Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult
Robert Heidbreder of Vancouver was a primary and kindergarten school teacher for thirty years and received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002.
From maple syrup to Saskatoon, Eenie Meenie Manitoba (Kids Can 1997 $14.95) Heidbreder puts a Canadian spin on classroom rhymes, with illustrations by Scott Ritchie. It was followed by I Wished for a Unicorn (Kids Can, 2000), Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can, 2004) abd See Saw Saskatchewan (Kids Can Press, 2005).
Crocodiles Say... (Tradewind, 2005) and Crocodiles Play! (Tradewind, 2008) are illustrated by Rae Maté.
Kids must fight for their fun In Black and Bittern Was Night Kids Can 2013) after the spooky 'skul-a-mug-mugs' force grown-ups to call off trick-or-treating. Illustrated by John Martz) $18.95 978-1-55453-302-2
Song For A Summer Night: A Lullaby (Groundwood 2015) is a gentle bedtime story for ages 3 to 7, illustrated by Qin Leng. The book was shortlisted for a Christie Harris illustrated children's literature prize. $17.95 978-1-55498-493-0
[BCBW 2015] "Kidlit"
Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can $17.95)
“Drumheller dinosaurs rise up tall. Across the Badlands they skeleton-crawl.”
Award-winning Vancouver primary school teacher and children’s poet Robert Heidbreder takes young readers on a moonlit romp when dusty dinosaur bones rouse themselves and re-assemble to “tango, fandango and break-dance.” A storm, say the grownups, hearing the thunderous tambourine beat, but the kids know it’s only the dinos drumming and dancing the Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can $17.95). Alberta is home to Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum and over 60 of the world’s 400 dinosaur species, several of which Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo feature in their illustrations. 1-55337-393-6
--by Louise Donnelly
[BCBW 2004] "Kidlit"