Sheryl McFarlane

P5080197Although Sheryl McFarlane was born in Ontario, she grew up in Arizona playing baseball and climbing cotton wood trees. She gave up Arizona for love and the wild weather of the West Coast more than 30 years ago. Her passion for the west coast has inspired more than a dozen books for kids and teens including her multi-award winning Waiting for the Whales and best selling Jessie’s Island. The Smell of Paint, her first young adult novel, won the Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction in the U. S and was a Best Books of Year selection in Canada. Sheryl is a teacher, book reviewer, blogger and freelance editor.  She has organized several children’s book festivals, toured extensively, coordinated Children’s Book Week tours for Canadian Children’s Book Week and served on multiple award committees including the 2013 BC Book Prizes Jury.  When Sheryl isn’t working on a new book, she stocks a free mini-library for neighbors and friends, kayaks, walks her dog Ruby, and helps run a community youth baseball umpire program.

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Children’s Board Books

What’s That Sound? On the Farm

What’s That Sound? In the City

What’s That Sound? By the Sea

What’s That Sound? At the Circus


Children’s Picture Books

Waiting for the Whales

Jessie’s Island

Moonsnail Song

Eagle Dreams

Tides of Change

Going to the Fair

A Pod of Orcas

This is the Dog

Island Santa


Teen and Young Adult Fiction

The Smell of Paint

Steps (forthcoming)


Awards and Nominations


Waiting for the Whales, winner of the Governor General’s Award, IODE Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice Award’, A Canadian Library Notable Book

Also Short-listed for the Mr. Christie Award, BC Book Prize

Jessie’s Island, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, ‘Our Choice Award’, 20 years on the BC Bookseller’s Best-sellers list

Moonsnail Song, Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice Award’

Eagle Dreams, Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice Award’ and recommended by CBC’s Book Panel

Tides of Change, recommended by the Royal British Columbia Museum

Going to the Fair, Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice Award’

A Pod of Orcas, Short-listed for the BC Chocolate Lily Award, chosen by the BC Education Ministry to support family literacy, Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice Award’

This is the Dog, Recommended by the Canadian Toy Council, Short-listed for Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbon Award, Ontario Blue Spruce Award, BC Chocolate Lilly Award

What’s that Sound? In the City, What’s that Sound? On the Farm recommended by Today’s Parent

What’s that Sound? By the Sea recommended by the Canadian Toy Council, Silver Moonbeam Award (U.S.) for Best Board Book

The Smell of Paint, Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Young Adult Fiction (U.S.), Short-listed for Saskatchewan Willow Award for Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books of the Year