Upcoming in Spring 2021!

A book of non-fiction for 10-14 year olds, co-written with adventurer, activist, and humanitarian, Rob Greenfield. I will post more details here once I have them.


City Bugs and City Critters (2018)

Genre: Board books

A 2019 Top 10 English Recommended Reads of the TD Summer Reading Club (for City Bugs)

Toronto Public Library’s First and Best List (for City Bugs)

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Canadian Children’s Book Centre (for both)

Books to encourage toddlers to get outside and meet their wildlife neighbours in the city.


Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food (2017)

Co-authored with Paula Ayer, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich

Genre: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention, Greek Book Festival Award

Starred Selection, Best Books for Kids & Teens, CCBC

Nominated, 2018 Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association

Nominated, 2018 Red Cedar Non-Fiction Award

This colourful infographic looks at the many surprising and fascinating facts about food. Find out the often surprising answers to questions such as: Why are we throwing away our groceries? Who grows our food? Where does our meat and fish come from? How does it get to us? How do food companies advertise to children? Readers will also discover how our sense of taste works (and sometimes tricks us), the link between farming and water and energy, and what a food swamp is.



Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration (2016)

Genre: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

Winner, American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award

Winner, Green Book Festival Award

Winner, EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, California Reading Association

Starred Selection, Best Books for Kids & Teens, CCBC

Honor Book, Skipping Stones magazine

Nominated, 2017 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, CCBC

Nominated, 2017 Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association

Nominated, 2018 Red Cedar Non-Fiction Award

How old is that water in your glass, and where did it come from—before it got to Earth? Did the water in your tap once fill Cleopatra’s bathtub? Or maybe it was dinosaur pee? And if water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out?

This visual exploration of all-things water looks at the surprising world of water. Find out about the most extreme water in the world, what virtual water is, and why we have always told each other stories about water. More information here.

Ideas for classroom discussions (and one activity).



Never Going Back (2010)

Genre: Adult Fiction

Nominated for One Book, One Kootenay, 2013

Four days, five friends, a birth, a death, a suicide. Ten years after high school, five friends who were once inseparable are reunited in their home town of Nelson, BC. Each friend is forced to confront secrets from the past.

“Banyard has written an engaging novel, original in concept and convincing in its portrait of the people of a unique and intriguing place.”—Jack Hodgins

To order a copy, please contact me.



Dangerous Crossings! (2007)

Genre: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

Nominated, 2008 Red Maple Award

Canadian Children’s Book Centre selection

Journey into adventure in ten amazing stories of voyages through icy waters, across hostile borders, and into unforgiving wilderness. You’ll witness record-breaking solo flights, harrowing escapes from oppression, and death-defying ocean crossings.

An unwilling teenager escapes from army duty in the middle of the night, then crosses war-torn Germany, searching for his family. West Virginian slave Henry Brown pines for freedom in the north and executes a risky but ingenious plan. In the 18th century, an upper-class Peruvian woman dares to travel the full width of the South American continent.

To order a copy, please contact me.





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