Linda Bailey - Author

Linda Bailey sometimes feels as though she has multiple personalities. That's because when she's writing a story, she feels as though she's actually inside the character. So for five books, she was “inside” an exuberant dog named Stanley --- who hosted a party, went off to sea and rode a mean skateboard, among other high jinks. She has also gone time traveling (Good Times Travel Agency series) and gotten to the bottom of some truly dastardly crimes (Stevie Diamond Mystery series). In Toads on Toast, she cooked up a surprising (and toad-less) breakfast dish, and, most recently, she got to relive her childhood fantasies as she wrote If Kids Ruled the World.

Fortunately, this multiple-personality thing seems to be working! Linda's books have been honored with multiple awards, including the Silver Birch, the Blue Spruce, the Georgia Picture Storybook Award, the California Young Reader Medal, the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (BC Book Prize) and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada.

A prairie girl by birth (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Linda is now a longtime West Coaster who likes to live within walking distance of the sea. She has two lovely grown daughters and makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Adventures in Ancient Greece

2005 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed

Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

If Kids Ruled the World

2016 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2015 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice, Winner
2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

Stanley at School

2017 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2015 - 2015 Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, IBBY, Short-listed

Stanley at Sea

2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2009 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, Short-listed
2009 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2009 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Short-listed
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

Stanley's Beauty Contest

2010 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2010 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2010 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed

Stanley's Little Sister

2012 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Winner
2012 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Best Children Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Stanley's Party

2011 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Short-listed
2007 - Ministry of Education Time to Read, Winner
2006 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Short-listed
2006 - SMART Award, Winner
2006 - Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award, Winner
2005 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Winner
2005 - Georgia Picture Storybook Award, Winner
2005 - Chocolate Lily Award, Winner
2004 - Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner
2004 - Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature, Winner
2004 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Winner
2004 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Winner
2004 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, Winner
2004 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2004 - Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Stanley's Wild Ride

2009 - Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association, Winner
2008 - California Library Association Young Reader Medal, Winner
2007 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Short-listed
2007 - Children's Literature Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Canadian, Short-listed
2007 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2006 - Book of the Year Award - Gold Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner
2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Toads on Toast

2013 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book category, Winner
2013 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

What's a Daring Detective Like Me Doing in the Doghouse?

2000 - Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, Short-listed
2000 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
1999 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Short-listed
1997 - Arthur Ellis Award, Crime Writers of Canada, Short-listed

What's a Serious Detective Like Me Doing in Such a Silly Movie?

2004 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner