Still time to book a Tree nominee this spring!

These nominees are still available. Book now to avoid disappointment. Please note: we've removed those from this listing who are fully booked:

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce Nominee Willow Dawson has good availability in the GTA all spring. Subsidy eligible.

Blue Spruce Nominee Bill Slavin lives in Millbrook ON and has good availability this spring.

Blue Spruce Nominee Shane Peacock has days available in the GTA and Ajax/Belleville corridor the rest of this school year. Subsidy eligible.

Silver Birch

R.J. Anderson (Silver Birch Fiction nomineeA Pocket Full of Murder) has good availability in SW Ontario, the GTA and Niagara all spring. Subsidy eligible.

Casey Lyall, Silver Birch Fiction nominee, has good availability this spring. No travel fee if booking within 100km of London, or 150km if booking for a full day. Subsidy eligible.

Ellen Schwartz, Silver Birch Fiction nominee, is available May 15 and 19. Subsidy eligible.

Silver Birch Express Nominee, Liam O'Donnell, has good availability this spring in the GTA. Subsidy eligible.

Philippa Dowding, Silver Birch Express Nominee has good availability in the GTA and surrounding areas this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Silver Birch Non-fiction Nominee Kira Vermond of Guelph has good availability all spring in the GTA, and areas surrounding Guelph. Subsidy eligible.

Double Silver Birch Non-fiction Nominee, Helaine Becker has limited availability spring in the GTA and surrounding areas. Subsidy eligible.

Sue Irwin, Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee who lives in Grimsby, has good availability this spring in Niagara, Hamilton area, and the GTA Subsidy eligible.

Nikki Tate, Silver Birch Non-fiction nominee, is available on May 18th but is otherwise FULL. Subsidy eligible.

Etta Kaner, Silver Birch Non-fiction nominee, is available in the GTA this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Le Prix Peuplier

Le Prix Peuplier Nominee Mireille Messier of Toronto is available in the GTA and surrounding areas in June and in the fall. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple

Red Maple Fiction Nominee  Karen Bass, is available in GTA May 9 & 10. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Richard Scrimger of Toronto has good availability in the GTA and surrounding areas this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Caroline Pignat of Ottawa is available in Toronto on Wed May 17th. She has good availability in Ottawa this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee Robin Stevenson is available Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee, Ella Burakowski of Toronto has good availability in the GTA and surrounding areas this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee, Simon Shapiro of Toronto has good availability in the GTA and surrounding areas this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee  Kari-Lynn Winters, is available in the GTA, Niagara, Hamilton regions this spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee Ishta Mercurio is available in the GTA, Niagara, Hamilton regions this spring. Subsidy eligible.

White Pine

White Pine Nominee S. J. Laidlaw will be flying in from Asia for the month of May. She will be in Toronto and available for speaking engagements from Friday, April 28 - Friday May 26th and  still has excellent availability for library and school visits. Travel fees are waived in the GTA and Guelph. She will be in the Ottawa area May 4 - 6th, so travel fees for that National Capital Region are waived during that period. Fifteen Lanes was just named a Booklist Editor’s Choice for 2016! Subsidy eligible.

White Pine Nominee Lena Coakley of Toronto is available in the GTA and surrounding areas. Many dates in April are open! May 1-5. Subsidy eligible.

Golden Oak

Golden Oak Nominee Judith Graves is available in Toronto from May 27 to June 3. Subsidy eligible.

Golden Oak Nominee Michelle Barker is available in the Toronto area the first week of June, 2017. Subsidy eligible.

Golden Oak Nominee John Spray has good availability in the GTA and Prince Edward County all spring. Subsidy eligible.

Golden Oak Nominee Melanie Florence has good availability in the GTA all spring. Subsidy eligible.

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Lana Button was great with our primary students!

Anne Marie Sisti recently wrote: Thank you once again for a great recommendation! Lana Button was great with our primary students! Engaging, entertaining and delivers such positive messages. We loved having her but I knew she would be great because Willow is such an amazing character!

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Adrienne Kress (Toronto)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Writers’ Union Member.Middle Grade, YA.Winner Heart of Hawick Award (UK). Adrienne Kress’s The Explorers has been optioned by Walt Disney Film Studios.

$300+HST for a single session; $500+HST for two sessions; $900+HST for a full day. Prices for larger groups, workshops, panels, etc., to be negotiated*. Outside the Toronto area, add kilometrage and accommodation as necessary.

Adrienne Kress is a Toronto-born actor and author with six novels to her credit, as well as essays, plays and short stories. She has spoken to children and adults in a large variety of circumstances, from school assemblies and classroom workshops to writers’ associations and conference panels. Her presentations have taken her across Canada, the United Kingdom and the US. Adrienne is a dynamic, skillful speaker, insightful, knowledgeable and fun to be with.

READINGS:

Readings based on middle grade books are geared towards children in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7.  They are 45 minutes to 11⁄2 hours in length depending on needs.  The preferred group size is up to 60 children, and the preferred site is the library, but Adrienne can speak to larger groups in other venues.  She has spoken to small groups in a cozy huddle on the floor in a library and to large groups of a couple of hundred in gyms and auditoriums.

As a passionate author, professional actor and teacher, Adrienne brings a large array of skills to her readings.  She starts with a short talk about “how a book gets published” and “working with your editors is like working with your teacher,” continues with a dramatic reading from one of the books and ends with a question period and a book signing opportunity. When her session arises from one of her more swashbuckling books, Adrienne is happy to add a fencing lesson.

PRESENTATIONS:

Presentations can be geared to any audience, for example, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs.   The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group, but is most often 1 to 11⁄2 hours in length.  The content can be individualized to suit the interests of the group, but usually covers topics like the trials and tribulations of getting published (including how to get a literary agent), the writing process, working with an editor, identifying your audience, trends in modern literature and the importance of studying past works and authors.

WORKSHOPS:

Workshops can be geared to any audience, for example, elementary school students, Writer’s Craft classes, writers’ groups, book clubs. The length of the presentation varies according to the needs of the group but is most often 11⁄2 hours to 3 hours in length, though it can be expanded.  The content usually covers topics like honing your writing skills, creating your own voice, creating a “world” for your writing, the use of dialogue, humour – its types and where to use it­­– identifying your audience, etc.

AWARDS:

Shortlisted for Red Cedar (BC), Audie (US audio book awards), Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, The Quill Awards. Winner of The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award (UK)

WORKS:

Middle Grade Novels:

The Explorers – The Door in the Alley (Delcourte Random House) (optioned by Disney)

Hatter Madigan – Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. (Automatic Publishing, with Frank Beddor)

Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate(Scholastic)

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman(Scholastic)

Young Adult Novels:

Outcast (Diversion Books, Paranormal Romance)

The Friday Society (Dial Penguin, Steampunk)

Short Stories: In Wow! 366 (UK) and Corsets and Clockwork(USA/UK)

 Essays: Collected in The Girl Who Was On Fire,The Secret Loves of GeekGirls, and CompleteGuide to Writing for Young Adults

 Plays: Sleepy Hollow (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre)  A Weekend in the Country (Adult – TorontoSummerworksFestival  and Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

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Special Offer from Shane Peacock!

Shane Peacock -- No Travel Charges! Governor-General Award nominee and current Blue Spruce Award candidate, Shane Peacock, who can speak to all and any grades from 1 to 12, still has some dates available for school visits from late April through June. No travel charges, regardless of distance within southern Ontario.

Visit Shane's page today for more information and to access his contact form.

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April is Poetry Month: Invite Robert Priest!

April’s poetry month! And there are still subsidies left to book Robert Priest for school readings. Inspiring, fun age-appropriate poems and songs for any age. Start by emailing from his contact form here to set up a time. First come first served.  “HIs poetry for children is almost miraculous.”  Michelle Landsberg

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Makerspace and Eco Clubs Caroline Fernandez has a deal for you!

Caroline Fernandez wants to bring Boredom Busters (Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book) and More Boredom Busters to your school.You'll be inspired to get creative, recycle, and enjoy screen-free entertainment!
Caroline is available for booking in East York, North York, and Scarborough schools in April and May (no travel fees)! To book Caroline, click on her name above and use the contact form at the bottom of her page. Subsidy eligible!
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Go Trees! Nikki Tate deal!

Nikki Tate’s non-fiction title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet has been nominated for a BC Book Prize and long-listed for a 2017 Green Earth Book Award. Nikki has added one more day to her trip to Toronto for the Forest of Reading Awards in May. If you’d like to snap up that last opening on May 18 by booking a regular author presentation, Nikki will also host a Young Authors Chat for up to 20 of your keenest student writers for no additional charge. A smaller group gathering like this allows young writers to ask questions and discuss their work in a more intimate and supportive setting than is possible during larger school presentations. Subsidy eligible!

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Sue Irwin’s Hockey quiz and Skype DEAL!

The countdown is on for the 2016-17 National Hockey League playoffs. Let’s celebrate together!

If you can name an NHLer from your hometown (or a nearby city), Silver Birch nominee Sue Irwin will do a Skype visit with your class for just $100. That’s for a 45-minute session! This offer applies to bookings during the month of April, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Here’s how you can save:

Choose a legend from the past OR a current hockey star.

Then, click on Sue’s name to access her page and scroll down to the email contact form. Include the name of the player and your hometown in your email.

 

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Cure for Wereduck short-listed for the Hackmatack

Dave Atkinson's hilarious Cure for Wereduck has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards!

Cure is the follow-up to Dave's popular debut middle grade novel Wereduck, which tells the adventures of Kate—a 13-year-old girl who grew up in a family of werewolves. Kate's never felt much like a wolf. Cure for Wereduck continues the story of a girl who learned to quack at the moon.
Dave is coming from Prince Edward Island to tour schools in the Toronto area for Education Week, May 1-5. There's still time to book him, but don't delay! Subsidies are available. 
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Ellen Schwartz’s Heart of a Champion reaps more honours!

Make that three honours for Ellen Schwartz’s middle-grade novel Heart of a Champion. First, the Silver Birch Fiction nomination. Second, being named a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) Top Shelf book. And now a nomination for the Diamond Willow Award, presented by the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ellen will be visiting Ontario in May and still has openings for May 15 and 19. Book her now to avoid disappointment. Subsidy eligible!

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