Andrew Larsen was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. The acclaimed author of numerous books, including the Governor General’s Award-shortlisted The Imaginary Garden, sometimes Larsen goes looking for stories and sometimes stories come looking for him. He has had many jobs over the years, but once he started a family, Larsen discovered his true calling: he became a stay-at-home dad and started writing. He lives with his wife and two children in a Toronto neighbourhood that has tall trees, old houses, and lots of stories.
The Man Who Loved Libraries
The Man Who Loved Libraries is a picture book biography of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. When he was a child in the 1840s, Carnegie and his working-class family immigrated to America from Scotland. Carnegie worked hard at the height of the Industrial Revolution, and invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his lifetime. Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and funded the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time. Many Carnegie libraries still operate today, including Calgary’s own Memorial Park Library!
Goodnight, Hockey Fans
A young boy doesn’t want to go to bed. The hockey game is on! And he’s worried he won’t be able to fall asleep. After his parents have tucked him in and turned out the light, he decides he’ll listen to the hockey game on a radio placed under his pillow. With the familiar drone of the announcer’s voice for company, the boy drifts off to sleep. And there he is on the ice playing for his favourite team and scoring the winning goal!
As Henry finishes fifth grade, his biggest concern is facing a summer with nothing to do. With his best friend, Max, away at summer camp, it’s looking so bad he can feel himself “being pulled by the gravitational force of nothingness.” But then Henry does something irresponsible, something with real consequences. And suddenly he’d give anything to go back to the nothingness. Has Henry turned into the dingus Max told him not to be?