Mile High Fun with Alis the Aviator!

What a blast this weekend in Denver, Colorado! Thank you so much to the folks at Second Star to the Right bookstore, who invited me in to do story time on Saturday. I got to meet some adorable future aviators, eat these delicious cookies, and talk about books and writing with new friends.

And, of course, I got to spend lots of time with good writing pal, Laura Mitzner, who is creating smart and relatable YA with psychological twists. It was so neat to be working on our manuscripts-in-process in the Garden of the Gods and the Botanical Gardens.

I feel like great things are growing in Denver and can’t wait to get back soon for another visit!

Flying into Fun at the Lone Star Flight Museum

It was so lovely to share Alis the Aviator with little plane nuts and their families last week in Houston! My son, Andre, was my co-pilot during these story times, which was so neat since I wrote the book for him in 2014 back in Edmonton.

Celebrate Kalpna Patel’s Amazing Artwork!

If you live in the Toronto area, go to Type Books on Thursday, July 11th from 630-830pm to meet the incredible illustrator for Alis the Aviator.

The party is FREE and open to the public.

Get event details and RSVPby clicking here!

And if you can’t make the event, check out this cool behind-the-scenes video about Kalpna’s cut-paper art creations.

If you’re a subscriber to Quill & Quire magazine, you can also check out the feature they just did on her. It’s really great!

Interview on Book Echoes



Thanks to my friend and critique partner, Connie B. Dowell, for interviewing me on her podcast! It’s my first one focused on children’s writing but also strays into all the parts of the writing life I’m passionate about (in under 15 min) 

We were huddled around her iphone recording this at one of the Houston Library locations last month.

Connie is a history geek like me and writes YA historical mysteries. Her latest release is Dead Man’s Jazz!

The Houston Chronicle features Alis the Aviator!

It was great to chat with Joy Sewing last week for a bit about Alis the Aviator. And I was excited to learn about her book for young people, Ava and the Prince: The Adventure of Two Rescue Pups (I love animals so much – rescue dogs especially!).

Thanks again, Joy!

“With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, children’s book authors are celebrating the milestone with an array of titles focused on everything from space exploration to aviation.

One of the these is “Alis the Aviator” by Missouri City resident and Canadian native Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail about the life of Dr. Alis Kennedy, the first Indigenous woman to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence in Canada. Metcalfe-Chenail will be doing a story time at the Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (Tickets are $5 per person; free for 3 and under.)

“I grew up around aviation, so there was lots of exploration in my childhood,” Metcalfe-Chenail said. “In flight and in space, there’s this sense of following your dreams.”

Click here to read the whole article and see the other featured books, including:

  • Look Up With Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars”
    by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Lorraine Nam (currently on my desk as a mentor book for a work in progress!)
  • “If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon”
    by Joyce Lapin and illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
  • “Out There” by Tom Sullivan
  • “Destination Moon” by Seymour Simon
  • “Baby Astronaut” by Dr. Laura Gehl and Daniel Wiseman


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