Garbutt, Loretta (Toronto, ON)

Loretta Garbutt is based in Toronto, ON and developed a passion for children’s books while working at a local bookstore where she was a storyteller, bookseller and reviewer. In this magical world, Loretta was also thrilled to be putting books into the hands of tomorrow’s big readers.

Loretta has been a writer and voice performer for over 30 years and worked on many wonderful animated shows including Babar, Julius Jr. and the unforgettable Max and Ruby and her interaction with groups of children is one of her favourite things to do. 

Loretta has been enjoying class visits since her first picture book, A Stopwatch from Grampa was published in 2020. 

She loves the one on one discussions with students and the questions and surprises that follow. Loretta likes to keep her presentations fresh full of interaction with writing prompts and simple games.


  • TWUC member
  • Canscaip member and reader for The Writing for Children Competition.
  • SCBWI member


  • English
  • JK-GR 4

30-min presentation rate – $150


A Stopwatch from Grampa was given a starred review from Kirkus and The School Library Journal. The book was also named one of Kirkus’ Best Books of 2020. Kirkus: “An excellent and understated portrayal of grief from a children’s perspective.”

From Canadian Review of materials: A Stopwatch from Grampa would make a strong choice for parents, teachers, and librarians to read with young children who have experienced loss. The picture book may provoke discussion about dealing with grief as well as the memories and mementos from loved ones who have passed. Highly Recommended.

Class presentations for this title focus on how the objects we have, like a stopwatch, can remind us of those we love. Her presentation includes the fun of timing games, family memories we love to share and the illustrator’s (Carmen Mok) influence on the story. 

Kids Can Press – May/2022

  • And J.J. Slept is a story about family and what makes a house a home.
  • From the Canadian Review of Materials: 
  • Garbutt only mentions in the beginning that J.J. is adopted when he is brought to his new family by the adoption worker. Otherwise, adoption is not necessarily the focus of this book, but rather it’s the meaning of home and family, whether adopted or not. For some people, that could be a quiet home in the countryside or an energetic life in the city. In the case of And J.J. Slept, home for J.J. becomes a lively and busy household full of the sounds and love of his siblings and parents. 

Class presentations for this title include discussion around what it means to be a part of a family and the different types of families. 

 What are some of your fun traditions, sleep rituals and the games you play together? 

Contact Loretta to book a visit…

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