Readings and Performances

  • Vancouver Writer's Festival
  • Tucson Book Festival
  • Orange County (Calif) Children's Book Festival
  • SCBWI Canada East Keynote
  • Frye Fest
  • Harbourfront Aloud 
Children's Festival
  • 3X Canada Council National 
  • Author Tour
  • Word on the Street Festival
  • Owl Magazine Anniversary Celebration
  • Kids Can Press Anniversary Celebration
  • Hundreds of school and library appearances across Canada

To arrange for a reading or event at your location, please contact 
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I am a member of the Writer's Union of Canada. As such, my public performance at your location my be funded by a Canada Council grant. For more information, contact the Writer's Union.

Helaine Becker is an award-winning writer of books for children. She has written over 80 books, including the best-selling picture books, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Deck the Halls, and Dashing Through the Snowpopular non-fiction, including Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, Worms for BreakfastZoobotsMonster Science and Don't Stress!; and novels including GottikaDirk Daring, Secret Agent, and How to Survive Absolutely Anything.

She also writes for children's magazines and for kids television. She has written four seasons of Dr. Greenie's Mad Lab, a segment on Planet Echo, an environmental science show airing on APTN , and is hard at work on several other TV projects.

Helaine is ia popular presenter and performer at schools across Canada and the US. She was selected  to tour three times for Canadian Children’s Book Week (Yukon in 2006 Nunavut in 2008, and Manitoba in 2014). She has presented at Vancouver Writers Fest, Tucson Festival of Book, IFOA, the Orange County (California) Children's Festival, the Festival of Women Writers, Frye Fest, Weaving Words, and other major venues. She has also been the keynote speaker at SCBWI Canada East's regional conference in 2016. She presents to kids AND to writers, teaching writing skills re: fiction, non-fiction, verse and the business side of writing. 

Both an American and Canadian citizen, Ms. Becker attended high school in New York and graduated cum laude from Duke University in another century. She is married, with two sons, and is an active swimmer, runner, cyclist, and compulsive read-aholic.  She has an orange belt in karate and is contemplating going for her grapefruit belt. 

Helaine loves bright shiny colorful things, especially happy faces and flowers. She is crazy about fluffy dogs, coral reefs,  ice cream and color-changing nailpolish.


> Helaine once won an owner-dog look alike contest.

> Her poem Ode to Underwear was set to music by the popular Canadian band, the Irish Descendants, and played nationally on CBC radio. More people ask her to read this poem than all her other funny poems combined.  

> Her dog Ella is the cutest dog in the world. She is a puli - a Hungarian sheepdog. Ella's predecessor, Marley, also a puli, appeared in Boredom Blasters in her own comic strip. Sharp-eyed readers will find Marley making cameo appearances in several other of Helaine's books too!

> Michael and Andrew, her two children, were inspirations for Wallace P. "Wiggy" Wigden and Reese McSkittles.

> Helaine is a certified pyrotechnics practitioner!. That means she knows how to set up and explode fireworks. 

> Helaine thinks variety is the spice of life so she is always trying new things. She has a zillion projects in the works including chapter books, graphic novels, poetry collections and more!

> Helaine recently spent 6 weeks in Ethiopia, teaching creative writing and talking to students and teachers in schools and libraries in various parts of the country.

> Helaine frequently volunteers her brain for research - as a study 'control.' That means her brain is the normal brain they are using for comparison in scientific studies. Now THAT's funny.

Photo Gallery
With fabulous children's author Sherri Fitch (and Wallace P. "Wiggy" Wigden) at the 
Aloud Children's Festival
Word on the Street Book Festival
On the Main Stage at the Aloud Children's Festival
With physicist Neil Turok, accepting 
our matching Lane Anderson awards for Science Writing 

Photo credits: Heather Rivlin, Karl Szasz, Michael Szasz
Accepting the award at the
  2006 Silver Birch Award Ceremony
At Colegio de Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, where I spent a week teaching student workshops in April '06
With the fabulous students of Blessed Kateri School.
I should have my head examined - volunteering for a brain research study at the Rotman Institute.
Our adorable Puli, named Ella, is an avid reader. Of course.
Secret Agent Y.O.U. 
Japanese Edition
With fellow children's authors Helene Boudreau, Marina Cohen and Debra Kerbel.
Me, at age 9.
Reading about Wiggling.
With author Rebecca Upjohn at the Waterdown School Literacy Festival.
With some great kids at their
 school in California!
Loving life!

Partial list of Books by Helaine Becker

Groundwood Books
The Pirate Queen (2020)

Henry Holt and Co.
Counting on Katherine (2018)
JLG Selection

National Geographic Kids
Everything: Space (2015)
   2016 Silver Birch Award shortlist

Scholastic Canada
Merry Quizmas! (2018)
Stress Less! (2018)
The Canadian Kids' Guide to Outdoor Fun (2019)
Do Beavers Eat Poutine? (2017)
Deck the Halls (2016)
Don’t Stress! (2016)
Top Secret Quiz Book (2016)
Would You Survive? Quiz Book (2015)
Quiz Book About Me…and You! (2015)
Dashing Through the Snow (2014)
   2014 National Bestseller
Quiz Book for BFFs 2 (2014)
Do You Dare? (2014)
Ode to Underwear (2013)
Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner (2013)
2013 OLA Best Bet – Hon. Mention
Resource Links, Year’s Best Books
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (2010)
2011 #1 National Bestseller
2012,2013, 2014 National Bestseller  
2015 100 Best Canadian Books of All Time – Today’s Parent
Globe and Mail Bestseller 
CBC Bestseller 
Quill & Quire Bestseller 
CBA Bestseller 
Winner, CBA Libris Awards - Picture Book of the Year, 2011 
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011 
CBC Children's Book Pick, 2011 
OLA Best Bets Top Ten Picture Book
Resource Links, Year's Best 2010 
The Haunted House that Jack Built (2010)
The Hilarious History of Hockey (2010)
   2011 Hackmatack Award Shortlist
Quiz Book for Boys (2010)
Quiz Book for Girls (2011)
Quiz Book for Spies (2012)
Quiz Books for BFFs (2012)
Looney Bay All-Stars Fiction Series:
Vol. 1 Pirate Power Play (2006)  
   2007 ‘Our Choice’ Selection 
Vol. 2 Attack by Knight (2006)  
   2007 ‘Our Choice’ Selection 
Vol. 3 Vikings Have a Field Day (2007) 
Vol. 4 Explorers out of Bounds (2007)
Vol. 5 The Emperor Strikes Out (2007)
Vol. 6 Egyptian Slam Dunk (2008)
Vol. 7 Final Faceoff (2008) 

DK Books
Our Great Prime Ministers (2017)

Dancing Cat Books
Gottika (2014)
2014 CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
2015 Sydney Taylor YA Notable Book

Orca Books 
You Can Read (2017)
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014)
  2015 CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 
Dirk Daring 2:Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2016)

Owlkids Books
Gert and Alice (2020)
Sloth Goes to the Zoom (2018)
Worms for Breakfast (2016)
   2017 Willow Award Shortlist
  2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
  2016 Silver Birch Award shortlist
  2016 CCBC Best Books for Kids and 
  Teens – Starred Selection
  2017 Hackmatack Award Shortlist

Kids Can Press  
Emmy(  2020)
That’s No Dino! (2020)
Megabugs! (2019)
HuBots (2018)
Lines, Bars and Circles (2017)
  2017 CCBC Best books for Kids Starred Selection
  2017 Calif.Reading Assoc Eureka 
  Silver Award 
Monster Science (2016)
  2018 NYC Reads 365 List
  2017 Silver Birch Award Shortlist
  2016 Lane Anderson Award Shortlist
  2017 Hackmatack Award Shortlist
  2017 Rocky Mountain Award Shortlist
  2016 Calif.Reading Assoc Eureka 
  Silver Award 
  2016 OLA Best Bet
Zoobots (2014)
  2015 Diamond Willow Award Shortlist
2015 CSWA Science In Society Youth Book Shortlist
  2014 Junior Library Guild Selection
  2014 Capital Choices Best Books Nominee
  2014 Silver Birch Honour Book
  2014 CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  – Starred Selection
Alphabest (2012)
2013 Shortlist – National Cartoonists’ Society Best Book Illustration
The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea (2012)
2013 Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children
2013 CSWA Outstanding Youth Book Award
2013 Shortlist Red Cedar Award
2013 Longlist – Information Book Award
2014 Shortlist – Rocky Mountain Award

Tundra Books 
Juba This, Juba That (2011)

Fitzhenry and Whiteside 
Trouble in the Hills (2011) (YA)
How to Survive (2012) (YA)

Mapletree Press/Owl (Non-fiction)
Magic up Your Sleeve (2010)
   2010 OLA Best Bet – Top 10 Nonfiction
What’s the Big Idea? (2009)
   2011 Best of the Year –Resourcelinks
  2011 Silver Birch Honour Award
  2010 Cdn Toy Testing Council Best Books
  2010 CCBC Best Books for Kids &Teens
  2010 Longlist – Information Book Award
   2009 OLA Best Bet – Top 10 Nonfiction
The Insecto-files (2009)
   2010 Winner – Lane Anderson Science  
  Writing Award  
  2012 Shortlist – Red Cedar Award
  2011 Shortlist – Hackmatack Award  
  2010 CCBC Best Books for Kids &Teens
  2009 Shortlist – Silver Birch Award
Science on the Loose (2008) 64 pp. 
2011 Shortlist – Red Cedar Award
2009 OLA Best Bet
2008 NAPPA Gold Award
  2008 Recommended – Canadian
  Children’s Book News
  2008 Great Books for Kids – Canadian
  Toy Testing Council  
  2008 CYBIL Nominee – YA/Middle
  Grade Non-fiction
Mother Goose Unplucked (2007)  
   2009 Shortlisted – Hackmatack Award
  2007 Best of 2007 – Resource Links
Secret Agent Y.O.U. (2006)  
   2008 Winner - Silver Birch Award 
  2009 Red Cedar Award
  2007 ‘Our Choice’ Selection
  2006 Best of the Year – Resource Links;
  Top Ten Canadian Non-fiction Books for Children – Ontario Library Association
Like A Pro (2006)  
   2007 Recommended – Canadian Toy
  Testing Council
  2007 Silver Medal Independent Publisher
  (IPPY) Juvenile/YA Non-fiction 
2006 Nominee-Foreword Magazine Book of the Year
Funny Business (2005)  
   2007 Recommended – Canadian Toy
  Testing Council
  Shortlisted - Red Cedar Award
Are You Psychic? (2005)  
2007 Shortlisted - Red Cedar Award
2006 Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection 
2005 Ontario Library Association, Best Bets List - Top Ten Canadian Children's Books; Children’s Literature Roundtables, Shortlist - Best Information Book of the Year
Boredom Blasters (2004)  
2006 Winner - Silver Birch Award 
2005 Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection; Alberta Children's Choice, Shortlist—2006 Rocky Mountain Book Award 
2004 Chapters/Indigo, Best of 2004; 
Book Sense, Children's Picks List for Winter 2004-2005

Pearson Canada
Girl Guide Program Revision (2016)

Stoddart Kids (Children’s Poetry)
Mama Likes to Mambo: A Collection of Verse (2001) 
Our Choice Outstanding Merit;
Ontario Elementary Teachers’ Association, Recommended Summer Reading

Rigby Publishers
 Spelling Puzzlers for Grade 1 (2000)  
Blackbirch Press (Children’s Biography)
 John Brown: A Biography (2001)  
Frederick Douglass: A Biography (2001)   

Owlkids Books (Children’s Fiction)
 Read with Chirp (2006)  

Learning Resources (Educational and Children’s Fiction)
Reading Rods Reader – Superdude (16 pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Twirly Girl (16 pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Ben’s Tent? (16 pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Peanut-Free!(16pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Sheep Dee (16 pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Lost &Found(16pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Socks (16 pp.)
Reading Rods Reader – Rosa’s Cold(16 pp.)
Flip Over Math: Addition and Subtraction 
Flip Over Math: Story Problems
Flip Over Math – Multiplication & Division
Decoding Math Vol 1. (2005)
Decoding Math Vol 2. (2005)
Decoding Math Vol. 3 (2005)
Graphing K-4 (2006)

Crabtree Press
Skateboarding Science (2009)
2010 CCBC Best Books for Kids &Teens

Libraries Unlimited (Professional)
Collaborative Teaching in the Middle School – Inquiry: Science (2005) 200 pp.

J. Weston Walch (Professional)
Daily Skill Builders: Science and Technology (2004) 160 pp. 

Test Day at Fireworks school.
I went to Vulcan, Alberta and came back as a...Vulcan.
With Bookworm, a puppet we used in the TV Show Planet Echo.
With my boyfriend!!!
With Robert Munsch at a Family Literacy Day event.