I grew up on a large grain farm just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. For me, childhood had three seasons: farming, sports, and camping.
After I finished high school and university, I left Canada and worked in Asia for eight years. It turned to be a build-your-own-family adventure. I met my husband in Bahrain, and we had twins in Thailand. We now live in Calgary, Alberta—near the Rocky Mountains.
I’ve been teaching for more than 20 years.
One of the main reasons I write books for children as well as poetry for adults is because both genres require paying attention to the world, expressing yourself in few words, and leaving space (for the illustrator in picture books, for the reader—and the page—in poetry).
21 (Possibly) Interesting Facts About Me
- When I’m not writing for kids, I write poetry.
- I took organ lessons for five years.
- I’m tall; I used to play a lot of basketball.
- Even though my husband and I were both born in Winnipeg, we met each other in Bahrain, a tiny island in the Persian Gulf.
- Our twins were born in Bangkok, Thailand, and they didn’t wear socks for the first year of their life.
- My favourite seasons are spring and fall: I prefer -10 C to +30C.
- I love tea but dislike coffee.
- I used to love dressing up (see the above mop-photo of my childhood impersonation of Carol Burnett).
- I may have a stationery problem.
- I can sneeze like Donald Duck. Don’t ask…
- I have a ridiculous memory for numbers, but can sometimes be found trying to put the toaster in the fridge.
- I once won a caber toss championship.
- Until I was 3 years old, I lived in a house without plumbing.
- When I was a teen, I wrote hundreds of letters to my cousins and penpals, but I wrote stories only if teachers made me.
- Growing up, I always had a pet dog. I have fond memories (and crazy stories) of Caesar, Rebel, and Roxy.
- I broke my collarbone three times before the age of 15.
- At university, I scored 56% on my first English essay. I was an English major.
- My brother and uncle have published books involving weeds in wild oats and heat-flow meter methodology. I come from science people.
- I love reading, discovering new music, collecting weird words, walking, and witty banter.
- I love math. Seriously.
- I love organizing books by colour.
Leanne Shirtliffe loves to write in many genres. She’s a poet, the author of several picture books (including SLOTH TO THE RESCUE, I LOVE SHARKS, TOO!, and THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE), and the writer of the memoir, DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN.
When she’s not recording random observations in her notebooks, she can be found teaching high school or laughing alongside her husband and teenage children. Leanne has lived around the world, including Manitoba, Ontario, Bahrain, and Thailand. She now makes her home in Calgary. You can discover more about her at LeanneShirtliffe.com.
My really long CV ()
• serious ()
• playful ()
• The Change Your Name Store ()
• Don’t Lick The Minivan ()
• Mommyfesto ()
• No More Beige Food ()
• Saving Thunder the Great ()
• I Love Sharks, Too! ()
• Sloth to the Rescue ()