About Aidan Cassie

AIDAN CASSIE grew up on Canada’s west coast. As a child she often constructed worlds for her unlucky pets from cartons, clay, and papier-mâché. Back then she didn’t play with words at all, but in time she began to tell her stories in pictures. At Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art she studied animation and earned her Media Arts degree. Aidan's first tale wasn’t a book but a hand-drawn short film, Sitting Next to Bernie (screened at festivals from Newfoundland to Brazil). As an author-illustrator she again constructs imaginary worlds, though her book characters are far more cooperative than guinea pigs and newts.

While spending a year in Provence she finished her debut picture book, Sterling, Best Dog Ever. Now that she's not gallivanting through medieval villages and eating buttery croissants, she's working on more books. Her next book comes out in spring 2019 - Little Juniper Makes It Big, about a feisty raccoon who's feels too small for everything.

She lives with her very small family and very large dog on an artist-covered island in the Salish Sea of BC, Canada.

Printable Activities (more to come!)

Download, print and make Sterling hats


Watch. Connect. Read. (Mr Schu) Blog

Beagles and Books Blog


Sterling's book trailer 


Sterling Best Dog Ever on Amazon    Sterling, Best Dog Ever, from FSG Books for Young Readers/Macmillan July, 2018
(Pre order: AmazonUSA / Indigo Canada / Barnes & Noble )

     Little Juniper Makes It Big, forthcoming from FSG Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Fall, 2019

     Salt Spring Island Activity Book, from The Little Red School House Society, 2010