Linda Bailey - Author

Biography

Linda Bailey sometimes feels as though she has multiple personalities. That’s because when she’s writing a story, she feels as though she’s actually inside the character. So for five books, she was “inside” an exuberant dog named Stanley — who hosted a party, went off to sea and rode a mean skateboard, among other high jinks. She has also gone time traveling (Good Times Travel Agency series) and gotten to the bottom of some truly dastardly crimes (Stevie Diamond Mystery series). In Toads on Toast, she cooked up a surprising (and toad-less) breakfast dish, and, most recently, she got to relive her childhood fantasies as she wrote If Kids Ruled the World.#Fortunately, this multiple-personality thing seems to be working! Linda’s books have been honored with multiple awards, including the Silver Birch, the Blue Spruce, the Georgia Picture Storybook Award, the California Young Reader Medal, the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. #A prairie girl by birth (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Linda is now a longtime West Coaster who likes to live within walking distance of the sea. She has two lovely grown daughters and makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Awards

  • Stanley’s Beauty Contest

    2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2010 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

    2010 - Shining Willow Award, Foreword Magazine, Short-listed

    2009 - Book of the Year, , Short-listed

  • On the Run in Ancient China

    2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Stowing Away with the Vikings

    2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

    2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • Stanley at School

    2017 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2015 - 2015 Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY, Short-listed

  • Toads on Toast

    2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2013 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book category, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Winner

    2013 - Shining Willow Award, , Commended

  • If Kids Ruled the World

    2016 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2015 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Winner

    2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA’s Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

  • Stanley’s Little Sister

    2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2012 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2011 - Best Children Books of the Year, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2011 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Best Bets Picture Book, , Winner

  • Stanley at Sea

    2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2009 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, , Short-listed

    2009 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, , Short-listed

    2009 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, , Short-listed

  • Stanley’s Wild Ride

    2009 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Winner

    2008 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Canadian, Commended

    2007 - Children’s Literature Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2007 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, ForeWord Magazine, Commended

    2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children’s Books, , Winner

    2006 - Book of the Year Award – Gold Medal, , Winner

  • Stanley’s Party

    2011 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Short-listed

    2007 - Ministry of Education Time to Read, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Winner

    2006 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2006 - Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2006 - SMART Award, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

    2005 - Chocolate Lily Award, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Winner

    2005 - Georgia Picture Storybook Award, , Winner

    2005 - Shining Willow Award, , Winner

    2004 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, , Winner

    2004 - Best Bets, , Winner

    2004 - Blue Spruce Award, , Winner

    2004 - Book of the Year Award – Silver Medal, , Winner

    2004 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, , Winner

    2004 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, , Winner

    2004 - Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature, , Winner

  • How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark?

    2002 - Red Cedar Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2000 - Silver Birch Award, CNIB Library for the Blind, Short-listed

    2000 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, Crime Writers of Canada, Short-listed

    1999 - Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, , Winner

  • What’s a Serious Detective …

    2004 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed

    2003 - Our Choice, , Winner

  • What’s a Daring Detective…

    2000 - Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, Crime Writers of Canada, Short-listed

    2000 - Red Cedar Book Award, , Short-listed

    1999 - Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, , Short-listed

    1997 - Arthur Ellis Award, , Short-listed

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