Forest of Reading Nominee availability

Blue Spruce Nominee Hazel Hutchins will be available in the Toronto area in mid-May.

Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Linda Bailey has limited availability in the Toronto area on May 18 and 19. Full days (3 sessions) preferred. Please check the link on her name for travel limitations.

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

R.J. Anderson (Silver Birch Fiction nomineeA Pocket Full of Murder) is available for school and library visits in SW Ontario, the GTA and Niagara on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the week of Feb. 13 to the week of May 8. Some Friday bookings are also available — please inquire.

Casey Lyall, Silver Birch Fiction nominee, has excellent availability this spring. No travel fee if booking within 100km of London, or 150km if booking for a full day. On Jan 31, Feb 1 and 2, she is available in Toronto with no travel fee.

Kathleen Cherry, Silver Birch Fiction nominee, is available in Toronto on May 15.

Sue Irwin, Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee, is available on Wednesdays from mid-January until May.

Red Maple Nominee  Alberta author Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be available in the Toronto and Niagara regions Jan 24 – Feb 1. She has just one day left while she’s back in May — on the 15th. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Red Maple Nominee  Karen Bass, whose novel, Uncertain Soldier just won the Geoffrey Bilson Award will be in Toronto Jan 30 – Feb 2 and is available in GTA locations accessible by public transit. No travel costs. See our DEALS section for an exciting opportunity from Karen!

White Pine winner 2016 & 2013. Young Adult: ages 12 and up. Jeyn Roberts is located out of Windsor, Ontario for the next four months and will be happy to travel around the province for school and library visits.

Red Maple Nominee Robin Stevenson will be in Toronto January 30- Feb 4 and again in May. She is available either of these times for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs. Her newest title is a non-fiction book called Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community.

Golden Oak Nominee Michelle Barker 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee for A Year of Borrowed Men is in the Toronto area early February, 2017, and early June, 2017.

For full information about booking a Forest of Reading Nominee, browse the categories in the menu on the left of this page. Ontario nominees are generally available, while most out-of-province nominees plan to visit in May.

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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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Book now: Sigmund Brouwer’s new book and Vimy presentation

Available in the GTA from March 20-24.
In April of 1917, an army of civilians from a nation with little military tradition did the impossible. These Canadians conquered the best-defended ridge on the Western Front. They did it with daring and common sense, overcoming the challenges that had stopped the English and French armies in previous attempts.
For the 100-year anniversary in April, 2017, based on his up-coming book Innocent Heroes, Sigmund Brouwer’s Vimy Ridge Presentation gives students a deeper understanding of this defining moment in Canadian history, highlighting the role of First Nations soldiers in World War One, and teaches students how to apply leadership and teamwork lessons from that victory to their own classrooms and lives today.
For grades three and up.
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Don Aker’s first collection of short fiction

Known primarily as an author of YA novels, Don Aker is pleased to announce that Pottersfield Press will publish his first collection of short fiction. Slated for a spring release, Scars and Other Stories will include several previously published narratives—many of them award-winners—along with ten new stories. While this book is intended for an adult audience, it should come as no surprise to Don’s fans that young people play important roles in most of the stories.

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Stratton’s new book shines!

Allan Stratton’s upcoming YA novel, from Scholastic Canada and Andersen Press, UK, has been selected by CBC Books for its 2017 spring book list. CBC Books describes it as “a moving story of unresolved family conflicts, and a girl’s awakening to the things that matter most.”

To book Allan for a school or library visit, click on his name for the link.

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Dave Atkinson (PEI)

Dave Atkinson. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Dave is a fun and funny Hackmatack-nominated Middle Grade author, journalist, and broadcaster.

One session is $225, two for $400, three for $550 and 4 for $700. Plus HST and local travel. Continue reading Dave Atkinson (PEI)

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Cary Fagan Back in Action!

It has been a while since we have seen a new book from Cary Fagan, but this season he has THREE! These books will engage and delight kids from kindergarten to the age of chapter books.

Wolfie and Fly, the first chapter book in a new series, has already received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. City Parent lauds “this classic story of imagination, friendship and adventure told by a master.” It’ll be sure to get your own kids’ imaginations going!

Little Blue Chair, a picture book for younger listeners, has also been praised by Publisher’s Weekly: “This is, at heart, a romantic story, one that makes a lovely case for finding value and utility in secondhand items, and for sharing them when they are no longer needed.”

Later in spring comes A Cage in Search of a Bird, a simple tale with sophisticated ideas for older picture book readers that was inspired by a line from Franz Kafka.

Cary loves interacting with kids, often using music for the younger grades. His goal is to encourage them to discover books they love and find ways to tell their own stories.

For more information and to access his contact form, visit Cary’s page!

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Touring authors

Elly MacKay is available in Toronto Jan 24 and 26. She is also clustering visits in other parts of the province – contact her today to ask about your location.

Adventure writer Pam Withers will be in Toronto Feb 1 – 5. A great choice for middle grade students.

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

Sharon McKay is available in Burlington and the GTA from now until March!

Dave Atkinson will be available in the GTA for Education Week in May!

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

 

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Now’s the time to book Peter McMahon and the Ontario Planetarium!

After a winter of trips to the far reaches of the province, Peter McMahon and the Ontario Planetarium will be touring libraries and schools in the Greater Toronto Area this coming February and March.
 
This is a great opportunity to have a nationally-renowned space magazine and children’s science author share the universe with youth in a truly unique environment.
 
The Ontario Planetarium is a 30-35-seat mobile star theatre that comes to you, where participants of all ages and curriculums can have an interactive tour of planets, galaxies, constellations from different cultures (including world-exclusive views of Canadian First Nations constellations) guided by a live astronomy author
 
Organizations who book before Feb 1 will also receive a free signed copy of Peter’s award-nominated book Space Tourism (Kids Can Press, 2011)
 
To book Peter, click on his name above and use the contact form at the bottom of his page.
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Book Robin Stevenson for a visit between Jan 30 and Feb 3!

Red Maple non-fiction nominee Robin Stevenson will be in Toronto and
available for school visits Jan. 30- Feb. 3, presenting on her book,
PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Special deal: if you book
Robin for a Pride presentation, she will throw in a free small group Q and
A session for your school’s GSA or similar group (Social Justice Club,
Rainbow Club, Equity Club, Anti-Bullying Club etc)! Robin also has fiction
presentations and workshops available for grades 4-12.

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Our Fabulous French Forest Nominees

We are enormously pleased to have such a fine group of French Forest Nominees participating in this year’s program, and are proud to showcase them below. Click on any name to reach a page with more details. Every nominee’s individual page includes a contact form at the bottom!

Le Prix Peuplier

Sylvie Brien

Rhea Dufresne

Marianne Dumas

Caroline Merola

Mireille Messier

Catherine Petit

Andrée Poulin

Le Prix Tamarac

Johanne Dion

Arianne Gagnon-Roy

Manon Gauthier

Isabelle Larouche

Danielle Loranger

Paul Roux

Mireille Villeneuve

Le Prix Tamarac Express

Katia Canciani

Sylvie Lussier

Andrée Poulin

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Manon Gauthier (Montréal)

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Manon est une illustratrice et collagiste autodidacte ayant illustré une vingtaine d’albums jeunesse au Canada et en Europe dont Poésies pour la vie, en lice pour le prix Tamarac 2017.

Tarifs : 275$ pour une rencontre d’une heure. Minimum de deux présentations par école. Maximum de 35 enfants par groupe. Continue reading Manon Gauthier (Montréal)

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Karen Bass had some Explaining to do!!

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Teaching Books has created a short audio track of Karen Bass explaining her inspiration for her Bilson Award winning book, Uncertain Soldier.


Red Maple Nominee & two-time Bilson Award winner, Karen Bass is booking visits within 60-90 minutes of Toronto with no travel costs. Schools that book will receive their choice of two of Karen’s novels. She is available January 31 & February 1st, May 10-11, 15, & 17-19.
To book Karen, click on her name above and use the contact form at the bottom of her page.
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Guess Who’s Coming to Your Area!

 Touring Authors

Elly MacKay is available in Toronto Jan 24 and 26. She is also clustering visits in other parts of the province – contact her today to ask about your location.

Adventure writer Pam Withers will be in Toronto Feb 1 – 5. A great choice for middle grade students.

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

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

Sharon McKay is available in Burlington and the GTA from now until March!

Forest of Reading Nominee availability

Blue Spruce Nominee Hazel Hutchins will be available in the Toronto area in mid-May.

Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Fiction Nominee Linda Bailey has limited availability in the Toronto area on May 18 and 19. Full days (3 sessions) preferred. Please check the link on her name for travel limitations.

R.J. Anderson (Silver Birch Fiction nomineeA Pocket Full of Murder) is available for school and library visits in SW Ontario, the GTA and Niagara on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the week of Feb. 13 to the week of May 8. Some Friday bookings are also available — please inquire.

Sue Irwin, Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominee, is available on Wednesdays from mid-January until May.

Red Maple Nominee  Alberta author Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be available in the Toronto and Niagara regions Jan 3 – Feb 1 and again in May in support of her RM nomination. See special offer above.

Red Maple Nominee  Karen Bass, whose novel, Uncertain Soldier just won the Geoffrey Bilson Award will be in Toronto Jan 30 – Feb 2 and is available in GTA locations accessible by public transit. No travel costs. See our DEALS section for an exciting opportunity from Karen!

White Pine winner 2016 & 2013. Young Adult: ages 12 and up. Jeyn Roberts is located out of Windsor, Ontario for the next four months and will be happy to travel around the province for school and library visits.

Red Maple Nominee Robin Stevenson will be in Toronto January 30- Feb 4 and again in May. She is available either of these times for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs. Her newest title is a non-fiction book called Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community.

Golden Oak Nominee Michelle Barker 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee for A Year of Borrowed Men is in the Toronto area early February, 2017, and early June, 2017.

For full information about booking a Forest of Reading Nominee, browse the categories in the menu on the left of this page. Ontario nominees are generally available, while most out-of-province nominees plan to visit in May.

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NEWS!! Adventure Writer Pam Withers in Toronto February 1-5

Award-winning “extreme adventures author” Pam Withers hits Toronto Feb 1-5. The MG/YA Vancouver author of 18 sports and adventure novels is particularly popular with boys, and offers riveting school presentations filled with extreme-sports video clips and humour. Co-author of Jump-Starting Boys, she also speaks to adults (parenting groups, public libraries) on getting boys to read. It’s rare she’s in Toronto, so book her now before this popular speaker’s schedule is full. $250 per session.

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