Barbara Nickel


A Boy Asked the Wind (new, available winter 2016)

A boy asks the wind, “Where do you live?” and follows it around the world on a pounding, rollicking, sea-foaming adventure in search of the answer.

A picture book for readers aged 7-10, with text in subtly-linked, beautifully-composed stanzas, A Boy Asked the Wind evokes winds around the world, including those in the Canadian west, off the coast of Nicaragua, Capetown, and the Middle East. The illustrations are muscular and organic evocations of the power of those winds.

Illustrations by Gillian Newland

Reviewed January 2016 in Quill & Quire:

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Barbara will read her poems written after Haydn’s Seven Last Words this coming Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:30 in a concert at the Langley Community Music School featuring the Arietta Strings.

Barbara will give poetry workshops to the Grade 6 classes at Southpointe Academy in Tsawwassen on May 23, 2017.

A Boy Asked the Wind has been selected as a starred choice in Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016 published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre:



A Boy Asked the Wind has recently been shortlisted for two reader’s choice awards:

The 2017 Chocolate Lily Award (British Columbia) — the winner will be announced at a Gala in Vancouver on June 9, 2017.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta)


A Boy Asked the Wind.

Trailer by Rascal Media

A Boy Asked the Wind was recently reviewed in Quill & Quire:


Barbara speaks about A Boy Asked the Wind on CBC’s North by Northwest.



Video by Shaw TV of Barbara presenting and talking about A Boy Asked the Wind.

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Interested in booking Barbara to visit your school or library? Choose from a wide range of presentations, from poetry workshops to readings of historical fiction.

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