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Helaine Becker

Talking is what I do best. Writing is how I talk when no one else is around.

Helaine Becker is an award-winning writer of children’s books, educational materials, magazine feature articles and television projects. She was born in Plainview, NY and graduated from Duke University with a degree in History. She is married and has two sons, who have been the inspiration for many of her books. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

These credentials have added up to make Helaine a dynamo in the children’s book world. She always has a million projects on the go, all at once! She is the author of the incredibly popular A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its two sequels; The Haunted House that Jack Built, Don't Stress: How to Handle Life's Little Problems and numerous quiz books! She has written a humorous science-related TV show called Planet Echo, and is hard at work on more middle-grade fiction and non-fiction projects.

Helaine claims the most important education in her life was not from school but from two important sources: first, the public library in her town; second, travelling around the world. “Get on your duff and read, I say,” proclaims Helaine. “Then get off your duff and go see the world. You will be a broader, wiser, kinder person if you follow this path!”

True to her word, Helaine is a read-aholic and a fearless traveller. Some of her adventures include climbing an active volcano in Guatemala, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, sailing down the Nile in Egypt, and swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii. She is currently working with Librarians without Borders to fund a library/well-building project in Cambodia.

People often ask Helaine what inspires her to write, and to write for children. Her answer is: “Everything inspires me. The world is fascinating and so darn silly. And I don’t write for children. I write for myself.” This is probably because she insists she is 11 years old in her soul and hopes never to become a teenager — once was enough. Learn more about Helaine at www.helainebecker.com. 


Awards

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018

Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2015

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2014

Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2013

Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Winner, Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2011

The Haunted House That Jack Built, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011

The Hilarious History of Hockey, Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2011

The Hilarious History of Hockey, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011

Books

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
Canadian Kids' Guide to Outdoor Fun
Dashing Through the Snow
Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol
Do Beavers Eat Poutine?: Cool Canadian Quizzes
Do You Dare?
Don't Stress: How to Handle Life's Little Problems
The Haunted House That Jack Built
The Hilarious History of Hockey
Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner
Looney Bay All-Stars #1: Pirate Power Play
Looney Bay All-Stars #2: Attack by Knight
Looney Bay All-Stars #3: The Vikings Have a Field Day
Looney Bay All-Stars #4: Explorers Out of Bounds
Looney Bay All-Stars #5: The Emperor Strikes Out
Looney Bay All-Stars #6: Egyptian Slam Dunk
Looney Bay All-Stars #7: Final Faceoff
Ode to Underwear
The Quiz Book for BFFs
The Quiz Book for BFFs 2
The Quiz Book for Spies
Stress Less: Tips and Tools to Help You Chill
You Got This!: 100 Tips for Being Your Stress-Free Best

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