About Lana

Lana is an award winning picture book author, a motivational speaker for kids and a passionate early childhood educator with over 30 years experience working with young children and their families. She’s written for national parenting magazines, such as TODAY’S PARENT and PARENTS CANADA, concentrating her support for parents dealing with social challenges and child growth and development. Her picture books have been shortlisted and recognized as supportive books that build children’s self-esteem, strengthen empathy, and cope with social conflicts including bullying.  Some of the recognition her books have received include Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s BEST BETS, IBBY Outstanding Book for Children with Special Needs, Bank Street Book, Blue Spruce Short List and Shining Willow Short List.

As a motivational speaker and presenting children’s author, Lana has provided inspiration to children across Canada and the United States. She wowed crowds of kids in St. Lucia for One World School House’s Rainforest of Reading Festival, and was a 2018 traveling author for Canadian Children’s Book Week.


Lana is honored that her books have won awards and have been translated into French, Chinese and Japanese, but she is mostly proud of the fact that her characters have quietly inspired many children to find their own voice.

getting flat willow

Lana lives in Southern Ontario, Canada, with three grown daughters, one dog, one cat and one traveling husband. Her favorite thing to do is write for kids—or present to kids—or write about kids. And when she’s not doing that, she is usually reading, singing and working with small crowds of kindergarten children.

You can book Lana to speak at your next conference, story time or festival by sending her an email at lanabutton3@gmail.com


Champion the quiet child and give everyone in class something to cheer about, with Lana’s books!



WHAT IF BUNNY’S NOT A BULLY? (Kids Can Press, 2020)What if Bunny's NOT a Bully?

MY TEACHER’S NOT HERE! (Kids Can Press, 2018)teacher not here cover

WILLOW’S SMILE (Kids Can Press, 2016) willow_s_smile_0.jpg

WILLOW FINDS A WAY (Kids Can Press, 2013)  willow finds a way.jpg

WILLOW’S WHISPERS (Kids Can Press, 2010)  cropped-willow-cover.jpg

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