Lisa Bowes – update on a new book

Here’s Lisa Bowes, author of Lucy Tries Luge, published a year ago and featured on Reading Recommendations in Dec. 2013. Lisa is back to tell us about a new book in her Sports for Kids series of picture books.


Lucy Tries Short Track
written by Lisa Bowes, illustrated by James Hearne

After trying the sliding sport of Luge, Lucy is back for another speedy adventure—this time, she laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating!

It’s not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash!
But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling speed skating race.

LUCY MAINNeck and Neck




Claire crashes





Lucy Tries Short Track Olympia Full Cover

Lucy en patinage de vitesse French Full Cover

The book has already received some great promotion!
From Speed Skating Canada’s press release
And a short video clip from Global TV
A Radio Canada French Report – Lucy en Patinage de Vitesse
Video of Launch at Edinburgh School in Montreal West

Here’s where you may purchase Lucy Tries Short Track:
Independent Bookstores in Calgary – Owl’s Nest Books and Monkeyshines Children’s Books

Lisa Bowes – Lucy Tries Luge … an update

On Dec. 5, 2013, Reading Recommendations featured new author, Lisa Bowes and her recently released children’s picture book, Lucy Tries Luge.


Illustrator, James Hearne, and author, Lisa Bowes - Lucy Tries Luge

Illustrator, James Hearne, and author, Lisa Bowes – Lucy Tries Luge

Since that time, a great deal of news and promotion has been happening and Lisa is pleased to report on the further success of her book. Lucy Tries Luge is all about one of the lesser-known sports at the Olympics. The Olympics are currently being held in Sochi, so it seemed fitting to provide readers with an update of a few of the more newsworthy items, articles, videos and podcasts that Lisa has been involved in since the publication of her new book. Go, Lisa!

Here, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi reads Lucy Tries Luge as part of his Mayor Nenshi Reads series of podcasts promoting reading among the children of Calgary:

And here are some articles from media across Canada:

From Active for Life: ‘Lucy Tries Luge’ makes it easy for kids to connect to the Olympic sport by Stephanie Slate

From The Toronto Star: How to support a child’s interest in sliding sports by Lisa Evans

From The Guelph Mercury: Bowes’ kid-lit play already a winner

From The Surrey Leader: Having a laugh on the luge by Evan Seal

From The Weather Network: A video

Lucy is now on Facebook

And even a song has been written, performed and produced by Andrea Litzenberger! You can hear a sample of that here and purchase a copy!

And here’s a comment Lisa received from a Teacher/Librarian:
Hi Lisa, I received a copy of your book “Lucy Tries Luge” yesterday in my mailbox at school – I am a teacher Librarian in a K to 8 school in Guelph, ON. I took the book home last night and read it to my 4 yr old daughter for bed time and she LOVED the book (as did I)!!! What a great book for young children! Thank you! I was wondering, are you planning on writing more books about Lucy trying other winter, and summer sports?? I have been looking for books like this one to purchase for my library to introduce young students to different sports and to get them excited about the Olympics, this book will do just that!
Kei Fanjoy Teacher-Librarian – Mitchell Woods Public School

YES!! I know that Lisa plans to write and publish at least five more books in the Lucy Tries series!

Lucy Tries Luge has also made its way into a number school districts across Canada – Calgary, Toronto, Surrey, Vancouver – as well as being available to borrow from a number of library systems. The book is also now available to purchase in bookstores throughout Canada.

I do believe (as I have right from the beginning … ) that Lisa Bowes has a gold-medal winner in Lisa Tries Luge! Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Bowes

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Lucy Tries Luge is a Children’s Picture Book for ages 3-6, illustrated by James Hearne

Quick description: Lucy Tries Luge is the first book in a “Kids Love Sports” series.

Lucy has a new luge sled but she isn’t sure about this unique sliding sport. You have to lie on your back and steer with your feet?? Lucy thinks the luge track looks pretty scary with its twists and turns. What if she loses her grip? But with the support of her parents, and a reminder that luge is similar to tobogganing, Lucy jumps on her sled and displays her adventurous side!


With the support of the Olympia Trust Company, Lisa Bowes is donating 1,500 copies of Lucy Tries Luge to every Kindergarten and Grade 1 classroom throughout the Calgary Board of Education with additional copies being sent to school libraries and learning commons.

As well, 650 copies have been donated to the Surrey (British Ccolumbia) Elementary Schools and Libraries.

Brief biography:
A pioneer in her field, Lisa Bowes has been recognized across Canada for her work as a sports reporter, anchor, producer and play by play announcer. From her early days covering the Winnipeg Jets to the Olympic Games, Lisa has established a reputation for being a committed and passionate storyteller. A Gemini Nominee for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series, she is currently based in Calgary where she works for CTV and freelances for TSN.

Links to buy Lisa’s book:
Monkeyshines Childrens Books – Calgary
Pages Books on Kensington – Calgary
Owl’s Nest Books & Gifts – Calgary
At select Indigo and Chapters stores in Calagry and area

Lisa’s promo links:
Calgary Herald article
And from the Calgary Board of Education, a report on the launch of Lucy Tries Luge
A new review in Active for Life

Lisa received a great deal of publicity and promotion for her book and updated her information on Reading Recommendations here.)

What are you working on now?
The next book in the Kids Love Sports Series. This time Lucy tries a summer sport before the 2016 Olympic Games. It will also be translated into Portuguese.

Lisa’s reading recommendations:
Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (I loved The Rosie Project! smt)

And here’s Lisa with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the launch of Lucy Tries Luge