Barbara Greenwood - Author

Barbara Greenwood

Barbara Greenwood is the author of 14 books for children and is working on more. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto and taught elementary school. Later, while she was at home raising four children, she decided to pursue an interest in writing historical fiction.

This award-winning author has always been fascinated by history. As a child, Greenwood searched her local library for any historical fiction, enthralled by English history in particular. However, she was struck, even then, by the fact that there were so few novels set in Canada's past. “I felt as if the place in which I lived didn't exist,” she says. Greenwood is trying to rectify this situation for today's children.

In 2007 Kids Can Press re-released Greenwood's acclaimed The Kids Book of Canada in paperback with updated facts from the 2006 census. This title introduces kids to our nation with maps, timelines, fact boxes and information about each province and territory --- including regional landscapes, wildlife, profiles of famous Canadians, important events, provincial and territorial coats of arms and much more. The Kids Book of Canada continues to be an important resource that will enrich everyone's knowledge and appreciation of Canada.

Factory Girl

2009 - Red Cedar Award, Short-listed
2008 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2008 - Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association, Winner
2008 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2008 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2007 - Best Bets Non-Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2007 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed
2007 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Winner

The Kids Book of Canada

1998 - A Parent' s Choice Approval, Winner
1998 - Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council®, Winner
1998 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
1998 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
1997 - Best Non-fiction Book, Quill & Quire, Winner

The Last Safe House

2001 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2000 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2000 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
1999 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner
1999 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
1999 - Teachers' Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
1998 - Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children, Winner
1998 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed