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Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson
GenreChildren's Literature

Kathy Stinson (born 1952) is a Canadian children's writer.[1]



Stinson was born in Toronto, taught elementary school there and studied at the University of Toronto.[1]

She lives in Rockwood, Ontario[2] with her partner Peter Carver, a retired editor.[3]



A Season of Sorrow was said to be "delightfully written with very down-to-earth and realistically portrayed characters" by Tracy's Book Nook.[4] In 2015, Today's Parent magazine named Red is Best one of the 8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlers.[5]


  • Red is Best (1982, Anniversary Edition, 2006)
  • Big or Little (1983, Anniversary Edition 2009)
  • Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Anymore (1984, Revised Edition 2007)
  • Those Green Things (1985, Revised Edition 1995)
  • The Bare Naked Book (1986, Anniversary Edition 2006, Revised Edition 2021)
  • Seven Clues in Pebble Creek (1987, Revised Edition 2005)
  • Teddy Rabbit (1988)
  • The Dressed Up Book (1990)
  • Who is Sleeping in Aunty's Bed? (1991)
  • Steven's Baseball Mitt (1992, Revised Edition 1998)
  • Fish House Secrets (1992)
  • The Fabulous Ball Book (1993)
  • Writing Your Best Picture Book Ever (1994)
  • The Great Pebble Creek Bike Race (1994, Revised Edition 2005)
  • One Year Commencing (1997)
  • King of the Castle (2000)
  • Marie-Claire: Dark Spring (2001)
  • Marie-Claire: A Season of Sorrow (2002)
  • Becoming Ruby (2003)
  • Marie-Claire: Visitors (2003)
  • Marie-Claire: Angels in Winter (2004)
  • One More Clue (2005)
  • 101 Ways to Dance (2006)
  • A Pocket Can Have A Treasure In It (2008)
  • Love Every Leaf: the life of landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (2008)
  • Big or Little? 25th anniversary edition (2009)
  • Highway of Heroes (2010)
  • The Man with the Violin (2013), received the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award[2] and was shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award[6]
  • Harry and Walter (2016)
  • The Dance of the Violin (2017)
  • The Dog Who Wanted to Fly (2019)
  • The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman (2020)
  • The Girl Who Loved Giraffes and Became the World's First Giraffologist (2021)


  1. ^ a b "Kathy Stinson". Thistledown Press.
  2. ^ a b "The Man with the Violin wins TD Canadian Children's Literature Award". Toronto Star. November 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Jenkinson, Dave. "Kathy Stinson". Canadian Review of Materials.
  4. ^ "Children's Books". A Season of Sorrow by Kathy Stinson: Book Review. Tracy's Book Nook. October 19, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlers". Today's Parent. May 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Marie-Louise Gay, Kathy Stinson shortlisted for kids' lit prize". CBC News. April 16, 2014.
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