Rachel Poliquin - Author

Rachel Poliquin writes about animals, mostly. She has written about various remarkable creatures, including an albino wallaby, heroic sled dogs and 800 000 jars of pickled fish. But she particularly likes celebrating unexpected animal heroes --- the lowly, lumpy, common and supposedly boring. All animals are fascinating and extraordinary if you look close enough.

In a former life, Poliquin was an academic. She has a Ph.D. in the history of science and has written two books for grown-ups. Her book The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing was included in the New York Times 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, and Beaver (2015) was part of Reaktion Books' Animal Series. Her children's book Beavers (2018) was a Junior Library Guild Selection and was named an ALA Notable Book. Poliquin has also written for Science Friday, the Believer magazine and the New York Times. She curated the exhibition “Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy” for the Museum of Vancouver and the permanent vertebrate exhibits for the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity at the University of British Columbia.

Raised close to nature on an organic farm, Poliquin has a deep love of the natural world, particularly its overlooked nooks and forgotten corners --- that's where the most interesting questions lurk. She is always ready to explore the amazing world around us, and if matters get a bit silly along the way, all the better.

She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and three children.
Instagram: @rachelpoliquin
Twitter: @ravishingbeasts

Beastly Puzzles

2021 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2020 - Hackmatack Children`s Choice Book Award, Winner
2020 - Maine Student Book Award, Maine Library Association, Long-listed
2020 - Information Book Award, Vancouver Children`s Literature Roundtable, Short-listed
2020 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children`s Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2019 - OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner