Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration was recently honoured by the American Institute of Physics who gave it the 2017 Science Communication Writing for Children Award. Antonia Banyard (centre), is pictured here with the rest of the Water Wow team: co-author Paula Ayer (right) and illustrator Belle Wuthrich (left).
Water Wow! is also nominated for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Winners will be announced in Toronto on November 21, 2017.
Antonia will tour the Toronto area May 14-18. Visit her page here for more details and to access her contact form.
Alberta author Marty Chan (visiting the GTA April 30-May 4, 2018) is pleased to announce the launch of the final book of his Keepers of the Vault trilogy. Shadow and Spell is now available in bookstores across Canada. The series features two teens who unlock a secret vault in their school and discover a treasure trove of cursed artefacts. They must safeguard the magical items for a greedy collector with nefarious plans for the collection.
Treat your students to a visit from this highly entertaining author when he visits the GTA April 30 – May 4, 2018. Simply go to Marty’s page where you’ll find more information and his contact form!
Arlene Chan was interviewed by Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning to talk about being named by Heritage Toronto as the recipient of the 2017 Special Achievement Award. A community advocate, librarian, and author, Arlene has spent her lifetime documenting and sharing the Chinese Canadian experience in Toronto. She was presented with the award on October 23 at The Carlu.
Click here for more information about Arlene Chan, and to access her contact form.
Kate Blair, author of the Sunburst, MYRCA, and Snow Willow-nominated Transferral, returns with Tangled Planet, an action-packed generation ship novel that combines murder mystery with the struggle for life on an alien shore
To bring Kate to your school or library, visit her page and access the contact form!
Marsha Skrypuch is honoured to have her picture book included in an exhibition in Bologna, Italy on the occasion of Pope Francis’ planned visit to the city. The 200 chosen books have been arranged on nine thematic tree-like structures. Adrift at Sea has been included on the tree about Migrants. Here are photos of the exhibit:
Simon Shapiro’s book Faster, Higher, Smarter was honoured with the Youth Book Award from Science Writers and Communicators of Canada. In late September Grade 5 and 6 kids from Grenoble Public School were delighted to meet Simon and take part in the award celebration.
Simon is available for school presentations in Fall and Winter. Click on his name above to access full information as well as his contact form.
Are you interested in celeb-ARR-ating pirates? Kari-Lynn Winters and Dean Griffiths have a new book out!
Third in the trilogy, Best Pirate, explores themes of adventure and friendship as August teams up with Scuppers from the Tunalubbers’ ship. Bring Kari-Lynn to your school. It’ll be ARR-some fun for all.
Click on her name above for more information and to access Kari-Lynn’s contact form.
To celebrate the release of her new spooky novel, The Painting, Charis Cotter (The Swallow: A Ghost Story) is offering virtual visits via Skype or FaceTime for only $125 from now until the end of November.
To book this deal for your students, click on her name above and scroll down to the contact form.
Acclaimed author and illustrator, Celia Godkin, will be in the GTA the last week in November. Celia’s books describe the complex relationships between animals and their environment in a way that’s accessible to the picture book audience. She would be delighted to visit your school to read and show illustrations from one of her books. Schools that sign up for more than one reading on the same day will receive a free book.
Janet Wilson will be in the Sudbury area on November 22nd & 23rd. She is offering a flat fee for mileage of $25–a savings of almost $400. Check out her ABS page for details on her inspiring presentations about child heroes of social, environmental, and indigenous justice.
The Elora Centre for the Arts will be hosting school visits on October 12 and 13 with author / illustrator Elly MacKay in conjunction with a solo exhibition of her work.
Elly’s presentations are a lot of fun and very hands-on. She has a Bachelor of Education and loves teaching all ages.
With presentations for K – Grade 5, Elly will design her presentation to suit the size and age of the group. Her storytelling and her unique way of creating illustrations will inspire students. Elly has written and illustrated several books, such as If You Hold A Seed and Butterfly Park and has illustrated several others. In a starred review of Waltz of the Snowflakes, Kirkus wrote, “This wordless tale, told entirely in expressive, graphic format, is a fresh and wonderful addition to the crowded Nutcracker shelves. In MacKay’s trademark cut-paper dioramas children can imagine themselves seated in the theater and dancing on the stage.”
Elly makes her illustrations by setting up layers of paper, lighting the scenes and photographing them. Each group will have an opportunity to see her miniature theatre and build a scene together.
In this presentation, Elly will help children build their visual literacy skills, sequencing and narration through exploring her wordless picture book, Waltz of the Snowflakes. With larger groups, materials are left for teachers for an extension activity. A beautiful print of the group illustration is later sent to the school or library as a keepsake.
Elly requires a small table, outlet, laptop and projector.
There will be a discount of $100 per school or $50 per session from Elly’s usual rate, to cover student transportation to the gallery).
Lark & the Diamond Caper is on the 49th Shelf’s Most Anticipated Books for Fall, and Kirkus reviews said, “Deen’s heroine reflects an underrepresented reader group and is as successful as any other lead character in early chapter books…Lark’s sparkly presence on the chapter-book shelves will be welcomed by many.”
Robin’s Stevenson’s non-fiction book, Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community, is a finalist for the 2017 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s
Information Book Award! Robin will be in Toronto Jan. 28- Feb 4, and would
love to visit your school or library.
Click on the the link above for more information and to access Robin’s contact form.
Malaika is back too. The first time we heard from our young heroine in Malaika’s Costume, it was the first Carnival time since Mummy went to work in Canada. Her grandmother and she had to figure out how she might be a part of the Kiddie Carnival parade. Now, Malaika joins us in Malaika’s Winter Carnival with a new family and a new setting. Will Malaika be able to do Carnival? You can now get your copy of Malaika’s Winter Carnival online and in stores today (September 1st), written by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, and published by Groundwood Books.
Consider saving this newsletter for future reference. With our new mailing schedule you won’t be getting another one until October.
Over the summer, we’ve made some big changes.
Explore our revamped website. There’s an alphabetical snippet view of all our authors here. We have a Youtube video library with book trailers, author interviews and more. We’ve got a dedicated index tab for French presenters, illustrators and more, plus a full-site google search bar.
New Map Feature!
Our map has always shown to indicate approximately where our presenters live. Click on the + sign at the right side of the map to get a detailed view of a particular area.This is a great tool for estimating travel costs and also discovering local authors.
Now you’ll also see green V’s to indicate out of GTA bookings. Hover your mouse over a green V and you’ll see when you may be able to save on travel costs or share a day by booking an author while they’re already in your area!
The most stringent selection process in Canada
Here’s more information about that. This means you can book one of our presenters with confidence.
Our members can promote literacy and a love of reading as well as support curriculum objectives.Over the summer, we’ve added one more condition of membership: Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) . Every single member on our website as of Sept 1 has an up-to-date VSS.
Request for Collaboration
Our mission is to provide you with a reliable way of booking qualified and engaging presenters for the student audience. We ask that you help us do our job in the following ways:
1. Collaborate with us. Please book our authors through the email contact forms at the bottom of each presenter page. Our members pay us a small fee per booking (you pay us nothing) but if you use our service and then book directly, we receive nothing for the effort and expense we’ve put into providing it. We rely on the honour system.
2. Collaborate with your colleagues. If you are booking one of our presenters, ask nearby colleagues if they’d like to share the day or the tour with you. There are significant cost savings for you when you work together. As an example, an author may charge $600 plus travel for a half day (two sessions), but $1000 for a full day. If you and a colleague book together, you each save $100 and half the travel costs. As well, we can advise you on subsidies, reducing the cost even more. When you share our information, everyone wins.
3. Collaborate with your association or school board. Did you know that we host regional ABS-School Library meet and greets at no charge? You provide the venue, the audience and coffee (maybe some chocolate too??) and we’ll bring the authors and the books. Here’s a write up of one such event from last year. We would LOVE to do a similar event with YOU!
ABS is the booking agent for The Forest of Reading®. We are also partnered with the TDSB (under Amdox Co Ltd/Authors’ Booking Service).
Is YOUR Board or organization Interested in working with ABS as a partner too? Let’s talk.
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Browse our menu or use our search bar to find just the right presenter. If you need suggestions or assistance, please ask us. We love to help – email us at email@example.com
DK Publishing celebrates this month’s publication of Our Great Prime Ministers with a school book tour by award-winning Canadian author Helaine Becker.
Helaine is now accepting bookings for October and November. Our Great Prime Ministers is suitable for children ages 10 and up and explains Canada’s system of government and the people who have led it using profiles of 12 of Canada’s best-known Prime Ministers.
Click on the link above for more information about Helaine, and to access her contact form for bookings.
Mireille Messier is pleased to announce the release of Fatima and the Clementine Thieves, the story of a young girl’s struggle to help save her family’s clementine orchard from mysterious thieves. Based in Morocco, this fable of collaboration and non-violence was inspired by an African proverb and is now available both in French and in English.
For details about Mireille’s presentation of this and other stories, and to book her, click her name above. Subsidies for fall and spring bookings are now available!
Thanks to TL Colleen McCarthy for sending us feedback on a two school event with Hélène Boudreau!
Selecting a Friday in June to have children sit and listen to an author talk was not very insightful on my part. I was also a little worried that an author presenting about a single book might not be entertaining. What happened with two negatives?? A positive charge!!
Hélène was excellent!! She pumped them up when they were too quiet, and reeled them in when they got a little too loud. Hélène brought along appropriate props and used them to include the children in the story and entertain them with her demonstrations.
I had many teachers at both schools comment to me afterwards about how excellent her presentation was… on a Friday afternoon in June.
To book Hélène for your school, click on her name above and use the contact form. And remember, you can now apply for a subsidy for the Sept. 2017 – March 2018 period. Just ask us for details.
Subsidies from The Writers’ Union of Canada are now available for Writers in the Schools bookings beginning this September. Poet, songwriter and novelist Robert Priest will donate $50.00 from his fee to the “Shannen’s Dream Campaign” for the first 2 schools to book him through this program. Help support equal education for all.
Click on Robert’s name above to access his contact form.