Elizabeth MacLeod - Author

Elizabeth MacLeod

Elizabeth MacLeod became a writer at a young age. When she and her older brothers were supposed to be doing homework, instead they were sliding crazy drawings and silly stories under one another's bedroom doors. Elizabeth couldn't draw (unfortunately, she still can't), so she wrote wild tales about mad scientists and creatures from alien planets. Not a lot of homework got done!

While at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth didn't take a single writing course. Instead, she studied science, graduating with an honors degree in biology and botany. That science training came in handy when she started in children's publishing as the managing editor at OWL Magazine. Then she became an editor and writer at Kids Can Press, where she's written on subjects ranging from Albert Einstein and horses to Mount Everest and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Now Elizabeth is a very nosy freelance writer who loves finding out why people do the things they do, so she especially liked writing the books in the “Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History” series (for kids ages 8 to 12) and the “Inspiring Lives” series (for kids ages 6 to 8).

A proud Canadian, Elizabeth loves writing about people who live in Canada and have changed the country --- and sometimes the world. As a female writer, she thinks it's vital that kids know about the courageous women who have improved our lives, so she's really pleased to share her book Canadian Women Now + Then with readers. Elizabeth wrote about a different kind of brave Canadian in her book Bunny the Brave War Horse, the incredible true story about a horse from Toronto, Ontario, who served with amazing courage in World War I.

Elizabeth and her husband live in Toronto, where their cat, Cosimo, is usually sprawled across her desk!

A History of Just About Everything

2015 - Silver Birch Nonfiction, Forest of Reading, Short-listed
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Long-listed
2014 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Short-listed
2014 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Book Award for Outstanding Youth Book Published in 2013, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Commended

Alexander Graham Bell

2008 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Canada Year by Year

2017 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2017 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Winner
2016 - Kids Books of the Year 2016, Quill & Quire, Winner

Eleanor Roosevelt

2008 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2006 - Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Lucy Maud Montgomery

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Lucy Maud Montgomery

2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Mark Twain

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Samuel de Champlain

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Wright Brothers

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Thomas Edison

2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

To the Top of Everest

2003 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2003 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2002 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Short-listed
2002 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2002 - Young Adults' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2002 - Children's Literature Choice List, Winner
- Red Cedar Book Award