Paulette Bourgeois

Paulette BourgeoisPaulette Bourgeois is best known for creating Franklin the Turtle, the character who appears in picture books illustrated by Brenda Clark. The books have sold more than 64 million copies and have been translated into 38 languages. An animated television series, merchandise, DVDs and full-feature movies are based on the character. She is also the author of award-winning books for children including Oma’s Quilt which was developed as a short film by the NFB, and more than two dozen non-fiction science books. She is a member of the Order of Canada, received an honourary doctorate degree from Western University, an award of merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and most recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Paulette frequently teaches and she has been the writer-in-residence at UBC, Whistler, B.C., and Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland. Her most recent book is Li Jun and the Iron Road, a collaboration with film producer Anne Tait for young YA readers.