Larsen, Andrew (Toronto)

Picture book author, Blue Spruce nominated, award winning, inspiring. Andrew’s rate is $300 + HST for a single session or $500 + HST for an entire morning (multiple sessions).

He charges for travel only when visiting locations outside of Toronto. Andrew is convinced that we all have stories to tell and our own way of telling them. His presentations inspire students to believe they have what it takes to discover their own stories and to share them.

Presentation Details Grades JK – 3: (approximately 40 minutes) We’re all storytellers. We’re born that way. We tell stories when we play, pretend, squiggle and dream. Andrew encourages students to recognize that they are surrounded by stories just waiting to be told. Some of those stories are made up. Some are based on real events or real people. He talks about how ideas grow into stories and, in turn, stories can grow into books. This year marks the first year that Andrew will be able to talk about writing non-fiction as he is presenting his picture book biography The Man Who Loved Libraries; The Story of Andrew Carnegie. A biography is essentially a retell of someone’s life history. It does not depend on imagination. Anyone can do it. Using show and tell, an unforgettable magic trick, and an engaging style, Andrew inspires the belief that we can all be authors. He demonstrates how a single piece of paper can be turned into a book, ready to be filled with words or pictures. He reads one of his own books and, finally, he welcomes questions. Andrew leaves students wanting to make their own books and share their own stories. Grades 4, 5 and 6: (approximately 50 minutes) Andrew believes that a story is a story is story, whether the story is told in a picture book or in a chapter book. Building on his conviction that we all have stories to tell, Andrew talks about the value of a writer’s journal. Keeping a journal reminds us that we are all writers! Andrew talks about how the seed of an idea, jotted in a journal, can grow into paragraph. A paragraph can grow into a chapter and a chapter can grow into a book. We are all authors! He reads from Dingus, his newest middle-grade chapter book. Family Literacy Events: Andrew loves to engage families and to instill a sense of fun in the stories we share together. Some of the best stories begin at home with our families. Andrew talks about most of his own stories began at home. Some even began as handmade, homemade books. Andrew’s family literacy events are fun! Most all, they’re inspiring. Andrew will present to grades JK – 6. He will happily present to any number of students. He has presented to as few as 6 and as many as 250. Andrew will present in a classroom, library, gym or under a tree. He loves to do presentations for Family Literacy Events (fun for the whole family!) If it is a large group Andrew will require a laptop and projector.

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