Loretta Garbutt was raised in a musical family in Toronto, Ontario. Her mother was a singer and piano teacher, her brothers all budding young musicians, so it was no wonder Loretta found the theater. She then spent over 30 years performing in television commercials.#While working for a recording studio, Loretta discovered voice acting and loved it instantly. She went on to voice many commercials, CBC radio dramas and animated cartoons such as Madeline, Babar, Maxie’s World, Julius Jr. and the ongoing show Max and Ruby. She especially enjoyed the villains and demons she voiced for the popular Sailor Moon series.#Loretta developed her keen understanding of the world of children’s books while working as a storyteller, bookseller and reviewer at Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore in Toronto. Here she developed a passion for literacy and the thrill of putting books into the hands of tomorrow’s~big readers.#Meanwhile, with all those animation and story characters in her head, plus a riveted audience (her two children and husband), Loretta began writing stories and squirrelling them away for future young readers to enjoy.
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2023 - Willow Awards, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards, Short-Listed
A Stopwatch from Grampa
2021 - Best Children’s Books List, Bank Street College, Winner
2021 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2021 - Crystal Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI, Finalist
2020 - Best Picture Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews, Winner