Author: Sarah Ellis

Profile: Sarah Ellis is a Canadian author, writer, teacher and librarian. She is an out lesbian. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree at the University of British Columbia in 1973. In 1975, she received a Master of Library Science degree. In 1980, Sarah has also attended the Centre for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College in Boston.  Sarah has worked in Vancouver and Toronto as a librarian. Besides this reviews for Quill and Quire are also written by her.

Sarah Ellis teaches writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a masthead reviewer for The Hornbook. She develops ideas from anecdotes people narrate to her, from memories, family stories, articles in the newspaper, dreams, radio interviews, paying attention, observing the world and being curiosity. She belongs to a number of unions and clubs like the Children’s Writers and Illustrators, Writers’ Union of Canada, the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and many more.

Writing style: Sarah Ellis’s genre is children’s literature.

Published Texts:


Out of the Blue

Pick Up Sticks

Next Door Neighbours

Baby Project

Odd Man Out

Outside In

Picture books

Big Ben

Next Stop

Salmon Forest

Ben Over Night

Queen’s Feet

Putting Up with Mitchell

Short story collections

Back of Beyond

A Season for Miracles

A Christmas to Remember

The Tunnel


Dear Canada Diary Books

A Prairie as Wide as the Sea

Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford

That Fatal Night: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton

Chapter Books

The Several Lives of Orphan Jack

Books about Writing

From Reader to Writer

The Young Writer’s Companion


Girl’s Own


Awards and Acknowledgements:

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Odd Man Out

The Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Mr. Christie’s Book Award

IODE Violet Downey Award

Governor General’s Award for English –language children’s literature for Pick Up Sticks