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.

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    Morse, Joe (Toronto, ON)

    Joe Morse. Illustrator/educator. Toronto. English. Grade levels: Grade 3 and up. Rates: $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions) Plus HST and travel fee of $0.50/km if outside Toronto.

    Joe Morse’s recent picture book Go Show the World with Wab Kinew was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and is a Finalist in the Forest of Reading (Silver Birch Express).

    Joe Morse is an award winning book illustrator and educator. He has won over 200 awards as an Illustrator in editorial, advertising and books working with international clients: Universal Pictures, Nike, the NBA, and Major League Baseball and 30 years of teaching Illustration with a focus on drawing.

    Joe’s Workshops are tailored to 2 different needs.

    1. Heroes without Capes: audio/visual presentation on the super powers each one of us has using the real life characters from the book Go Show the World. Focus: history, personal storytelling, culture, empowerment, empathy, diversity, environment and media awareness.

    2. Draw Thinking: smaller groups with paper and drawing tool (crayon, pencil). He shows the original art for Go Show the World and the group works with the second best form of communication we humans have (after physical gestures) DRAWING. A language that is truly universal.

    Focus: hands on fun. Creative thinking. Making mistakes is good for you. Note: for students that may have challenges with the physical aspect of drawing, he can emphasize the visual identification of shapes drawn during the workshop.

    Audience size: 1. Heroes without Capes: can be any size. He needs a screen and projector with an HDMI input/output. For 2. Draw Thinking: size dependent on table space for drawing. (30 and less optimal). He needs a screen and projector with an HDMI input/output. (If a projector is not available, please let Joe know in advance and he will attempt to bring one with him).

    Contact Joe to connect him with your readers:

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    McLeod, Cinders (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Now doing virtual visits only: $200 for one 60 minute session, $350 for 2, $525 for 3, $675 for 4. Maximum 4
    sessions per day. JK to SK: two 30-minute sessions for the price of 1.

    Cinders presents to JK to Grade 3. Single class size is best for discussion, but Cinders is flexible.

    Author-illustrator of the Moneybunnies financial literacy for young children series, published by Penguin N.Y. She is also a well known human rights cartoonist and musician. Cinders has 20 years’ experience in Canadian and British books and newspapers, is the creator of the 8-year-old Broomie Law cartoon and one of the few published, women political cartoonists in the world. She is also an experienced performer (singer, songwriter, double bassist with a record on Billy Bragg’s label) and cartoon workshop presenter. She wrote and illustrated EARN IT! SPEND IT! SAVE IT! and GIVE IT! for ages 3- 8 because it’s never too early to teach children about money. The Moneybunnies series is popular with STEM educators.

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    MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)

    Writers’ Union Member. Author, illustrator, picture books, Forest of Reading, lightbox, paper, children’s books, primary, workshop, art project. Elly’s rate is $275 for one session, $475 for two, $675 for three and $800 for four, plus local travel from Toronto when in the area (either taxi or being picked up by a teacher to accommodate her in bringing her miniature theatre and supplies). Continue reading “MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)”

    Storms, Patricia (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Fun and funny cartoonist, children’s illustrator and picture book author and ukulele lady. $300 + HST for 1 session, $500 for 2, $800 for 3 and $1,000 for 4. Continue reading “Storms, Patricia (Toronto)”

    Fullerton, Alma (PEI)

    Alma Fullerton is an award winning author- author/illustrator.

    Alma’s rate is $350 plus HST for one session, $550 for two, $800 for three and $1000 for four, plus travel.

    Virtual visits: $200 per session.

    She lives in PEI with her husband, and dog. Born in Ontario Canada, she grew up in a large military family and has lived in in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Germany.  Alma struggled with reading and memorized most things until the age of nine when, with the help of her grade four teacher, she realized she had dyslexia. By grade nine Alma loved reading. Besides writing and illustrating Alma now works in schools as an educational assistant who helps children with learning disabilities figure out the best way for them to learn.

    Her books have been nominated and/or have won awards including the Governor General Finalist 2008, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist x, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award winner, Golden Oak Award winner, RED Cedar award winner, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award shortlist , SilverBirch Award shortlist x2, Silver Birch Express x2, Blue Spruce Award x3, Kentucky BlueGrass Award , Rhode Island Children’s book award, JLG Selections x2

    Book Talks – Maximum 100 students

    Alma book talks help promote literacy and may include how she overcame obstacles to become an author/illustrator, illustration demonstrations and or a reading followed by a discussion based on the reading, and questions and answers.

    For grades K-2 – Alma will showcase a reading of one or more of her picture books.

    No More Plastic will lead to a discussion about things children can do to help the environment.

    Pockets Full of Sea Glass will lead to a discussion about emotions and things you can do to help with anxiety, worry or anger.

    For grades 2-5 Alma’s middle grade novels will be highlighted.

    The Journal of Anxious Izzy Parker – Alma will do a reading and have an open discussion with your students on mental health, and anxiety with a question and answer period.

    Twisting Forward Flipping Backward – Alma will do a reading and have an open discussion with your students about her journey with dyslexia, and ADHD talking about overcoming obstacles with a question and answer period.

    Writing and Illustration workshops – Maximum 30

    Alma works with educators to customize both writing and illustration workshops.

    Writing workshops include a writing exercise where the students practice techniques. 

    Full Picture book workshops – (without illustration) this would be a full day.

    Workshops can include

    Showing not telling.

    Character building

    Revising your writing

    World building

    Illustration workshops

    Picture Book Scene building

    Using recycled materials and collage or diorama

    Art workshops

    Creating art using found objects and recycled materials

    Equipment and Other Requirements

    Alma is comfortable presenting in a classroom or online. For larger groups she may require a microphone and a screen for presentations. A table to display books would be also required. Although she is comfortable in a classroom, she requests that one or more teachers or other school representatives be present at all times.

    To book Alma Fullerton, please email us: