Hadley Dyer

Hadley Dyer grew up in pastoral Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, known as the apple capital of the world. She was incredibly jealous when her sister and their good friend rode in the Apple Blossom Festival parade with Queen Annapolisa, thinking that she was Canada’s Head of State (she’s actually the festival spokesperson), and still carries the grudge. She also remains rather fond of apples.

When the trains stopped running across the province, Hadley’s family collected old railway ties and turned them into borders for their vegetable plots. Now living in Toronto, she has outgrown her fondness for earthworms, but her love of fresh, locally grown produce has endured. She has a small garden in her city yard—which, ironically, didn’t get quite the love it deserved while she was writing Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City (2012)—and shops at a farmer’s market at a nearby park throughout the growing season.

Hadley has written fifteen books for children and young adults. Watch This Space: Designing, Defending, and Sharing Public Spaces was a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Children’s Non-fiction and the Red Maple Award. Her novel, Johnny Kellock Died Today, won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award, was named an Honour Book for the CLA’s Young Adult Book Award, and was a finalist for several prizes, including the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Red Maple Award.

Hadley spends her days editing books for young readers at HarperCollins Canada. Previously, she was a freelance editor and writer, contributing regularly to publications such as The Globe and Mail, OWL Magazine, and Toronto Life, and an instructor in the publishing program at Ryerson University. A past president of IBBY Canada, she has also worked as a bookseller, publicist, reviewer, and library coordinator of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Annick Press books
by Hadley Dyer