Crawley, Oksanna (Brampton, ON)

Author/Illustrator of levelled books for Kindergarten and Grade One

Member of CANSCAIP and SCBWI

Virtual presentation $100.00 + HST per one session

Oksanna is a retired Kindergarten teacher and early literacy specialist. She loves writing funny books about a goofy, super hero hamster and has just as much fun drawing the illustrations.

Oksanna is the author and illustrator of over 30 levelled books – Super Hammy – My First Reading Series (a collection of 15 books, Fountas & Pinnell levels A-C), and Super Hammy’s New Adventures (a collection of 15 books, Fountas & Pinnell levels D-F). She is also the author and illustrator of Super Hammy ABC. The books are also available in French and Chinese.

Oksanna has two 30 or 45 min. virtual presentations for grades K to 3. Choose one.

Presentation # 1 emphasizes reading and writing.

  • Oksanna talks about herself as a young girl and how she was bitten by the writing and drawing bugs.
  • She reads her Super Hammy books, and, using a PowerPoint presentation, shows how an idea in her head becomes a book.
  • After a short dance break, more read alouds, and then students brainstorm super powers they’d love to have. Super Hammy’s super powers are love and kindness.
  • A talk about the elements of a story ensues – setting, characters, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end with examples from a Super Hammy story.
  • Then, a Q & A.
  • The task: Students write and illustrate a story about their super power on their own time.

Presentation #2 emphasizes reading, writing and art.

  • Oksanna talks about herself as a young girl and how she was bitten by the writing and drawing bugs.
  • She reads her Super Hammy books and, using a PowerPoint presentation, shows how an idea in her head becomes a book with an emphasis on illustrations.
  • After a short dance break, more read alouds, and then students brainstorm super powers they’d love to have. Super Hammy’s super powers are love and kindness.
  • Oksanna demonstrates how to make a 4-panel comic/how to draw and write – with a problem and a solution.
  • Then, a Q & A.
  • The task: Students make a 4-panel comic (captions and drawings) with a story about their super power on their own time.
  • Teacher will be provided with a template of a 4-panel comic to be photocopied for students.

Audience: One class at a time, or two or three grouped together for a Zoom presentation. Oksanna would appreciate that the students be familiar with Super Hammy books. Books can be ordered from DC Canada Education Publishing. The presentations are done in English, however, Oksanna can do the read alouds in French if requested.

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