Syed, Anoosha (Milton, ON)

Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominee, APALA Honor for Bilal Cooks Daal, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize Shortlist, featured in Netflix series ‘Bookmarks’, featured in Eric Carle museum, Otter Award nominee

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian character designer and the illustrator of over twenty books, including I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, APALA honor book, Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed and her author/illustrator debut, That’s Not My Name!

Book topics: Empathy, First Day of School, Self-empowerment, Food and Culture. Family, South Asian

RATES:

  • $350 – Two 30min sessions of storytime reading, drawing demo, and Q+A (best suited for JK-Gr 1)
  • $350 – 1hr presentation session
  • $550 – 2 sessions
  • $800 – 3 sessions
  • $1000 – Full day visit: Here, you can squeeze in AS MANY sessions as you are able to. You have me for the whole day!

+ HST fees + Travel fees of $0.50/km (From Milton) (Visits are a minimum of 1hr)

I usually work with children ages JK-Gr 5. But older kids/teens can also benefit from learning about the life of an author/illustrator, and a love for writing and drawing!

PRESENTATION FORMAT

My session is a 1hr presentation and Q&A that covers my career, how I wrote and illustrated the book That’s Not My Name!, and the importance of diversity/inclusivity in books and ends with a live drawing demonstration.

I can also offer a workshop component! In this segment, we learn the importance of good character design, and we would draw ourselves as characters in my book.

I don’t have a limit on how many students can be in a presentation. However, if you are looking to add the drawing workshop, then I would ask that the audience be limited to 23 children or as many as can be comfortably seated on tables/the floor to follow along the exercise with simple drawing materials and my worksheet.

This is a guideline of what I offer, but I am happy to be flexible and work around your school needs; if you’d like me to focus on any particular topics, books or activities we can definitely discuss!

Other notes
A projector is required for in-person visits, and microphone + podium for larger groups.
For drawing activities, an easel with paper as well as paper, markers, crayons for the children to draw along with.
In-person presentations for JK-2 max 30 per group, teacher/facilitator MUST be present.

Contact Anoosha to book a visit:

    Bow, Erin (Kitchener, ON)

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    Writers’ Union Member. $250 virtual visit or $400 in-person, plus travel. $700 for a day with two visits (two schools can share).   Travel costs waived in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the townships.

    Erin writes YA science fiction and fantasy middle grade books. With multiple awards, she’s considered one of Canada’s rising stars: Quill and Quire calls her “a new master,” and the CBC says she’s “so close to YA superstardom she can probably taste it.”  As a presenter she’s down-to-earth and funny, working to give students real answers and emotional honesty.

    “I’ve had many novelists visit my classes over the years, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen one connect so well with a teenaged audience. —A.J. Blauer, Acting Head of Literary Arts, Canterbury High School (Ottawa, Ontario)

    Free Virtual Visits!
    I do free 10-15 minute virtual visits with classes or clubs who are reading one of my books. There’s no presentation, so I’m counting on the teacher or moderator to run a short, informal conversation or a Q&A

    Audience: Any small group

    Timing: 10 to 15 minutes

    Presentation-style School Visits

    For upper elementary and middle schools: How to Fail

    A funny presentation on how I became an author by failing every step of the way. (Step one: don’t have a dream.)

    I’ll give your students a peek behind the scenes of my creative process — research, writing, editing, and more — but the heart of the presentation is grit, growth, and being a little easier on yourself.

    Audience: Targeted at grades 5 – 9. Single classes or whole-school gatherings.

    Timing: Adaptable to your timetable, but generally 30-40 minutes plus a Q&A, for a total of 45-60 minutes.

    For middle schools, high schools: How to Fall off a Roof

    Neuroscientists have a question: when you’re falling to your death, does time really slow down? Being scientists, they’ve tested this by dropping volunteers from a great height. Any guesses on what they learned?

    This presentation uses that answer — and other insights from modern neuroscience — to introduce new ways to think about how details and pacing change the emotional intensity of a scene.

    Audience: Targetted at grades 7 – 12, writers’ craft classes, university classes, writers’ master classes. Works as a workshop for single classes, but can also be run as a presentation for a gym-ful.

    Timing: Adaptable to your timetable, but generally 45-60 minutes plus a Q&A, for a total of 60-90 minutes.

    For upper elementary and middle schools: Sort of Simon

    Simon Sort of Says is my newest middle grade book.

    This presentation takes your readers behind the scenes of writing this book — and creativity generally — starting from “where do your get your ideas” and covering everything from an ordinary writing day to the big phone call day where something amazing happens.

    This presentation works for both classes who have read or are reading Simon, and for classes who are just curious about books, writing, and creativity.

    Content note: there is a school shooting in the backstory — not on the page — of Simon Sort of Says. That comes up in the backstory — not at the heart — of this presentation.

    Audience: Targetted at grades 5 – 9. Single classes or whole-school gatherings.

    Timing: Adaptable to your timetable, but generally 30-40 minutes plus a Q&A, for a total of 45-60 minutes.

    Workshops

    Writing Workshop: How to Walk Across a Room

    This highly interactive, on-your-feet workshop draws on improv exercises and group brainstorming to help students make characters come to life on the page.

    This workshop is at its absolute best as a series of short workshops and writing exercises that build on each other over the course of several writing days. Some of these can be teacher-run — I have sharable lesson plans. Contact me if you’re interested.

    Audience: Targeted at grades 7 – 12, writers’ craft classes, university classes, writers’ master classes. Best for single classes.

    Timing: Adaptable to your timetable, but generally 45-60 minutes plus a Q&A, for a total of 60-90 minutes.

    Writing Workshop: How to Fall off a Roof

    Neuroscientists have a question: when you’re falling to your death, does time really slow down? Being scientists, they’ve tested this by dropping volunteers from a great height. Any guesses on what they learned?

    This workshop uses that answer — and other insights from modern neuroscience — to introduce new ways to think about how details and pacing change the emotional intensity of a scene.

    Jam-packed with weird science and fun examples, this workshop is the least interactive one I do, and can also be a presentation to a gym-ful.

    Audience: Targetted at grades 7 – 12, writers’ craft classes, university classes, writers’ master classes. Works as a workshop for single classes, but can also be run as a presentation for a gym-ful.

    Timing: Adaptable to your timetable, but generally 45-60 minutes plus a Q&A, for a total of 60-90 minutes.

    Writer in Residence options

    Want to take it up a notch? These workshops add together to create a great program for a writer in residence. Think every day for a week, or twice a month for a semester, or even more.

    This is my absolute favourite thing to do — it’s a game changer for me, for the kids, and for the teachers I work with.

    Contact Erin to book a visit.

      Fernandez, Caroline (Toronto, ON)

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      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)

      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

      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

      Contact Caroline for a visit: