Mary Beth Leatherdale is a writer, editor, and consultant, creating books, magazines, and resources for children and youth for more than 25 years. The books and magazines she’s worked on have won many prestigious awards and honors. Mary Beth was the Editorial Director for Owlkids’ magazine and book divisions and the editor of beloved magazines Chirp and OWL. Recently, she worked with Indigenous author, Lisa Charleyboy on the award-winning and critically acclaimed books, Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices and Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City.

Mary Beth is the Vice President of IBBY Canada, a non-profit organization that believes children’s books can bridge cultures and promote peace, and aspires to introduce Canadian children’s literature to the world and to promote exceptional international children’s literature in Canada. This mission fits with her latest book, Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees as it opens the discussion about asylum seekers to young people.

Mary Beth lives in Toronto with her family, where she likes exploring the city’s wild spaces with their dog Champ, and volunteering as an assistant teacher at the Evergreen Brick Works Outdoor Education Program.