincilik, Turkey; Polyadria Print, Russia: chapter book

Film Studies, Annick Press, 2010: teen novella

Bruno for Real, Orca Book Publishers, 2009: chapter book

Very Serious Children, Scholastic, 2007; Des enfants drolement serieux in the French translation; Epsilon, Turkey, 2010: middle-grade novel

I, Bruno, Orca Book Publishers, 2007: chapter book



Caroline Adderson is an award-winning author of books for children of all ages. Her picture books include Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014), Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015), I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015), It Happened on Sweet Street (Tundra 2020, and the bilingual Pierre & Paul books, Avalanche! and Dragon! (Owl Kids 2020/2021). Her chapter books I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno For Real (Orca 2009) were followed by the hilarious six-volume Jasper John Dooley series (Kids Can 2012-2016), the Izzy spin-off series (Kids Can 2020-2023). Middle grade readers enjoy her novels Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012), A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014), The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat (Groundwood 2019) and Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories (Groundwood 2021). The latest addition to her bookshelf is a fable about punctuation, Babble! And How Punctuation Saved It (Tundra 2022). As well as accumulating many stars, Caroline’s children’s books have won the Diamond Willow Award, the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Four of her titles have been Junior Library Guild Selections and have appeared on numerous Best Book lists. Her nominations include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, multiple Chocolate Lily Book Awards, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Shining Willow Award, and the Red Cedar Award. Caroline lives in Vancouver, B.C.