Writers’ Union Member. Nelson, BC. Middle reader non-fiction, multiple awards and nominations. Ages 8 and up. Available in the GTA May 14-18, 2018. $225 for one session, $400 for two, $1,000 for a full day visit — schedule as many sessions as can fit into the regular school day. No travel charges within Toronto.
Antonia immigrated to Canada from Zambia when she was four. As one of the only “outsiders” in her school, she often escaped into fictional worlds. Her love of writing started early with her first story in Grade 2.
Since then, she has earned two degrees in writing and has worked in book publishing and graphic design. She has written or co-written an adult novel, three middle reader non-fiction books, and poetry. Presentations Antonia can tailor her presentations to different age groups. Both presentations begin with a discussion about research, the writing process and revision. She uses visuals (PowerPoint slide show) and student participation to engage the audience with the subjects. She has co-written two infographics for middle readers which touch on a range of subjects from science, math concepts, media studies, history, social studies and contemporary global issues. Unpack Your Lunch Antonia’s latest book, Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food (co-authored by Paula Ayer, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich) received an honourable mention from the Green Book Festival Awards, was a starred selection for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, and has been nominated for the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. This presentation shows kids how something so simple, like their lunch, connects them to the world. Topics covered include how food is marketed to children, the science of nutrition, the global network of the food industry, and the environmental impact of food. Sometimes serious and sometimes silly, this presentation will be an eye-opener either way. Suitable for grades 4-7. Water Around the World The first infographic by the Ayer / Banyard / Wuthrich team won the Children’s Science Communication award from the American Institute of Physics, and the EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award from the California Reading Association. It was nominated for the Norma Fleck award, Silver Birch Non-fiction and Red Cedar Non-fiction awards, and is a starred selection for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, and a Skipping Stones honor book. This interactive presentation gives students an overview of many water-related issues. Antonia explores topics such as where water first came from, water distribution, how much water is in everyday things (water footprints), and the massive scale of water engineering projects. Antonia keeps students engaged with questions and fun throughout. Suitable for grades 3-7. This presentation can also be tailored to Grade 2. Presentation details: Antonia is happy to speak to Grades 2-7, ideally in a library or classroom. Audience size: Up to 75 is preferred. Technical requirements: Laptop, projector and screen. Antonia will bring her PowerPoint presentation on a USB (“thumb”) drive. In large or noisy rooms (ie. gym), please provide a microphone (wireless preferred). A table to display books and props, if possible. Contact Antonia Banyard: