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.