Still time to book a Tree nominee!

These nominees are still available. Book now to avoid disappointment:

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

Blue Spruce Nominee Hazel Hutchins is available in Kitchener/Cambridge area for a full day May 5th and Toronto for a half day May 15th. Subsidy eligible.

Blue Spruce Nominee Shane Peacock has good availability in the GTA and Ajax/Belleville corridor all winter and spring. Subsidy eligible.

Blue Spruce Nominee Vikki VanSickle has some availability in the GTA winter and spring. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

Silver Birch Express Nominee. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Available May 15-19, 2017. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Irwin, Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee who lives in Grimsby, is available on Wednesdays all winter and spring in Niagara, Hamilton area, and the GTA Subsidy eligible.

Ellen Schwartz, Silver Birch Fiction nominee, has a few days available in May. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

Le Prix Peuplier Nominee Mireille Messier of Toronto has some availability in the GTA and surrounding areas this winter and fall. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

Red Maple Fiction Nominee Lorna Nicholson is available in Toronto or Niagara on March 23 and 24. She is fully booked for May, so nab her while you can.

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

Red Maple Non-fiction Nominee Robin Stevenson will be in Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee  Art Slade, is available for in Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Caroline Pignat of Ottawa has good availability in the Toronto mid-May and in Ottawa this winter and spring. Subsidy eligible.

White Pine nominee Lisa Lawrence is available for school or library visits (accessible by public transit) in the Toronto area on May 15, 17, 18, and 19, 2017. $200 for a 45 – 60 minute session and $150 for subsequent sessions in the same school. No travel costs. Available Fridays for Skype visits ($100 for 45 – 60 minutes).

White Pine Nominee S. J. Laidlaw will be flying in from Asia for the entire month of May. She 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 the first week of May so travel fees for that National Capital Region are waived during that week. 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. March 27-31, April: All dates in April are free! May 1-5. Subsidy eligible.

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 early June, 2017. Subsidy eligible.

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

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

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Public Library grant eligible authors coming to Ontario in the spring

Writers’ Union grants for public visits taking place after March 31.
Natasha Deen will be back in Ontario April 17-21. She’ll be based in Scarborough and can travel the GTA /401 corridor as far as Kingston.  Natasha can present to an entire K-8 school in half a day! Subsidy eligible!
Silver Birch Express Nominee. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Writers’ Union member. Available May 15-19, 2017. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee, Caroline Pignat of Ottawa has good availability in the Toronto mid-May and in Ottawa this winter and spring. Subsidy eligible.

Red Maple Fiction Nominee  Art Slade, is available for in Toronto during the week of May 15. Subsidy eligible.

Sigmund Brouwer will be back in Ontario March 20-24, and May 1-5! His May visits are subsidy eligible!

Michelle Barker, Golden Oak nominee, available in Toronto May 31. Subsidy eligible.

Judith Graves, Golden Oak nominee, Visiting Ontario around the time of the Golden Oak Award, May 27 to June 3rd. Subsidy eligible.

Dave Atkinson will be available in the GTA for Education Week, May 1 to 5! Subsidy eligible.

Former White Pine winner  Don Aker is coming to the GTA during the week of May 8th! Subsidy eligible.

White Pine nominee S. J. Laidlaw will be flying in from Asia for the entire month of May and is available for presentations in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa. Subsidy eligible.

Diane Carmel Leger will be in the province and is available for bookings in both official languages, May 15 – 19. Subsidy eligible.

Julie Burtinshaw of Vancouver will be in Toronto in September and October 2017. Julie’s partner is a pilot and therefore she is able to be in Ontario with very little notice. Subsidy eligible!

 

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Melanie Florence has a new book! (visits subsidy eligible!)

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and Golden Oak nominee Melanie Florence has a new book and two new writing workshops!

Invite Melanie to your school or library to work with your students on one of her new workshops – In Exploring Your Culture Through Writing, Melanie will lead students through exercises to discover their unique culture and background and work with them on how to find the story in their own background and experiences. Or choose to explore The Importance of a Good Opening Line with Melanie and look at what makes opening lines good or bad and then write the first paragraphs of a story using exciting writing prompts.

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Lena Coakley award news (visits subsidy eligible)

Both Quill and Quire magazine and and the CBC have chosen Lena Coakley’s Worlds of Ink and Shadow as one of the best books of 2016! Add this to the previous recognition for her book:
White Pine Nominee
OLA Best Bet
Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
4/4 Stars, CM Magazine
Lena would love to come to your classroom to talk about the Brontë sisters and her book celebrating their life. Subsidy eligible!
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A pizza party with Arthur Slade!

Arthur Slade, Red Maple Fiction nominated author, is in the GTA area the week of May 15th. He will bring his dynamic “rocking” audio/video presentation of silent film era factoids, creativity tips and literary inspiration. Book a full day and he’ll stay for a pizza party/lunch with Red Maple Kids. Travel fees waived for Toronto bookings. Subsidy eligible!

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Simon Shapiro Award News – he’s available now in the GTA

The OLA has chosen Simon Shapiro’s book Faster, Higher, Smarter, as one of the Top Ten Best Bets of 2016 Junior Nonfiction. This is a nice addition to previous recognition for this book

2017 TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads
Starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Association American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 SB&F Prize finalist
2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination
2017 Red Maple Award nomination

Simon would love to come and talk to your students about Sports, Innovation and Science, and how much fun they all are.

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Etta Kaner (Toronto)

Award winning author of over two dozen books for children ages 5 to 12, mostly non-fiction. Etta’s rate is $250.00 for a one hour session, and $450.00 for two sessions. Travel charges waived if the venue is in the GTA.

Etta is an animated, experienced educator and presenter who enjoys interacting with children of all ages. Etta has a particular interest in animals and architecture from a unique perspective. Her short-listed 2017 Silver Birch non-fiction book Friend or Foe: the Whole Truth about Animals That People Love to Hate is a book about point of view and persuasive argument, both components of all strands of the Ontario Language curriculum.

Rats, cockroaches, leeches, snakes, vultures – these are just a few of the animals that are discussed during Etta’s interactive presentation. After presenting both the negative and then positive sides of some of these animals, students are asked for their opinion: Is the animal friend or foe?

Etta then shares the secrets of how written voice and book design are used to persuade the reader to agree with a certain perspective. She also involves the children in an activity in which partners discuss and draw the positives and negatives of having unusual pets.

Time is given for Q and A about being an author, book publishing and about Friend or Foe in particular.

This presentation is suitable for students in grades 3 to 6 in the GTA. I prefer to meet in a library or classroom with space for children to work in pairs.

Group size: two classes at one time

Materials needed: Chart paper on easel or board, marker, pencils and poster paper for students, large table to display my books, water, a chair

Expectations: teachers are expected to stay with their students during the presentation and help with pairing students for the workshop component of the presentation

Follow-up Activities: I’m happy to provide teachers with follow-up activities that develop point of view using other books and activities.

 

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Natasha Deen (AB)

In Canada, Natasha’s family found refuge from the political and racial violence of Guyana, South America. Her experiences as a child of two nations are the foundation for her dynamic presentations, which help students find the story and power that lives inside them. She routinely speaks to an entire school during the course of a half day, and travel costs are included in her fee. $500 + GST for half day, $700 + GST for a full day. Writers’ Union Member. Continue reading Natasha Deen (AB)

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Ellen Schwartz’s Top Shelf Book!

We’re thrilled to announce that Silver Birch nominated book, Heart of a Champion, has been named a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) Top Shelf book. This coveted honor represents fiction titles that raise the bar for outstanding storytelling for middle-grade readers.

Ellen Schwartz, still has a few days available in May and is Subsidy eligible. Contact us now to avoid disappointment!

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Don Aker coming to Toronto!


With his latest book Scars and Other Stories about to go to print, Don Aker has already begun accepting invitations from schools and libraries for author visits in the spring. Don will be in the GTA from May 8 to 12 and still has a few openings remaining during that week. Subsidy eligible.

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The Young Girl Who was inspired to Write a Book!

A parent wrote to us:
My daughter had a presentation by Sigmund Brouwer at her school – she came home with his message of “she can do anything, never stop using your imagination”.  With that, she wanted to write a book. She told me the story, I wrote it for her and then she copied it.  We attached her pages to construction paper and used ribbon to tie it together.  She didn’t want to draw pictures as she wanted people to “use their imagination”.  She read her story to her class this morning.  She was a bit shy, but her excitement got her through it.  His visit was approximately 1 week ago – she created her own story, wrote it out, read it to her class and can’t wait to write more stories off of her original one!  Thank you for helping to inspire my kindergarten girl!!

Ayla holding ‘Faerie Land’. She wrote it in her lined writing book and we took the pages out an glued them on construction paper, binding it with ribbon. We made a craft project of writing and “publishing” her book!

 

Here’s what Sigmund had to say:

Hearing about Ayla’s new book and seeing the smile as she held it up is what all of us authors LOVE about going to schools! Much as I’d like to take credit for this, I’m always aware that every day teachers and librarians are teaching students like Ayla how to use the alphabet to put stories on paper, so thanks to all of you at schools how are doing this, and thanks for letting me be a part of the literacy journey at your schools. P.S.: I’m back in the area from March 20-24, and May 1-5! (he’s subsidy eligible for the May dates).

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Julie Burtinshaw (Vancouver)

Award winning YA author, storyteller, speaker, workshop leader, ideas person, traveller. Writers Union Member Julie’s rates are $275 per session, $500 for two sessions, $900 for four sessions. Julie will be in Toronto in September and October 2017. Julie’s partner is a pilot and therefore she is able to be in Ontario with very little notice. Travel, $150 per day.

Julie was born and raised in Vancouver where she still lives. She loves to travel the world and is passionate about the health of our oceans.  She attributes her fascination with teenage resilience and courage to her own experiences to a tragic family loss. Her books reflect her admiration for the choices teens make when facing impossible situations. Continue reading Julie Burtinshaw (Vancouver)

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Lisa Lawrence (Edmonton, Alberta)

White Pine nominee for YA novel Rodent. Available for school or library visits (accessible by public transit) in the Toronto area on May 15, 17, 18, and 19, 2017. $200 for a 45 – 60 minute session and $150 for subsequent sessions in the same school. No travel costs. Available Fridays for Skype visits ($100 for 45 – 60 minutes). Continue reading Lisa Lawrence (Edmonton, Alberta)

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Last Call for Out-Of-Province French Nominee Visits!

Prix Peuplier, Prix Tamarac and Prix Tamarac Express nominees will soon have to finalize their flights into Toronto for the Forest of Reading ceremonies in May. If you would like to host a visit with them, now is the time to book! Once their travel arrangements are made, they cannot be changed.

All of these fabulous authors still have availability. For more info, or to book, follow the link on each nominee’s name:

Sylvie Brien (author), available May 17 & 19, SK-6

Katia Canciani (author) available May 17 & 19, JK-6

Johanne Dion (author), available May 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Rhéa Dufresne (author), available May 19, SK-8

Marianne Dumas (author/illustrator), available May 19, JK-3

Arianne Gagnon-Roy (author), available May 16, 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Manon Gauthier (illustrator), available May 17 & 19, JK-8

Isabelle Larouche (author), available, May 16, 17 & 19, Grades 3-8

Danielle Loranger (author/illustrator), available May 17 & 19, Grades 5-6

Sylvie Lussier (author) available May 17 & 19, Grades 4-8

Catherine Petit (illustrator), available May 16 & 17, Grades 1-3

Andrée Poulin (author), available May 15, 16 & 19, JK-Grade 10

Paul Roux (author/illustrator), available May 15, 16 & 17, Grades 3-12

Mireille Villeneuve (author), available May 17 & 19, Grades 2-8

Faites vite!

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Mike Deas (Salt Spring Island, BC)

Silver Birch Express Nominee. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Writers’ Union member. Available May 15-19, 2017. His rate is $275 for one session, $525 for two, $750 for three, and $950 for four plus travel from downtown Toronto. Continue reading Mike Deas (Salt Spring Island, BC)

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Karen Bass with a two-session deal!

Recent Bilson award winner & Red Maple nominated author, Karen Bass, will be based in Toronto from May 8th to 18th. She’s offering a combo deal in May only: book her for a 1/2 day, 1 session for Red Maple nominated The Hill and 1 session for her new MG Two Times a Traitor. Two great sessions for the special price of $400.  She waives travel costs and is willing to travel 90 minutes outside Toronto.

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