Fernandez, Caroline (Toronto, ON)

Caroline-Fernandez

Writer’s Union member. CANSCAIP. SCWBI. Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award 2016. Purple Dragonfly Award winner (multiple awards). Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Rates: $250 per session up to 4 sessions per day.

Virtual visits: $200 (one 60 minutes or divided into two 30 minutes) (Zoom or Skype)

  • Asha and Baz Meet Elizebeth Friedman is a 2024 Next Generation Indie Award finalist
  • Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan is a 2023 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist
  • Asha and Baz Meet Hedy Lamar is a 2023 Purple Dragonfly winner
  • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus is a 2021 Purple Dragonfly winner
  • Boredom Busters is a 2015 Forest of Reading Silver Birch honour book award winner

Caroline is an enthusiastic presenter who encourages interaction during visits.

Presentations by Grades

All presentations include a reading, engaging activities, and author Q & A. Caroline is happy to work with teachers and librarians to develop a need-specific presentation, but here are some examples:

Middle Grade (60 minutes)

  • Plague Thieves

Reading of Plague Thieves. Then, discussion of inspiration, brainstorming, researching, writing, revision, and editing of this historic middle grade novel. Discussion on the challenges of incorporating real facts into middle grade historical fiction.

Themes: middle grade books, writing and editing, research, historical fiction, geography, history, pandemics, urbanization, STEM in renaissance times Vs modern times, types of story conflict in books.

Grades JK-6 (60 minutes)

Asha and Baz series (chapter book series)

  • Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan
  • Asha and Baz Meet Hedy Lamarr
  • Asha and Baz Meet Elizebeth Friedman
  • Asha and Baz Meet Katia Krafft

In the Asha and Baz series, two children are faced with a STEM challenge in school. They time travel to meet a women in history who has made a significant discovery which relates back to their school challenge. They learn about the woman, her time, and her STEM genre. Then, they travel back to their time and apply what they learn to their class challenge. Each of the STEM challenges can be reproduced as an activity at home or in class using simple materials.

Themes: science and technology, women in science, history, biography, space, STEM, gender equality, early reader chapter book

  • Hide and Seek: Wild Animal Groups in North America (picture book)

Themes: collective nouns, animals, migration of monarch butterfly, North America, finding one’s place, inclusivity, Earth Day, Earth Month, picture book

  • Stop Reading This Book (picture book)

The book judges the reader by their cover. Would you….could you stop reading this book?!

Themes: antagonists, protagonists, conflict, resolution, picture book, diversity, bullying, reading, picture book

The Adventures of Grandmasaurus (picture book series)

  • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus
  • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus At the Aquarium Rescue Centre
  • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus At the Supermarket

Grandma sneezes herself into different dinosaurs on a field trip to the museum. Role reversal story where the kids know the rules better than Grandmasaurus.

Themes: inter-generational relationships, non-gendered characters, role reversal, literary non-fiction, diversity, facts, role reversal, dinosaurs, picture book

  • Boredom Busters
  • More Boredom Busters

Let’s dive into busting boredom! Brainstorming on things you can craft using supplies you have around your home or classroom. Great for makerspace and school-vacation activity ideas!

Themes: Screen-free activities, recycle/upcycle, STEM, creativity, boredom busters, activity books

Equipment required: Table. Library or classroom preferred.

Mid-morning start time requested.

Caroline also offers book marketing coaching for authors

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