Button, Lana (Burlington, ON)

Writer’s Union Member. English presentations for kindergarten to grade 3, and grades 4-8.

Virtual visits are $150 for a 45-minute presentation.

In-person rates are $350 for one 45-minute presentation, $500 for two presentations,
$750 for three presentations and $1000 for a full day of four presentations. These include tax and travel.

Lana is a picture book author and early childhood educator who specializes in presenting to younger grades.

Lana Button is a children’s author, educator and entertainer who is passionate about supporting, encouraging and entertaining young children. Her books support empathy, self-reliance, resilience and anti-bullying behaviors. They have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Blue Spruce Award and the Shining Willow Award. Her books have been recognized as CCBC’s Best Bets, Bank Street Book, and the IBBY Outstanding Book for Young Children.

Lana will be offering individual pre-recorded presentations for schools.

Virtual Recorded Author Presentation and Q and A (45 minutes) Cost-$200

Lana records your full-length private session, personalized to your classrooms, and provides you with a link that allows you to share the presentation with several small groups within your school for a set period of time. This format allows for small groups to each use the presentation when it fits their timeline. If classes are split up, the sessions can be played more than once. And if schools switch from face to face to virtual, the link can still be played for all students. This format also protects the privacy of each student, whether they are learning in the classroom or at home. Lana will personalize your presentation with a back-and-forth Q and A session where both Lana and the students send questions ahead of time.

Students and staff have the option to order personalized, signed books which will be delivered to your school. Lana will provide an order form.

Willow Series Presentation (45 Minutes)
Recommended for grades K-3
In this 45-minute presentation Lana shares her journey of bringing Willow to life with a literary step-by step lesson on how a picture book is made, told in an engaging, interactive age-appropriate way. Her session includes read-aloud, discussion and activity with the following books:
Willow’s Whispers -discussing empathy, self-esteem and self-reliance
Willow Finds a Way -recognizing bullying behavior and ways to stand up to bullying
Willow’s Smile -recognizing emotions in ourselves and in our peers, as well as facing a challenging task

Rhyming Read-Aloud Presentation (45 minutes)
Recommended for grades K-3
In this 45-minute presentation Lana discusses her writing process for making a rhyming picture book. The students are invited to discover rhyme, rhythm and beat in a rhyming story. Her session includes read-aloud, discussion and activity with the following books:
My Teacher’s Not Here! -identifying rhythm and beat and discussing an ‘unplanned day’
What if Bunny’s Not a Bully? -identifying bullying behaviors
Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School) -discussing resilience and participating in a theme related activity

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    McLeod, Cinders (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Now doing virtual visits only: $200 for one 60 minute session, $350 for 2, $525 for 3, $675 for 4. Maximum 4
    sessions per day. JK to SK: two 30-minute sessions for the price of 1.

    Cinders presents to JK to Grade 3. Single class size is best for discussion, but Cinders is flexible.

    Author-illustrator of the Moneybunnies financial literacy for young children series, published by Penguin N.Y. She is also a well known human rights cartoonist and musician. Cinders has 20 years’ experience in Canadian and British books and newspapers, is the creator of the 8-year-old Broomie Law cartoon and one of the few published, women political cartoonists in the world. She is also an experienced performer (singer, songwriter, double bassist with a record on Billy Bragg’s label) and cartoon workshop presenter. She wrote and illustrated EARN IT! SPEND IT! SAVE IT! and GIVE IT! for ages 3- 8 because it’s never too early to teach children about money. The Moneybunnies series is popular with STEM educators.

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    Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk (Brantford ON)

    Writers Union Member. Fiction & NF, 2X Silver Birch winner, 2x Red Cedar Winner, Yellow Cedar Winner. Multi awards. All ages. $400 plus HST for 1 session, $650 for 2, $900 for 3 and $1100 for 4, + travel (50 cents per kilometer, round-trip for SW ON).

    Virtual Visits: $300 plus HST, for one session, 20-60 minutes, $200 for each additional session on the same day.

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    Hohn, Nadia (Toronto)

    The Writers Union member. Picture book. All ages. $350 for 1 session (60 min) $ 600 for 2 sessions of 60 minutes (1/2 day)$ 400 for 2 x 30 minute sessions (great for JK to 1). Full day (4 sessions) $ 1000. + kilometrage. Can present in English and French.

    Malaika’s Costume (2016) and Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017).

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    Rasberry, Gary (Kingston)

    Gary Rasberry Philosopher. Poet. Imagination Consultant. Musician. Artist. Educator. Juno-nominated children’s artist. Award-winning classroom creativity workshop facilitator. Workshop rates: $250 for one, $450 for two, $650 for three,$850 for four. Concert rates: Same as above for divisional concerts (JK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate). Full school performance: $550. Combo day: three workshops plus full school performance: $1000, plus travel. Continue reading “Rasberry, Gary (Kingston)”

    Hune, Bernice (Toronto)

    Storytellers of Canada. Gold Mountain Stories. Traditional Asian folklore & Canada’s immigrant history (FDK – 12). Per session, 80-100 students. Three Sessions $625 + travel from Toronto. Continue reading “Hune, Bernice (Toronto)”

    Davis, Aubrey (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Fiction picture books storyteller multi-awards all ages.
    Aubrey’s rate is $400 per session plus HST and mileage outside Toronto
    Virtual Visits: $200 plus HST, 45 minutes.

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    McKay, Sharon (Burlington ON)

    Writers’ Union Member. Sharon travels across Canada several times a year. Sharon E. McKay (Mick-EYE) writes fact-based fiction for young adults. Multi-awards, all ages.

    Flat fee of $900 for a full day, four sessions and includes a free (optional) brown-bag lunch for anyone interested in writing. Flat fee of $600 for an afternoon. Parents and media are welcome in all sessions.

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    MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)

    Writers’ Union Member. Author, illustrator, picture books, Forest of Reading, lightbox, paper, children’s books, primary, workshop, art project. Elly’s rate is $275 for one session, $475 for two, $675 for three and $800 for four, plus local travel from Toronto when in the area (either taxi or being picked up by a teacher to accommodate her in bringing her miniature theatre and supplies). Continue reading “MacKay, Elly (Owen Sound)”

    Dowding, Philippa (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. CANSCAIP member. Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award 2021 (FIREFLY) Fiction writer. JK to 8.

    Philippa’s virtual online rate is $250 per 45-minute session. Her in-person rate is: one session (1 hour) $350, 2-sessions (2 hours) $650, and 3-sessions (3 hours) $850+ travel expenses outside GTA (for example, GO Bus and GO Train).

    Philippa is an award-winning children’s author, a poet, musician and copywriter. She has won magazine awards for Macleans, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Canada’s History and more.
    Her children’s books have been nominated for numerous literary awards, including the OLA Red Maple, Silver Birch and Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar, Diamond Willow and Hackamatack awards. She won the OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book award in 2017, for Myles and the Monster Outside.

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