Ken has been a librarian for thirty years and is retired from the position of Children and Youth Advocate at the Toronto Public Library — a position created for him. He is well known as a passionate promoter of Canadian children’s literature, as a member along with Michele Landsberg of the Children’s Book Panel on CBC’s The Next Chapter.
Ken is a storyteller and has told stories in festivals and on tours internationally. He has been a frequent teller at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in New York’s Central Park. He has won numerous awards and honours including the Toronto Arts award for Writing and publishing, the Robertson medallion as Librarian of the year, and most recently the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General.
Ken’s publications include, A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books written with Deidre Baker, retelling of fairy tales, including The Snow Queen, The Wild Swans and Clever Katarina, and the picture book, Mom and Mum Are Getting Married. His most recent book is Branded by the Pink Triangle. Branded was the winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Holocaust Literature and was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association.