Pamela Hickman - Author

Pamela Hickman

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 three daughters moved to Canning, Nova Scotia, where they are surrounded by nature and inspiration.

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.

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, Short-listed
2002 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Animals in Motion

2000 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2000 - International Best Book, Society of School Librarians, Winner

It's Moving Day!

2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2009 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Short-listed
2009 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed