Valerie Sherrard

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Valerie Sherrard
Born Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Occupation Author
Genre Children's Literature
Notable works The Glory Wind
Spouse Brent

Valerie Sherrard is a Canadian author of books for children and young adults including the multi award-winning novel The Glory Wind, Kate, Speechless, and the Shelby Belgarden mystery series.

The Glory Wind won the 2011 Geoffrey Bilson Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.

Sherrard's novel in free verse, Counting Back from Nine, was nominated for a 2013 Governor General's Award in the Children's Text category.

Sherrard's picture books include There's a Cow Under my Bed, with artwork by Canadian Illustrator David Jardine and Miss Wondergem's Dreadfully Dreadful Pie with artwork by Canadian Illustrator Wendy J. Whittingham.

Valerie Sherrard was born in Moose Jaw. When living in West Germany, in grade 6, her homeroom teacher, Alf Lower, inspired her to become a writer. She presently lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, with her husband, Brent, who is also an author.

Sherrard's 2007 historical novel, Three Million Acres of Flame, is about the 1825 Miramichi Fire, the largest recorded land fire in North American history.

Previously, Sherrard was the executive director of a group home for adolescents. In addition to raising her own children, she has been a foster parent to approximately 70 teenagers.


Picture Books[edit]

  • Down Here, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015
  • Miss Wondergem's Dreadfully Dreadful Pie, Tuckamore Books, 2011
  • There's a GOLDFISH in My Shoe!, Tuckamore Books, 2009
  • There's a COW Under my Bed!, Tuckamore Books, 2008

Juvenile and Young Adult Novels[edit]

  • Random Acts, PenguinRandomHouse Canada, 2015
  • Rain Shadow, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014
  • Driftwood, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013
  • Counting Back from Nine, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012
  • Testify, Dundurn, 2011
  • Accomplice, Dundurn, 2011
  • The Glory Wind, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010
  • Tumbleweed Skies, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2009
  • Watcher, Dundurn, 2009
  • Three Million Acres of Flame, Dundurn, 2007
  • Speechless, Dundurn, 2007
  • Sarah's Legacy, Dundurn, 2006
  • Sam's Light, Dundurn, 2004
  • Kate, Dundurn, 2003
  • The Shelby Belgarden Mystery Series, books 1 - 6, Dundurn, 2002 - 2008