Claire Eamer

Claire Eamer

Gabriola Island, BC

Science in Society Youth Book Award (Winner, 2008)

Red Cedar Information Book Award (Winner, 2014)

Lane Anderson Award (Winner, 2013)

Lane Anderson Award (Short-listed, 2016)


Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past (Kids Can Press, 2018)

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go? (Annick Press, 2017)

Underneath the Sidewalk (North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada), 2017)

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science (Annick Press, 2013)

The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods (Annick Press, 2012)

Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them (Annick Press, 2010)

Spiked Scorpions & Walking Whales: Modern Animals, Ancient Animals, and Water (Annick Press, 2009)

Super Crocs & Monster Wings: Modern Animals’ Ancient Past (Annick Press, 2008)

Traitors’ Gate and Other Doorways to the Past (Annick Press, 2008)


Non-fiction, Picture books


Claire Eamer grew up in Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a Master’s degree in English. She has lived in England, Germany, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Whitehorse. Currently, she lives on Gabriola Island in the Salish Sea, just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver Island.

Claire is a professional writer, editor, and journalist, with a strong focus on science. For adults, she writes magazine articles and writes and edits major reports, mainly for science-based agencies. For kids, she writes information books about science and history, picture books, and middle grade to young adult fiction.


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Talking About Science

A short illustrated talk (up to one hour) on the topic of any of my science books (you choose!). I read short passages, tell the audience about some of my favourite bits, take and discuss questions, and talk about the process of researching and writing an information book. The balance of the presentation depends on the age range of the audience. Suitable for primary and middle grade audiences.

I can also do a version of this presentation suitable for a mixed or adult audience in a library or similar setting.

Presentation type: Other

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: 1 SESSION: $250 + GST 2 SESSIONS (same day/location): $450 + GST 3 SESSIONS (same day/location): $625 + GST Travel expenses tbd

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Underneath the Sidewalk, and Other Scary Places

This short presentation aimed at primary students is based on my picture book, Underneath the Sidewalk. Depending on the venue and group size, it can be illustrated by computer projector with pictures from the book or I can simply show the kids the pictures in the book itself. I combine a reading of the book with chatting with the kids about what scared me as a kid, what prompted me to write the book, and what makes things scary.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)

Fees: 1 SESSION: $250 + GST 2 SESSIONS (same day/location): $450 + GST 3 SESSIONS (same day/location): $625 + GST Travel expenses tbd

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Researching and writing information books

You don&;t have to be an expert to write an information book. That&;s where the research comes in. In this short workshop (2-3 hours), I talk about researching, organizing, and writing often-complex information for a young audience or a general audience. Topics include how to focus the book so that it doesn&;t tackle too much or too little, approaches to research, sources you might not think of, and developing an outline. If time permits, participants might undertake short exercises designed to help them get started with an information book project.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $500