Helaine Becker - Author

Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 70 books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. She's a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for science writing for children. She has had her two most recent science/nonfiction titles recognized by the Junior Library Guild, and her novel Gottika was named to the Sydney Taylor Notable Book list.

Helaine also writes for children's television, and is in high demand as a performer at schools and festivals across North America. She has toured three times for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and has been a featured speaker at the Vancouver Writers Fest, the Tucson Festival of Books, the Frye Festival in New Brunswick, ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers in Toronto, the Weaving Words conference, the Literacy for Life Conference, and the Orange County Children's Book Festival in California. She speaks to thousands of kids annually at schools and libraries all over the world, inspiring children to discover for themselves the super power of literacy.

A New York native, Helaine has lived happily in Toronto for more than 20 years. She shares her home with her husband, two nearly grown sons and a werewolf named Ella. Helaine volunteers for several literacy organizations and charities, including First Book, ABC Literacy, CODE and Librarians Without Borders. She is also a certified pyrotechnician, so --- KABOOM! --- expect fireworks at any time.
Twitter: @helainebecker


2012 - Reuben Award for Book Illustration, National Comics Society, Short-listed

Monster Science

2017 - 2017-2018 Children's Book Award, Hackmatack, Short-listed
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2016 - Youth Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Short-listed
2016 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed
2016 - Eureka! Silver Award, California Reading Assocation, Winner
2016 - Best Bets Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

2014 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2013 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Winner
2012 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Winner


2015 - Silver Birch Nonfiction, Forest of Reading, Runner-up


Zoobots, 2014

Picture Books

AlphaBest, 2012