Margriet Ruurs — Author

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The Elephant Keeper, 2017
Birthdays Around the World, 2017
School Days Around the World, 2015
Families Around the World, 2014


Margriet Ruurs lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, and is the author of 35 books for children. With a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University, she teaches writing workshops at elementary schools across North America. The recipient of the International Reading Association's Presidential Award for Reading and Technology, Margriet conducts author visits, writing workshops and conference presentations from Mongolia to Israel and many places in between. She writes a regular column for Canadian Teacher Magazine and book reviews for the International Educator. Margriet is a popular speaker at reading and literacy conferences. She conducts school visits throughout the school year, sharing her love of reading and writing with thousands of students and teachers in person or via Skype.

“Books truly are a window to the world,” she says. “I learned so much from books when I was a child. And now I love to share stories with children everywhere.” Many of her books have won awards, including the Storytelling World Award Honor and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. My Librarian Is a Camel was awarded the Teachers’ Choice Award and honored as one of IRA’s Notable Books for a Global Society.

Many of Margriet›s books reflect her interest in global issues and the environment. Together with her park ranger husband, she has lived in many places across North America. She likes to read, travel and hike. Currently she runs Between the Covers, a booklovers’ B & B on Salt Spring Island.


Families Around the World

2015 - Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner

School Days Around the World

2016 - Rainforest of Reading Award, OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation, Short-listed

2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner