Elizabeth MacLeod - Author

Elizabeth MacLeod

It's difficult to believe that Elizabeth MacLeod never took a writing course during her four years at the University of Toronto. Instead, she studied science, graduating with an honors degree in biology and botany. Her training has come in handy for researching and writing children's information books, including most recently Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat? and Monster Fliers. MacLeod was managing editor of Magazine from 1986 until 1989. Soon after, Kids Can Press asked MacLeod if she would consider authoring a book on electronic communications for kids. The result was The Phone Book: Instant Communication from Smoke Signals to Satellites and Beyond. Since then, MacLeod has risen to the challenge of creating books to fascinate and involve kids including titles in the Kids Can Do It, Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History and Kids Books Of series. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

A History of Just About Everything

2015 - Silver Birch Nonfiction, Forest of Reading, Short-listed
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Long-listed
2014 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Short-listed
2014 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Book Award for Outstanding Youth Book Published in 2013, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Commended

Alexander Graham Bell

2008 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Canada Year by Year

2017 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2017 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Winner
2016 - Kids Books of the Year 2016, Quill & Quire, Winner

Eleanor Roosevelt

2008 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Lucy Maud Montgomery

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Lucy Maud Montgomery

2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Mark Twain

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Samuel de Champlain

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Wright Brothers

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Thomas Edison

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

To the Top of Everest

2003 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2002 - Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2002 - Children's Literature Choice List, Winner
- Red Cedar Book Award

What Did Dinosaurs Eat?

2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner