Thank you, Alberta!

Thank you, to all the students, teachers, librarians and other people I met in Alberta during TD Canadian Book Week.

I had an incredible time, touring 19 schools and libraries. I talked about Gabby and letters, about Tagged Out and inclusiveness, and TeachingKidsNews.com and how to spot “fake news.”

I saw deer, and prairie dogs and a moose and fiery oil wells and gorgeous freight elevators. I ventured down dusty country roads and stayed in the heart of big-city Edmonton. I met the most amazing people. And I loved all of it.

If your students write me, I will answer them. If they send me a drawing, I’ll post it in my online kids’ art gallery. If you want to book a Skype visit with your class, please let me know.

Thanks again, Alberta–it was a blast. Let’s do it again sometime soon!

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Literary costumes to celebrate Book Week

The students and teachers at Holy Family School in Red Deer dressed up as literary characters, to celebrate book week. Which characters can you name?

I visited them this week on the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Author Tour.

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Touring Alberta schools on #TDBookWeek Author Tour

This week (May 6-13, 2017), I’m visiting schools in Alberta: Edmonton, Red Deer, Camrose, Penhold, St. Albert, Calmar and Thorsby.

I’ll be talking to kids about writing, and picture books, and “critical thinking” about the media. My main goal, for all my presentations, is to inspire kids to write (or draw) and to read.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people, and seeing things I haven’t seen before. I took a two-day train ride here, so I could see the country and boy, did I! If you’ve never taken the train for a long trip, you definitely should. It’s much, much more than “transportation.” There was live music, and really interesting fellow passengers and even a stop-over to see Winnipeg. So good! Hey, I even saw my first, live-in-the-wild moose! Incredible!

If you’d like to follow my journey across Canada and around Alberta, please follow me on Twitter @JGCanada (even if you don’t have a Twitter account). Or, check out the hashtag #TDBookWeek.

There are 30 authors touring this week during TD Book Week. Check out who’s where: http://bookweek.ca/book-week-2017/whos-on-tour/

Thank you, to the sponsors including TD and the CCA  and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, as well as my awesome and super-supportive publishers, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and Lorimer.

And, to my fellow touring authors — I hope you have an amazing trip!

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PRIDE Family Storytime July 2, 10:30 a.m.

PrideTO_Logo_BlackI’ll be doing a reading of Tagged Out during PRIDE Toronto, at the
Yorkville Library on Sat., July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

There will be other authors there as well, including Catherine Hernandez.

It’s a free event, and great for the whole family. Hope you can join us!

Click here for more details.

 

 

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Book launch cancelled (postponed)

rain

There’s going to be a lot of rain tomorrow (Saturday) so the launch for Tagged Out has been postponed. The Opening Day Celebrations for Toronto Playgrounds baseball league have also been postponed. When I know what the new date will be, I’ll let you know. Sorry about that!

 

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Book an author visit today!

Hillcrest class visit Steadman Nov 2016 2Help your students get inspired about writing and reading. Book an author visit with Joyce Grant!

Customized, fun and inspiring presentations for students from grade 1 to high school, from writers’ workshops to media lit and “becoming a writer.” Skype visits also available.

And if you’re in Ontario, TWUC’s Ontario Writers in the Schools Program can help you save money on the fee and they’ll even cover travel expenses.

Free Gabby teachers’ resources here including a Teacher’s Guide.

Email me today to book, or for more information: joycehgrant@gmail.com.

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Authors for Indies Day – May 2, 2015

Book City Yonge and St ClairI’ll be at Book City at Yonge and St. Clair on May 2 to help raise awareness (and have some fun!) on Authors for Indies Day.

It’s a way for authors to support independent bookstores–and thank them for all that they do for us throughout the year. We will be talking about books, recommending books and doing some readings and signings.

I’ll be joining these fabulous authors aBook City logot that location:
Angela MisriElyse FriedmanStephen Smith, Michael HarrisHelaine Becker, Kathy KacerLoren EdizelMolly Peacock, Kevin Sylvester, Charmian ChristieAnna PorterRobert Charles WilsonSharry Wilson, Charmian ChristieTerry FallisI’ll be there most of the day, so please drop by!

Oh, and here’s the Authors for Indies website so you can plan your day.authorsforindies logo

 

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