I have a new title – book reviewer! I am thrilled to be working with Ann Norris and Darcy Pattison of Grade Reading. My first reviews have now been posted, each on the appropriate grade level specific site. Check them out!
Soon each grade will have it’s own review site with the aim of providing recommendations for contemporary, grade level books appropriate for common core. I love their motto - Because reading changes lives.
My latest post at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors features an interview with Lois Peterson – one of my favourite Canadian authors.
Today, my tour with the Kootenay Library Federation officially began! Over the next few months I will be visiting seven different libraries across the Kootenay region of BC, thanks to the KLF and the amazing organization of Helen Graham.
My first stop was Midway where I got to meet with over a hundred enthusiatic grade four and five students who just completed the Reading Link Challenge.
Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to all the students who attended my talk – you were a terrific audience!
Many thanks to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated in my Authors for Earth Day visit at the Rossland Library! And thank you to the Rossland Telegraph and the Rossland News for covering the event. We had a great time discussing rules, reading “Trouble in the Trees”, staging a protest, and voting for our environmental organization of choice. You can read more about it at A4ED and the Rossland News.
It was so much fun! I would really like to do it again next year. Please let me know if you would like to host an Authors for Earth Day visit (schools, libraries…) or sponsor a visit (companies, PTA committees…) Thanks!
Happy Earth Day!
I am so proud to be part of Authors for Earth Day! Read more about the 2013 international event in this Publishers Weekly Article.
Here’s a list of the Non-Profit Environmental Organizations on the nominee list for my visit;
These are all great, local organizations that are making a difference to the environment of the West Kootenays. I hope the students at MacLean are having fun learning all about them!
This photo was taken by my good friend, Jean-Michel Lemieux, near Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia. I can’t wait to take it to my next author visit to show students how silly people can be about following rules… they even left their address!
The words of two beloved Canadian authors, Yann Martel and Alice Munro, have been now printed on straw. Read more about it in the Globe and Mail or through Canopy - the environmental group who collaborated with Random House to print collectors’ editions of Dear Life and Life of Pi on paper made from straw. How cool is that?
My Authors for Earth Day visit has been booked!
Today I met over ninety grade 3-6 students at Bertha Kennedy School in St. Albert, Alberta. Each group was wonderful – loud (when I wanted them to be), interactive, and full of great questions. I want to especially thank their librarian who did an excellent job organizing my visit. Enjoy the books!