many beloved picture books for children, including the
Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, You're Finally Here!,
Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. Melanie's books
have received numerous starred reviews from journals such
as PW and Kirkus and have won many state awards in the US,
including the Virginia Readers' Choice Award, North Carolina's
Children's Book Award and Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award.
In Canada, she is a multiple winner of the OLA's Blue Spruce
Award and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award.
Her book Bug in a Vacuum was a finalist for the
Governor General Literary awards.
She lives near Montreal with her son and husband.