Breaking In (to kidlit publishing)

L-R: Authors Jon-Erik Lappano, Joyce Grant, Heather Camlot, Melanie J. Fishbane after the 2017 PYI Breaking In panel discussion.

I recently moderated a panel about how to “break in” to kidlit publishing.

The panel was held at CANSCAIP’s annual Packaging Your Imagination conference in Toronto. My panelists were three successful recently debuted authors: Jon-Erik Lappano, Melanie J. Fishbane and Heather Camlot.

This is the second Breaking In panel I’ve moderated and I think I can safely say, from the comments we received, it was helpful to many people who are trying to become published children’s authors.

If you’re trying to break in, check out the list of resources we put together after last year’s panel. It has been freshly updated this year with new dates and information.

See you next year!

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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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4-week journalism course in April for kids

Toronto_Public_Library_logo.svgKids! In Toronto? Interested in journalism?

Come to my fun four-week journalism course sponsored by Toronto Public Libraries and Sophie’s Studio.

Click HERE for the details and registration information on the library website.

Sign up now because space is limited!

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Mar. 7, 2017: Brock U, teacher-candidates

Brock logoI’ll be talking to the Brock University teacher-candidates on Tuesday about so-called “Fake News.” What it is, what it isn’t — and how to teach kids about it.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of the educators-to-be!

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Wed., March 8, 2017: E.I. McCulley, St. Catharines

EI McCulley school St. CatharinesI’m looking forward to my visit to E. I. McCulley P.S. in St. Catharines!
We’ll be talking about:

  • Letters and words
  • Writing
  • The news
  • Critical thinking
  • Literacy

I look forward to meeting the students, teachers — and the parents! — on March 8.

Goooooooo Jaguars!

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Sat., Nov. 19, 2016 – PYI Conference

Want to publish a children’s book? Find out how to break in at CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference, Sat., Nov. 16. Join me and three great authors at the Breaking In panel, 1:00 ET. Register here. http://canscaip.org/event-2298772

#PYI2016

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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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