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The Rock Box - Don McKay

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Petra loves rocks, and collects them with a passion.  She keeps them in her bedroom, in the kitchen cupboards, between the cushions of the living-room sofa, even in the bathroom medicine cabinet.  Petra’s parents do not love rocks. At least, not as much as Petra does. To convince her to winnow down her collection, her parents offer her a wonderful treasure—a rock box, with a selection of the rocks and minerals found in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  But, wait,  is one of those rocks winking at her?  Acclaimed Canadian poet Don McKay creates a charming tale of geology, deep time, and connection in his first children’s book. 

What Folks Are Saying

Sally McKay's illustrations in The Rock Box may turn you into a petrologist. Veteran rock hounds will enjoy the geological stories, ad it would make a great gift for any potential young rock stars. ~ Atlantic Books Today

The Author

Don McKay is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently Angular Unconformity, Paradoxides, Strike/Slip, and Camber: Selected Poems, and of several books of essays. His work has received numerous awards, including the Governor-General’s Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the BMO Winterset Award. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and has taught poetry in universities across the country.He was made a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canada’s literary community. He lives and writes in St. John’s, NL.

 McKay’s 2010 Pratt Lecture, The Speaker’s Chair: Field Notes on Betweenity, was published by Running the Goat in 2013.

 McKay brings his fascination with, and knowledge of, geology and deep time to young readers in his first children’s book, The Rock Box 

The Illustrator

Sally McKay is an artist, curator, art-writer, and educator who works in performance, installation, and digital media. Her current research/work involves an ecologically significant site on McMaster University’s campus, located on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit and Haudenosaunee nations. She has created animations, written art comics, and collaborated on a variety of zines, and brings that spirit and energy to her first work purely for children— a collaboration with her father. She lives in Hamilton, ON.