Syed, Anoosha (Milton, ON)

Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominee, APALA Honor for Bilal Cooks Daal, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize Shortlist, featured in Netflix series ‘Bookmarks’, featured in Eric Carle museum, Otter Award nominee

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian character designer and the illustrator of over twenty books, including I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, APALA honor book, Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed and her author/illustrator debut, That’s Not My Name!

She draws inspiration from mid-century artists and her south-asian heritage, and she aims to create inclusive books that children can see themselves in.

Book topics: Empathy, First Day of School, Self-empowerment, Food and Culture. Family, South Asian

Rates: $350 for 60 minute session, $450 for two, Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside GTA. Anoosha is open to traveling further with additional food, travel, and accommodation charges.
Virtual visit fees: $150 for each 30 mins

Presentation format
Book reading + drawing demonstration (JK-3, 30min)
Reading of a selected picture book, followed by a drawing demonstration based on the book. Q+A at the end.

Careers: How I write/illustrate my picture books (Middleschool/Highschool, 60min) + Q&A

How I wrote/illustrate my book ‘That’s Not My Name’, and how the publishing industry works!

Other notes
A projector is required for in-person visits, and microphone + podium for larger groups.
For drawing activities, an easel with paper as well as paper, markers, crayons for the children to draw along with.
In-person presentations for JK-2 max 30 per group, teacher/facilitator MUST be present.
+HST
+Travel outside of GTA

Contact Anoosha to book a visit:

    Smith, Sadé (Mississauga, ON)

    Blue Spruce Award nominee for the Forest of Reading 2023 for her debut children’s picture book Granny’s Kitchen illustrated by Ken Daley.

    Rates: $250 plus HST for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside Toronto or Peel.

    Virtual visits: $150 plus HST for one session (60 minutes), $100 for each additional session on the same day to a maximum of four sessions.

    Sadé Smith is a Canadian children’s book author of Jamaican descent. Her books often involve food with colorful illustrations to capture the vibrancy and beauty of the Caribbean islands. In addition to writing, Sadé is also a design technologist and she is very passionate about literature. She writes books of representation for young readers. She provides games, activities, book readings and writing workshops for young students aged 3-8 (grades Kindergarten to grade 3).

    Presentations/workshops – Age group: 3-8 years old (Grades K-3)

    30 Minutes each part (split into 2 parts with a short break to accommodate for younger audiences).

    This collaborative school/library presentation includes:

    • Author introduction and background / biography
    • Introduction on writing / inspiration for the book
    • Showing of the Shelly-Ann doll to be passed around (depending on age group)
    • Topics about family, food, language, Jamaican culture and fun facts that are located on the back page of the Granny’s Kitchen book. Ask the readers/listeners about their experiences in Jamaica. Show the Jamaican flag and allow the readers/listeners to learn Patois (Jamaican language) that is shown throughout the book.
    • Colour in an empty template of the Jamaican flag and explain the colours of the Jamaican flag and what they represent. Readers/listeners can also draw and colour in their own country’s (or family background’s) flag on a blank page. Show art work.
    • A fun game involving live props (and/or a digital presentation) of cooking utensils, equipment, Caribbean foods and fruits. (Guess the name of the food/fruit/kitchen items). This is a fun and educational way for the readers/listeners to learn about new things and foods that they may not know about.
    • A live reading of GRANNY’S KITCHEN with enlarged illustrations shown on screen/projector (if needed to enhance visual effect for Storytime) followed by a Question and Comment period.
    • A quiz pertaining to the story by way of a Kahoot game or crossword puzzle, with prizes included (if in-person). (Prizes will include bookmarks with a recipe on the back, bookplates and occasionally, a signed copy of the book, depending on availability of copies on hand). Some prizes may be mailed out to school afterward for virtual presentations).
    • Social media handles and website / contact information. Information on where and how to purchase the book. Information about upcoming books and projects.
    • Information about the “Kidz Korner” tab on the Sadé Smith website where students may find fun activities and download reading and writing templates for their own use.

    Note: Workshops are 60 minutes in length and split into two parts to accommodate for a younger audience.

    To encourage interaction during in-person presentations, Sadé would prefer to meet with smaller groups at a time with a maximum of 4 groups per day.

    Equipment Required:

    • One table for presentation items and materials
    • Separate table and chair to accommodate for book sales and signings (if requested)
    • Computer with projector or television screen for displaying PowerPoint presentation from a USB drive or laptop
    • Blank paper and crayons (if children would like to draw their own flag).

    Note: Author will bring all required decorations and props needed for presentation.

    Contact Sadé to book a visit:

      Collins, Peggy (Eastern Ontario)

      Peggy Collins is an Eastern Ontario based author and illustrator and college professor. She is a member of the Writers Union of Canada, the Society of Children’s book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI), Canadian Association of Children’s Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) and the CCBC.

      Peggy creates every presentation to suit the age/grade and book (or books) for the presentation, and all presentations will be done in English. As a college professor and presenter for all ages there is a presentation for every age group available.

      At this time, virtual visits are preferred but eastern Ontario in-person visits will be considered. Rates: $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside the Kingston/Belleville/piston area. Virtual visit fees range from $100 – $200

      Peggy Collins has written and/or illustrated a wide variety of books that reflect social awareness, STEAM content and foster an understanding of the greater world around us.

      Rooted in a sense of wonder and play, Peggy brings this curiousity into each classroom she visits, engaging children in the creation of their own stories and artwork. She is a firm believer that every story matters and works to make sure that children feel that after her workshops. Workshops can include story generation, illustration demos (with kids drawing along), process and editing – with examples from actual projects, readings, q and a and more.

      Peggy prefers to work with individual classes for workshops (15-35 students) in-person. Virtually, depending on the wishes of the class/school she can facilitate 2 or more at a time – however would prefer no more than two to allow time for the students to interact directly with her.

      For virtual presentations the classroom must have access to a camera and teams, Peggy will provide a link prior to session. Students must be ready to draw! For in-person visits, schools should have a smart board or presentation screen, a flip pad of paper and markers, and materials for the children to draw with. Peripheral teaching materials will be emailed to teachers prior to class as well. A teacher must be present at all times during and between the presentations.

      Contact Peggy to book a visit:

        Jain, Mahak (Toronto, Ontario)

        Mahak Jain

        Member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Presents in English to all ages, including adults.

        Mahak is the author of Maya (illust. by Elly MacKay), winner of the South Asia Book Award and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year; Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes (illust. by Anu Chouhan); and The Only Astronaut (illust. by Andrea Stegmaier), forthcoming in spring 2023. She also writes poetry and fiction for adults and teaches creative writing at Sheridan College.

        Virtual Sessions (Preferred): Mahak has extensive experience presenting virtually across platforms. She works closely with educators and librarians in advance of the visit to present sessions that are dynamic and incorporate stimulating activities, including a Q&A.

        • A 30-minute session is $150. Additional same-day sessions are $100.
        • A 60-minute session is $250. Additional same-day sessions are $200.

        HST is additional.

        In-Person Sessions (Limited): Mahak has years of experience leading interactive writing workshops and activities at public schools and through the Toronto Public Library. Audience size and venue is flexible. A table, laptop, projector, projector screen, and a microphone are required; some sessions will also require paper, pencils, crayons, and writing surfaces.

        • A 30-minute session is $200. Additional sessions are $150. Minimum two sessions.
        • A 60-minute session is $350. Additional same-day sessions are $300.
        • Travel (Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton) and HST is additional.

        For all ages, Mahak can lead an interactive presentation tied to one of her picture books, including a reading, a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the writing process, and a Q&A.

        • A presentation on Maya will discuss India’s fauna and flora, the monsoon season, and the author’s childhood.
        • A presentation on Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes will discuss the history of the dance forms, Bharatanatyam and ballet dress and jewelry, and the author’s childhood.

        Depending on audience and size, presentations can also focus on the author’s writing journey and creative process, with brief introductions to each book.

        Contact Mahak to book a visit…