A former teacher and child-care worker, Sheryl McFarlane was born in Pembroke in the Ottawa Valley on January 20, 1954. She was raised in Arizona. She came back to live in Canada in 1972 and received her B.Ed from UBC. She was living in Victoria when she wrote her first book Waiting for the Whales, illustrated by Ron Lightburn. It's about a grandfather passing his knowledge of annually returning whales to his granddaughter. It received several awards including the IODE National Children's Literature Award. Illustrated by Sheena Lott, her Jessie's Island (Orca 1992) celebrates the joy of unstructured play on a West Coast island. More recently McFarlane also wrote A Pod of Orcas (Fitzhenry & Whiteside $17.95) illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin. A former chair of the Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable as well as a past editor of their newsletter, she has produced children's book festivals in Victoria. Her juvenile novel The Smell of Paint concerns an avid long distance runner who is estranged from her artist mother until her mother suddenly becomes ill.

Island in the Salish Sea (Orca 2018) $19.95 978-1-4598-1345-8. Illustrated by Leslie Redhead
Waiting for the Whales (Orca, 1991; Republished by Orca 2017) $10.95 978-1-459813687
Jessie's Island (Orca, 1993; Republished: Orca, 2015 9781459810525)
Moonsnail Song (Orca, 1994)
Eagle Dreams (Orca, 1994)
Tides of Change (Orca, 1995)
Going to the Fair (Orca, 1996)
A Pod of Orcas (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002; 2006)
What's That Sound? In the City (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003)
What's That Sound? On the Farm (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003)
The Smell of Paint (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006).
What's That Sound? By the Sea, illustrated by Kim LaFave (F&W $9.95) 1-55041-957-9
What's That Sound? At the Circus, illustrated by Kim LaFave (F&W $9.95) 1-55041-959-5
Island Santa (Health Foundation 2012), illustrated by Sheena Lott. 0988053608 ISBN-13: 9780988053601

[BCBW 2018] "Kidlit"