Carmel Léger, Diane (Memramcook, NB)

Diane Carmel Léger

Writers’ Union member. French, English or a combination. Grade level: grades k-6

Virtual rate: $175 + HST per session Audience size: One class or two small classes.

2x Canadian Children’s Book Centre Award, 2x Hackmatack Award, Prix Antonine-Maillet-Acadie-Vie among others.

Highlight: Diane is a member of the official Canadian delegation of the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair where
Canada is the country being honored.

As a children’s author who does her own translations and a former French Immersion teacher who taught kindergarten to grade six, Diane easily adapts to the students’ language level. Best known for the Acadian classic novel, La butte à Pétard and for the Canadian bestseller, Maxine’s Tree, her books are used to enhance the study of Acadian History, the environment and Emily Carr.

This year, instead of in-person presentations, she is offering two virtual presentations which like her other books, show that it can be easier to write a story about what one knows.

My Two Grandmothers / Mémére Soleil, Nannie Lune 45-60 minutes for grades 1–4

In this true story about her grandmothers, she imitates her Acadian Mémére and Scottish-born Nannie who had nothing in common except their grandchildren. Children get in the spirit of this playful comparison. It is followed by an activity based on the list of names in different languages for grandmother and grandfather in the book. She will end with questions and suggestions for the students.

“Thank you so very much for the wonderful virtual visit today! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and some of the words and phrases the children came up with after meeting you were: inspiring, kind, great sense of humour and loves to write. We learned a little of the flavour of New Brunswick today which was fantastic! Thanks again for the terrific visit. » Wendy Nielsen, Gr. 2 teacher, Collingwood School

 The Lookout Tree / La butte à Pétard 60 minutes / grades 4-6

This novel is based on the two thousand or more Acadians who like her ancestors, fled the deportation of 1755 by hiding in the forest for five years with the help of the Mi’kmaq. Diane explains what is an Acadian and why she became a writer, does a brief reading and delivers a dynamic interactive version of Acadian History, followed by a Q & A.

“All comments for you are extremely positive. The students really enjoyed your presentation and the teachers were thrilled with the correlation to their curriculum outcomes. Teachers thought you had a great combination of passion for your work, visuals to support and activities that engage the students. It was an amazing experience for our school!” Catherine Kieley, East Riverview School

Contact Diane to book a visit..

    Tondreau-Levert, Louise (Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec)

    Louise Tondreau-Levert

    Writers’ Union Member (UNEQ). AAOF (Association des auteurs de l’Ontario Francophone). CCBC (Canadian Children’s Books Center). Fiction, short stories, picture books and illustrated biography of Louis Riel.  

    Louise is a member of the “Union des écrivains” (UNEQ).

    Novels and first reading books, picture books and an illustrated biography of Louis Riel.

    In-Person Visits:  From 4 to 14 years $250 for 1 session, $400 for 2, $575 for 3 and 700$ for 4, + travel (50 cents per kilometer, round-trip from GSLR near Hawkesbury. [6 km] Lodging and meals if necessary are at the expense of the host organization.

    Virtual Visits: $250, for one session, 20–60 minutes, $100 for each additional session on the same day.

    A native of Montreal Louise Tondreau-Levert holds a certificate in childhood and youth literature from UQAM. For 10 years, she prepared and hosted “Storytime” at her local library. In October 1994, her text “Le grand lit de la petite Mimi” received the first prize in the literary competition of the magazine Lurelu. In November 1996 “Le lit à grimaces” was published by “Les 400 coups” and in 1997 it was among the finalists for  the Mr. Christie prize. Since then, Louise has published several short stories as well as many books such as those of the series “Virevent le petit fantôme” for the editor “Le soleil de minuit”, as well as the series “Les bêtises” and “Drôle de boulot” at “Dominique et compagnie”

    Workshops
    Louise is a flexible presenter. No two groups are ever the same and no two of her presentations are ever the same. She much prefers to interact with her audience than to give a dry presentation.

    From the 2nd grade,to improve interest in the activity reading of one or two of the author’s texts is suggested before her visit.

    For students from 10 to 14 years old the author suggests learning a bit of history with the novel “Le roman-vérité Louis Riel.” Others suggestions:  Sharing the daily life of children in Western Canada when Louis Riel was a child and during his adolescence when he attended Montreal College, taking a look at the history of Western Canada from the buffalo hunt to the founding of the province of Manitoba.

    For an overview of the Algonquin language check out Louise’s book, “Le secret de la lanterne”  written in French and in Algonquin.

    From 7 to 9 years old, the author reads one or two of the books in the series “Virevent le petit fantôme.” ( 5 books). She explains how the small ghost gets to meet children even if his mother does not agree. A documentary follows every short story. The subjects of the documentaries are bats, castles, storms, manatees, pigeons and peregrine falcons.

    From 4 to 7 years old, the animation takes the form of storytelling with among others, the albums, “Museau et l’œuf,” “Les monstres du prince Louis,” and “Le lit à grimaces.”

    All the  author’s books are projected on the «Interactive Board». She brings her computer and all necessary connections. One class at a time or a maximum of 35 participants. 

    Contact Louise to book a visit…

      Groc, Isabelle (Vancouver, BC)

      Writer’s Union member. Member of the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society; Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers; Society of Environmental Journalists; American Society of Journalists and Authors. Fellow of the Explorers Club; UK Royal Geographical Society: Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

      Isabelle is available for author visits, school and library presentations, and conferences.
      Virtual presentations only during COVID.

      In-person visit rates (45 minutes to 1 hour): $300 for one session: $450 for two; $650 for three: $850 for the full day (four sessions) plus GST. Travel fees (airfare and lodging) apply for in-person visits outside the Lower Mainland.

      Virtual visit rates (30 minutes to 1 hour): $200-250 per session (plus GST).

      Isabelle Groc is an award-winning writer, conservation photographer, documentary filmmaker, and children’s book author focusing on environmental science, wildlife conservation, endangered species and the relationships between people and the natural world.

      Isabelle grew up in France and now lives in Vancouver. With degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she brings a unique perspective to documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats. Her stories and photographs have appeared in international media including National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, New Scientist, and The Guardian. Isabelle has also written and directed over a dozen films on wildlife.

      Her book Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection and the book has already received a starred review from the American Library Association’s Booklist and highly recommended reviews from the Canadian Review of Materials and the School Library Journal.

      Gone is Gone: Wildlife Under Threat was a finalist for the 2021 Yellow Cedar Award. Sea Otters: A Survival Story  is the winner of the 2021 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) in the children’s book category and is on the 2021 Outstanding Science Trade Book List. Her documentary Toad People won a Wildscreen Panda Impact Award. 
      Isabelle loves sharing her passion for the natural world with audiences of all ages, and delivers unique presentations, supported by stunning visuals and film clips. Isabelle’s background as a writer, photojournalist and filmmaker greatly enhances her presentations as she shares personal stories from working in the field alongside conservationists and scientists to inspire and educate students. Her presentations are also relevant to adults who want to make a difference for the natural world.

      Presentations (all grades)

      Wildlife’s best friends: dogs working for conservation (all grades)

      Based on Isabelle’s book Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment, Isabelle shares the stories of brave canines working to protect wildlife around the world.

      Act for the wild: Conservation close to home (all grades)

      Wildlife conservation starts on our doorstep. You don’t have to travel to the most remote corners of the earth to engage with wildlife. Any step you can take to protect habitat and wildlife close to home makes a difference and helps create global impact.

      Combining stories, photographs and short film clips, this talk presents the “how” and “why” of endangered species around the world, what people are doing to conserve them, and what children can do on their own and with their families to reduce their impact, engage with the wild, and take steps to protect habitat and wildlife close to home. The book draws from field stories and photographs from Isabelle’s book: Gone is Gone: Wildlife under Threat.

      Sea otters: A survival story (all grades)

      Hunted to near extinction for their fur during the 18th and 19th centuries, sea otters are returning to their territories from California to Alaska, through dedicated conservation efforts. They symbolize the large impact — both positive and negative — that humans can have on wildlife. They now have also unleashed their great ecological powers and have become one of the best examples of a keystone species.

      Based on Isabelle’s book, Sea Otters: A Survival Story, this engaging and visual
      presentation takes audiences on a tale of survival and transformation. Drawing from the author’s journey in sea otter country along the Pacific Coast over a period of ten years, the presentation explores the otters’ unique lifestyle, their remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, and how they leave their mark (or pawprint) on the environment, in obvious and subtle ways.

      British Columbia’s species at risk (all grades)

      From burrowing owls to grizzly bears, rattlesnakes and American badgers, British Columbia is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other province in Canada and is also one of the last holdouts for many large mammals that once roamed much of North America. Sadly many of these species are at risk. Learn about BC’s species at risk through this compelling presentation supported by Isabelle’s photographs, films, and field anecdotes, working alongside conservation groups and scientists to obtain better protection for some of Canada’s most precious species.

      Wildlife’s best friends: dogs working for conservation (all grades)

      Based on Isabelle’s upcoming book to be published in the fall 2021, Isabelle shares the stories of brave canines working to protect wildlife around the world.

      Storytelling programs (secondary and adults)

      The three programs below appeal to young people and adults who are interested in and/or consider careers in the environmental sector, journalism, photojournalism, documentary filmmaking, and conservation photography.

      From whales to toads: visual storytelling for conservation (Grades 9-12)

      Bringing attention to little-known, elusive, under-appreciated species that people do not often see in the wild can be a challenge for environmental groups or anyone interested in making a difference for wildlife conservation. Visual storytelling tools can help address this disconnect and renew public commitment for those species that are often overshadowed by more charismatic members of the natural world. Drawing from examples of impact-driven storytelling campaigns, Isabelle’s presentation explores how photography, filmmaking, art, and visual branding combined with science-based information can all work together to give new voices to endangered species, inviting the public to experience the natural world in a powerful and intimate way and take action for wildlife conservation.

      Life of a Conservation Photographer: Stories from the field (grades 9 to 12)

      From photographing mountain caribou from a helicopter to working with scientists capturing narwhal in the Arctic’s freezing waters, Isabelle has many field stories and photographs to share. In this presentation she highlights her work with scientists in the field, how she develops trust, builds story angles, adapts to different working environments, and how her photography and stories can help build public exposure on important science and conservation work.

      Story and Photographs By…: The Craft of Storytelling (grades 9 to 12)

      In this program, Isabelle shares her experience as an environmental photojournalist and how she combines photography and words to tell conservation stories.  She shares her creative process and discusses best practices for crafting pitches, finding the right audience, and taking a project from concept to publication.

      In-person visit equipment: microphone for larger group, table, screen and projector for PowerPoint presentation, speakers for video and audio clips, and adaptors necessary to work with Isabelle’s MacBook.
      Vegetarian lunch for full-day visit; water
      Maximum number of students per session: flexible. And varies with program.

      Virtual visits: conducted via Zoom or other preferred online platform; support personnel (to moderate and manage technical aspects)

      Contact Isabelle to book a visit:

        Adderson, Caroline (Vancouver, BC)

        TWUC member. Presents in English as well as a bilingual (French and English) presentation for K-2 French Immersion students. All ages

        Rates: $300 per 60-minute presentation ($150 for 30 minutes), plus HST. Caroline offers a discount for multiple bookings. Virtual presentations only for this time

        Caroline Adderson is an internationally published, award-winning author of books for readers of all ages.

        She has published 19 books for children: picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction. Known for the versatility and humour in her writing, she is also a dynamic, imaginative presenter who has shared her books and conducted workshops in schools and libraries across Canada. Caroline has won the Diamond Willow Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award, and been nominated for the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

        Presentations:

        Pre-School:

        Caroline will team up with an illustrator to present the two-part workshop Bookmaking for Kids and Caregivers. In part one Caroline guides kids and caregivers through the process of immortalizing their own adventures in a simple story. In part two, a professional illustrator (must be hired additionally) shows how published picture books are created. Families leave the workshop with a hard cover picture book they wrote and illustrated themselves, a permanent memento to treasure and hand down.

        Elementary:

        Caroline’s interactive presentations are for groups of up to 60 students based on a specific book.  For Kindergarten to Grade Three: Norman, Speak!; Eat, Leo! Eat!It Happened on Sweet Street; the Jasper John Dooley series, or Izzy in the Doghouse. For Grades Four to Seven:  Middle of Nowhere, A Simple Case of Angels or The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat. The presentation includes a reading, activities, and a question period.  Caroline also offers an informative 60-minute presentation on how books are written and published. Writing and Publishing Books leads children through the process from the generation of ideas to the published book.

        Elementary French Immersion:

        Caroline’s new picture book series Pierre & Paul offers a natural introduction to bilingualism.  Pierre speaks French; Paul speaks English. Together, they have adventures that allow readers and listeners to pick up second language vocabulary in context. The presentation includes a reading, activities, and a question period.

        Secondary:

        Caroline’s presentations at the high school level include readings from her adult fiction, discussion of the creative process, publishing tips and a question period. Caroline also offers a 2-hour writing workshop for teens, Becoming a Writer.

        Adults:

        Caroline has taught and mentored writers for more than twenty years in universities and colleges across Canada. She is currently the Program Director of the Writing Studio for Arts and Creativity. Please contact her to learn more about her workshops.

        Contact Caroline for a visit:

          Camlot, Heather (Toronto, ON)

          Writers’ Union Member. Fiction and nonfiction writer. Heather’s rates are $250 for one session, $450 for two, $650 for three, $800 for four/full day (may be shared with a neighbouring school). $150 for a virtual visit. HST applies. No travel costs within Toronto. Able to present in English and French.

          Heather is an award-winning children’s author, journalist, editor and translator. Her debut novel, Clutch, received a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award and a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2018 Best Books for Kids and Teens. Clutch was also named a 2017 Best Book from Kirkus Reviews.

          In 2020, she released two new books: the middle-grade nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? (available in French as Et si les soldats se battaient avec des oreillers ?) and the middle-grade novel The Other Side.

          In her presentations, Heather aims to entertain and educate, leaving the audience interested in writing fiction and nonfiction as well as looking into their own history for inspiration.

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          Hohn, Nadia (Toronto)

          The Writers Union member. Picture book. All ages. $350 for 1 session (60 min) $ 600 for 2 sessions of 60 minutes (1/2 day)$ 400 for 2 x 30 minute sessions (great for JK to 1). Full day (4 sessions) $ 1000. + kilometrage. Can present in English and French.

          Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017).

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          Messier, Mireille (Toronto, ON)

          Writers’ Union Member. French/English author. Picture books. Great for immersion students! K to 6.

          For the 2021-2022 school year, Mireille is only doing virtual visits!

          Mireille’s rate for a 45/50-minute virtual presentation is $250 for 1-5 classes, $350 for 6-10 classes and $450 for 11+ classes. HST extra. Please note that presentations may not be recorded for later use or shared.

          Mireille has a picture book ideal for Remembrance Day with students in grades 1-6! Contact her about presenting “Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War” at your school or event! (available in English or French)

          Mireille can present “Treasure”/ “Trésor”, “The Branch” / “Ma branche préférée” and “Fatima and the Clementine Thieves/Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines” ans “La magie de Casse-Noisette”/ “Nutcracker Night” in either English or French or both.

          Mireille also has many books that are published in French only and range in genre – from picture books, to chapter books and non-fiction. She enjoys presenting to immersion students and offers lively presentations that are tailored to the language level of the students.

          School presentations will include a reading of the selected book, an activity based on the theme of the book and a discussion with the author about her craft.

          Available in French or English/French (bilingual) Mireille is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and so schools wishing to invite her may be eligible for a travel and fee subsidy to off-set the cost of her visit.

          Here is an example of her presentations by grade:

          JK to 1: two 30-minute sessions for the price of one full session using her book “Quel fouillis!” (includes a tool-related activity and a song) or “Une Bestiole à l’école” (includes an insect-related activity and a song).

          Grade 1 to 4: The majority of Mireille’s books are for this age group. 45 to 60 minutes: Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected.

          Themes available: Remembrance Day/World War I/ World War II/Military Mascot (Sergeant Billy), Environmental conservation (Treasure/Trésor), Environment/Weather (The Branch/Ma branche préférée), Nature/Animals (Tellement Sauvage), Travel/Geography (Charlotte partout), Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (Fatima), Anagrams/Word Play (Voilier d’Olivier/Quand les zéros), Food/Cooking (Salade de César), Sports (Charlotte Olympique)…

          Grade 4 to 6: 45 to 60 minutes. Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected. Books available for this level are “Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines” (advanced picture book) and the middle-grade chapter books from Les aventures de Viviane et Simon series.

          Contact Mireille to book a visit:

            Dublin, Anne (Toronto)

            Anne Dublin

            Writers’ Union Member. Historical novels and biographies, multi awards and nominations, including the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth) for 44 Hours or Strike. Ages 8 and up. Anne’s rate is: $250 for one session, $400 for two. No travel charges will be incurred within Toronto. Transportation/accommodation fees will apply for presentations outside the Toronto area.

            Anne is an experienced and passionate presenter. As the author of historical novels and biographies with Jewish and social justice themes and a former teacher-librarian, she adjusts her presentations to various age groups and school curricula. She also enjoys speaking to adults and has shared her stories in retirement homes, churches, synagogues, cafés, and public libraries.

            Anne recently made a foray into the Land of Self-Publishing, and came out relatively unscathed. Her historical novel,  Written on the Wind (HodgePog Books, 2001), which was out of print, is now available as a Kindle e-book on Amazon. Written on the Wind tells the story of eight-year-old twins, Sarah and Michael, who are caught up in the devastating events in Toronto 1954 when Hurricane Hazel hit an unprepared city. Continue reading “Dublin, Anne (Toronto)”