My new children's book, Big Blue Forever, is now available and can be purchased or ordered through your favourite bookstore or online:

CANADA:   Amazon   Chapters Indigo 
US:    Amazon   Barnes and Noble
International sales (free shipping): Book Depository



Lane Anderson Award 2017 Finalist for Canadian science writing (young readers category)

2018-19 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award nominee

Big Blue Forever is a finalist selected for the 2018 Reading Lights Program!

Nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading 2018 Silver Birch Express Award

On the CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens list, 2017 Fall Edition


Interview with Matt Rainnie, Maintreet PEI, CBC Radio, May 2019

"Anita Miettunen on Her Journey of Discovery with a Rare Blue Whale." Open Book Ontario, July 2017


My author reading for World Read Aloud Day 2017


National Science Teachers Association

"Having a double story like this increases the value of Big Blue Forever for school use, making it a recommended title." Resource Links (June 2017, Vol.22, No.5)

Hakai Magazine

School Library Journal

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Kirkus Review

CanLit for LittleCanadians

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"If the goal of non-fiction is to engage and stir the imagination, this succeeds admirably." Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2016)

From the book cover:
"The largest animal to ever live is one of the hardest to see. There aren't many Blue Whales left in the world, and they spend their time under water, so most people have never seen one. But thanks to a remarkable team of scientists, who don't mind working in smelly, messy conditions, a 150 ton, fully grown whale has been raised from the grave and put on display for all to see. This book tells the astounding tale of skinning an animal larger than a dinosaur, moving it across the country, then hanging its re-assembled skeleton from the ceiling. An amazing accomplishment."
Bob McDonald OC, author, journalist and Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks