Colleen Nelson is a teacher and author who has lived in New York City and in Japan, but calls Winnipeg home. Her books are inspired by young people with whom she works and lives.
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Colleen Nelson is a teacher and author from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her novels include Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award and McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young people winner Harvey Comes Home, and Governor General’s Award finalist Harvey Holds His Own. Her most recent middle grade title, The Undercover Booklist was selected as one of CBC Books Best Books of 2021. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons. The family’s West Highland Terrier Rosie adds an extra-lovable dose of liveliness, squirrel-chasing, and shoe-chewing to their lives.

Getting to Know You

I didn’t hide books ever! My parents loved seeing me read, even when it was inappropriate for my age Danielle Steele books!

My favourite line from a book is from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!” I used to say it to my boys when they were little—promptly followed by lots of tickles and kisses.

LOL! If you saw my desk, you’d know the answer to whether I’m a clean desk or a cluttered desk person! Definitely, cluttered, messy and disorganized! It goes the same for my desk at school—ask my students!

The worry that wakes me up at night is that I’m not prepared for the next day’s lesson at school. But most often, it’s my dog who has heard a mysterious noise and needs to let me know.

My secret ambition isn’t so secret. I’d love to be nominated for another Governor General’s award! That was such a huge honor and had been a major goal of mine. I’d actually done a presentation on goals with my students and included being nominated (or winning!) in my presentation a month before ‘Harvey Holds His Own’ was nominated!

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