Garbutt, Loretta (Toronto, ON)

Loretta Garbutt is based in Toronto, ON.


  • TWUC member
  • Canscaip member
  • SCBWI member


  • English
  • JK-GR 4

30-min presentation – $150

Loretta has been a story teller and performer for years and her interaction with groups of children is one of her favourite things to do. 

Loretta has been enjoying class visits since her first picture book, A Stopwatch from Grampa was published in 2020. Questions from students is what she loves best, the one on one discussion and the surprises that  come from those discussions. Loretta likes to keep her presentations fresh full of interaction. 

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    Kyi, Tanya Lloyd (Vancouver, B.C.)

    Writers’ Union Member
    Grades 4-12
    $300+HST per presentation; $900+HST for a full day (four sessions); $200+HST for virtual

    Tanya’s a funny and engaging storyteller, and her interactive presentations get kids excited about writing, creativity, and scientific discovery.

    Tanya’s published more than 25 books for children and young adults. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history — or a combination of the three. Her favourite tales are those about rogue scientists, obsessed adventurers, and risk-takers who’ve changed the world.


    Under Pressure: The Science of Stress is shortlisted for the 2021 Yellow Cedar Award (ON)

    Mya’s Strategy to Save the World is shortlisted for the 2021 Red Cedar Award (BC), the 2020/2021 Chocolate Lily Award (BC), and the 2020/2021 Hackmatack Children’ s Choice Book Award (Atlantic Canada)

    This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes is shortlisted for the 2020 Cybils Awards

    Me and Banksy is a May 2020 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Reading List Pick and one of CCBC’s Fall 2020 Best Books for Kids and Teens

    Several of Tanya’s presentations work well in-person or virtually. In Tanya’s “Under Pressure” presentation, there are fascinating facts about stress, wacky historical experiments in the name of research, and—most importantly—practical ways to address everyday anxiety. Students “interview” virtual scientists and experiment with five stress-busting methods during the presentation. In Tanya’s “This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes” session, she offers a sometimes silly and sometimes serious introduction to the science of stereotypes. The presentation covers the history of discrimination, secret biases in our brains, and how stereotypes affect our sense of self. Interactive sections help young people make sense of how and why we sort and classify the world around us — and how we might broaden our horizons.

    Audience limits: 100+
    Set-up requirements: a screen and projector; a table or desk for props

    Contact Tanya to book a visit…

      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

      Contact Lana Button for a visit

        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)”

        Storms, Patricia (Toronto)

        DEAL: Patricia Storms will provide a FREE COPY of IF YOU’RE THANKFUL AND YOU KNOW IT to any school who books her for a fall visit!!

        Writers’ Union Member. Fun and funny cartoonist, children’s illustrator and picture book author and ukulele lady. $300 + HST for 1 session, $500 for 2, $800 for 3 and $1,000 for 4. Continue reading “Storms, Patricia (Toronto)”

        Bailey, Linda (Vancouver BC)

        Vancouver BC. Writers’ Union Member and eligible for subsidies. Vancouver BC. Writers’ Union Member and eligible for subsidies. Multiple award-winner across Canada including Blue Spruce (x2), Silver Birch and Arthur Ellis (x2) Awards, as well as in the U.S. (California Reading Medal, Georgia Storybook Award).

        PLEASE NOTE: Linda is NOT currently doing visits

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