Fees--Schools recover their HST each year from CRA.
Two one hour presentations -
1/2 day. $350 plus HST ($45.50)
Three one hour presentations -
$500 - one presentation for each part of the balanced day, Plus
HST ($65). This is one of the most popular for schools. I
usually do the three, on e hour presentations (JK - Gr 4) in a
full day because it fits into a balanced day program.
Four presentations - $600 plus
NOTE: ($50-75) travel fee outside
Waterloo Region and if necessary $100.00 accomodation
We can never overemphasize
the importance of reading to children. The best reward for
writing books is presenting and explaining how and why I
write. I prefer to interact with children by rotating them
through the library according to their approximate grade
level. I find it far more meaningful presenting to smaller
groups according to their curriculum grade expectations. The
library setting promotes a positive atmosphere for reading.
I use a variety of interesting props and AV equipment. All
books are on overheads to allow students to easily see the
story and participate. All presentations have an important
environmental message as well as the fostering of Character
Education (universal values). Literature expectations are a
My books are all primary
picture books. My main focus and preference is presenting to
primary students. I chose primary books because values are
mostly formed before age ten. I can accommodate three to
four classes for 45 to 60 min. including JK and SK. Please
try to keep the approximate same age or grade levels in each
presentation as close as possible.
I can emphasize:
writing traits. Specific literacy traits can be taught on
2) Science and
4) A mixture of
all three This is my preference.
questions at the end of the presentation.
All eleven books are info-fiction. The books are filled with
interesting facts that are true but the story line of course
is fiction. I introduce all my nine books and read two
during the visit. The seven elements of writing were
considered in creating each of the author’s books and can be
emphasized to meet school needs.
Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency,
Convention and, Presentation)
However, if grade five to
eight students are attending for a specific purpose, I will
present the writing traits and expectations at their level.
Please make sure they are prepared for a picture book
presentation on writing traits and not as filler. I
am flexible. With grades 4-8, I emphasize creativity,
book analysis, writing and publishing skills.
Author Presentation Set-up
I like to work in the library
where we have a positive literacy atmosphere.
The students can then sit
comfortably on a rug instead of a hard floor. I need a good
And three tables for props
and possibly a TV/VCR or CD player. I will arrive ½ hour
before the first presentation to set up.
Students can purchase signed books at a lower price. ($10 tax, mailing
included) A ready-made order form is available on request
to help organize the book purchasing. Each time a book is
sold, the author will donate a book to a needy public or
separate school of my choice somewhere in Ontario. So far
worth of books has been donated
and separate schools in Ontario from Windsor to Ottawa.
at, “Reading for the Love of It” for the past six years.
Testimonies are available.