Together with her friend and collaborator Jane Yealland, Ann-Maureen Owens is the co-author of the popular children’s information books Forts of Canada, The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration, and Our Flag: The Story of Canada’s Maple Leaf.

Their books encourage children to discover Canadian history in entertaining and sometimes “hands-on” ways, and have been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association, the Red Cedar Award by the British Columbia Library Association, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award by the Maritime Provinces Library Association, and the Information Book Award by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada.

Ann-Maureen lives with her husband in Kingston, Ontario, where she taught in both elementary and secondary schools, raised four sons, and now enjoys visits with her three young grandchildren. She writes for a variety of magazines and online journals, and is happily exploring ideas for her next book by trying new things, meeting interesting people, and reading endlessly.

As a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and of Young Kingston: Southeastern Ontario Writers for Children and Teens, Ann-Maureen offers writing workshops and author visits to kids of all ages. Her appointment as the Education Manager for Kingston WritersFest was serendipitous – a note to congratulate the new artistic director came at the right time, just as the Festival was looking for someone for the role and Ann-Maureen was seeking a new challenge – and, luckily for the Festival, she accepted the invitation to bring her considerable knowledge and expertise to our Youth project and Festival programming for kids and teens.