Bringing the Past to Life in Today’s Classrooms

As writers we are deeply passionate about our stories and sharing them with our young audience. Because we carry this passion in ourselves, we are able to pass it on. Miriam Körner has a never-ending curiosity about what life was like when our elders were young, when dog teams were the only means of winter transportation, when families lived on traplines, when rivers and lakes were waterways. Her presentations question the life we take for granted, but most importantly, her curiosity about life in the past has real impact in the classroom because it comes not through the lens of history books, but through lived experiences.

Click Miriam’s link above for more details and to access her contact form.

A full list of our presenters can be found here.

Olympic Level Effort – Bringing Professionals To Your School.

If you want to inspire students to succeed at sports you might ask a professional athlete to speak to them. The pro athlete can speak about perseverance, goal setting, constant practice to improve and finally, breaking into the professional ranks. They’ve done it and know the cost.

Why would you hire a professional author to visit your school?  These days just about anyone can self-publish a book or create an attractive online e-book.  The book will likely have an appealing cover and may contain some quality writing… or not.

Getting someone who has been professionally published to speak about writing is authentic. The professional author can speak about inspiration, re-writing, improving skills, and revising in order to gain that rare accomplishment of having their book selected from hundreds of submissions to be professionally published.  If you want your students to set high goals let them meet someone who set those goals and achieved them.  – Rene Schmidt (Rene is available to visit schools in the GTA and Eastern Ontario during the week before and the week after March Break. )

Click on Rene’s name above for more details and to access his contact form.

Or, visit our full list of Presenters.

McLeod, Cinders (Toronto)

Writers’ Union Member and author-illustrator of the Moneybunnies financial literacy for young children series, published by Penguin N.Y. Cinders McLeod is also a well known human rights cartoonist and musician.

$300 for one 60 minute session, $550 for two, $800 for 3, $1000 for four. Maximum 4 sessions per day and minimum 2 (plus travel costs) if outside GTA. 4 sessions can be split between neighbouring schools. JK to SK: Two 30-minute sessions  counts as one. A Moneybunnies Diary for each child is included in these rates. Virtual Visits: $150 per 60 minute session. Cinders presents to JK to Grade 3. Single class size is best for discussion, but Cinders is flexible. Continue reading “McLeod, Cinders (Toronto)”

Meet Lucy Maud — through Melanie Fishbane!

Maud is the winning title of HPL’s 2017 Teen Top Novel contest. Come to the Central Library in Hamilton on Feb 18 at 2:00 pm and meet the author! Maud is based on the teenage years of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Author Melanie Fishbane will read some highlights from her book and share her passion for writing historical fiction.

Visit Melanie’s page on our site to bring her to your school or library!

Magical Moments with Andrew Larsen

There’s no mystery as to why children LOVE Andrew Larsen’s stories, but there is one thing that keeps everyone guessing and that’s the secret behind his magic trick!

Using show and tell, and his unforgettable magic trick, Andrew’s engaging style inspires children to believe that we can all be authors.

For more information and to access his contact form, visit Andrew’s page on our site.

Forget Waldo — have you seen Marty Chan?

Marty Chan is coming to Ontario the first week of May to tour schools and libraries. If you saw him at the OLA Super Conference, you know he’s an engaging and funny presenter. Marty has a special offer for the OLA delegates who attended his session. Mention you saw him at the OLA when you book and he’ll send a collection of his books.

Visit subsidies available!   Go to Marty’s page for more information and to access his contact form.