Ann-Maureen Owens

Ann-Maureen Owens is a Kingston writer of non-fiction books for children, as well as short fiction, newspaper and magazine articles, and on-line journals. Her books encourage children to discover Canadian history in entertaining and sometimes “hands-on” ways.

Ann-Maureen has a special interest in developing literacy skills and creative expression in children and adolescents. She has worked as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools in Canada and the U.K. and given numerous author talks and writing workshops for students from grades 3 to 12.

Ann-Maureen’s three books (co-authored with Jane Yealland) have been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association, the Red Cedar Award by the British Columbia Library Association, the Hackmatack Award by the Maritime Provinces Library Association and the Information Book Award by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada. She is also the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Award and the Kingston Literary Award.


Ann-Maureen with her bookNEW!  2015 is the 50th year of the flag and Ann-Maureen and co-author Jane Yealland are celebrating the new edition and re-release of their book, Canada’s Maple Leaf:  The Story of our Flag.

They have been written up in several newspapers and will be attending the Frye Festival, in Moncton, NB in Spring 2015 to share the English and French versions of their book.

Canada’s Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag, Kids Can Press, Toronto 1999

“The only book of its kind, a colourful history of Canada’s unique flag.” – Book Tasting

“A visually appealing and informative book” – Calgary Herald

Kids Book of Canadian Exploration

Kids Book of Canadian Exploration, Kids Can Press, Toronto, 2004.

“This is an excellent history reference book for any elementary school library.” – Professionally Speaking: Ontario College of Teachers Magazine

“A comprehensive slice of Canadian history that’s sure to appeal to young audiences.” – Ottawa Citizen



Forts of Canada, Kids Can Press, Toronto 1996

“Best Children’s Non-Fiction book of 1996” – Quill & Quire

“The ideal book for learning about forts and Canadian history” – Sarnia Observer

“Summer outings from a few hours to trips across Canada could be designed using this book as a guide.” – The Globe & Mail