Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning children’s author based in Peterborough, Ontario. Her heartwarming picture book FAST FRIENDS, published by Scholastic Canada, was the 2022 TD Grade 1 Book Giveaway and the winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Now the characters are back for another speedy-quick adventure in FRIENDS FIND A WAY.

Heather’s other books include the dual-language picture book Runs with the Stars / Wiijibibamatoon-Anangoonan, coauthored with Darcy Whitecrow, and the YA soccer novel Betting Game. She loves to visit schools and libraries.

Heather is represented by Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists.

School and library visits

Heather enjoys visiting schools, libraries, book clubs and writing groups. She presents on a broad range of topics, including:

  • writer’s craft
  • book talks
  • inclusion and accessibility
  • the Ojibwe Horse
  • fantasy, historical fiction and children’s writing\
  • careers in writing
  • writing for magazines and newspapers

As a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Heather is eligible for the Ontario Writers in the Schools Program and National Public Readings Program.

Tips for hosting a successful school visit

Professional memberships

  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP profile)
  • Society for Children’s Book Writers, and Illustrators (SCBWI profile)
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • Access Copyright
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