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:

        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:

          Leach, Sara (Whistler, BC).

          Sarah Leach

          Writer’s Union Member. Presentations in English for K-7. Virtual visits:  $150 for 45-60 minute session. In person visits: $250 for one session, $400 for two sessions, $800 for full day, plus travel expenses. No HST.

          Sara is an award-winning author of 9 books for children. She brings 25 years of teaching experience to her presentations.

          Sara has written picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels and loves speaking to all age ranges within a school. She can tailor her presentations to any group of students. Some of the topics students and teachers have enjoyed most include:

          What does every story need? Sara discusses character, setting and problem using the Slug Days series and leads students to create their own story starters.

          I know that place! In this author talk based around the Jake Reynolds books, Sara describes the writing process, and how she used events and locations from her own life to add exciting details to the books.

          Where do authors get their ideas? Everyone has a story to tell, and authors draw from all parts of their lives (and sometimes those of their friends), to write a book. In this workshop Sara will describe where the ideas for her books came from, and how she used bits and pieces of experiences from throughout her life to write these fictional stories.

          Sara is happy to present in any setting, but the library is preferred. A screen and projector are helpful and a microphone and podium are required for a gym. Virtual visits can be through Google Meets or Zoom. If you have a different platform you’d like to use she’s happy to try it.

          Contact Sara 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:

              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:

                van Staalduinen, Brent (Hamilton, ON)

                van Staalduinen

                Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Brent is a novelist and award-winning story writer, and a former army medic, radio DJ, tree planter, and high school English teacher. A member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, he’s excited about writing workshops and readings in English for grades 7-12, as well as adults and book clubs.

                Virtual rates:

                • Single session of up to 60 mins: $150.

                In-person rates:

                • Single session, up to 60mins: $250.
                • Two sessions, $500. Full day (max four sessions), $900.
                • No mileage required if distance is less than 25km from downtown Hamilton (L8P 1A1). For SW and Eastern Ontario, mileage will be calculated at the CRA rate of $0.59/km, return. For spots beyond, a travel fee will be determined based on most economical transport and accommodation needs.

                Brent is a dynamic public speaker and highly experienced educator, and easily accommodates for the different needs of his audiences. He offers two types of visits: workshops and/or readings and Q&As. For all sessions, subject matter will be tailored to the needs of the hosting organization and local curriculum requirements (experience with Ontario/IB/MYP/Pennsylvania curricula).

                A sampling of topics Brent has covered (not exhaustive — have an idea or theme you’d like to explore? Just ask!):

                • Novel writing
                • The elements of short fiction
                • Creative nonfiction
                • Memoir
                • Travel writing
                • Teaching creative writing
                • Character
                • Story structure
                • Conflict and tension
                • Submitting work to literary journals and magazines
                • Editing and proofreading
                • Setting up a writing workshop
                • Publishing with small presses
                • Contests and “making a mark”
                • Finding and landing the right literary agent
                • Self-publication and the digital marketplace
                • Social media and self-promotion

                …and more!

                For virtual visits, Brent prefers Zoom. For in-person visits, Brent requires a computer, projector, and screen. If the room is larger than a standard classroom, he’ll need a microphone, preferably wearable.

                van Staalduinen is pronounced: van-Stal-die-nen.

                Contact Brent to book a visit:

                  Lordon, Claire (Vancouver, BC)

                  Claire Lordon

                  Claire Lordon is an author, illustrator and Writers Union Member based in Vancouver, BC. Her presentations are in English. She presents to K-5.

                  Her school visit rates are $150 for a half hour virtual presentation (for grades K-1), $200 for a 50 minute virtual presentation $250 for one 50 minute in person presentation $450 for two 50 minute in person visits $675 for three 50 minute presentations.

                  GST is extra. Travel fees are extra except for the greater Vancouver area.

                  Claire is the author-illustrator of one book, and the illustrator of five more. She is an experienced school speaker who loves presenting to schools. Her presentations and workshops are upbeat and fun and can be catered to your group’s needs.

                  Here is a typical talk:
                  Presentations include a reading, a discussion about being an author-illustrator, process sketches, how she comes up with ideas, and a fun interactive drawing game. There is also a Q&A.

                  In addition to schools, she also gives presentations to libraries, conferences, organizations and more.

                  Additional Presentations and Workshops:

                  •How a Picture Book is Made
                  Good for grades K-5

                  •How Claire Became an Author-Illustrator
                  Good for grades 3-5

                  •Class-Created Picture Book Story
                  Good for Grades 1-4

                  •Professional Workshop: Create a Submission-Ready Book Dummy.

                  For adults. Note this workshop is either two one-hour sessions or one 90-minute session. Priced at $500 plus GST (if applicable).

                  Maximum size for presentations: 35

                  Equipment needed: Drawing easel and markers, a projector and screen for some presentations.

                  CONTACT CLAIRE TO BOOK A VISIT:

                    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..