Barbara has been reading and writing stories since she was a child, finding inspiration in the people, animals and natural world that surround her. She has a particular passion for children’s literature and has a Bachelor of Child Study from Mount Saint Vincent University. Barbara spent over three decades working in the non-profit sector beginning her career with a primary focus on early childhood education and administration, followed by a lifetime of working and volunteering with children, youth and families from around the world, developing and leading community programs in child care, youth services, immigration, employment, and social justice.
Her love of children’s literature has led to her adding children’s author to her already long list of roles including: speaker, writer and trainer on topics such as Fearless Leadership; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Child Protection.
Her first children’s book will introduce young readers to a little dog named Zeffy, whose adventures will launch a series that will teach themes such as inclusion and self-esteem with fun and rhythmic story-telling that ignites a child’s passion for reading, while developing knowledge and enhancing social interaction with animals as well as people.
Barbara's first children's book, Zig Zag Zeffy, launched on August 15, 2023, in celebration of Book Lovers' Day!
Zig Zag Zeffy is a heart-warming story of a Hu-Mom who adopts an energetic, fun-loving Puggle named Zeffy. It's a rhyming narrative that follows the pair as they develop an unbreakable bond. From Zeffy's adoption as a puppy, through a few growing pains, to obedience training and exploring the wide world outside, Zeffy and his Hu-Mom learn about each other, and about boundaries, and loving and living life. It's the first in a planned series that will teach themes such as inclusion and self-esteem with fun and rhythmic story-telling that ignites a child’s passion for reading, while developing knowledge and enhancing social interaction with animals as well as people.
Zig Zag Zeffy is available at Woozles, Dartmouth Book Exchange, Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers, and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-34-6- soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-37-7 - hard cover
"Everyone who knows a dog, owns a dog or hopes for a dog will adore Zig Zag Zeffy. It's a heart-warming tale of a human who adores a dog and a dog who adores his human, and they share lots of adventures together. With delightful illustrations and obvious emotional attachment, this is a picture book to enjoy again and again. Here's hoping there's a sequel!"
– Jan Buley, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador
"Bold art work, rhyming patterns and a cute pup make this book ideal for sharing with younger children. Snuggled close by an adult at daily book sharing time it is a great way to learn what a possible family pet would need to be happy in their new home. It mirrors what young children need ... time and love."
– Penny Moxon, Retired Elementary teacher