|10:00||11:00||Forest of Reading Ceremony||London - Main Stage||This year's list of nomintated titles brought readers into a world of informative and thought provoking literature. Join us in awarding the talented Canadian author with the London Regional Silver Birch and Red Maple awards. At this ceremony the London Regional winner for the Silver Birch and Red Maple awards will be given. The official awards will be given out in Toronto on May 15-16, 2018. |
Hosted by: Andy Thibodeau IMPACT Presentations
Andy Thibodeau was called “Mr. School Spirit” by King’s at Western University when they named him alumni of the year in 2014. This passion for leadership and school spirit started in elementary school when Andy successfully ran for student council Vice President. From organizing dances in grade 8, pep rallies in high school and orientation week in University, Andy’s enthusiasm for youth leadership led to his unique career of inspiring students and staff across the continent.
Since 1992, Andy has delivered thousands of fun inspirational presentations to schools and conferences across North America. Over two million people have seen him speak in all 10 Canadian provinces, the Yukon and 40 US states. Each year over 160 schools, conferences and charities are IMPACTED by his messages.
2018 will be Andy’s third time as the MC for London’s Festival of Trees. With two daughters in elementary school who are avid readers, he is thrilled to share the stage with Canada’s best children’s authors.
Andy lives in his hometown of London with his wife and two daughters. He has his History degree on the dean’s honour list from King’s College at Western University. Andy empowers student leaders because he was always an active student leader: Student Council VP at Nicholas Wilson Elementary school, Student Council President at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary, and Orientation Week coordinator in University. A highlight of his student leadership career was when Much Music named Laurier the “Most Spirited School in Canada” while he was president.
You can reach Andy’s Impact Presentations at http://www.andypresentations.com Instagram andytspeaks Facebook: Andy Thibodeau Impact Speaker
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Liam O'Donnell||Tent #1||Liam O’Donnell: Sleuthing Monsters & Dark Magic|
Think your teacher is a Doom Mage? Worried there’s an arcane atrocity brewing under your school? Fear not! Liam O’Donnell has answers to all your monster and magic questions. From creating scaly characters to the best ways to surprise a reader, join Liam for an interactive Question & Answer session. Bring your questions and be ready for fun chat with the author of Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage.
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Mary Beth Leatherdale||Tent #3||Mary Beth Leatherdale: It All Starts With a Question (author of Stormy Seas)|
Where do ideas come from? How do they become books? Mary Beth Leatherdale answers your questions about how to turn interviews and research into writing. Learn tips for researching your own family’s stories.
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Helaine Becker||Tent #1||Monster Research: Bring your brain (if the zombies haven't gotten it yet!) to find out how authors dig out the facts for nonfiction books. Learn the tricks of the trade for separating fake news from the real deal.|
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - Linda Granfield||Tent #2||Dipping into Mysteries (author of The Vimy Oaks: A Journey To Peace)|
Are you good at guessing? Pull an item from Linda's "Box of the Awesome Past" and test your skill and creativity! Everyone can join in while we discover the who, what, when, and why of things you may never have seen before. There will be time for Q & As, too!
|12:00||12:30||Workshop - David Poulsen||Tent #3||David Poulsen’s presentations with students are high energy, informative, infused with his passion for reading and writing and, most of all, they’re fun. He begins by sharing his journey to becoming a writer; it is sometimes hilarious (“The world’s worst rejection letter” and “The scariest moment of my life” are two examples), sometimes poignant (his first successful story was inspired by the tragedy of the Battle of Dieppe), sometimes inspiring (“if I can get my picture on the back cover of a book, so can you”) and always entertaining. Next, David’s reading will focus on a recent book written for the age group to whom he is presenting and as a former actor, he admits to ‘performing’ his readings. And finally, there is David’s favourite part of the presentation—the Q and A as audience members pepper him with questions that ‘never fail to amaze and delight.’ It is a time that students and adult audiences alike have called everything from “inspirational” to “totally a blast.”|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Heather Camlot||Tent #1||Heather Camlot: Ready to write? (author of Clutch)|
Is your head bursting with an idea that just has to get out? That’s what happened to Heather! She’ll share the inspiration for Clutch and answer questions about writing, researching and knowing very little about baseball. Be ready: she’ll also have questions for you!
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Jennifer Dance||Tent #2||Flying over the Oil Sands: Join Jennifer Dance as she travels to Northern Alberta in search of the facts about the Oil Sands Industry, its effects on the environment and the health of the people who live downstream. With personal video and photographs, Jennifer will show you the importance of good research and how to differentiate between fake news and the truth.|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - David Skuy||Tent #3||Letting your character write the story - How grit and determination wrote RUN. David Skuy speaks about the journey in writing RUN, and how a fictional character taught him not to quit in his fight to bring his story to light. |
|13:30||14:00||Workshop - Alex Lyttle||Tent #1||Why write a book about a child who dies? During this presentation, Dr. Alex Lyttle, a pediatrician raised in London, Ontario, will attempt to answer this question and any others about his book, From Ant to Eagle. And if that’s not enticing, the prizes will be…|
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Joanne George||Tent #2||Come meet Joanne George, author of Smiley, A Journey of Love. Sadly, Smiley passed on in October at the age of 15. But you will get to meet another sweet character in her book - Pippi, a fun-loving Border Collie mix. She was Smiley’s sight-dog for the last 10 years and is also a St John Ambulance Therapy Dog. Joanne will be discussing all about the therapy dog program and the wonderful things they do to help others. Come for a visit and see what all the fuss is about these wonderful canines.|
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