Lazowski, Anna (Winnipeg, MB)

2022-2023 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Nominee, 2022 Manitoba Book Awards McNally Robinson Book for Young People Nominee. 
SCBWI member. CANSCAIP member.

Dynamic presenter, writer, journalist, and editor. Interactive presentations that can be customized. $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Virtual visits available for $200. 

Anna Lazowski is an award-winning journalist and children’s book author. She is passionate about connecting with students to share her love of art and language. Her presentations are fun, interactive, and designed to keep the audience engaged through creativity.

BOOKS:
T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes, 2021
Picture book illustrated by Steph Laberis.
Themes: encouragement, empathy, kindness, humour, positivity, teamwork, phonics. 

Dark Cloud, (available spring 2023)
Picture book illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee
Themes: mental health, inclusion, depression, empathy, connection, friendship, hope. 

PRESENTS TO…
English
K-Gr. 8
Teacher and teacher candidates

Primary and Middle School Presentations
K-Gr. 6
Animals, Action, and Fun!
In this interactive presentation, kids choose letters from the alphabet to create ridiculous active scenarios with their favourite animals. The more outlandish the ideas, the more fun everyone will have. Can scale to teach alliteration, nouns, verbs, and set up a STEAM research project for hidden talents of animals for older grades. 

Gr 4-8
Build Your Own Story Map
Using familiar fairy tales, this lively, interactive presentation uses clear examples to explain story structure. Participants then use improv techniques to brainstorm their own story in small groups.

Gr. 4-8
How Do You Draw a Feeling?
Expressing emotions with words can be hard. In this interactive presentation, students will brainstorm a list of emotions and feelings. We will then explore them by creating lyrical illustrated text. 

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
For in-person, a projector and screen are required. As my student workshops are interactive, they work best in classrooms rather than auditoriums. I am also able to present to teacher and teacher candidates during professional development days. 

Contact Anna to book a visit:

    Collins, Peggy (Eastern Ontario)

    Peggy Collins is an Eastern Ontario based author and illustrator and college professor. She is a member of the Writers Union of Canada, the Society of Children’s book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI), Canadian Association of Children’s Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) and the CCBC.

    Peggy creates every presentation to suit the age/grade and book (or books) for the presentation, and all presentations will be done in English. As a college professor and presenter for all ages there is a presentation for every age group available.

    At this time, virtual visits are preferred but eastern Ontario in-person visits will be considered. Rates: $250 for one session, $450 for two, $675 for three, $900 for a full day (four sessions). Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside the Kingston/Belleville/piston area. Virtual visit fees range from $100 – $200

    Peggy Collins has written and/or illustrated a wide variety of books that reflect social awareness, STEAM content and foster an understanding of the greater world around us.

    Rooted in a sense of wonder and play, Peggy brings this curiousity into each classroom she visits, engaging children in the creation of their own stories and artwork. She is a firm believer that every story matters and works to make sure that children feel that after her workshops. Workshops can include story generation, illustration demos (with kids drawing along), process and editing – with examples from actual projects, readings, q and a and more.

    Peggy prefers to work with individual classes for workshops (15-35 students) in-person. Virtually, depending on the wishes of the class/school she can facilitate 2 or more at a time – however would prefer no more than two to allow time for the students to interact directly with her.

    For virtual presentations the classroom must have access to a camera and teams, Peggy will provide a link prior to session. Students must be ready to draw! For in-person visits, schools should have a smart board or presentation screen, a flip pad of paper and markers, and materials for the children to draw with. Peripheral teaching materials will be emailed to teachers prior to class as well. A teacher must be present at all times during and between the presentations.

    Contact Peggy to book a visit:

      Matas, Carol (Winnipeg, MB,)

      Carol Matas, Winnipeg, MB, member, Writers’ Union of Canada, English. Grades K- 12.

      One hour in person $350 plus GST, $600.00 plus GST for 2 sessions, plus travel. One hour virtual visit, $200.00 plus GST.

      Carol is the internationally best selling author of over 45 books for young people, which have received over 100 awards and honours and been translated into 16 languages.  

      Photo: Chantal Picton Holowka.

      Carol Matas will have a new Holocaust novel, A Struggle For Hope, out this fall with Scholastic Canada. It tells the story of Ruth, a Holocaust survivor who has made the dangerous trip to Palestine after the war. She and other survivors tell their stories as a way of making sense of the world and Ruth discovers how powerful stories can be – for good and for ill. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      Carol has written historical, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary novels. She is about to have her first picture book published. She has written early readers, middle grade novels and young adult novels and a YA crossover book. She often gets emails from young people  telling her that they didn’t like to read until they discovered her books, and she is thrilled to cultivate new readers. Many of  Carol’s  presentations are about her Holocaust novels. In these sessions she delves into the roots of antisemitism and racism which informed Hitler’s worldview. She loves to talk about “big questions” using books like Cloning Miranda, when she encourages discussions about what it means to be a human being.

      Who’s Looking for science based presentations.

      There is no size limit as long as a microphone is provided for in person visits, even in small venues – although the perfect venue is a library.

      Carol does virtual visits all over North America, most recently Atlanta, Georgia to present “The War Within,” a Civil War novel.

      Writers’ Union; Canscaip; SCBWI. Also presents to adults.

      Carol’s books have garnered over 100 awards and honours, including 2 nominations for the Governor General’s Award; the Silver Birch Award; a New York Times Notable book; a Sydney Taylor Award; a National Jewish Book Award finalist; an ALA Best Book of the Year for YA; a Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Young People; CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens; New York Public Library, book for the Teen Age; and the Geoffrey Bilson Award. They have also been translated into 16 languages and many have been best sellers. Daniel’s Story has sold over 1 million copies in the United States and Canada. 

      Contact Carol to book a visit

        Krossing, Karen (Toronto, ON)

        Karen Krossing June 2019

        Writers’ Union Member. YA and MG fiction. Picture Books. White Pine. Crystal Kite Winner. Writing workshops. K to 12. Karen’s rate is $300 plus HST per session, plus travel from Toronto. Mileage within Toronto may be waived. A virtual visit is $150 plus HST.

        Karen Krossing is the author of seven successful novels for kids and teens as well as the picture books One Tiny Bubble and Sour Cakes. She regularly mentors emerging writers through workshops for kids, teens, and adults, and she’s a versatile presenter with an engaging manner.

        Karen has been conducting book talks and workshops since 2002, and she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves meeting readers and writers of all ages.
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