Writers’ Union Member
$300+HST per presentation; $900+HST for a full day (four sessions); $200+HST for virtual
Tanya’s a funny and engaging storyteller, and her interactive presentations get kids excited about writing, creativity, and scientific discovery.
Tanya’s published more than 25 books for children and young adults. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history — or a combination of the three. Her favourite tales are those about rogue scientists, obsessed adventurers, and risk-takers who’ve changed the world.
Under Pressure: The Science of Stress is shortlisted for the 2021 Yellow Cedar Award (ON)
Mya’s Strategy to Save the World is shortlisted for the 2021 Red Cedar Award (BC), the 2020/2021 Chocolate Lily Award (BC), and the 2020/2021 Hackmatack Children’ s Choice Book Award (Atlantic Canada)
This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes is shortlisted for the 2020 Cybils Awards
Me and Banksy is a May 2020 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Reading List Pick and one of CCBC’s Fall 2020 Best Books for Kids and Teens
Several of Tanya’s presentations work well in-person or virtually. In Tanya’s “Under Pressure” presentation, there are fascinating facts about stress, wacky historical experiments in the name of research, and—most importantly—practical ways to address everyday anxiety. Students “interview” virtual scientists and experiment with five stress-busting methods during the presentation. In Tanya’s “This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes” session, she offers a sometimes silly and sometimes serious introduction to the science of stereotypes. The presentation covers the history of discrimination, secret biases in our brains, and how stereotypes affect our sense of self. Interactive sections help young people make sense of how and why we sort and classify the world around us — and how we might broaden our horizons.
Audience limits: 100+
Set-up requirements: a screen and projector; a table or desk for props