children’s stage talent

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.


Robert Budd

@lucky_budd |

Robert Budd is the co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends series and the author of Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2014), which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014. He lives in Victoria, BC.

About Robert’s latest book: Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue, the third instalment of the bestselling First West Coast Books series pairs the concepts of colours and seasons. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue follows the shifting spectrum of the Pacific Northwest including the quiet grey rain of winter, the verdant growth of spring, the jewel red tones of tart summer huckleberries and the shimmering scales of a spawning sockeye salmon as it turns from silver to red in fall.


Nicola I. Campbell

Nicola I. Campbell is Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis First Nations. Her previous books have received numerous awards—Shin-chi's Canoe,aUSBBY Outstanding International Book,won the TD Children’s Literature Award, and Shi-shi-etkoreceived the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year Award. A Day with Yayah was short-listed for the BC Book Prize. She grew up in British Columbia’s Nicola Valley and currently lives with her children in Chilliwack, BC.


norma charles

@ncharles44 |

Norma Charles is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Tree Musketeers. She enjoys visiting schools and libraries to meet young readers. Visit Norma online at

About Norma’s latest book: Ten-year-old Jeanie has just moved to the West Coast from Saskatchewan. On her first day at her new school, an excavator demolishes the cute house next door—before heading for a beautiful cedar. Everyone is aghast, and Jeanie and her new friends rush outside to stop it. That’s when they discover that the contracting company belongs to Jeanie’s uncle. Now it’s totally up to Jeanie and her classmates to come to the cedar tree’s defence. They are the Tree Musketeers.


Nhung N. Tran Davies

@nhungtrandavies |

Nhung N. Tran Davies is a physician, mother of three, and an advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam when she was a young child. She is a recent recipient of RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award.

About Nhung’s latest book: Thirteen-year-old Yen and her family have survived the ravages of the Vietnam War and the ensuing famine and persecution. After a flood destroys their village, her family decides to take the ultimate risk on the high seas for a chance at a better life. Based on events from the author’s childhood, this fictionalized narrative offers readers a gripping account of the refugee experience. . .the action never flags, and Yen’s feistiness makes her an engaging and empathetic character. (Booklist Librarians, January 2019).

Nhung has been adopted by Jannatta Burton and Laura Wyton.


Lee Edward Födi

@leefodi |

Lee Edward Födi is an author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator. He is the author of The Secret of Zoone and The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar. He lives in Vancouver.

About Lee’s latest book: When an enormous, winged blue tiger appears on his aunt’s sofa, Ozzie follows him through a secret door in the basement of his apartment building and into Zoone, the bustling nexus of the multiverse, where hundreds of doors act as gateways to fantastic and wonderful worlds. But some doors also hide dangers—and when the portal back to Earth collapses behind them, Ozzie gets more than the adventure he bargained for.



Kallie George is an author, editor and creative writing teacher living in Vancouver, B.C. She has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including The Lost Gift, Secrets I Know, Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and The Melancholic Mermaid, as well as the The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series and The Heartwood Hotel series. She has also taught writing workshops for children and adults across Canada, as well as in South Korea, and currently teaches at Emily Carr University.


Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks is a Vancouver-based writer and artist. Her graphic novels include Zombies Calling, Friends with Boys, the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the BC Book Prize-winning Nameless Cityseries. Her latest book, Pumpkinheads, is a graphic novel collaboration with acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell. 

Pumpkinheads: A Graphic Novel
By Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.  Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. But this year will be different - Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye… But what if their last shift was an adventure? This is a tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place – and a person – with no regrets.


Tanya lloyd kyi

@tanyakyi |

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 25 books for children and young adults. She loves stories about scientists, activists, and world-changers.

About Tanya’s latest work: It's not easy to solve the world refugee crisis, ace a class project, and babysit a skateboarding sister. But twelve-year-old Mya is confident she could accomplish all those things, if only she had her own cell phone. Preferably one just like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. Though light in tone, the novel includes a strong social justice component and explores ways that kids can make a difference in the world.


Mahtab narsimhan

@MahtabNarsimhan |

Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of books for young readers, including Mission Mumbai and The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Award. She lives in Furry Creek.

About Mahtab’s latest work: Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school fundraiser, Shivani is sure she’ll embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the "stinky" dishes that Shivani loves but is too ashamed to eat in front of her friends. But on the day of the fair, Shivani walks in and smells Indian spices.


Chelsea O’Byrne

Chelsea O’Byrne is a Vancouver-based illustrator and art teacher. Originally from Calgary, she graduated from Emily Carr University in 2016 and has been making illustrations for books and magazines ever since.


Kit Pearson

Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved and distinguished children’s authors. She is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

About Kit’s latest book: An #OwnVoices exploration of identity and burgeoning sexuality, Be My Love is set off the coast of Vancouver, shortly after WWII. For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family. This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean. When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.


Rachel Poliquin 

Rachel is the author of  the critically-acclaimed Superpower Field Guide Series for children, including Beavers 2018 and Moles 2019. Poliquin has a Ph.D. in the history of science and has a background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.

Superpower Field Guide: Moles
By Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Firth
Meet Rosalie, a common mole. The first thing you need to know about Rosalie is that she is shaped like a potato. Not a new potato, all cute and round, but a plain old lumpy potato. She may be small. She may be spongy. But never underestimate a mole. Witty narration and fun visual elements will inspire readers to dig deep and see the world, both above and below ground, with new eyes.


Tiffany Stone is a children’s poet and author of the picture book Tree Song. Her poems have appeared on buses and at Kits Beach. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge.

About Tiffany’ss latest work: Tallulah isn’t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band. But with some perseverance and a lot of creativity, Tallulah hatches a plan that she hopes will turn her musical dream into reality. Children will laugh along with this fun and engaging story featuring a diverse protagonist who takes matters into her own hands to solve a problem.