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Nicola Winstanley
Author
Nicola Winstanley
Nicola Winstanley has always loved to write; but it wasn’t until her daughter, Audie, was born that she started writing stories for children. Like the baby in Cinnamon Baby, Audie cried and cried, but stopped suddenly on one occasion when she got a whiff of some cinnamon. Writing the story, turning it into a kind of fairy tale, helped Nicola cope with the difficulty of being a new mother to a screaming tot. Audie is a nine-year old now and she and Nicola like to bake together, enjoying the smells and tastes, and the warmth of the oven and of being together.
    
Nicola has been influenced by many wonderful picture book authors, but particularly by her fellow New Zealander Margaret Mahy. She thinks of her specifically when she writes, hoping to find the sparkling magic in her own voice that she so loves in Margaret’s. Nicola is a big fan of Maurice Sendak, too. She finds that he treats emotional intensity with a sweetness that gives such comfort to children … and parents.  
    
Nicola considers herself lucky because she gets to read children’s books all the time — it’s the best part of the day for her, Audie and her son, Sam. She’s also lucky because she gets to read fledgling writers, as she teaches writing to students at Humber College in Toronto. Of course it’s a cliché, but she’s sure her students teach her more than she teaches them. She’s always thrilled by their creativity and imagination, inspired by their great ideas.
    
Nicola also likes to write poetry for children and short stories for grown-ups. But she likes picture books best of all. Those stories reveal themselves to her in the littlest details of life, the precious moments that many might ignore, unaware of their magic.

Picture Books
  • Cinnamon Baby, 2011


Cinnamon Baby
2012New Writer Award , Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Commended
Nicola Winstanley
Author
Nicola Winstanley
Nicola Winstanley has always loved to write; but it wasn’t until her daughter, Audie, was born that she started writing stories for children. Like the baby in Cinnamon Baby, Audie cried and cried, but stopped suddenly on one occasion when she got a whiff of some cinnamon. Writing the story, turning it into a kind of fairy tale, helped Nicola cope with the difficulty of being a new mother to a screaming tot. Audie is a nine-year old now and she and Nicola like to bake together, enjoying the smells and tastes, and the warmth of the oven and of being together.
    
Nicola has been influenced by many wonderful picture book authors, but particularly by her fellow New Zealander Margaret Mahy. She thinks of her specifically when she writes, hoping to find the sparkling magic in her own voice that she so loves in Margaret’s. Nicola is a big fan of Maurice Sendak, too. She finds that he treats emotional intensity with a sweetness that gives such comfort to children … and parents.  
    
Nicola considers herself lucky because she gets to read children’s books all the time — it’s the best part of the day for her, Audie and her son, Sam. She’s also lucky because she gets to read fledgling writers, as she teaches writing to students at Humber College in Toronto. Of course it’s a cliché, but she’s sure her students teach her more than she teaches them. She’s always thrilled by their creativity and imagination, inspired by their great ideas.
    
Nicola also likes to write poetry for children and short stories for grown-ups. But she likes picture books best of all. Those stories reveal themselves to her in the littlest details of life, the precious moments that many might ignore, unaware of their magic.

Picture Books
  • Cinnamon Baby, 2011


Cinnamon Baby
2012New Writer Award , Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Commended
Nicola Winstanley
Author
Nicola Winstanley
Nicola Winstanley has always loved to write; but it wasn’t until her daughter, Audie, was born that she started writing stories for children. Like the baby in Cinnamon Baby, Audie cried and cried, but stopped suddenly on one occasion when she got a whiff of some cinnamon. Writing the story, turning it into a kind of fairy tale, helped Nicola cope with the difficulty of being a new mother to a screaming tot. Audie is a nine-year old now and she and Nicola like to bake together, enjoying the smells and tastes, and the warmth of the oven and of being together.
    
Nicola has been influenced by many wonderful picture book authors, but particularly by her fellow New Zealander Margaret Mahy. She thinks of her specifically when she writes, hoping to find the sparkling magic in her own voice that she so loves in Margaret’s. Nicola is a big fan of Maurice Sendak, too. She finds that he treats emotional intensity with a sweetness that gives such comfort to children … and parents.  
    
Nicola considers herself lucky because she gets to read children’s books all the time — it’s the best part of the day for her, Audie and her son, Sam. She’s also lucky because she gets to read fledgling writers, as she teaches writing to students at Humber College in Toronto. Of course it’s a cliché, but she’s sure her students teach her more than she teaches them. She’s always thrilled by their creativity and imagination, inspired by their great ideas.
    
Nicola also likes to write poetry for children and short stories for grown-ups. But she likes picture books best of all. Those stories reveal themselves to her in the littlest details of life, the precious moments that many might ignore, unaware of their magic.

Picture Books
  • Cinnamon Baby, 2011


Cinnamon Baby
2012New Writer Award , Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Commended
 
Books by Nicola Winstanley have been the recipients of the following awards: