Joanne Taylor wrote occasionally for radio and newspaper before turning to her “heart’s desire,” writing for children. Her first children’s novel, There You Are, was nominated for Children’s Book of the Year by the Canadian Library Assoc., the Red Cedar Children’s Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, and the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Maclean’s magazine named her first picture book, Full Moon Rising, one of 2002’s Best Picture Books in Canada. It won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for illustration (Susan Tooke, illus.) and was nominated for the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Making Room, her second picture book, also won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration (Peter Rankin, illus.). Joanne grew up in Cape Breton in a huge family and lived in Halifax for many years with her husband Robin. Joanne passed away in May of 2010.
Nominated for the 2003 Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Prize; ‘Full Moon Rising’