Hazel Hutchins

Hazel has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work. Mattland (2008), written in collaboration with her friend, Gail Herbert, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the 2009 Alberta Literary Award and was included in the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets List as well as the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2009.  

 Hazel has also written a set of board books, Up Cat and Up Dog (2012) and Cat Comes Too and Dog Comes Too (2013), featuring adorable animals who provide the framework for introducing language concepts to very young children. A recent picture book, What the Snakes Wrote (2013), combines great storytelling with a lesson in ecology as a farmyard dog saves the winter home of the snakes on the farm.

Hazel’s latest picture book, Snap! (Fall 2015), captures the frustration and delight of a small boy whose new set of crayons break, get crushed, are blown away, or simply disappear. Along the way, he discovers the creative possibilities of using bits and pieces of crayon to produce some wonderful art.

Today, Hazel lives in Canmore, Alberta. Her three grown children are off exploring the world but still show up in Hazel’s books (and in real life!) from time to time.

Hazel frequently does presentations for elementary schools. In an engaging and energetic manner, she reads from her stories and talks about getting ideas, creating characters, and coming up with great endings. She brings examples of rewriting, printer's sheets that help to illustrate how books “come together,” and objects related to research.