Kaarina Brooks
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Kaarina Brooks was born on November 22, 1941, in Kuopio, Finland, and
emmigrated to Canada in 1951. Her mother (Markkanen) was born near Kuopio
and her father (Parviainen) was born in Nilsiä. She has worked collaboratively on
writing with her sister Raili since they were children growing up in Winnipeg.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from York University in Toronto in 1988 and has
worked as an elementary school teacher as well as teaching French.

She has two daughters with her husband Brian Brooks and enjoys her four

Her memberships include the Canadian Society for Children's Authors, Illustrators,
and Performers and the Toronto Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Contact Kaarina Brooks by email at bluebell@kaarinabrooks.com or visit her
website at


It's the FINN in Me: Melancholy Musings, Alakuloisia Aatoksia. Poems. Self-
published, 2004.
Brooks’s Poetry Moves Readers A review by Beth L. Virtanen, PhD

Books for Children

Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure (Kaarina Brooks Translator). Vancouver,
BC, CANADA, Simply Read Books, 2009.
Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure is a Must-Read for Children and Adults
A Review by Beth L. Virtanen, PhD

Foxy Finnish Folk Tales for Children. Beaverton, ON: Aspasia, 2001.
Fanciful and Fun with a Serious Moral: Foxy Finnish Folk Tales for Children
A Review by Beth L. Virtanen, PhD

Peikko, Finnish Folk Tales for Children. Beaverton, ON: Aspasia Books, 2003.
Kaarina Brooks Has Done It Again: Peikko Teaches a Lesson  A Book Review by
Beth L. Virtanen, PhD

Bear: Finnish Folk Tales for Children. Beaverton, ON: Aspasia Books, 2005.
Brooks’ Bear a Hit with Children A Book Review By Beth L. Virtanen, PhD

Other Publications

Not His Fair Lady. e-book. Cambridge Books. 2009.

"Last Autumn," a poem.
Prarie Journal of Canadian Literature, Calgary, Alberta,
Aug. 1999.

"In My Garden Swing," a poem.
Good Times Magazine. Nov. 1999.

"Little Sauna by the Woods," a short story.
Sweating with the Finns. Thunder Bay,
Ontario, 2005.

Poems (six) in
Connecting Souls, Beaverton, Ontario: Aspasia Books, 1999.

"My Earth Mother," a poem.
The Compleat Mother. Clifford, ON, Sept. 2000.

Six poems in
New Orphic Review. Nelson. BC, Jan. 2000

"Diary of a Little Immigrant," a short story.
Canadian Ethnic Studies, Calgary, AL:
University of Alberta, 2001.

"Diary of a Little Immigrant." Pier 21 electronic files, Halifax, NS, Aug. 2001.

"Spring Secret," a poem. Second Annual Rising Sun Nature Poetry Competition,
honorable mention, Sept. 2001.

"My Mother's Fingers," a poem.
Crochet World Magazine, Henniker, NH, March

"Reunion in Spirit," short story.
Life-ezine, seniors@seniorcentre.ca Nov. 2002.

"Ring in the New," short story.
Fifty-Something Magazine. Mentor, OH, 2002.

"Northern Lights," a poem.
What If. Guelph, ON, Feb.  2003.

"Mother's Hairbrush," short story.
Mature Years. Apr. 2003.

"The Wedge," a poem.
A NIckel's Worth of Dreams. May 2004.

"Stamp Collecting for Toddlers," article.
Parent and Preschooler Magazine, Apr.

"A Fine Day on the Lake," a story.
Scholastic Canada, Markham, ON, Oct. 2003.

"The Race of a Lifetime," short story.
Scholastic Canada, Markham, ON, Oct. 2003.

"Fate Steps in," article.
Horsepower Magazine. Sept. 2003.

"A Horse Named Visa," article.
Tapestry. King City, ON, 2004.

Seven poems in
All Hearts Have Feelings. Beaverton, ON: Aspasia Books, 2004.

"Philately for Preschoolers," an article.
ParenTeacher e-zine. Oct. 2003.

Two stories for Harcourt "Reading for Real" literacy program.

Chapter One of Pessi ja Illusia, by Yrjö Kokko, translated for the Journal of Finnish
Studies, Dec. 2003.

"Translating  Poetry," article.
Suomi-Kanada Seura Newsletter, Vaahteranlehti,
Dec. 2005.

"Yrjö Kokko,"
Finnish American Reporter, 2005.

"Yrjö Kokko,"
Vapaa Sana, Jan. 2005.