• Biography

    Author/illustrator Frances Wolfe worked in the Halifax Regional Library system for more than thirty years. Most of those years were spent in the Children's Services Department, where she became an accomplished storyteller, puppeteer and children's programmer. Frances has drawn inspiration for her work from the the many children's authors and illustrators, to whom she was exposed and which she admired, while working at the library. She is a self-taught artist and has illustrated all of her books.

    Frances and her husband live in a house they built on the shores of Nova Scotia. It stands on a piece of land that has been in her family for almost two centuries. Her love of the sea is evident in her first book, Where I Live, as well as her second offering, One Wish, both of which are available in English and Spanish. Her newest book, The Little Toy Shop, is a departure from the ocean theme. It is a tender tale of love lost and found again at the most magical time of Christmas.

    Frances very much enjoys meeting and speaking with children about her work.


    • The Little Toy Shop. Tundra Books, Fall 2008. ISBN 978-0-88776-865-1.

    • One Wish. Tundra Books, 2004. ISBN 0-88776-662-5.

    • Where I Live. Tundra Books, 2001. ISBN 0-88776-529-7.

    • Winner of the 2005 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Book Illustration; 'One Wish'

    • Winner of the 2002 Ann Connor Brimmer Award for Children's Literature; 'Where I Live'

    • Winner of the 2002 Emilia Frances Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration; 'Where I Live'

    • Shortlisted for the 2002 Cunard First Book Award; 'Where I Live'