Jane Baskwill was born in Queens, New York, but has lived most of her adult life in rural Nova Scotia. There she has watched foxes steal pears from beneath the trees in her back yard, listened to red-tailed hawks argue over a recently caught meal, smelled the arrival of a family of skunks, and tasted the wild blackberries that grow in the fields and by the roadside.
Jane appreciates and respects the beauty of nature in all its forms and all its moments. She is a strong advocate for equity and social justice and works with schools to promote Peace and Environmental education. She shares this with her husband and three children, and with others through her teaching, writing and poetry.
She has authored many professional books and articles for teachers in addition to an award-winning video series. She has also authored a book of poetry for children and three picture books: Somewhere (1996), Touch the Earth (1999), and If Peace Is... (2003), (Mondo Publishing, New York). Her latest book, Together in Time (2012, InSync Books) a novel for children 8 to 12 years old, is set in the abandoned settlement of Roxbury in the Annapolis Valley.
She is a former teacher and principal and is currently on the Education Faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax.
Jane is a six-time recipient of the Education Quality Award from the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union and received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America for her series of articles in Teaching K-8 Magazine.
During the 2007/08 school year Jane completed a school-wide writing project with Holland Road Elementary School that resulted in the publication of a picture book: A Kid's Guide to Making and Being A Friend, used as a school fundraiser.
Jane also helps schools and communities start their own Family Literacy publishing house. Publish It! has produced over 500 non-fiction picture books written by children and their parents and illustrated with photos they have taken.Publications
Together in Time InSync Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9879390-0-5.
Books as Bridges: Using text to connect home and school literacy and learning. Pembroke, 2010.
Getting Dads on Board: Fostering Literacy Partnerships for Successful Student Learning. Pembroke, 2009.
Jane and Paulette's Guide to Successful Yardsaleing. Nimbus Publishing Ltd., 2004. ISBN 1-55109-466-5.
If Peace is... Mondo Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-59034-448-0.
Touch the Earth. Mondo Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-57255-428-2.
Somewhere. Mondo Publishing, 1996.
Pass the Poems Please. Wildthings Press, 1989. ISBN 0-929065-00-X.
Yes, but... if they like it, they'll learn it! with Susan Church and Margaret Swain. Pembroke, 2007.
Jane's articles have been featured in Language Arts, Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine, The Whole Language Catalogue, Query: A Journal of the Saskatchewan Reading Council and The Annual, A Journal of the Nova Scotia Reading Specialist's Association.
Invitation to Learning. Script written with Paulette Whitman. Produced in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Department of Education Media Services and Scolastic Canada, 1988.