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