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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    Barker, Michelle (Vancouver)

    Vancouver. Writers’ Union member (schools may be eligible for travel and fee subsidies).

    Award-winning author of poetry, a historical picture book, two YA historical novels, YA fantasy novel, short fiction, and non- fiction. Winner of the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award (2019); Kirkus Best YA Historical Fiction (2018); TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist (2016). All ages.

    Michelle’s rate is $225 for one presentation, $400 for two, $600 for three, and $750 for four. No travel costs within the GTA. Because she’s coming from out of town, Michelle requires two or more bookings. Online presentations available: $100 for 50 minutes. Continue reading “Barker, Michelle (Vancouver)”

    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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    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)”

    Nicholson, Lorna Schultz (Alberta)

    DEAL: Every school who books a visit will receive a signed Hayley Wickenheiser book!

    Writers’ Union Member. Fiction and NF. Multi nominations and awards. K-12.Adults. $300 plus HST for 1 session, $550 for 2, $750 for 3 and $900 for 4. Travel will need to be negotiated. She always has accommodations in Toronto and Niagara.

    Lorna Schultz Nicholson has two books being released fall 2019. Just Three is a hi-lo Orca Currents novel, and can be compared to a modern day Parent Trap.  PK Subban: Amazing Hockey Stories (Scholastic) is a non-fiction complete with text, photos and graphics.

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    Groth, Darren (Vancouver)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vancouver BC. Writers’ Union Member. Aussie adopted by Canada; Finalist in GG Lit Awards and BC Book Prizes, multi awards in Australia.

    Fees: $300 for 1 session, $500 for 2, $700 for 3, 850 for 4 (plus HST). A day can be
    shared between two cooperating schools. For the GTA (and Toronto bookings near GO stations), Darren can GO TRAIN (not buses or subway) travel both ways all day; he requires pick up and drop off at the GO stations. Where GO Trains are not feasible, car or taxi pick-up from Darren’s hotel is requested.

    Virtual Visits: $100 plus HST, 30 minutes; $150 plus HST, 60 minutes FaceTime.

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    Arato, Rona (Toronto)

    Writers’ Union Member. Rona’s events with the students were excellent. Not only was she able to keep the students enthralled with her stories, but Rona also skillfully catered to the different age-groups and moderated her presentation according to their needs. Her rate is $250 per one-hour session, $400 for a full morning and $700 + HST for a full day. There is no travel charge within the GTA. For travel outside the GTA the standard kilometrage applies. Continue reading “Arato, Rona (Toronto)”

    Sherrard, Valerie (Miramichi NB)

    Valerie Sherrard

    GG nominated, award-winning author.

    Virtual Visit: $225.00 for a 60 minute presentation.

    In school visits: $300 for a single presentation or $550 for two at one location. Full day workshop 700.00.  Expenses are included in all fees. For in-school visit dates — please contact Valerie and she will let you know when she plans to be in Ontario.

    Valerie is an experienced presenter (in-person and virtual visits) who uses humour and an interactive style to engage her audience. Feedback from her school and library visits has been enthusiastic.

    Birdspell Corbin Hayes is used to being alone. His mom’s illness means lost jobs, constant moves, new schools and friendships that never get to grow. So, when a classmate offers Corbin the talking bird she can no longer keep, he sees a chance to fill the gap in his life. But when things begin to spiral out of control, Corbin can no longer cope. At his lowest moment, he’s forced to do the one thing he fears the most. Young Adult.

    Finding Avalon  Avalon Monday doesn’t mind telling schoolmates that her mother ran off with a guy she met on the internet. After all, that’s way less embarrassing than the truth. But when the past collides with the present, exposing her secret and threatening to leave her new life in ruins, Avalon discovers there are some things you can never truly leave behind.

    Cooper Clark and the Dragon Lady  (Chapter Book) Desperate measures are called for when a boy is secretly afraid of dragons, but his new babysitter is rumoured to have a dragon in her basement!

    Presentations: I will present to grades 1 – 9. A signed bookmark or postcard will be provided for each student at all in-person presentations.

    Grades 1 – 3: There’s a COW Under My Bed! or Down Here! Fun and interactive talk about expressions and language, and students’ own creative abilities. Reading with audience participation. I end with a short Q & A. For these grades you may book two half hour presentations in the place of a single 60 minute session if you prefer.

    Middle Grades: Engaging interactive presentation on literacy, with or without issue-based segments depending on the book being presented. I end with a short reading and about 10 minutes for Q & A.

    Young Adult: Engaging and interactive presentation on literacy, believing in oneself and a variety of writing or issue related topics, depending on the requested focus. I end with a short reading and about 10 minutes for Q & A.

    Workshop for grades 6 and up: A Story’s Voice. This full day workshop is designed to help young people develop distinctive voices in their writing by examining the way character, setting, perspective, dialogue, tense etc. impact in telling a story. Writing exercises will demonstrate how each of these support a story in different ways, and help them to recognize which components will work best for their stories. Limited to 15 participants. Available virtually – contact to discuss a suitable arrangement.

    I am flexible on audience size but in my experience, smaller in-person groups result in the greatest benefit to students. I am comfortable in all settings, including classroom, library, auditorium or gymnasium.

    A sound system may be necessary depending on audience size, acoustics and the number of presentations booked.

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      Cotter, Charis (Newfoundland)

      Writers’ Union Member. Multiple award-winner. Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award 2020. Hackmatack 2019 Winner. Silver Birch 2016 Honour Book, IODE Violet Downey Award, Ann Connor Brimer Award. Fiction, Newfoundland ghost stories. $350 for one session, $650 for two sessions, plus HST and mileage.

      Virtual visits: $175 plus HST for 60 minutes. $125 plus HST for 40 minutes.

      Charis’s spooky, suspenseful books and her playful approach to writing and ghosts get rave reviews from students and teachers. She has toured schools and libraries across Canada, thrilling audiences with her Newfoundland ghost stories and her unique, imagination-based writing workshops.

      VIRTUAL VISITS
      Specially designed for the COVID challenges of 2020 and 2021. Choose a virtual visit that suits your students and budget.

      Grades 4 to 6: 60 minutes. Newfoundland ghost storytelling session plus Q&A Platform: Google Meet, Zoom, or whatever platform your school prefers.

      Disembodied Ghost Tour—Halloween and Beyond 2020
      A virtual school visit from Charis and a host of Newfoundland ghosts! She’ll take your students on a creepy tour of the most haunted island in the world, showing how traditional ghost stories reflect the landscape, culture and history of Newfoundland. Charis has two new Newfoundland middle grade ghost books released in 2020: Screech! Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland and Footsteps in Bay de Verde: A Mysterious Tale. Her virtual visit features stories and pictures from both books, a Q&A, a discussion guide and a ghost story challenge for students to collect their own ghost stories from families and friends. For some reason, Newfoundland has more ghosts than anywhere else. Ghosts in the ocean, ghosts on the barrens, ghosts in lighthouses, and ghosts at kitchen parties. Some stories go back hundreds of years, like the Old Hollies, said to be the victims of shipwrecks, who are heard screaming in the wind just before a bad storm. She tells a very old story about a ghostly longboat glimpsed in the fog near Baccalieu Island and describes an unsettling experience she had herself on the barrens one dark Newfoundland night. She ends with a spine-chilling account of ghostly footsteps in Bay de Verde in the 1920s.

      Grades 4 to 6: 40 minutes. Reading and discussion about writing life plus Q&A. Platform: Google Meet, Zoom, or whatever platform your school prefers.

      Meet the Author: Reading and Q&A

      Charis will do a reading from one of her books and then talk about her writing life: her inspiration, how she became a writer, her daily writing routine and how much editing and rewriting goes into writing a book. Then she will answer questions from students about writing and her books.

      The teacher and students can decide which of the following books they want Charis to read from.

      If the students have access to the book in question, and are either reading it in class or reading it independently, that helps the discussion. Book sales can be arranged through Charis if necessary.

      Screech! Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland
      An illustrated collection of ten spine-tingling Newfoundland ghost stories, including ghost ships, haunted houses, the Old Hag, death tokens and other strange phenomena from that very haunted island. Each story is given geographical and historical context, with a tribute to the original storyteller.

      The Ghost Road
      Cousins Ruth and Ruby are spending the summer in Buckle, a small Newfoundland community. To solve a deadly family mystery, they must find their way along the invisible Ghost Road with its disturbing visions of the past.

      The Painting
      This haunting novel is about Annie, who lives in Toronto, and Claire, who lives in a lighthouse in Newfoundland. Annie falls through a painting of the lighthouse and finds herself with Claire, who thinks she’s a ghost.

      The Swallow: A Ghost Story
      This spooky, full-length novel tells the story of Polly and Rose, two twelve-year-old girls who live behind a cemetery. A haunted house, a curse and a family secret all come to light as the two friends unravel a troubling mystery.

      IN-PERSON VISITS
      Grades 4 to 6: 75 minutes. Newfoundland ghost storytelling session plus Q &A. Maximum number of students per session: 125. Preferred venue: Classroom or library where students can sit in a group on the floor. The darker the better!

      Equipment: Table. Chair.

      The Ghost Road and Other Newfoundland Ghost Stories
      Charis tells some traditional Newfoundland ghost stories from Screech! and Footsteps in Bay de Verde, showing how traditional ghost stories reflect the landscape, culture and history of Newfoundland. For some reason, Newfoundland has more ghosts than anywhere else. Ghosts in the ocean, ghosts on the barrens, ghosts in lighthouses, and ghosts at kitchen parties. Using stories she has collected herself, Charis takes her audience on a creepy tour of that very haunted island. Some stories go back hundreds of years, like the Old Hollies, said to be the victims of shipwrecks, who are heard screaming in the wind just before a bad storm. She tells a very old story about a ghostly longboat glimpsed in the fog near Baccalieu Island and describes an unsettling experience she had herself on the barrens one dark Newfoundland night. She ends with a spine-chilling account of ghostly footsteps in Bay de Verde in the 1920s.

      Grades 4 to 6: 75 minutes. Writing workshop and Q&A. Maximum number of students per session: 60. Preferred venue: Classroom or library where students can sit in a group on the floor.

      Easel or whiteboard with markers, table, chair.

      The Painting: A Writing Workshop
      Charis presents a writing workshop based on her novel, The Painting, where 12-year-old Annie walks inside a painting of a lighthouse in Newfoundland. After a dramatized reading from The Painting, Charis leads the students through a series of visualizations, using Annie’s experience of walking inside a painting as a model to illustrate how to imagine the setting of a story. Students will create the details of an imaginary world, using all five senses to bring it to life. Along the way, Charis shares some thoughts about her inspiration and writing process for The Painting. At the end of the workshop, she talks about her books and answers questions about the writing life.

      WHAT TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS SAY ABOUT CHARIS
      “Charis Cotter is a wonderfully engaging storyteller.  She had the students on the edge of their seats with every tale.  She was also very in tune with the needs of the students throughout the presentation.”
      —Tanya Panacci, Bruce Trail Public School, Milton, Ontario

       “Charis Cotter is an exceptional writer of age-appropriate ghost stories.  Her workshop readings and easy manner of engagement ignites in her audience a sense of wonder which fires the imagination.”
       —Bronać Gallagher, Grade 5 teacher, Lakecrest Independent School, St. John’s, Newfoundland

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