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Diane Swanson


When I was growing up in Lethbridge, Alberta, my small terrier, Sammy, was my ever-present pal. On sunny summer days, we'd walk to the lake or poke around the yard, looking for ladybugs and spiders. On rainy days, Sammy would lie by the piano while I made up a song that supposedly would open the door to some"secret passage." But if we were outside when a storm broke, we'd take cover in the garage and send messages along the clothesline to the house: "WE'RE STRANDED! SEND COOKIES!"

Now that I'm an author and living in Victoria, B.C., I'm not really much different...except that I walk to the sea instead of the lake. I still like spending time with my dog, exploring the outdoors and playing the piano. And I write about some of the things that have always fascinated me...like ladybugs. In fact, my first article for Ranger Rick nature magazine was about ladybugs.I also wrote a ladybug chapter for my first book, Toothy Tongue and One Long Foot. That whole book was about neat things in my backyard.

When I get excited about something, I want to learn everything I can about it. Sometimes I have so much fun digging up information that it's hard to stop and get around to the business of writing. But when I do, I enjoy that part, too; it's fun to share what I discover by putting it into books. While raising two children, she began writing magazine articles and books for kids, focussing mostly on science and nature topics. I now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and have had 73 books published -- plus more than 450 magazine articles.

Published Works:

You Are Weird: Your Body's Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions, Kids Can Press, 2009, illustrated by Kathy Boake

Animals Aha!: Thrilling Discoveries in Wildlife Science, Annick Press, 2009

Bugs Up Close, Kids Can Press, 2007, illustrated by Paul Davidson

Cheetah Cubs and Beetle Grubs, Annick Press, 2007, illustrated by Mariko Ando Spencer

Canada's Bugs, Scholastic Canada, (French edition: Insectes de chez nous) 2007

Welcome to the World of Spirit Bears, Walrus Books, 2007

Welcome to the World of Wolverines,

Walrus Books, 2007

A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays, illustrated by Mariko Ando Spencer, Annick Press, 2006

The Wonder in Water, Annick Press, 2005

Welcome to the World of Orangutans, Walrus Books, 2004

Welcome to the World of Kangaroos, Walrus Books, 2004

Turn It Loose, Annick Press, 2004, illustrated by Warren Clark

The Balloon Sailors, Annick Press, 2003, illustrated by Krystyna Lipka-Sztarballo Tunnels! true stories from the edge, Annick Press, 2003

Welcome To The Whole World series (Whitecap Books) Welcome to the Whole World of Penguins, 2003 Welcome to the Whole World of Elephants, 2003

The Dentist & You, Annick Press, 2002 Nibbling on Einstein's Brain, 2001 (Annick Press, illustrated by Warren Clark) Norwegian edition of Nibbling on Einstein's Brain called Smak Pa Einsteins Hjerne! (Humanist Forlag, 2003, illustrated by Warren Clark)

The Doctor and You, 2001 (Annick Press)

"Mysterious You" Series Hmm? 2001 (Kids Can Press, illustrated by Rose Cowles) Burp! 2001 (Kids Can Press, illustrated by Rose Cowles)

Animals Can Be So Series Animals Can Be So Playful, 2002 Animals Can Be So Hard to See, 2002 Animals Can Be So Sleepy, 2001 Animals Can Be So Speedy, 2001

Animals Eat the Weirdest Things (Whitecap Books and Henry Holt, 1998, illustrated by Terry Smith) Bug Bites (Whitecap Books, 1997, illustrated by the Royal British Columbia Museum) Buffalo Sunrise (Whitecap Books and Sierra Club Books for Children, 1996) The Day of the Twelve-Story Wave (Whitecap Books/Longstreet Press, 1995, illustrated by Laura Cook) Sky Dancers (Whitecap Books and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale) Safari Beneath the Sea (Whitecap Books and Sierra Club Books for Children, 1994, photography by the Royal British Columbia Museum) Coyotes in the Crosswalk (Whitecap Books, 1994 and Voyageur Press, 1995, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Attention! Coyote Au Carrefour (Heritage jeunesse, 1995) Squirts and Snails and Skinny Green Tails (Whitecap Books, 1993, 1997 and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark); French edition: Coquilles, Coquillages Et Tresors De La Plage (Heritage jeunesse, 1995) The Emerald Sea (Whitecap Books and Alaska Northwest Books, 1993, photography by Dale Sanders) Why Seals Blow Their Noses (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and Voyageur Press, 1994, illustrated by Doug Penhale); French edition: Pourquoi Les Phoques Ont-Ils Un Ballon Sur Le Nez? (Heritage jeunesse, 1995) A Toothy Tongue and One Long Foot (Whitecap Books, 1992, 1993 and Bob Adams, 1994, illustrated by Warren Clark and Carolyn Swanson)

Welcome to the World series (Whitecap Books)1997- 2002

Skin that Slimes and Scares, 2001 Feet That Suck and Feed, 2000 Teeth That Stab and Grind, 2000 Tails That Talk and Fly, 1999 Noses That Plow and Poke,

1999 Nature Detectives--The Living World series (Pacific Edge Publishing Ltd.) The Kingfisher Camp River Detectives, 1998 The Gibson Park Grassland Detectives, 1997 The Central School Seashore Detectives, 1997 The Cedar Club Forest Detectives, 1996 The Sixth Street Wetland Detectives, 1996 More than Meets the Eye: Student Book and Teachers' Guide (Pacific Educational Press, 1989, co-authored by Vivien Bowers)

Technology for the Home (British Columbia Ministry of Education, 1987)

Exploring Canada (Douglas & McIntyre (Educational) Ltd., 1985, co-authored by Vivien Bowers); French Edition: Explorons le Canada (Douglas & McIntyre (Educational) Ltd., 1987)

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