Vikki VanSickle


“Everything I need to know in life I learned from children’s literature.”

Author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including Words that Start with B (finalist for the Liberia Award), Vikki is often referred to as Canada’s Judy Bloom.

Most recently Vikki crossed into the world of picture books with If I Had a Gryphon,¬†which garnered her a nomination for a Blue Spruce Award. Inspired by a story time at The Flyong Dragon Bookshop, the book includes Vikki’s favourite things: rhyme, humour and magical pets.

A Sample of Vikki’s Books

Words that start with B

Wit and humour shine in this debut novel by a refreshing new voice in middle-grade fiction! Clarissa Delaney had a plan – this was going to be her year. But so far, grade seven sucks.


If I had a Gryphon

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet.


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