Leatherdale, Mary Beth (Toronto, ON)

Writers’ Union Member. Her picture book, middle grade and YA non-fiction have received many awards and accolades in Canada including Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Silver Birch Honour Book, Red Maple nominee (2x), as well as in the U.S. (Excellence in Non-Fiction YALSA finalist, Kirkus Prize Nomination, Junior Library Guild Selection) and internationally (White Raven Award). $300 + HST for 1 hour presentation; $500 + HST for 2 + travel for locations outside Toronto.

Virtual Visits: $250 plus HST, 60 minutes, Skype/Zoom/Google Talk. HST extra.

Mary Beth loves visiting schools and connecting with kids, sharing personal stories and engaging students with interactive activities. For more than 25 years, she has been involved with researching, developing and writing books, magazines and resources for students and educators. She holds a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Mary Beth’s books have been selected for readers’ choice awards in Ontario, British Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Texas and Bangkok. She has presented at schools and libraries in Ontario, British Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri.

Presentations:
JK- Gr. 3 – TERRY FOX AND ME: Storytelling session plus Q & A. For older children she includes a Powerpoint presentation, with an interactive look behind the curtain at how an idea becomes a book.
Gr. 4-8: STORMY SEAS: This presentation focuses on Mary Beth’s Silver Birch Honour Book STORMY SEAS. In an interactive presentation, students are invited to take on the roles of the young boat refugees featured in the book. Through discussion and powerpoint resources, we explore the factors that force families to leave their home, the difficult choices they must make, and the challenges of adapting to a new home. Works best in a classroom or library space.
Gr. 4 -8: WHAT WRITERS DO AND HOW THEY DO IT: As a writer and editor, Mary Beth has lots of experience in taking an idea and through perseverance and many drafts turning it into an award-winning book. Sharing fiction and non-fiction examples from both sides of the desk, Mary Beth will help students better understand real-life research, writing and revision process.
*ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIRTUAL VISITS.

Mary Beth is happy to adapt her presentations to meet the curriculum needs of teachers. Educator’s guides are available online.

Grades: JK through 6
Maximum number of students per session: 60 for grades JK – 2, 80 for older grades
Setting: school library or classroom (no gyms, please!)
Requirements: digital projector, screen or Smartboard, a microphone if the presentation is more than 50 kids, small table. If a laptop is available at the school, let her know and she’ll bring her presentation on a USB flash drive.

Contact Mary Beth:

    Torres, J (Whitby, ON)

    Award-winning Filipino Canadian writer of comic books and graphic novels. Member of Writer’s Union of Canada, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers. Middle grades. 

    Rates are $350 for one session, $650 for two, $950 for three, plus mileage. Classroom or library setting preferred over gymnasium or auditorium. Limit of 50 students per session (negotiable). Projector and laptop required for slideshow presentation. 

    Virtual rates: $200 for one session, $300 for two (within the same week).

    Best suited for grades 4 to 6, each session is approximately 45-60 minutes consisting of a brief intro, a reading (excerpt or short comic story), presentation on how graphic novels are made, and a Q&A at the end. Book sales and signings available upon request.

    J. has written for all the major North American comic book publishers including Archie, Dark Horse, DC, Image, and Marvel. He has also been published by Kids Can Press, Owlkids, Scholastic, and Tundra . He currently writes the Chirp comic in Chirp Magazine and the Adventure Comics motion comics for the DC Kids YouTube Channel. His graphic novels include Alison Dare (Eisner Award Nominee), Bigfoot Boy (Junior Library Guild Selection), Brobots (Kids Read Comics Award and Parents’ Choice Award), How to Spot a Sasquatch (Junior Library Guild Selection) , Lola: A Ghost Story (Aesop’s Accolade), Planet Hockey (Forest of Reading Honor Book), and Stealing Home (Forest of Reading Honor Book, Hackmatack Award Winner, nominated for Red Cedar, Bilson Award, and Sakura Medal).

    CONTACT J TO BOOK A VISIT: