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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Messier, Mireille (Toronto, ON)

Writers’ Union Member. French/English author. Picture books. Great for immersion students! K to 6.

For the 2021-2022 school year, Mireille is only doing virtual visits!

Mireille’s rate for a 45/50-minute virtual presentation is $250 for 1-5 classes, $350 for 6-10 classes and $450 for 11+ classes. HST extra. Please note that presentations may not be recorded for later use or shared.

Mireille has a picture book ideal for Remembrance Day with students in grades 1-6! Contact her about presenting “Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War” at your school or event! (available in English or French)

Mireille can present “Treasure”/ “Trésor”, “The Branch” / “Ma branche préférée” and “Fatima and the Clementine Thieves/Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines” ans “La magie de Casse-Noisette”/ “Nutcracker Night” in either English or French or both.

Mireille also has many books that are published in French only and range in genre – from picture books, to chapter books and non-fiction. She enjoys presenting to immersion students and offers lively presentations that are tailored to the language level of the students.

School presentations will include a reading of the selected book, an activity based on the theme of the book and a discussion with the author about her craft.

Available in French or English/French (bilingual) Mireille is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and so schools wishing to invite her may be eligible for a travel and fee subsidy to off-set the cost of her visit.

Here is an example of her presentations by grade:

JK to 1: two 30-minute sessions for the price of one full session using her book “Quel fouillis!” (includes a tool-related activity and a song) or “Une Bestiole à l’école” (includes an insect-related activity and a song).

Grade 1 to 4: The majority of Mireille’s books are for this age group. 45 to 60 minutes: Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected.

Themes available: Remembrance Day/World War I/ World War II/Military Mascot (Sergeant Billy), Environmental conservation (Treasure/Trésor), Environment/Weather (The Branch/Ma branche préférée), Nature/Animals (Tellement Sauvage), Travel/Geography (Charlotte partout), Non-Violent Conflict Resolution (Fatima), Anagrams/Word Play (Voilier d’Olivier/Quand les zéros), Food/Cooking (Salade de César), Sports (Charlotte Olympique)…

Grade 4 to 6: 45 to 60 minutes. Session featuring a book of your choice plus a related activity followed by a Q&A on topic/book selected. Books available for this level are “Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines” (advanced picture book) and the middle-grade chapter books from Les aventures de Viviane et Simon series.

Contact Mireille to book a visit:

    Fernandez, Caroline (Toronto, ON)

    Caroline-Fernandez

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

    Rates: $275 for one session, Additional same day sessions are $250.

    Virtual visits: $200 (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)

    All presentations include read aloud and author Q & A.

    • Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan

    When Asha and Baz have a challenge with a paper rocket competition in science class, they use a magic stick they found in the school yard to travel back in time to meet real life rocket scientist Mary Sherman Morgan.

    Themes: science and technology, women in science, history, biography, space, STEM, gender equality

    • Hide and Seek: Wild Animal Groups in North America

    Themes: collective nouns, animals, migration of monarch butterfly, North America, finding one’s place, inclusivity

    • Stop Reading This Book

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

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

    • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus
    • The Adventures of Grandmasaurus At the Aquarium Rescue Centre

    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.

    Themes: 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!

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

    Equipment required: Table. Library or classroom preferred.

    Mid-morning start time requested.

    Caroline also offers book marketing coaching for authors

    Contact Caroline for a visit: