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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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)”

Fernandez, Caroline (Toronto, ON)

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Writer’s Union member. CANSCAIP. SCWBI. Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award 2016.

Rates: $275 for one session, $500 for two, $800 for a full day (max four sessions) + travel expenses outside GTA.

Virtual visits: $150 +HST (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

Caroline is happy to work with teachers and librarians to develop a need-specific presentation, but here are some examples:

Grades JK-6 (60 minutes)

Picture book reading + author Q & A

  • Stop Reading This Book

The book judges the reader by their cover. Would you….could you stop reading this book?!

Keywords: antagonists, protagonists, conflict, resolution, picture book, diversity, bullying, reading.

  • 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.

Keywords: inter-generational relationships, non-gendered characters, role reversal, literary non-fiction, diversity, facts, role reversal, dinosaurs

  • 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!

Keywords: Screen-free activities, recycle/upcycle, STEM, creativity, boredom busters.

Equipment required: Table. Library or classroom preferred.

Mid-morning start time requested.

Caroline offers writing coaching and consulting for social media – please contact her (below) for rates. 

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    Schmidt, René (Trenton, ON)

    René Schmidt is the author of four books by Scholastic Canada on Canadian Disasters series, and received the Red Maple Honour Book award for Leaving Fletchville.

    $275 for one session, $375 for two, $525 for three and for $750 for four sessions.  No travel charge will be asked within 100 km of Trenton Ontario. Skype sessions are available for $150 per session.

    FACT vs. FICTION.  Where do you get your information from?  As well as his regular presentations, René Schmidt is presenting on teaching students to separate known fact from rumours and fiction.

    Do you teach any students that don’t have a clue

    about fiction or non-fiction what’s opinion, what’s true?

    Because in our world of media confusion

    many students can’t tell between real and illusion.

    They research something and come up with actual

     opinions or hearsay but nothing proven factual.

    Did they read it on Facebook or other media social

    (because we all can be fooled by arguments emotional).

    So I tell what I found researching Canadian Disasters,

    including many times when rumors spread faster than truth…

    My rule is: don’t trust any source that can’t be fired

    for lying or misleading the public or whoever hired – them

    Be it books or newspapers, TV or Internet media;

    a lot of real facts can be found in Google or Wikipedia.

    But trust only sources with something valuable to lose,

     like a job, or tenure, or a reputation; they should have no excuse…

     for lying.

    To your students I’ll bring funny stories of misinformation

    and tragic ones too, that fooled our nation.

    Because the falsehoods we sift through are no real mystery

    bogus stories are endemic through Canada’s history.

    So invite me to your school if your principal has a budget

    and you and I will teach research and how to judge it.

    Q & A sessions follow all presentations.

    As a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, René’s presentations qualify for the Ontario Writer’s In The Schools grants (WITS) program.

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      Becker, Helaine (Toronto, ON)

      Toronto. Writers’ Union Member. National Bestseller. 2+time Silver Birch winner. Multi awards. K-8. Please note: Helaine’s rate is $800 + HST for two sessions, $1000 + HST for three and $1250 +HST for four, plus travel from Toronto.

      Helaine is an experienced and passionate presenter – and so funny that she is often told she should be a stand-up comedian. She can do up to four side-splitting and inspirational presentations in the same school or area in a day. As the author of picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, non-fiction and YA novels, she routinely presents to an entire school over the course of a day. She also loves speaking to adult groups and showing off her underwear (her underwear puppet, that is).

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      Winters, Kari-Lynn (St. Catharines)

      St. Catharines. Writers’ Union Member. World traveling picture book and non-fiction author, storyteller, and performer. $375.00 for one session (50-55 min), $600.00 2nd 50-55 min session, $850.00 3rd 50-55 min session, $1000.00 4th 50-55 min session. 30 min. sessions for kindergarten are $175.00 when booked with at least of one full 55 min session + return travel to St. Catharines.
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