We loved meeting with the Library Techs of the Niagara Catholic School Board!

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Left to right: Rebecca Bender, Natalie Hyde, Kira Vermond, Rona Arato, Sylvia McNicoll, Lana Button, Sue Irwin, Jennifer Maruno, Lisa Dalrymple, Kari-Lynn Winters, Marsha Skrypuch

 

Where will you find sixteen authors and sixty library techs all in the same room? Why at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls today! We just had our second annual event for Niagara Catholic School Board Library Techs and it was a roaring success, thanks to the meticulous planning of Karen Desjardins.

Each author or illustrator was given 90 seconds to talk about their school and library presentations and then library techs had the opportunity to browse around the book displays, chatting with individual presenters about possible author visits and also buying autographed books.

In addition to the above authors who gathered together for coffee after the event, others in attendance were: Gillian Chan, David Skuy, R.J. Anderson and Melanie Florence. And Lorna Nicholson, you were there in spirit, as I was giving out your flyer.

Interested in hosting an ABS/Library event in your area? We’d LOVE to do it! Let’s start planning!

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Paul Roux (Gatineau)

paul-roux-photopaul-roux-bookPaul Roux a écrit et illustré plus de 170 livres, romans et albums pour des éditeurs québécois, canadiens et français. Il est l’illustrateur de Le colosse des neiges de Campbellton, en lice pour le Prix Tamarac 2017.

Tarif : 300 $ pour une rencontre d’une heure, 550 $ pour 2 rencontres, 750 $ pour 3 rencontres, 900 $ pour 4 rencontres. Minimum de 2 rencontres par jour, maximum de 4 rencontres. Ajouter frais de transport à partir du centre-ville de Toronto et hébergement (pour ces raisons, il est souhaitable de grouper les visites). Les taxes s’appliquent.

Date(s) disponible : dans le cas présent, les 15, 16, 17 et 19 mai, autour de l’événement La forêt de la lecture, mais le reste de l’année également.

Auteur des séries Ariane et Nicolas, Ernest et de Émilie et illustrateur de la série Les 3 Mousquetaires, Paul Roux a écrit et illustré plus de 170 livres, romans et albums pour des éditeurs québécois, canadiens et français.

D’Iqaluit à Yaoundé, en passant par Bruxelles, Paris, Vancouver et Yellowknife, Paul Roux partage son amour des images et des mots avec les lecteurs de tous âges depuis 1981.

Atelier De la page blanche à l’album: Toutes les étapes de réalisation d’un bande dessinée ou d’un livre, de l’idée de départ au processus de création (écriture, illustrations et mise en couleur), en passant par toutes les étapes de reproduction et de fabrication de l’album. 60 participants maximum.

Atelier L’art de la caricature: comprendre et déformer les visages dans le but d’en faire une caricature (en groupe de deux où, tour à tour, chaque élève réalise la caricature de son camarade – ou, encore, chacun réalise sa propre caricature (auquel cas, il faut des miroirs pour chaque participant). 30 participants maximum.

Durée de la présentation : 1 heure (mais c‘est flexible et peut être adaptable en fonction des besoins de l’école ; de 50 minutes à 1h30).

Grosseur max. des groupes : 60 participants (étudiants et adultes inclus).

Niveau du français (français langue maternelle seulement ou groupes d’immersion) : français et groupes d’immersion (je parle également anglais ; ce qui peut parfois aider pour des groupes moins avancés en immersion).

Âge des participants : 9 ans et plus

Besoins techniques : un tableau noir ou un flip Chart avec des feutres noirs. Pas de gymnase, de cafétéria, de grands amphithéâtres et pas de lieu passants. Pour ces rencontres, j’ai besoin d’être près des participants. Bibliothèques et salle de classes fermées sont l’idéal.

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Sylvie Brien (Montréal)

Sylvie Brien est une écrivaine francophone qui a publié plus de 24 ouvrages, pour adultes, adolescents et enfants, dont Valentin ni trop petit, ni trop grand, en lice pour le Prix Peuplier 2017.

Tarifs : 300 $ pour une rencontre d’une heure, 550 $ pour 2 rencontres (1 heure chacune), 750 $ pour 3 rencontres. Maximum de 3 rencontres par jour. Ajouter frais de transport vers l’école et l’hébergement (pour ces raisons, il est souhaitable de grouper les visites). Non assujetti aux taxes. Matériel de bricolage en sus. Continue reading Sylvie Brien (Montréal)

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Isabelle Larouche (Saint-Eustache)

Saint-Eustache. Après une trentaine de titres, dont Le grand sault iroquois, Isabelle poursuit son rêve d’être auteure jeunesse.

300$ pour 1 rencontre d’une heure, 500$ pour 2 rencontres, 800$ pour 3 rencontres et 900$ pour 4 rencontres. Maximum de 4 rencontres par jour. Les frais d’hébergement et de transport sont inclus dans ce tarif. Non assujettie aux taxes.  Continue reading Isabelle Larouche (Saint-Eustache)

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Caroline Merola (Montréal)

Montréal. Caroline Merola est une auteur et illustratrice francophone. Elle a publié plus de 40 romans et albums, dont Comme ci, comme ça !, finaliste pour le Prix Peuplier.

Tarifs : 300$ par animation (environ 1 heure), 500$ pour deux, 750$ pour 3 animations. Minimum 2 animations par jour. Ajouter frais d’hébergement et de transport vers l’école à partir du centre-ville de Toronto. Assujettie aux taxes. Continue reading Caroline Merola (Montréal)

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NEWS from Nikki Tate

deeprootsDeep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet by Nikki Tate has been named one of the best 100 children’s books of 2016 by the New York Public Library. Spanning multiple genres from picture books to graphic novels – the titles selected represent an inclusive list of books published in 2016 that consist of diverse characters, rich storytelling, and the ability to engage and stimulate a life-long love of reading.

Nikki is also a 2017 Silver Birch non-fiction nominee and will be available for school visits in May. Click the link above to access her page and contact form.

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Ella Burakowski (Toronto)

ella-burakowskiwp1aHiddenGold_cover2.inddToronto. Writer’s Union Member.2017 Red Maple non-fiction nominee for Hidden Gold, A True Story of the Holocaust. Regular columnist for The Canadian Jewish News.

Middle grade author. $250 for one session, $450 for two sessions, $650 for three sessions, $800 for four (a full day). (Each session which includes a question and answer period, is approximately 1 hour.) Continue reading Ella Burakowski (Toronto)

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TD Award goes to Missing Nimama!

MelanieFlorencewp3Huge congratulations to Melanie Florence, author of Missing Nimama, which has just won the 2016 TD Award for Children’s Literature.

This wonderful book was published by Clockwise Press, and so we extend congratulations as well to Publisher Christie Harkin.

Both of these gals are ABS members and are available for school and library visits. Click on their names above for details, and to access their contact forms.

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A chance to win Rockets Versus Gravity!

rocketsvsgravity-evite49th Shelf is giving away copies of Richard Scarsbrook‘s latest novel, ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY! The book has received five-star reviews from Foreword Reviews and Novella Magazine, and it made The National Post Bestseller List! Enter the draw here: http://49thshelf.com/Giveaways

Bring Richard to your school or library! Click on his name above to access his page and scroll down to the contact form to reach him.

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Everyday Hero up for the Dolly Gray Award

kathleencherrybook Kathleen Cherry is pleased to announce that Everyday Hero is one of the titles under consideration for the 2018 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award.

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award promotes quality literature for children and youth that authentically characterizes individuals with developmental disabilities.

The award honours the memory of Dolly Sharpe Gray who was born with severe cerebral palsy in 1971. Dolly died of a respiratory infection when she was almost 18 but spent much of her life reading and loving books.

To bring Kathleen to your school or library when she visits Ontario in May 2017, click on her name above and scroll down to the contact form on her page.

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Environmental Author and Illustrator Celia Godkin to visit GTA

godkinwolvesreturnNEWS: Acclaimed environmental author and illustrator Celia Godkin will be available for bookings in the GTA February 21, 23 and 24, 2017.

While Celia is happy to present from any of her titles, she is pleased to be introducing her soon-to-be-released picture book, The Wolves Return. In Wolf Island, Godkin’s best-known book, she explored what happened to a small island ecosystem when wolves were removed. In The Wolves Return, written about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s, Godkin is able to describe the good-news story of the opposite process, which has led to increased biodiversity in the world’s first-ever national park.

Click on Celia’s name above to visit her page and access her contact form.

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Nine free books from Lorna Schultz Nicholson

born-withRed Maple Nominee Lorna Schultz Nicholson grew up in St. Catharines and is booking Niagara locations with no travel costs when she is visiting family there! (Ask about other locations.) Available January 30-February 1st, May 15, 17-19 and May 22-26.

For a limited time Lorna will donate one copy of Born With, and her entire Puckster series (8 books compliments of Hockey Canada) to each school library.

Click her name above to visit Lorna’s page and access her contact form.

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Ishta Mercurio (Brampton)

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Writers’ Union Member. Red Maple Non-Fiction Nominee. Writer of non-fiction science books for kids and picture books.

Fees: $200 for one one-hour presentation, $375 for two on the same day, $550 for three on the same day, $650 for a full day (four presentations). No travel costs.

Skype Visits: $75 for 1/2 an hour; $100 for one hour. Continue reading Ishta Mercurio (Brampton)

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ABS-TL event for Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board

What a blast we had today with the wonderful teacher-librarians and library techs of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Each author had 90 seconds to speak about themselves and teacher-librarians had the opportunity to meet with authors one-on-one to chat about books and potential visits.

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back row, left to right: Janet Wilson, Robert Priest, Eric Zweig, James Bow
middle row: Christie Harkin, Deborah Kerbel, Helaine Becker, Mireille Messier, Jennifer Maruno, Danielle McLaughlan, Mahtab Narsimhan, Simon Shapiro, Nancy Cheong
front row: Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth, Alma Fullerton, Marsha Skrypuch, Aubrey Davis, Sylvia McNicoll.
Sharon Jennings also attended, but she skedaddled before the pic was taken as she’s president of CANSCAIP and was presiding at a meeting.

Here we are, at dinner later.

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Joanne Levy’s Giveaway

levypromoJoanne Levy is giving away a ‘Joanne Levy starter pack’ in honour of her book for tweens, CRUSHING IT, coming out in less than three months.

This prize pack contains:

  • 1 advanced copy of CRUSHING IT
  • 1 hardcover of the MYRCA Honour Book and Red Maple nominated SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE
  • A set of signed bookmarks (number determined according to requirements of the winner)

Books will be signed/personalized.

To enter, visit Joanne’s Facebook Giveaway.

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NEWS and a special offer from Karen Bass!

Bass The Hill Karen Bass‘ newest novel, The Hill, has been named a “White Raven” title by Germany’s International Youth Library, and will be included in their annual catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children’s & youth literature.

Karen has one day still available for booking in the GTA the week of November 14-18, and she will return to Toronto from January 30 to February 2. The next two bookings will receive two books of the librarian’s choice. To book Karen, click on her name above to access the contact form on her page.

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