Yolanda Ridge

Children's Author

Skype Visit with Unity Middle School

75039_451991017273_1237976_nToday I rolled out of bed early to meet with a class of grade six students at Unity Middle School in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. What a great way to start the day! There were no technical issues and lots of great questions! My thanks to their teacher, Greg Paulsen, for welcoming me into his classroom and preparing so well for the visit. Thank you also to the students who had thoughtful questions about Road Block, writing, being and author, and living in BC. They were such a great audience that I may need to make the 24 hour drive (468 hours on foot) to visit their lovely town and school one day!

UPDATE: Check out this video for a taste of what it’s like to meet me on SKYPE!

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First Lutheran

Today I got to meet the students at First Lutheran School in Kelowna!  We connected via FaceTime so I was able to read them a few pages from Trouble in the Trees and answer their questions from the comfort of my home in Rossland!  I wish we’d had more time together but it was great to watch them dance and hear them protest on screen. My thanks to Janine Draper for inviting me into the school to virtually celebrate their literacy week!

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Authors for Earth Day 2014

I know, I know… the school year has only just started (!) but I’m pleased to announce that my Authors for Earth Day author visit for 2014 is booked!  In April, I will be visiting with the students at Adam Robertson Elementary in Creston.

Stay tuned for further details – I am excited about having so much time to prepare!  (Plus Creston is a beautiful place to visit – this photo is from the school website.)

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Up, up and away… at Trail Library

Today I was the special guest at the Trail Library Summer Reading Program.  As part of “To the Stars” I talked about my soon- to-be-published non-fiction book; The Goldilocks Zone: Life on the Planets.  We had tons of fun talking about the planets in our solar system that are too near, too far, too hot, too cold, too big, too small… and how lucky we are to live on planet Earth, which is JUST RIGHT!

You can be a co-author on my outer space adventure by joining the story challenge here.  Then check out the computer stuff for links to websites where you can: Estimate your weight on different planets, estimate your age on different planets, create your own alien, and calculate the time required to travel through the solar system.

My thanks to the Trail Library for welcoming me back (and for the awesome planet cookies!)

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Kootenay Book Tour

I’m nearing the end of my  Kootenay Library Tour.  Sad in so many ways… in part because it was only on this last trip that I actually remembered my camera! So, here you go, the tour summed  up with as many pictures as I have (plus a few that I didn’t take!)

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

My hotel (Park Place Lodge) in Fernie

Walking in Fernie

Walking in Fernie



942843_423454661086628_692304060_nMy last set of thanks go to the Fernie Heritage Library and the grade 5 students and teachers that attended my talk in their beautiful space. Fernie’s library is definitely worth a visit – if you are travelling through, pull off the highway and take a look. While you are in town, check out the Toys&Books store and one of the many coffee shops – I highly recommended the blended coffee/chocolate/banana drink I had (and wish I could remember the name of it!)

1013948_423455184419909_1817735157_nThanks to Emma Dressler, I was put up at a fabulous hotel for the night and got to explore the network of trails around town – thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

P1160778And finally, my thanks to the Radium Hot Springs Library who have done amazing things with a small space. And thanks to all the students at Edgewater Elementary – it was great fun talking to people who had already read my books! What great questions you all had and I love your ideas of book titles and future plots featuring Ethan Matheson. I was sorry to have to get back on the road so soon but really appreciate the quick lunch I shared with Jane and Trudy. I will be back!

And in case that isn’t enough – here’s a huge thank you to the Kootenay Library Federation, Joanne Richards, and Helen Graham. You are truly an amazing team that does a lot of work with very little. THANK YOU!

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The tour continues…

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

Leading the protest at Salmo Elementary

This week I got to visit with the students at Salmo Elementary and JV Humphries School in Kaslo. My list of thanks continues to grow but today I am particularly grateful to Marianne Hansen from the Salmo Public Library for reuniting me with my laptop’s power cable!

I am so proud to live in the Kootenays. It is such a beautiful area, full of wonderful librarians and teachers… and, of course, great kids.

Next week I’m off to Fernie and Radium. Look out East Kootenays… here I come!

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IMG_0492 IMG_0493 IMG_0501The next stop on my KLF tour – Nakusp!  What a spectacular village!  With a beautiful library!  Really – there are not enough exclamation marks to describe it and the kids were wonderful too (thanks in part to their very supportive teachers!) A huge thank you to Susan and Patty for the warm welcome.  And a special thanks to Helen, the KLF co-ordinator, for arranging the visit for May 21st.  The day greeted me with a sunny two and a half hour drive and enough warmth for a walk along the lake after my library time…
Today it would have been a very different experience with a rainfall warning and road closures due to high winds last night.  Sending hugs to everyone in Nakusp – I hope to be back soon!
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KLF Tour

Today, my tour with the Kootenay Library Federation officially began!  Over the next few months I will be visiting seven different libraries across the Kootenay region of BC, thanks to the KLF and the amazing organization of Helen Graham.

My first stop was Midway where I got to meet with over a hundred enthusiatic grade four and five students who just completed the Reading Link Challenge.

Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to all the students who attended my talk – you were a terrific audience!

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And the winner is…


Many thanks to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated in my Authors for Earth Day visit at the Rossland Library!  And thank you to the Rossland Telegraph and the Rossland News for covering the event.  We had a great time discussing rules, reading “Trouble in the Trees”, staging a protest, and voting for our environmental organization of choice.  You can read more about it at A4ED and the Rossland News.

It was so much fun!  I would really like to do it again next year.  Please let me know if you would like to host an Authors for Earth Day visit (schools, libraries…) or sponsor a visit (companies, PTA committees…)  Thanks!

Happy Earth Day!

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Publishers Weekly Article on A4ED

I am so proud to be part of Authors for Earth Day!  Read more about the 2013 international event in this Publishers Weekly Article.


Here’s a list of the Non-Profit Environmental Organizations on the nominee list for my visit;

The West Kootenay EcoSociety


Bear Aware BC

Stream of Dreams

These are all great, local organizations that are making a difference to the environment of  the West Kootenays.  I hope the students at MacLean are having fun learning all about them!

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