Helaine Becker

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Helaine Becker

Author, Storyteller
Toronto, ON

Bank Street List of Best Books of the Year A Junior Library Guild Selection Cook Prize Shortlist ALA Amelia Bloomer List Select (2018)

Lane Anderson Award (Winner, 2013)

Lane Anderson Award (Winner, 2010)

Libris Book of the Year (Winner, 2010)

Outstanding Youth Book Award - Canadian Science Writers Assoc. (Winner, 2013)

Junior Library Guild (Commended, 2016)

Junior Library Guild (Commended, 2014)

Junior Library Guild (2018)

Lane Anderson Award (Short-listed, 2017)


Hubots (Kids Can Press, 2018)

The Haunted House that Jack Built (Scholastic Canada, 2010)


Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Non-fiction, Picture books


Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 70 books for children and young adults.  A Porcupine in a Pine Tree was the Canadian National Bestseller and received the Libris Picture Book of the Year Award from the C.B.A. She’s also a four-time winner of the Silver Birch Award: for Boredom Blasters in 2006, and Secret Agent Y.O.U. in 2008; What&;s the Big Idea?  and Zoobots received Silver Birch Honour Awards in 2011 and 2015. The Insecto-Files andThe Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea both won The Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children; The Big Green Book also won the Outstanding Youth Book Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association The Looney Bay All-Stars, sold over 185,000 copies. Her most recent science-related books (Zoobots and 2016&;s Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo) were Junior Library Guild Selections.


Helaine also writes for children’s television and is in high demand as a performer at schools across North America. She has been selected three times for the Canadian Children’s Book Week Cross Country tour and has been a featured speaker at the Vancouver Writers Festival, Frye Festival in New Brunswick, Aloud International Children’s Festival in Ontario, Weaving Words Conference in Alberta, Literacy for Life Conference in Saskatchewan, and the Red Cedar Awards in British Columbia, Tucson Book Festival, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival in Costa Mesa, California and the 2010 Women’s Writers’ Festival in Irvine, California.  


A New York native, she has lived  happily in Toronto for more than 20 years. She has been on the executive board of CANSCAIP (the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors and Illustrators), and is a member of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, TWUC, CSWA, and SCBWI. She is married with two sons and has the cutest dog in the world, Ella. She is also a runner, a loud laugher, and a certified KABOOM!!!! pyrotechnician. 


Helaine volunteers regulary for literacy causes and is actively involved in presentations and projects in association with the CNIB, ABC Literacy Canada, First Book Canada,CODE and Librarians without Borders.



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Nutty in a Good Way

Always fun, always educational, always different! My presentations include hilarious poetry (such as the notorious giggle inducer “Ode to Underwear") dramatic interactive readings from Looney Bay or my other fiction titles, done-right-on-the-spot science experiments, and impromptu story development, mixed with student Q&A and a hearty dose of curriculum linking. Presentations will be customized to your needs in terms of student age range (Kindergarten through High School), group size, and curriculum content. 50 minutes.

Presentation type: Workshop

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

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Get Your Funny On!

Get ready to laugh out loud in this fun and funny hands-on workshop on boosting lateral thinking. Using proven techniques used by writers, comedians and cartoonists, I will unleash your students’ creative thinking skills and show you how to loosen up those uptight tweens and teens you call your students. Association lists, the magic grid, defeating the blank page, doodling, the world’s worst first sentence and more! 50 minutes; with lots of hands-on activities.

Presentation type: Workshop

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