Pamela Hickman - Author

Biography

Pamela was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of Waterloo. During university, Pamela had several interesting summer jobs, including working for the mosquito control program with Alberta Environment in Edmonton. She spent every day dressed in chest waders, standing in marshes and studying the insect life that thrived there. She started her writing career as the education co-ordinator for the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. This role involved writing education kits about nature and the environment that were used by teachers in classrooms. Since going freelance in 1990, she has published over 35 nature books for children. In 1992, Pamela, her husband and their three daughters moved to Canning, Nova Scotia. Pamela now has four young grandchildren to further inspire her.#Through her books, Pamela tries to capture her readers’ interest in nature by finding the truly weird and wonderful aspects of plants and animals. She is very enthusiastic about the amazing creatures out there and hopes that enthusiasm comes through in her writing. Pamela is a big believer that creativity is an important part of writing nonfiction. It’s what you do with the facts that counts! Many of her books also focus on hands-on activities that involve the reader in nature discovery. Nurturing respect and fascination for nature and conservation are her ultimate goals.

Awards

  • Nature All Around: Plants

    2021 - Best Children’s Books List, Bank Street College, Winner

  • Nature All Around: Birds

    2021 - Best Children’s Books List, Bank Street College, Winner

    2021 - Dogwood Titles, Grades 3-5, Dogwood Committee of Missouri, Winner

  • Nature All Around: Trees

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

  • It’s Moving Day!

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

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

    2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Commended

    2009 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Commended

    2009 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice, Commended

  • Animal Senses

    2000 - Teachers Choices, International Reading Association, Winner

    1999 - Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    1999 - Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®, , Winner

    1998 - Ann Connor-Brimer Award, , Short-listed

    1998 - Parents’ Choice Approved, , Winner

  • Animals Eating

    2003 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Short-listed

    2002 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, , Short-listed

    2002 - Our Choice, , Winner

  • Animals in Motion

    2000 - International Best Book, Society of School Librarians, Winner

    2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

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