Pamela Hickman

“It’s neat for kids to read about things, but the best thing is for them to muck around and discover things on their own.” – Pam on why her books are activity-based

Pamela Hickman was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of Waterloo. She was the Education Co-ordinator for the Federation of Ontario Naturalists for 7 years. During that period, Pamela wrote several education kits and other natural history material for children. In 1989, Pamela began a freelance writing career and has published over 35 books to date. She moved to Canning, N.S. with her husband and three daughters in 1992. Pamela divides her time between her writing, family and volunteer work in her community.

Pamela won the 1995 Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. In 2007, she also won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award from the Santa Monica Public Library.


Nature All Around: Birds. Kids Can Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-77138-818-4

Nature All Around: Plants. Kids Can Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-77138-819-1

Nature All Around: Bugs. Kids Can Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-77138-820-7

Nature All Around: Trees. Kids Can Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-77138-804-7

It’s Moving Day. Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio. Kids Can Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1554530748.

Birds of Prey Rescue. Firefly Books, 2006. ISBN 1554071445.

Animals Hibernating. KidsCan Press, 2005. ISBN 1-55337-662-5 (hc), 1-55337-663-3 (pbc)

Turtle Rescue. Firefly Books, 2004.

Animals and their Mates. KidsCan Press, 2004.

Animals and their Young. KidsCan Press, 2004.

Animals Eating: How Animals Chomp, Chew, Slurp and Swallow. Illustrated by Pat Stephens. Kids Can Press, 2001. $14.95. ISBN 1-55074-577-8.

Animals in Motion: How Animals Swim, Jump, Slither and Glide. Kids Can Press, 2001. ISBN 1-55074-575-1.

In the Woods. (illus. Twila Robar-DeCoste). Halifax: Formac, 1998. ISBN 0-88780-412-8.

Animal Senses. How Animals See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Feel . (illus. by Pat Stephens). Toronto: Kids Can Press Ltd., 1998. ISBN 1-55074-423-2.

My First Look Series. Kids Can Press, 1999: A New Frog: My First Look at the Life Cycle of an Amphibian. ISBN 1-55074-615-4. A New Duck: My First Look at the Life Cycle of a Bird. ISBN 1-55074-613-8.

My First Look Series. Kids Can Press, 1997: A New Butterfly: My First Look at Metamorphosis. ISBN 1-55074-202-7. Hungry Animals: My First Look at a Food Chain. ISBN 1-55074-204-3. A Seed Grows: My First Look at a Plant’s Life Cycle. ISBN 1-55074-200-0.

The Jumbo Book of Nature Science. (illus. Judie Shore). Toronto: Kids Can Press Ltd., 1996. ISBN 1-55074-317-1.

At the Seashore. Formac Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0-88780-356-3.

The Night Book: Exploring Nature after Dark with Activities, Experiments and Information. Kids Can Press, 1996. ISBN 1-66074-318-X.

Kids Canadian Nature Series. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1996: Plant. ISBN 1-55074-233-7. Bug. ISBN 1-55074-231-0. Tree. ISBN 1-55074-198-5. Bird. ISBN 1-55074-196-9.

Wetlands. (illus. Judie Shore. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55074-126-8.

Habitats. (illus. Sarah Jane English). Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55074-066-0.

Introducing Flowers. Markham: Pembroke, 1992. ISBN 0-921217-94-3.

Introducing Trees. Markham: Pembroke, 1992. ISBN 0-921217-91-9.

Introducing Insects. Markham: Pembroke, 1992. ISBN 0-921217-92-7.

Introducing Birds. Markham: Pembroke, 1992. ISBN 0-921217-93-5.


Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable LIterature 2007 Youth Nonfiction for Birds of Prey Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife.

Lilla Stirling Memorial Award.

Numerous short lists for Red Cedar, Silver Birch, Hackmatack and Ann Connor Brimer Awards.

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To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
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