Sadler, Judy-Ann (London, Ontario)

Judy-Ann Sadler (London, Ontario) is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, CANSCAIP, and Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC). She presents (in English) to students in JK to grade 5 and beyond.

Rates:

  • 1 session: $300
  • 2 sessions: $525
  • 3 sessions: $675
  • 4 sessions: $800

These rates include craft supplies for 50 students per 1-hour session. Travel costs are extra. No HST. Rates for virtual visits are negotiable.

Judy-Ann Sadler is the bestselling author of over 25 books for children that have sold over a million copies in various languages around the world.

Ever since Judy-Ann can remember, she has loved to read, write and make things. She feels passionate about sharing stories and crafts with children. She knows that using your imagination and working with your hands encourages creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness, patience, passion and generosity. She feels that these are all qualities our children will need to help make the world a better place!

Judy-Ann has presented to, and made crafts with, tens of thousands of children at schools, libraries and festivals. Here are a few examples of what she does during a presentation, but she always tailors her presentations to the needs of the students. She loves to keep her audience engaged and excited about books, crafts and stories!

JK- grade 1: Read a picture book, show other books, show crafts from some of her books, take questions, make a craft.

Grade 2-3: Read one of her picture books, show other books, show lots of crafts and chat about the joy of making things, answer questions, make a craft.

Grade 4-5: Talk about and show samples of the many steps involved in putting together a good book, read a story, show her books and crafts, answer questions and hear about the creative activities and writing projects of the students. Make a craft!

For presentation set-up, Judy-Ann requires a couple of tables at the front of the room, and tables with chairs for the students. She will present to a maximum of 50 students/two classes per session.

Contact Judy-Ann to book a visit:

    Hughes, Susan (Toronto, ON)

    Writers Union Member. Canscaip. SCBWI. Fiction & NF, multiple Forest of Reading nominations. Multi awards. Mainly grades K to 6.

    Virtual visit: $200 (plus hst) for one session of 40-50 mins; and $150 for each additional session on the same day. Also, $220 (plus hst) for two back-to-back 30 min sessions with Kinders.

    Susan is an award-winning author of over 30 children’s books (fiction and non-fiction), including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels—and even some graphic narratives (picture books and middle-grade). She runs through the local cemetery, where she glimpses coyotes and foxes; was dog- and horse-crazy as a kid; and no matter what’s she’s doing, would usually rather be reading.

    Susan’s books have won and been shortlisted for several awards, including the Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Non-fiction, Red Maple, Red Cedar Information Book, Hackmatack, Prix des Libraires du Quebec (Jeunesse), Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, TD Canadian Children’s Literature, Diamond Willow). Her books have received starred and recommended reviews from Kirkus, CCBC, CBC Books, Quill & Quire, School Library Journal, Resource Links, The Globe & Mail, CanLit for Little Canadians and CM Magazine.

    Susan loves chatting with young readers about her books, the writing and publishing process, and their own writing projects. Susan will read from one or more of her books, discuss the inspiration for her book and the writing, research, and publishing process, and engage in a lively Q and A with young students.  

    Readings from her book(s), plus Q&A’s with audience (20-30 mins for kinders; 30-50 mins for gr 1 and up)

    Suggestions of picture books for presentations:

    Walking for Water: How One Boy Stood Up for Gender Equality (gr 2 – 5)

    In this inspiring picture book story of individual activism (based on a real boy), Victor recognizes gender inequality when his sister must stop attending school — and decides to do something about it.

    Themes: equality, gender, children taking action, Malawi, fiction/ non-fiction, graphic novel, family, diversity, authenticity, experts, Citizen Kids, global connections

    Carmen and the House That Gaudi Built (gr 1 – 6)

    Carmen Batlló must move to the city, leaving behind her imaginary salamander—but then meets architect Antoni Gaudí. This picture book is inspired by the real Batlló family and the house Gaudí designed for them.

    Themes: fiction versus non-fiction, based on, imaginary friends, architecture, home, nature, moving, Antoni Gaudi, change

    What Happens Next (gr 2 -6)

    This picture book story is told by an unnamed protagonist who, when bullied by a girl at school, confronts the bully in a unique way— helping the bully see the world with a new perspective.

    Themes: bullying, emotions, empathy, non-gendered character, point-of-view, differences and similarities, courage

    Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs (gr 3 – 7)

    A fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world’s greatest urban thinkers and activists, this picture book is a terrific resource for exploring civic engagement, urban life, and the role of city planning.

    Themes: urban activist, ecosystem, grassroots, observer, perseverance, courage, citizenship, initiative, prison, biography, annual Jane Walks

    Up! How Families Around the World Carry their Little Ones (K to gr 2)

    A celebration of diversity, this non-fiction picture book depicts children being carried in many different ways by various family members in 10 places around the world.

    Themes: family, emotions, empathy, rural/urban, diversity, global connections

    Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World  (gr 4 to 7)

    In this middle-grade non-fiction book, you’ll travel around the globe to visit some of the world’s most incredible schools (on boats, on train platforms, mobile schools, etc.) and meet the students who attend them.

    Themes: education, equality/equity, tough decisions, diversity, initiative, interviews, citizenship, global connections

    Virtual meetings can be on Zoom, Google meets, or Skype. Audience size: let’s discuss!

    Connect with Susan to book a visit:

      Stemp, Heather (North Bay, Ontario)

      Writer’s Union Member. English. Historical Fiction In-person

      Rates: $225. for one session, $400. for two sessions in the same school

      Virtual Rates: $150. for one session, $125. for each additional session in the same school.

      Sessions: 60 minutes (virtual visits only, at this time)

      Heather is a retired teacher, mother, and grandmother. All these roles have made her a dedicated supporter of young readers through her writing, classroom visits, and community events.

      Her first book, Amelia and Me, is a middle grade historical fiction, which was nominated for the 2015 Red Cedar Award. Her second book, Under Amelia’s Wing, has been nominated for the 2021 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the 2021 Red Maple Award (YA).

      After Heather retired, she began writing her family history. She found that the Ross’s of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland were involved in early transatlantic aviation. Then Amelia Earhart arrived in 1932 to make her own transatlantic flight. That’s when Heather’s family history turned into her first book, Amelia and Me. Her second book, Under Amelia’s Wing, continues her Aunt Ginny’s adventures with Amelia in the newly-developing field of female pilots.

      Presentations

      Heather collaborates with teachers and/or librarians to customize visits to meet the students’ interests and the teachers’ curriculum requirements.  

      Here are a few suggestions for virtual classroom visits:

      Invite Amelia Earhart into Your Classroom

      (She will arrive in a full flying outfit, if desired)

      Interview Amelia or ask her to describe:

      • her time in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland before her flight- the secrecy, the  other female pilots trying to beat her across the Atlantic, and those who helped her
      • her actual flight- the problems, how she solved them, where she landed, her “staged” reception, and the world’s reaction

      Other characters from, Amelia and Me, could be used in a similar manner. For example:

      • interview Ginny Ross, the main character, or ask her to tell you about growing up in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and how difficult it was to follow her dream of becoming a pilot.
      • interview Joseph Ross, Ginny’s grandfather, or ask him to describe the depression in Newfoundland in 1932 and how it affected store owners like him
      • interview Rose Archibald (Ginny’s aunt) or ask her to tell you about the role of women in 1932
      • interview Heather Stemp, the author, or ask her to describe how family stories can be turned into books, the writing process, the editing process, or why people write books

      A similar approach can be used to explore Heather’s second book, Under Amelia’s Wing, which is set at Purdue University in 1936. Ginny Ross is enrolled there as a mechanical engineering student. Amelia Earhart is there as a part-time career counselor for women and aviation advisor. Characters from the book can be interviewed or asked to describe certain aspects of the story. This book is for young adults, grades seven and eight. The use of costumes with this age group can be discussed with the teacher before Heather arrives.

      Curriculum connections are numerous in these STEM friendly historical novels so hands-on activities can be included in different content areas. The interests of the teacher and the students will define the visit.

      Historical black and white photos, videos, and maps can be used, if desired.

      Information on audience size limits, writing workshops, set-up requirements.

      Virtual visits only, at this time. Best with one or two classes to allow Heather to interact with students. Larger groups negotiable.

      Contact Heather to book a visit:

        Crawley, Oksanna (Brampton, ON)

        Author/Illustrator of levelled books for Kindergarten and Grade One

        Member of CANSCAIP and SCBWI

        Virtual presentation $100.00 + HST per one session

        Oksanna is a retired Kindergarten teacher and early literacy specialist. She loves writing funny books about a goofy, super hero hamster and has just as much fun drawing the illustrations.

        Oksanna is the author and illustrator of over 30 levelled books – Super Hammy – My First Reading Series (a collection of 15 books, Fountas & Pinnell levels A-C), and Super Hammy’s New Adventures (a collection of 15 books, Fountas & Pinnell levels D-F). She is also the author and illustrator of Super Hammy ABC. The books are also available in French and Chinese.

        Oksanna has two 30 or 45 min. virtual presentations for grades K to 3. Choose one.

        Presentation # 1 emphasizes reading and writing.

        • Oksanna talks about herself as a young girl and how she was bitten by the writing and drawing bugs.
        • She reads her Super Hammy books, and, using a PowerPoint presentation, shows how an idea in her head becomes a book.
        • After a short dance break, more read alouds, and then students brainstorm super powers they’d love to have. Super Hammy’s super powers are love and kindness.
        • A talk about the elements of a story ensues – setting, characters, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end with examples from a Super Hammy story.
        • Then, a Q & A.
        • The task: Students write and illustrate a story about their super power on their own time.

        Presentation #2 emphasizes reading, writing and art.

        • Oksanna talks about herself as a young girl and how she was bitten by the writing and drawing bugs.
        • She reads her Super Hammy books and, using a PowerPoint presentation, shows how an idea in her head becomes a book with an emphasis on illustrations.
        • After a short dance break, more read alouds, and then students brainstorm super powers they’d love to have. Super Hammy’s super powers are love and kindness.
        • Oksanna demonstrates how to make a 4-panel comic/how to draw and write – with a problem and a solution.
        • Then, a Q & A.
        • The task: Students make a 4-panel comic (captions and drawings) with a story about their super power on their own time.
        • Teacher will be provided with a template of a 4-panel comic to be photocopied for students.

        Audience: One class at a time, or two or three grouped together for a Zoom presentation. Oksanna would appreciate that the students be familiar with Super Hammy books. Books can be ordered from DC Canada Education Publishing. The presentations are done in English, however, Oksanna can do the read alouds in French if requested.

        Contact Oksanna 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:

            McLellan, Stephanie Simpson (Newmarket, ON)

            Writers Union Member. English. Fiction (Picture Book and Mid Grade), Mr. Christie Award winner, Ruth Schwartz Award Winner, 2022 Blue Spruce Award Nominee. Grades K-3 and Grades 5-8. 

            In-Person Visits: $300 plus HST for 1 session, $500 for 2, $750 for 3 and $1000 for 4, + travel (50 cents per kilometer, round-trip for SW ON).

            Virtual Visits: $200 plus HST, for one session, 20-60 minutes, $150 for each additional session on the same day.

            Stephanie is the award-winning author of six picture books and one mid-grade novel. She reviewed children’s books for twelve years for Today’s Parent magazine (for which she got to interview the legendary Maurice Sendak!), operated an online bookstore for a few years called Neverending Stories, and wrote several scripts for the gemini-nominated children’s television series Roll Play (on Treehouse).

            Her books have won and been shortlisted for several awards (Mr. Christie Award, Ruth Schwartz Award, Chocolate Lily Award, CNIB Tiny Torgi Award, Crystal Kite Award and Blue Spruce Award) and have received starred and recommended reviews from Kirkus, CCBC, CBC Books, Quill & Quire, School Library Journal, Resource Links, TVO Kids, Chickadee Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, City Parent, CanLit for Little Canadians and CM Magazine.

            A passionate promoter of literacy, Stephanie has toured twice for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week: to Labrador in 2014 and Northwest Territories in 2018. Surrounding the release of her 2017 picture book, The Christmas Wind, Stephanie worked with almost 1,700 primary students in every province and territory of Canada (plus one school in Australia) on a unique literacy initiative that resulted in over 13,000 student drawings of her characters Jo, Murdock and the wind. Widely profiled by CBC, The Christmas Wind Story Project involved the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in the spring of 2016 and was a top 10 finalist in the 2016 CST Inspired Minds Learning Project Contest.

            Presentation Description

            During Stephanie’s school presentations for grades K-3, she encourages children to look for and understand their own creativity by sharing the stories behind her stories, how these stories/ideas turn into books, and what it’s like to write for a living. Specifically, she has four goals with each school presentation:

            • To entertain students with a dramatic reading of her books so they will come to know and care about her characters and about the value of story
            • To stir the writer/creator inside each student by sharing the stories behind her stories, thus empowering them to see the connection between their own lives and their own potential works of art
            • To create a natural bridge to relevant, valuable and interesting learning (e.g.Hoogie in the Middle – a simile exercise; Leon’s Song – a mini science quiz on how frogs survive the winter)
            • To give students a sense of what goes into the creation of a book (the illustrator, the publisher, the ideas) and what it’s like to write for a living 

            For grades 5-8, Stephanie will focus on her mid grade novel Sully, Messed Up to explore themes of self-esteem, identity, life choices, social-emotional learning and bullying.

            Ahead of each school visit Stephanie creates a school specific page on her website to help teachers and students prepare for her visit.

            Maximum group size: 50-60 for optimum interaction 

            Equipment required: a table, an easel (for presentation boards), water, microphone for larger groups or in the gym.

            Contact Stephanie to book a visit:

              Nanua, Sarena and Sasha (Mississauga, ON)

              Presentation language: English. Grades 6-8 or 9-12. Combined rates: $250+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 the Greater Toronto Area. Combined rates for virtual visits: $200+HST for one session, $300 for two.

              Sarena and Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario, Canada. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and Professional Writing programs at the University of Toronto and are the authors of The Pendant Trilogy and the Ria and Rani duology. 

              Sarena and Sasha offer presentations on their writing journey, including how they began writing together at the age of nine, how they self-published as teenagers and then got a literary agent, and how they traditionally published their book Sisters of the Snake with HarperCollins. They also offer workshops on the publishing process and creative writing. Workshops can be tailored to grade level and can cover topics such as:

              • novel writing
              • elements of a story
              • best practices for revision/editing

              One session can include anywhere from 2-3 classes (20-30 students per class). Workshops can be done one class at a time, but also allow for smaller group sessions with each of us/one-on-one experiences in-person. Visual equipment such as power-point required for presentations and workshops. Bottled water would be appreciated.

              Contact Sarena and Sasha to book a visit:

                Cohen, Tziporah (Toronto, ON)

                Tziporah Cohen

                Tziporah Cohen. Toronto, Ontario. Writers’ Union Member. English. Grades 4-7. Virtual rates: $175 per session (45-60 min). In-person rates: $250 for one session (45-60 minutes), $400 for two sessions, $600 for three. No travel costs within City of Toronto; GTA (excluding City of Toronto) $25 per 30 min car travel, rounded up. Not currently doing in-person visits outside of GTA.

                Award-winning author of middle-grade novel NO VACANCY and forthcoming picture book ON THE CORNER OF CHOCOLATE AVENUE: HOW MILTON HERSHEY BROUGHT MILK CHOCOLATE TO AMERICA (December 2022).

                Tziporah Cohen No Vacancy

                Tziporah Cohen’s NO VACANCY (Groundwood Books, 2020) was a JLG Gold Standard Selection, a Sydney Taylor Honor book, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, on the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year list, on the shortlist for the winner of the CCBC Jean Little First-Novel Award, and nominated for the SYRCA Diamond Willow Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and the Silver Birch Fiction Award. Tziporah was born in the US and came to Canada in 2008. She attended Harvard Medical School, later receiving an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a working physician and part-time writer who loves to talk with kids about books! Presentations include:

                *Reading plus Q&A: Fifteen-minute reading and Q&A about the book (NO VACANCY) and writing process. 45-60 min.

                *Author’s Journey: How do you go from writer to author? Learn the origin story of NO VACANCY and all the steps from beginning to publication: from idea to first draft and revisions, to acquisition, editing and copy editing, cover design and book-on-the-shelf! Includes photos from the entire process and reading of a chapter from the book. 60 minutes.

                *Revision, Revision, Revision! What are the steps in going from first draft to finished story? Get an inside view on the author’s revisions of NO VACANCY, both before and after acquisition by the publisher. Includes specific examples of revision strategies (using strong verbs; show, don’t tell; adding detail; use of outlines and calendars; eliminating writing quirks, etc) with photos of manuscript. Includes reading of a chapter of the book. This presentation works best if students have read the book, but not required.

                Size limits: 100 for virtual presentations, 30 for in-person visits (60 for Reading/Q&A)

                Equipment: For virtual visits, Skype or school Zoom account. For in-person visits, laptop with Powerpoint, (can bring own laptop if it can be connected to school projector, otherwise will bring USB stick), projector and screen for Power Point presentation, table, microphone if space larger than classroom, glass of water. Teacher or librarian must be present for all presentations, virtual or in-person.

                Contact Tziporah to book a visit:

                  Cooke, Stephanie (Toronto, ON)

                  Stephanie Cooke. Toronto, ON. Writers’ Union of Canada Member. English. Fantasy, Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Middle-Grade, and Young Adult. Stephanie’s rates for school visits is $300 for one session (local schools only), $500 for two sessions or for a half-day, and $900 for a full school day (maximum four sessions), plus travel if applicable. Virtual visits are $250.

                  Stephanie Cooke is an author and editor based out of Toronto, Canada. She is the writer of ParaNorthern and the co-writer of Oh My Gods!

                  She loves to speak to people about comics, graphic novels, and writing and devotes a lot of time to helping educate people about creating, understanding, and appreciating the graphic novel medium.

                  CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL
                  Ever wonder how a comic book or graphic novel gets made? How many different people work on one book? What’s the process for creating a story and turning it into a graphic novel? Stephanie delves into all of this and more as she helps people explore the world of the comic book industry and sheds light on the process of writing a story from inception to completion.

                  Ages: Any

                  Group size: Any, but especially love working with smaller groups of 15-30 kids.
                  A/V needs: Projector or anything to present some images to go along with the presentation.

                  Collaboration is hands-down the best parts of creating a graphic novel. Working with someone to bring an idea to life is an incredible feeling. Having someone to bounce ideas around with is amazing and inspiring. And getting to see an artist bring what was in your head to life on the page is nothing short of magical! With her experience as a co-writer on Oh My Gods! and a co-creator on an unannounced series, Stephanie has created this presentation to help teach you about the process, what to expect, and provide exercises for you to learn from.

                  Ages: Any, but works especially well ages 6 and up (and for students and adults)
                  Group size: 15-30

                  Other topics are available upon request.

                  Contact Stephanie to book a visit…

                    Prins, Marie (Colborne, ON)

                    Marie Prins, Colborne, Ontario, Writers Union Member, English, Grades 2-6,

                    Rates: $225 for one session, $400 for two, $600 for three, $800 for full day (4 sessions), plus travel fee of .50/km round trip

                     Virtual Visits Only at This Time – $150 for one 40-60 minute session, $125 for each additional session on the same day

                    Marie is a remedial reading teacher who is passionate about helping children learn to read and love to read. Sharing books and stories with her students has been a highlight when she meets with them, one on one, or in group settings.

                    Marie tailors each presentation to the children in front of her, sharing her experience as a storyteller, researcher, and writer in order to inspire them to read for the love of it and write to share their own stories. Her mid-grade novel The Girl From the Attic is a time travel story that offers historical insight into rural Ontario, explores family dynamics past and present, and touches on themes of health/disease pertaining to asthma, tuberculosis, and pandemics. It received two awards in 2021 from Story Monsters Ink – first in Family, second in Mid-grade. Her children’s story “Grammy’s Mittens, ”about a young girl dealing with the death of her grandmother before Christmas, appears in Volume Three of Cloud Lake Literary magazine.

                    Workshops –

                    Storytelling with Q & A, featuring The Girl From the Attic (grades 2-6) This workshop includes sharing the book’s backstory and additional historical information about octagonal houses (book’s setting), rural life in the early 1900s, and the plague of tuberculosis before the advent of antibiotics. A Teacher’s Guide is available for classrooms who either read the book before or after the visit.

                    Time Travel Writing Workshops (grades 5 & 6) – In this workshop, Marie will help children brainstorm ideas for past or future time-travel, choose characters and settings, discover portals, plot story arcs, and devise story endings.

                    Nuts and Bolts of Editing One’s Own Writing (grades 2-6) – This workshop includes brainstorming creative writing ideas (“what if”), using a writer’s notebook, working with learning buddies, rereading to check spelling & grammar, and using examples from the editing process of The Girl From the Attic and “Grammy’s Mittens” to demonstrate how one edits own writing.

                    Classroom, library, workshop visits – Virtually for 2021/2022, on Zoom or Google Meets (willing to try other platforms) with school or library hosting the event. Storytelling Presentation – either one or multiple classrooms; Writing Workshops prefers small groups of 15 or less.

                    Will consider small, in-person groups in a library or similar setting.

                    Contact Marie to book a visit: