Lisa Beere


Lisa Beere is an Ottawa writer creating in the areas of poetry, short stories, children's literature and romance. Her poetry has appeared in Ottawa Poetry Magazine and Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. Her first screenplay became the film Cindy's Gauntlet (2015). Her book Equal to The Challenge: An Anthology of Women's WWII Stories was published in 2001 under the name Banister. She loves family time, fine dining, theatre, white water rafting and singing.


A series of her books are coming soon:

Gimli the Goblin,
Sparkle the Elf,
Twinkle the Elf,
God's Littlest Angels,
Night Noises,
I'm Running Away!
Sam and the Bully,
One Big Family,
Hair, Hair Everywhere!
Mommy Doll Day
Cats In the Hall
Bumble Bear
The Monster Who Ate All of the Colors
Jack and His Cats
Mom Works
Dad and Me
In the Big House

  Sparkle, the tiniest elf, is never noticed and so she feels badly about herself. She decides to learn how to sew and make a special outfit so she'll stand out from all of her brothers and sisters.


When Ernie the Elf Watcher magically appears, he reminds Sparkle of all the things she is good at and all the people that care about her. This causes Sparkle to see herself in a new light, literally. She starts to "sparkle"!

Sparkle then finishes her sewing project and wears it to dinner, where her family notices her new sparkle from self-confidence and the outfit she has put so much effort into making.

Sparkle the Elf will inspire self-confidence in children by reminding them that they are loved and have skills. It will also encourage them to be proud of their accomplishments.

Illustrated by Kae Richardson.

Despite being about an elf, this is NOT a Christmas book! Although it would make a wonderful gift - any time of year! This book is about how children can build self esteem and confidence.



"The children in our day care were very attentive to this story.  They enjoyed the pictures and the story and they were able to follow along and answer my questions as we went.  It was well written and easy to read, easy also to put expression into the reading using the punctuation to guide me. " 

Tanya S. 35 years in Early Childhood Education

"Night time and hearing noises for some children, especially those with a vivid imagination, can be a little frightening. This lovely story explains that all noises can be explained. The child feels comforted each time by a relative but still is alone until he has his teddy bear to cuddle, which settles him down for a good night's sleep."

Rosita Bird, Children's Author

Sam is a young child who can't sleep, distracted by the many noises of the night. Each family member attempts to help him. Eventually, his Nan discovers the issue and sister Junie comes to the rescue with a solution that reassures Sam of how much he is safe and loved.
This story will appeal to children who have concerns about being alone in the dark and those older ones that will be sleeping away for the first time. While written as a picture book this text is also accessible as an early reader.

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"I was inspired to write Night Noises because of my noise sensitivity, caused by a serious concussion. As I lay awake in the middle of the night, again...I thought of how it would be for a child who was worried about all the noises of the night."

Illustrated by Lynn Costelloe



Also available in FRENCH:


Sam est un jeune garçon qui n’arrive pas à dormir, distrait par les nombreux bruits dans la nuit.

Chaque membre de sa famille essaie de l’aider. Éventuellement sa Mamie découvre le problème et sa sœur Émilie vient à la rescousse en trouvant une solution qui démontre à Sam combien il est aimé et en sécurité.

L’histoire plaira aux jeunes enfants qui ont peur du noir ou aux plus âgés qui dormiront ailleurs que dans leur chambre pour la première fois. C’est un livre illustré qui convient également aux lecteurs débutants.

Book Review
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Night Noises by Lisa Beere is an adorable storybook for kids where they see a little boy getting ready for bed. He is wearing his favorite pajamas, and after that he goes to the bathroom and brushes his teeth. He then goes to the living room to tell everyone that he is ready for bed. He gives a goodnight kiss to everyone there and goes to his bedroom, holding his mother's hand. Once the lights are switched off and his mother leaves the room, the little boy hears noises and he cannot sleep. First he yells for his mother, then for his dad, and after that for his grandpa. Will the little boy finally be able to get to sleep? Read the story to find out!

The essence of the story is good; it highlights the importance of family in a child's life, and speaks about kindness and night fears. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the characters and the scenes. It is a good bedtime storybook, especially for those kids who have difficulty in getting to sleep at night. The book can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as many of the children will be able to relate well to the little boy and sleep issues. The story is simple but real and relatable to many kids and parents out there. The author handles a relevant topic with some nice characters and wonderful illustrations that will capture the attention of young readers.

Lisa's Poem The Family Quilt
appears in volume 6 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies NEW BEGINNINGS, for which Lisa has also written the foreword.

New Beginnings wordsearch puzzle
Night Noises children's coloring picture
Night Noises wordsearch puzzle 1
Night Noises wordsearch puzzle 2