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..

    Tondreau-Levert, Louise (Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec)

    Louise Tondreau-Levert

    Writers’ Union Member (UNEQ). AAOF (Association des auteurs de l’Ontario Francophone). CCBC (Canadian Children’s Books Center). Fiction, short stories, picture books and illustrated biography of Louis Riel.  

    Louise is a member of the “Union des écrivains” (UNEQ).

    Novels and first reading books, picture books and an illustrated biography of Louis Riel.

    In-Person Visits:  From 4 to 14 years $250 for 1 session, $400 for 2, $575 for 3 and 700$ for 4, + travel (50 cents per kilometer, round-trip from GSLR near Hawkesbury. [6 km] Lodging and meals if necessary are at the expense of the host organization.

    Virtual Visits: $250, for one session, 20–60 minutes, $100 for each additional session on the same day.

    A native of Montreal Louise Tondreau-Levert holds a certificate in childhood and youth literature from UQAM. For 10 years, she prepared and hosted “Storytime” at her local library. In October 1994, her text “Le grand lit de la petite Mimi” received the first prize in the literary competition of the magazine Lurelu. In November 1996 “Le lit à grimaces” was published by “Les 400 coups” and in 1997 it was among the finalists for  the Mr. Christie prize. Since then, Louise has published several short stories as well as many books such as those of the series “Virevent le petit fantôme” for the editor “Le soleil de minuit”, as well as the series “Les bêtises” and “Drôle de boulot” at “Dominique et compagnie”

    Workshops
    Louise is a flexible presenter. No two groups are ever the same and no two of her presentations are ever the same. She much prefers to interact with her audience than to give a dry presentation.

    From the 2nd grade,to improve interest in the activity reading of one or two of the author’s texts is suggested before her visit.

    For students from 10 to 14 years old the author suggests learning a bit of history with the novel “Le roman-vérité Louis Riel.” Others suggestions:  Sharing the daily life of children in Western Canada when Louis Riel was a child and during his adolescence when he attended Montreal College, taking a look at the history of Western Canada from the buffalo hunt to the founding of the province of Manitoba.

    For an overview of the Algonquin language check out Louise’s book, “Le secret de la lanterne”  written in French and in Algonquin.

    From 7 to 9 years old, the author reads one or two of the books in the series “Virevent le petit fantôme.” ( 5 books). She explains how the small ghost gets to meet children even if his mother does not agree. A documentary follows every short story. The subjects of the documentaries are bats, castles, storms, manatees, pigeons and peregrine falcons.

    From 4 to 7 years old, the animation takes the form of storytelling with among others, the albums, “Museau et l’œuf,” “Les monstres du prince Louis,” and “Le lit à grimaces.”

    All the  author’s books are projected on the «Interactive Board». She brings her computer and all necessary connections. One class at a time or a maximum of 35 participants. 

    Contact Louise to book a visit…

      Adderson, Caroline (Vancouver, BC)

      TWUC member. Presents in English as well as a bilingual (French and English) presentation for K-2 French Immersion students. All ages

      Rates: $300 per 60-minute presentation ($150 for 30 minutes), plus HST. Caroline offers a discount for multiple bookings. Virtual presentations only for this time

      Caroline Adderson is an internationally published, award-winning author of books for readers of all ages.

      She has published 19 books for children: picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction. Known for the versatility and humour in her writing, she is also a dynamic, imaginative presenter who has shared her books and conducted workshops in schools and libraries across Canada. Caroline has won the Diamond Willow Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award, and been nominated for the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

      Presentations:

      Pre-School:

      Caroline will team up with an illustrator to present the two-part workshop Bookmaking for Kids and Caregivers. In part one Caroline guides kids and caregivers through the process of immortalizing their own adventures in a simple story. In part two, a professional illustrator (must be hired additionally) shows how published picture books are created. Families leave the workshop with a hard cover picture book they wrote and illustrated themselves, a permanent memento to treasure and hand down.

      Elementary:

      Caroline’s interactive presentations are for groups of up to 60 students based on a specific book.  For Kindergarten to Grade Three: Norman, Speak!; Eat, Leo! Eat!It Happened on Sweet Street; the Jasper John Dooley series, or Izzy in the Doghouse. For Grades Four to Seven:  Middle of Nowhere, A Simple Case of Angels or The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat. The presentation includes a reading, activities, and a question period.  Caroline also offers an informative 60-minute presentation on how books are written and published. Writing and Publishing Books leads children through the process from the generation of ideas to the published book.

      Elementary French Immersion:

      Caroline’s new picture book series Pierre & Paul offers a natural introduction to bilingualism.  Pierre speaks French; Paul speaks English. Together, they have adventures that allow readers and listeners to pick up second language vocabulary in context. The presentation includes a reading, activities, and a question period.

      Secondary:

      Caroline’s presentations at the high school level include readings from her adult fiction, discussion of the creative process, publishing tips and a question period. Caroline also offers a 2-hour writing workshop for teens, Becoming a Writer.

      Adults:

      Caroline has taught and mentored writers for more than twenty years in universities and colleges across Canada. She is currently the Program Director of the Writing Studio for Arts and Creativity. Please contact her to learn more about her workshops.

      Contact Caroline for a visit:

        Camlot, Heather (Toronto, ON)

        Writers’ Union Member. Fiction and nonfiction writer. Heather’s rates are $250 for one session, $450 for two, $650 for three, $800 for four/full day (may be shared with a neighbouring school). $150 for a virtual visit. HST applies. No travel costs within Toronto. Able to present in English and French.

        Heather is an award-winning children’s author, journalist, editor and translator. Her debut novel, Clutch, received a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award and a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2018 Best Books for Kids and Teens. Clutch was also named a 2017 Best Book from Kirkus Reviews.

        In 2020, she released two new books: the middle-grade nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? (available in French as Et si les soldats se battaient avec des oreillers ?) and the middle-grade novel The Other Side.

        In her presentations, Heather aims to entertain and educate, leaving the audience interested in writing fiction and nonfiction as well as looking into their own history for inspiration.

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