Jude Isabella - Author

Jude Isabella started writing kids books when she was managing editor of YES Mag: Canada's Science Magazine for Kids. Her inspiration mostly comes from paying attention to things that make her laugh and things that make her angry (she learned that from a famous journalist named Molly Ivins).

Jude makes her living as a journalist and has found that when working she only lasts about 90 minutes before she has to get up and run around. Seriously, run. Or bicycle. Or walk really fast.

A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Jude lives with her husband, composer Tobin Stokes, a raccoon that refuses to be evicted from the bicycle shed and a small group of deer that graze the garden each summer. When she's not writing or interviewing scientists, Jude is most likely to be found riding her pretty green bicycle.


2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults - Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Long-listed
2013 - Lane Anderson Award, Short-listed

The Red Bicycle

2017 - Crown Award, Triple Crown Children's Book Awards, Short-listed
2016 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2016 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, BC Book Prizes, Short-listed
2016 - 2016/2017 Children's Choice Book Award, Hackmatack, Long-listed
2016 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2015 - Best Bets Junior Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner


Chitchat, 2013