Sara O'Leary was born in Saskatoon and came to B.C. in 1994. Prior to becoming a book section columnist for the Vancouver Sun, O'Leary studied writing at UBC and Concordia and published Comfort Me with Apples (Thistledown Press, 1998) and Wish You Were Here: The Darkhorse Series, Number Five (Exile Editions, 1994).

In 2007, having moved to eastern Canada, Sara O'Leary became the co-recipient of the $10,000 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for When You Were Small (Simply Read Books 2006) with illustrations by Julie Morstad of Vancouver. The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, for children aged 3 to 6. O'Leary has also received a Theatre BC National Scriptwriting Prize in 2003 for The Kitchen Sink. She was shortlisted for a Christie Harris illustrated children's literature prize for This is Sadie (Tundra Books 2015), illustrated by Julie Morstad.


Wish You Were Here (Exile Editions, 1994)
Comfort Me With Apples (Thistledown Press, 1998)
When You Were Small (Simply Read Books, 2005)
This is Sadie (Tundra Books 2015) Illustrated by Julie Morstad

[BCBW 2016] "Fiction" "Kidlit"