Author Educator Consultant

About Me

Jane Baskwill is the author of three picture books:  If Peace Is…(2003), Touch the Earth (1999), and  Somewhere (1996), Mondo Publishing, New York; a book of rhymes for young children: Pass the Poems Please (1989), Wildthings Press; Jane also has two poems, In Grandma’s Attic and Pass the Poems Please, in an anthology edited by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt, Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things, Children’s Poetry and Verse from Atlantic Canada, 2017, Nimbus Publishing. She also has poems in other anthologies and, internationally, in reading series.  Jane completed a school-wide writing project that resulted in the publication of a picture book: A Kid’s Guide to Making and Being A Friend, used as a school fundraiser.

In addition to an award-winning video series, Jane has authored many books and articles for teachers and has developed materials for parents. Jane also helps schools and communities start their own Family Literacy publishing house. Publish It! has produced over 2000 non-fiction photographic texts written by children and their parents/caregivers and illustrated with photos they have taken.

Jane is a member of SCBWI and a Gold member of Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. She is also a participating author with the Nova Scotia Writers Federation Writers in the Schools (WITS) program and is Counsellor East for IBBY Canada. She attended Jane Yolen’s and Heidi Stemple’s Picture Book Boot Camp 6 and their Picture Book Boot Camp Redux. Jane also attended the Highlights Foundation workshop, Getting to Know Your Picture Book, with Debbie Ohi and Heidi Stemple and has taken The Children’s Book Academy course, The Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books, with Dr. Mira Reisberg and Kelly Delaney.

A former elementary teacher, principal and teacher educator, Jane lives in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia with her husband and two Great Danes.