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Connie Brummel Crook is a historian, former teacher and the author of more than a dozen historical books for children that often focus on the history of Upper Canada. One of her books on the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada, Meyers’ Rebellion, was a Geoffrey Bilson Fiction Award finalist. Her picture book, Maple Moon, was a Storytelling World Honour Title winner. Connie lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the author of more than a dozen historical picture books, chapter books, and juvenile and young adult novels. She has received numerous awards and nominations for her work. Her most recent novel, Stolen Child, has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Americas and is an OLA Best Bet, a CLA Book of the Year nominee, a Diamond Willow selection, a Resource Links Best Book, and a Golden Oak selection.

Harry Endrulat is a writer and editor who has worked in children’s publishing for many years. He is a co-author of A Bear in War and the author of numerous books for the Max & Ruby series, which is based on the popular show on Treehouse TV. He lives in Southern Ontario.

A Good Trade is Alma Fullerton's first picture book. Her free-verse novels for juvenile and young adult readers have earned her many nominations and awards. Libertad was nominated for the Governor General’s Award; won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the CLA Book of the Year Honour; and appeared on the Bank Street Books Best Children’s Books list. Another novel, Burn was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the CLA Book of the Year Award. Alma lives in…

Author, illustrator and designer extraordinaire, Rebecca Bender made a big splash with her first picture book, Giraffe and Bird, which Quill & Quire called, “Confident, colourful and very funny… A delightful debut.” The book has been shortlisted for the 2011 CBA Libris Award Book of the Year, the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and OLA Blue Spruce Award.

Monica Kulling is the author of Lumpito and the Painter from Spain as well as over 35 other titles for children, among them In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up, selected by the Smithsonian as one of Ten Great Science Books for Kids. Her books have been regularly nominated for awards, including ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award and the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine. Monica lives with her partner in Toronto, Ontario.

The illustrator of A Bear in War, Brian Deines is a fine artist and the acclaimed illustrator of many other children’s books, including Caribou Song and Dragonfly Kites, both of which were nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Literature Award. His latest book, The Circle Game, accompanies the text of one of Joni Mitchell’s most enduring songs. Brian lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Author, illustrator, designer and visual artist Karen Patkau’s distinctive art can be found in more than a dozen picture books for children, including A Good Trade. She is the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for Don’t Eat Spiders, and One Watermelon Seed appeared on the Bank Street Books Best Children’s Book list. Karen lives in Toronto, Ontario.

John McCarthy born St. Agnes, Dundee, Huntingdon, Quebec died in Prescott, Ontario

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Civil War Era Carte De Vista Photo Fair Young Maiden Hamilton CW

Antique cabinet photograph of a lovely young lady in a beautiful gown. On the back, the location is given as Hamilton, C.W. C.W. stands for Canada West otherwise known as Upper Canada or the province of Ontario for the period from 1841 to 1867.

Interview with Sue MacLeod: poet, editor, and author of the YA time slip novel Namesake, in which a modern teen comes face to face with the subject of her history paper: Lady Jane Grey

The illustrator of Lumpito and the Painter from Spain, Dean Griffiths was a self-taught comic book artist and computer graphics designer before he discovered picture books almost twenty years ago. Since then he has illustrated more than twenty-five titles and has garnered a number of awards, including the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Book Prize for Maggie Can’t Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don’t Wear Glasses. Dean lives in Duncan, BC with his daughter.

Brock's Walk, Port Dover, Ontario. Follow General Brock on his journey through Upper Canada as he prepares for war against the Americans. Join Brock as he meets John Brant; walk with him through Hamilton and set sail together on the St. Lawrence II at Port Dover.

1838 Canadian Prisoner's box from the Upper Canada Rebellion at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "The inscription reads: "Presented to Mrs. Wm. Carrol by John Anderson when a state prisoner at Fort Henry, 1838" and "In Memory of Lount and Matthews executed at Toronto 12th of April, 1838 Time will tell why.""

In 1905, a group of 32 prominent, outspoken African Americans under the leadership of Harvard scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, at a hotel situated on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. As a result, the group came to be known as the Niagara Movement, the predecesssor of the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

"Teddy," the brave stuffed bear who went to the front lines of Passchendaele with Aileen Rogers' father. Read his story in the picture book A Bear in War.

Pascal Poirier (February 15, 1852 – September 25, 1933) was a Canadian author, lawyer, and the all-time longest-serving Senator. Born in Shediac, New Brunswick, he wrote books on Acadian history and language. The Pascal Poirier House (c. 1820–30) was designated a Provincial Historic Site under the Historic Sites Protection Act. The home he was born in has been preserved as a museum and as an important and rare example of early-19th-century Acadian residential construction.

Rev. Josiah Henson (July 15, 1789 - May 15, 1883) and his wife Nancy. After he escaped to Canada in October 1830, it is said Rev. Henson aided more than 600 slaves to freedom. He founded a settlement and school for other fugitive slaves called the Dawn Settlement in Ontario.

Days after the Titanic sank the body of a baby boy was found and recovered from the North Atlantic. After the child could not be identified he was buried in Nova Scotia with a tombstone reading simply ‘The Unknown Child’. In 2001 researchers at Lakeland University in Ontario were granted permission to exhume the body. By consulting the passenger lists they had narrowed down the possible identity to one of four children: Gosta Paulson, Eino Panula, Eugene Rice and Sidney Goodwin. Initial…

Stephanie Innes is the co-author of A Bear in War, a picture book about the true story of her great-aunt Aileen's teddy bear, which Aileen sent to her father on the front lines of WWI. Stephanie is an adjunct instructor of journalism at the University of Arizona and a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star.