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Margriet Ruurs (Author)

Margriet Ruurs doesn’t like to sit still. She has moved 27 times, raised baby chimpanzees and hosted the Queen of England. Growing up in The Netherlands her dad told stories and her mom read books aloud - books about girls who could achieve anything - like Pippi Longstocking. By 3rd grade her mom gave her a scribbler and said “Write!”. Margriet did. 

Her first book was published in Dutch. After learning English and moving to both the US and Canada, 33 more books followed.

Margriet has a MEd degree from Simon Fraser University and speaks at (international) schools around the world. She has been awarded ILA’s Presidential Award for Reading & Technology as well as a Honorary Fellowship for her online magazine Kidswwwrite. Her books have won many awards, including the 2016 TD Canada Book Award shortlisting, Information Book Award, Teacher’s Choice Award and many others.

Margriet’s books reflect her own interests: nature, animals, and global issues. Her latest title, Stepping Stones, is the story of a refugee family’s journey in search of peace. Illustrated by a Syrian artist, Margriet is donating her royalties for this book to refugee causes. Her book My Librarian is a Camel is part of the common core curriculum and has led to many service learning projects for students.

When she is not traveling, speaking or writing, Margriet runs Between The Covers Booklovers’ B & B on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada where she is the proud grandmother of two little avid readers.