Sylvia McNicoll (born 1954) is a Canadian children's writer who lives in Burlington, Ontario.McNicoll was born in Ajax, Ontario and grew up in Montreal, Quebec.For eight years she worked as features editor for Today's Parent Toronto while she was writing her novels for young people. She also served as Artist in Residence for numerous schools in Ontario and Writer in Electronic Residence for schools across Canada.Now, besides writing books that get published in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Australia, Canada and the US, she visits classrooms and libraries to teach and motivate writers, whatever their age. Syliva McNicoll is married to Robert McNicoll and they have three adult children: Jennifer, Craig and Robin. Sylvia has four grandsons, Hunter, William, Desmond and Fletcher and two granddaughters Jadzia and Violet. Her daughter, Jennifer, is also an author who writes science fiction under the name J M Filipowicz.Sylvia McNicoll won the Silver Birch Award for "Bringing Up Beauty".