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Lizann Flatt

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Lizann Flatt began writing by hand-copying her own neighbourhood newsletter, The Chicken Coop, on carbon paper. Fortunately, the neighbours were nice and didn't squash her early dreams. She went on to win a story contest in Owl Magazine, and "A Tale of Two Hags" was published when she was 13. She was hooked on writing.

After obtaining an Honours BA in English Language and Literature, Lizann worked in the editorial department for Chickadee magazine. She held many positions there until becoming editor of Chickadee, a position she enjoyed for several years. Lizann is busy these days raising a family of three children with her husband, but she can't stop writing.

Lizann's work has appeared in Babybug and Highlights magazines, Chicken Soup titles, and educational textbooks. In addition, she is the author of several nonfiction books. Her most recent titles include The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World and Let's Go: The Story of Getting from There to Here, both from Maple Tree Press. She is an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature and is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Canada East.


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Cities and Statecraft in the Renaissance
by Lizann Flatt
Crabtree Publishing, 2009.
ISBN 13: 978-0778746157
ISBN 10: 0778746151
32 pages

Cities and Statecraft in the Renaissance looks at the rise of trade, commerce, guilds, and the merchant and ruling classes in northern Europe. This influenced the growth of towns, cities, states, and regions, who competed with one another for power, artistic talent, and creativity. At the same time, people rich and poor were struggling to establish new forms of society and government.


Counting on Fall
by Lizann Flatt
illustrated by Ashley Barron
OwlKids Books, 2012.
ISBN 13: 978-1-926973-36-4 hbk
32 pages

What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race?
In Counting on Fall, the first title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration. The engaging “What if?” format of this informational picture book is sure to delight five- to seven-year-olds.

Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series will cover one season of the year and one area of the math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art uniquely evokes the natural world, while two levels of text—one a lyrical story, the other asking children to problem-solve—bring the reader to a full understanding of the math concept being covered.


Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here
by Lizann Flatt
illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Maple Tree Press, 2007.
ISBN 13: 978-1-897349-02-1

Take an amazing journey across North America and through time. Discover all the ways we've traveled from there to here. Each turn of the page offers a fascinating snapshot of life at a different point in time: from snowshoes to streetcars, canoes to cars, from horseback to jet airplanes, and everything in between. The tale of transportation through the ages is a thrilling story of imagination and ingenuity.


Life in a Farming Community
by Lizann Flatt
Crabtree Publishing, 2009.
ISBN 13: 978-0778750840
ISBN 10: 0778750841
32 pages

People first domesticated wild animals and plants more than 10,000 years ago. The first peoples of North America quickly learned to farm using hand- and animal-power. As technology developed, farming machines were invented. These helped develop farming in many regions of North America previously too difficult to cultivate. From 1840 to 1880, the state of Wisconsin became the breadbasket of America, and crop- and livestock-farming developed quickly.

The village of Monticello, which is famous for its dairy farming and cheese, still revolves around this industry. This community of about 1,200 people is the focus of this book about life in a farming community.


Life in a Forestry Community
by Lizann Flatt
Crabtree Publishing, 2009.
ISBN 13: 978-0778750864
ISBN 10: 0778750868
32 pages

Trees were one of the first natural resources used by man. In North America, most native and early European settlements were set up near forests where wood was harvested for firewood, for building homes and boats, and for fortifying villages. Western Canada had, and continues to have, huge coniferous forests. McKenzie in British Columbia, Canada, (population: 5,450) is a community based on timber mills, timber supply, and tourism.


The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World
by Lizann Flatt
illustrated by Allan Cormack and Deborah Drew-Brook
Maple Tree Press, 2005.
ISBN 1-897066-42-2
48 pages

Find out what plants and animals live in the forest, tundra, prairie, savannah, desert, deep ocean, river, and more. How do animals grow? What is soil made of?

This lavishly illustrated book is an invaluable first reference for inquisitive young children who want to know more about their world. Ages 4+



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