Kerry Lyn Sparrow - Author

Kerry Lyn Sparrow

Kerry is an elementary school teacher who lives on a farm in Antrim (blink and you'll miss it!) in the Ottawa Valley with her husband, Neil, their two young boys, Robert and Ole, and their dog, Lily. A city girl most of her life, she has grown to love muddy creeks, rogue cows and, yes, even John Deere tractors.

Sleep, Sheep! is Kerry's first published book. She wrote the first draft of it in 2011, when she was teaching an amazing group of grade-four students in Arnprior. The class, teacher included, would write for ten minutes a day about whatever topic inspired them in whichever form they chose. Between the poems, letters and newscasts the students came up with each day, Sleep, Sheep! was born.

Kerry's mom was the first to read Sleep, Sheep!, shortly before she passed away in 2014. Inspired by her mom's faith in her ability as a writer, Kerry decided to submit her manuscript to a publisher. On a cold winter day, ice-skating with the kids in the barn (yes, the barn!), she got an email from Kids Can Press that began a new adventure for her as a published author.

Sleep, Sheep!

2020 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2019 - Jean Throop Book Award, IODE Ontario, Short-listed
2019 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Finalist
2019 - Delaware Diamonds Award, Diamond State Reading Association, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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