Before becoming a storyteller and author, Aubrey Davis worked as a logger, farmer, salesman and teacher. In his travels across Europe and North Africa, he discovered traditional folktales.
“The best of them puzzled me, shocked me and delighted me. They helped me see the world and myself in fresh, new ways. They were bottomless. They made me think like I’d never thought before.”
Aubrey also discovered the ancient art of storytelling. “At first I told stories to my own children, then at a weekly gathering in Toronto. I told in nursing homes, festivals, jails and later, on national radio and television.”
For over 30 years Aubrey has told stories to people of all ages. He has performed and conducted workshops across Canada and the US. A retired teacher, for 17 years he taught an oral language program to primary and special needs students.
“I taught them language through story. They taught me how to communicate simply, clearly and dramatically.”
“My writing career began when I was asked to tell a Chanukah tale to a large audience of children. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one I liked, so I wrote one myself. The children loved it and so did the publisher to whom I sent it. Bone Button Borscht was born of necessity.”
His Bagels for Benny, has won multiple awards including the Sydney Taylor Award, The Mr. Christie Award (Silver) and the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children’s Literature Prize.
Aubrey's most recent titles are Kishka for Koppel and A Hen for Izzy Pippik. He has two grown children and two granddaughters. He lives in Toronto with his wife and storyteller Sandra Carpenter-Davis and their dog, JojoBella.