|10:00||11:00||Forest of Reading Ceremony||London - Main Stage||This year's list of nominated 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 14-15, 2019. |
Hosted by: Andy Thibodeau
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
|13:15||13:45||Workshop - Michelle Kadarusman||Tent #3||Love hummingbirds? Just like Alba and Levi in The Theory of Hummingbirds, author Michelle Kadarusman is crazy about these feisty little birds. Join her for a fun-facts birdie quiz and learn how to fold your very own origami hummingbird.|
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Liam O'Donnell||Tent #1||Meet the Monster Maker|
Join Tank & Fizz creator Liam O’Donnell for this informal Q&A session where he’ll answer all your monstrous questions about, goblins, trolls, giant sea monsters and more. Bring your questions and be ready for a fun chat with the writer behind Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror.
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Kevin Sylvester||Agriplex Main Stage||Design your own super-hero outfit!|
Using a template from the book Mucus Mayhem, kids will draw and design their own super-hero logo, cape and outfit.
It all starts with Kevin's patented 5-second cartooning class, and his own demonstration of how to draw a logo and come up with a super-power.
This will involves lots of interplay with the audience as they yell ideas at Kevin that he has to incorporate into HIS design.
Then the kids get some time to do their own work.
|13:15||13:45||Workshop - Eric Walters||Tent #1||Hanging with the Herd|
What would it be like to hang out with a herd of elephants? Or have a tiger on your front lawn? Or spend time with a baby beaver, swim with sharks, have a 2 meter long boa constrictor trying to squeeze the life out of you? Join Eric Walters as he talks about his encounters with animals in his researching of his stories.
|11:45||12:15||Workshop - Natalie Hyde||Tent #2||There are strange things done in the midnight sun…and just like the|
characters in her story, Mine!, Natalie has been to Dawson City, Yukon to
see them for herself. Join her to hear the tales of this cool and quirky
place that have inspired her writing. Ask her about her writing process,
what it’s like to be an author, and if she dared to join the Sourtoe
|11:15||11:45||Workshop - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch||Tent #3||Ask Anything! Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Don't Tell the Enemy, Making Bombs for Hitler and 20 other books offers an open forum about all questions book and writing related. How to deal with blank page syndrome? How do authors get paid? How do you do research? ... What do you want to know?|
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Jean Mills||Tent #3||Jean Mills: Fun Facts Q&A (author of Skating Over Thin Ice)|
Skating Over Thin Ice is full of references to real people, events and places in the worlds of music and hockey. Come and ask about your favourite characters and moments – and discover the fun facts behind the fiction!
|12:15||12:45||Workshop - Pam Withers||Tent #1||Make Your Writing Real!|
To write a wilderness survival novel that involved snowboarding, Pam took up the sport, interviewed avalanche survivors and studied helicopter accident reports. To write a novel about a kayaker who was kidnapped, she read a pile of books about people who'd actually been kidnapped. Her workshop on how to make fiction writing "real" is jam-packed with entertaining stories about her research, and includes a session in which students partner up and interview one another as experts, then write from the information gained, emphasizing the five senses. This has participants laughing and learning at the same time. Bring nothing but a pencil and pad of paper. Fourth grade up, no maximum number of participants.
What participants will learn:
how and why to conduct research that will make fiction writing more authentic
how to find, approach and get information from experts
|12:45||13:15||Workshop - Wesley King||Tent #2||During this workshop we will touch briefly on general points of creative writing and Wesley’s process, followed by more book-specific points for A World Below: researching fiction stories, writing about culture, and utilizing multiple perspectives to build suspense. And of course themes of self-identity and why we so often keep our struggles 'in the dark.'|
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