|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World||12:00||Katie Smith Milway, winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Best Book for Children Award and 2009 Children’s Africana Book Award, for One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, is on a quest to bring world issues to elementary and middle school children. One Hen, set in Ghana introduces kids to microfinance and the power of social entrepreneurship and gave rise to a curriculum – One Hen Academy (www.onehen.org) – used by educators around the world to teach youth entrepreneurship and giving back.|
Her 2010 book, The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, is set in the Honduran hillsides and introduces kids to the concept of food security and how, at any age, we can combat global hunger (www.thegoodgarden.org). Her 2012 book, Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It, set in Kenya, connects kids’ actions for global health to results in Africa (www.mimisvillage.org). And her latest book, The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World, shows the value of sport and play for social and emotional learning in a refugee camp in Tanzania – and on any playground where kids may feel unwelcome or excluded.
Katie has worked for 25 years in developing countries with organizations including Food for the Hungry, World Vision and The Bridgespan Group.
|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World||12:00||Shane W. Evans has created pictures for over 50 books for children, choosing an illustration style to suit each one, and his work has received many awards and honors. Working with well known authors such as Taye Diggs, Shaquille O’neal, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Holly Robinson Peete. He has been honored with 2 Jane Addams Honor Book awards for Lillian’s Right to Vote and We March, which he wrote as well as illustrated. Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, which he also wrote and illustrated, won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. (Both Neal Porter/Roaring Brook.) Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter collected and edited by Alan Govenar (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion) was a Boston Globe – Horn Book Honor Book and an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Shane was also awarded the prestigious NAACP image award for his collaborative work with the Peete family on the book My Brother Charlie.|
Dream Studio: dreamstudio777.com
|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Big Blue Forever: The Story of the Largest Blue Whale Skeleton||12:00||When Anita Miettunen first met a blue whale skeleton in a museum, she was amazed at how big it was. She decided to write “Big Blue Forever,” her first children’s book, to tell the story of how the whale skeleton got to the museum. Anita loves everything to do with nature and animals. Besides having fun in the outdoors, she also likes reading, drawing, art, and writing. In university, she studied biology and environmental science. But she’s so inspired by children’s writing and illustration that she’s now completing her MA in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia.|
Anita has visited many countries, sometimes travelling on her bicycle! Her favourite adventure so far has been hiking, camping, kayaking, and cycling in Rwanda where she even saw some gorillas! Anita has two grown daughters and has lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, England, Finland, and Japan. These days, she lives in Vancouver, in a little white house under a giant fir tree.
Book Website: bigblueforever.com
|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||A Boy Named Queen||12:00||Sara Cassidy started writing stories when she was seven. The biggest thing she has learned is that writing doesn’t just happen at a desk. It is about listening carefully, watching studiously, feeling with every sense, and thinking things over all day long.|
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||I Am Not a Number||11:00||Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, artist, and keynote speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education. Jenny’s interest in her family’s past and her commitment to teaching about truth and Indigenous realities through literature drew her to co-write ‘I Am Not a Number’, her first children’s book about her grandmother’s experience at a residential school.|
|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||I Am Not a Number||12:00||Kathy Kacer is a children’s author whose focus is historical fiction and true stories about difficult times in history. Her main focus has been stories about the Second World War and the Holocaust. She is dedicated to writing about these tragic times in a way that is sensitive to the age and stage of development of a young reader. A winner of the Silver Birch, Red Maple, Hackmatack and Jewish Book Awards, and a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson, Norma Fleck, and Marilyn Bailey Awards.|
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Pablo Finds a Treasure||11:00||Andrée Poulin has published more than 40 children’s books in French. Some of her books have been translated in English, Spanish and Korean. She has won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and has been a finalist twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Her books deal with friendship, empathy, tolerance and solidarity. Andrée Poulin loves: (in no particular order) writing, reading, chocolate cake and swimming in a lake.|
|2018-05-16||11:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Smiley: A Journey of Love||12:00||Joanne George is a dog trainer and former veterinary technician who lives with her family, including Smiley, in Stouffville, Ontario. She and Smiley visit nursing homes, libraries, children’s programs and schools as part of a therapy dog program with St. John Ambulance. Smiley: A Journey of Love is her first book.|
Sadly, Smiley passed away October 14, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/smiley-the-blind-therapy-dog
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage||11:00||Liam O’Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures and West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.|
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage||11:00||Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. Most recently Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.|
Capilano College’s Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Work as a concept artist, texture artist and art lead in the video game industry took Mike to England and California. Mike lives with his family on sunny Saltspring Island.
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace||11:00||Linda Granfield is the author of over thirty non-fiction titles for adults and young readers and has received more than fifty awards for her history books. She is best known for her books about war and remembrance.Linda Granfield is the author of over thirty non-fiction titles for adults and young readers and has received more than fifty awards for her history books. She is best known for her books about war and remembrance. Linda has spoken to over a million Canadian children and presented to audiences on First Nations reserves, in one-room libraries, and in the shadow of a Spitfire at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Her book about the Vimy oak trees in Canada and France commemorates the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge.|
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Cammie Takes Flight||14:00||Laura Best began her writing career at the age of ten when she wrote a play titled The Talking Vegetable Garden and persuaded her friends to perform it for some of the other classes in her school. It was an instant hit and she has been hooked on writing ever since. In 2009 her first young adult novel Bitter, Sweet was published by Nimbus Publishing and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. It also made the Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011 list. Her middle grade novel, Flying with a Broken Wing, was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2015. In addition to writing novels for young people, Laura also writes fiction for adults. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines across Canada. Her story, Alexander the Great was nominated for the Journey Prize. Besides writing, Laura enjoys reading, playing with her grand children, and growing giant pumpkins in her vegetable garden in East Dalhousie, Nova Scotia. One day she hopes to hear some of the vegetables in her garden talking. Cammie takes Flight is the sequel to Flying with a Broken Wing.|
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Clutch||14:00||Heather grew up in Montreal and was raised on Expos baseball and Canadiens hockey. Oddly, she was never a sporty child. She preferred reading, drawing and dreaming, and spent endless hours in her bedroom doing just that.|
After interviewing her favourite band for her university radio station, she decided there could be no cooler job, so she went to journalism school. She has written, edited and translated for a whole bunch of magazines and newspapers, including Quill & Quire, Owl, Canadian Children’s Book News, Canadian Living and Style at Home.
A few years ago, Heather submitted the first two chapters of a work-in-progress to the 17th annual Writing for Children Competition as a short story called The Boys of Summer – and it won. That gave her the encouragement to keep writing and that work-in-progress is now her debut novel, Clutch.
Heather lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, but she still calls Montreal home. (And she continues to root for her home teams -even though she’s still not sporty.)
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Doll's Eye||14:00||Marina was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario where she spent far too much time asking herself What if?|
Ever since she can remember, she has loved a good fright whether it arrive in the form of a story, a movie, a thrill ride, or a disembodied whisper in a cold dark room. Horror, mystery, Sci-fi, and fantasy draw her like a moth to a flame.
She loves old castles, dusty books, hot cocoa, thunderstorms, mysterious doors of all shapes and sizes, and for some reason she has developed a rather unhealthy obsession with gingerbread.
She has forever been fascinated with notions of time and space, good and evil, order and chaos, the capriciousness of life, the mysteries of death (though she writes for younger audiences, do not make the mistake of believing all her characters make it out of her stories unscathed!) and all that lies in the vast unknown universe.
In elementary school, her favourite author was Edgar Allen Poe. She absolutely loved The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum and aspired to write similar stories.
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|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||From Ant to Eagle||14:00||Alex Lyttle is a pediatrician living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. He was raised in London, Ontario – the setting of his first novel, From Ant to Eagle, which he wrote based on his experiences working in the Pediatric Oncology unit. When he is not working, writing or playing basketball, he enjoys learning new magic tricks to perform for his young patients.|
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||The Griffin of Darkwood||11:00||Becky Citra is the award winning author of more than twenty books for children, ranging from early chapter books to novels for middle grade readers and young adults.|
Becky grew up in West Vancouver in British Columbia. As a child, she was an avid reader and she loved writing stories.
Many of Becky’s books are set in British Columbia’s Cariboo region where she has lived on a ranch in the tiny community of Bridge Lake for twenty- eight years. Becky and her husband Larry now spent part of the year on Salt Spring Island.
Becky was an elementary school teacher for over twenty-five year. She spent many years teaching First Nations children in communities throughout B.C. Inspired by the books her students were reading, Becky began writing for children in 1995. She has now retired from teaching but still enjoys meeting with students during her school presentations and library visits.
Becky’s books have received the Diamond Willow, Red Cedar and Silver Birch Honor Reader’s Choice Awards. Two of her books were shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Prize.
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess||11:00||Shari Green writes Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. She’s in love with stories and the sea, and can often be found curled up with a good book and a cup of tea, or happily wandering along the beach near her home. In her non-writing life, Shari works as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She lives in Campbell River, British Columbia, with her husband, kids, and the worst watchdog ever.|
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Restart||14:00||Gordon Korman is the author of more than 90 books for kids and young adults, most recently RESTART, SLACKER, and the MASTERMINDS trilogy. His writing career began at the age of twelve when his Grade 7 English assignment became his first published novel, THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING AT MACDONALD HALL. Four decades later, he is a full-time writer and speaker, with over thirty million copies of his novels in print in thirty-three languages. Each year he travels extensively, visiting schools and libraries, bringing his trademark humor and adventure styles to readers everywhere. A Quebec native who grew up in Ontario, he lives with his family in Long Island, New York.|
|2018-05-16||10:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Yellow Dog||11:00||Miriam Körner originally from Germany, is a writer, photographer, illustrator and wilderness guide. She lives in a small cabin surrounded by her sled dogs near La Ronge, Saskatchewan. When she is not exploring the vast wilderness of Canada’s Far North by dog team or canoe, Miriam writes about her adventures for Mushing, West, Up Here, Outpost, Prairies North, and other magazines. Yellow Dog is her first novel for young readers.|
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food||14:00||Antonia Banyard is the author of one novel for adults, Never Going Back, and three|
non-fiction books for middle readers: Dangerous Crossings!, Water Wow!: An
Infographic Exploration, and Eat Up!: An Infographic Exploration of Food. She has a
BA (University of Victoria) and a MPhil (University of Queensland), both in Creative
Writing. She has worked in book publishing or graphic design for 20-plus years. She
immigrated to Canada from Zambia as a child, and currently lives in Nelson, BC.
|2018-05-16||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School||12:30||Laura Scandiffio grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. As a child she loved reading, drawing and riding her bike. One of her favourite games with friends was putting on plays, or any excuse for make-believe. Some of her favourite books were J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. (And they still are favourites.)|
Like lots of enthusiastic readers, Laura studied English literature at university. And since she was fascinated by why people act and think the way they do, she studied Psychology too.
After that Laura became a book editor, and worked on many books for children and teens. Eventually she started writing books of her own. Her first one was The Martial Arts Book. With so many young people learning karate or judo, it seemed like a great idea to write a book that would explain where all those arts came from and why they were created in the first place. After that, Laura knew she had discovered what she loved to do: write! Loving stories led to her loving history, especially retelling it in a way that’s exciting and makes you feel like you were there. After all, history is stories of real people in extraordinary circumstances, facing crises that changed our world.
Laura now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. To gather new ideas, she finds that two of the best sources of inspiration are talking to people––children, teens, and adults––and travel. She especially enjoyed spending a year in Hong Kong with her family. Laura is currently working on a new book.
|2018-05-16||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat||12:30||Sarah Elton is an award-winning author and journalist. She has written for many publications including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s Magazine and was a CBC Radio food columnist for more than a decade. Her bestselling books for adults include Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat. Sarah lives in Toronto.|
|2018-05-16||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World||12:30||Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 80 books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic,” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. She’s also a multi-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children. Helaine also writes for children’s television, and is in high demand as a performer at schools and festivals across North America. |
Helaine volunteers for several literacy organizations and charities including First Book, ABC Literacy, CODE and Librarians without Borders. She is also a certified pyrotechnician, so expect fireworks at any time.
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees||14:00||Mary Beth Leatherdale is the writer and editor of many award-winning books and magazines for children and youth including Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees and the critically-acclaimed anthology Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. She consults on publishing and editorial projects and is the former editorial director at Owlkids.|
Facebook: Mary Beth Leatherdale
|2018-05-16||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space||12:30||Loredana Cunti is a writer and creator of children’s and family programming.She has two children and lives in Toronto focusing on original ideas in food, family and film. She is the creator of two animated series for kids and is the co-writer of 4 non-fiction books for children. Her first picture book will be published in 2018.|
Fluent in Italian and French, she began her career as a DJ in multicultural radio after graduating from Ryerson University in Radio and Television Arts in Toronto going on to Malofilm Entertainment selling film and television programs around the world.
She was Senior Vice President, Children’s Programming at Universal Studios before exiting corporate life to form her own company in 2001. She has been creative producer on the development of a number of classic and literary brands including MAISY, SITTING DUCKS, GERONIMO STILTON, PINK PANTHER AND PALS and “discovered space” while developing Stephen and Lucy Hawking’s GEORGE GREENBY book series for children.
She loves to eat and cook and while living in Paris followed a different form of production becoming a qualified pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu. Her hope is to continue writing as long as the little friends in her head want her to tell their stories.
|2018-05-16||11:30||Toronto - Tent C1/D||To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space||12:30||Dr. Dave Williams: Astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, CEO. In 1992 Dr. Williams was among 5300 to apply for astronaut training. One of just four selected, he soon joined the ranks of the fewer than 500 astronauts (worldwide) since the first spaceflights in 1961. He flew twice, once on the Space Shuttle Columbia and once on Endeavor. All told he logged over 13 million miles in space and participated in groundbreaking research into microgravity and its effects on the brain and nervous system. His time on the International Space Station included a Canadian record setting three spacewalks, two of which he led. Between spaceflights he assumed the prestigious role of Director of The Space & Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. And today, back in Canada, he has had several senior executive roles in healthcare and has just retired as President and Chief Executive Officer at Southlake Regional Health Centre. He is currently on the speaking circuit and writing books for children and adults.|
To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space
Go For Liftoff: Train Like an Astronaut
|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History||14:00||The last time I was at an airport I spotted sniffer dogs checking the luggage. I also just saw a video about a dog trained to sniff out harmful weeds. I think it’s amazing dogs can do so many things that humans can’t do, and that’s why I wrote “Top Dogs.”|
While writing this book, I learned a lot about dogs’ amazing senses. For instance, a canine’s nose is specially built to hold in scents, which is just one reason why dogs can smell things humans can’t. And did you know a dog can hear about four times better than people can?
I think my favourite story in “Top Dogs” is about Stubby, a brave Boston terrier that served in World War I. When his master got in trouble from an officer for smuggling Stubby into battle, the little dog stood up on his back legs and saluted the officer. Stubby quickly became the regiment’s mascot!
Stubby warned the soldiers when poison gas was blowing in, “he could smell it long before they could” so they could put on gas masks. The little dog even had his own gas mask. He captured an enemy soldier and earned the name Sergeant Stubby!
Dogs have helped explorers, changed history, saved lives and more. But for many people, the most important thing is that they’re loving pets. Enjoy reading “Top Dogs” and finding out about some amazing dogs!
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|2018-05-16||13:00||Toronto - Tent C1/D||What a Waste: Where Does Garbage Go||14:00||Claire is a freelance science writer and the author of science and history books for children. Her book, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science (Annick Press), won the 2013 Lane Anderson award for excellence in Canadian science writing for young people. Her 2016 book, Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home (Kids Can Press) – an introduction to the human microbiome – was shortlisted for the 2016 award. Claire has also written a completely unscientific picture book for younger children: Underneath the Sidewalk (Scholastic Canada 2017).|
Born and brought up in Saskatoon, Claire has an MA in English from the University of Saskatchewan. She has also lived in England, Germany, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Whitehorse. Currently, she and her husband Alan live on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, on a cliff overlooking the Salish Sea.
In addition to writing for kids, Claire writes magazine articles and writes and edits major science-based reports. She is an unashamed science and archaeology geek – and a big fan of marine invertebrates. And birds. And sea mammals. And…actually…anything that sparks her curiosity.
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