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Aidan Cassie Author / Illustrator / Speaker http://aidancassie.com
About MeAidan Cassie studied animation and earned a media arts degree at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design as well as Edinburgh College of Art. She is the author-illustrator of three picture books and she's probably working on more humorous and heart-warming stories right now (*working* may include doodling, hiking in the woods, or napping). She lives with her small family and big dog on Salt Spring Island in the Salish Sea.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
Anita Miettunen Author / Speaker
About MeI have a background in science and art. I am currently based in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, where I also completed my MA in Children's Literature at UBC. However, I love to travel and explore and I've been lucky enough to have lived, worked, and studied in many places beyond the west coast, including Toronto, Ottawa, England, Finland, and Japan. I'm thrilled to be following my passion for children's literature!
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Primary Grade Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Educational & Information Books
Antonia Banyard Author / Speaker http://www.antoniabanyard.ca
About MeI write fiction and non-fiction for middle readers and younger children. My published work includes three non-fiction books for 9-12 year olds, two board books, and a novel for adults. I write and edit in Nelson, BC.

    Book Types
  • Board Books
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Editorial Services
Beryl Young Author / Speaker http://www.berylyoung.com
About MeI am the author of seven best-selling books for children, including novels and biographies for middle grade readers, and picture books for younger children. I enjoy speaking about my books to students from grades one to seven, and I also teach writing classes to older students.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
Carol Anne Shaw Author / Speaker http://www.carolanneshaw.com
About MeI write books for middle-grade/YA readers, and paint in the spaces in between.

I was a high school art teacher for nine years, and am now writing full time from my home. Teaching gave me a lot of material to work with, and I am so grateful to my students for providing so many eavesdropping opportunities! Thanks, guys.

I love animals, the woods surrounding my home, quality ice cream, and yes...Marmite. Pretty sure it's a DNA thing.

One of the best things about writing for young readers, is talkng with them. I especially enjoy their varied and insightful questions. Kids are so honest and candid. I respect that!

My favourite question to date?

Student: "How old do you have to be to get a book published?"

Me: "You can be ten, or one-hundred-and-ten. It doesn't matter. A good story is a good story."

Student (looking thoughtful): "Hmmmmm. I see. Well...why did you wait until you were so old then?"

Out of the mouths of babes...







    Book Types
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
Caroline Adderson Author / Speaker http://www.carolineaddersonkids.com
About MeI'm the author of a bunch of books for kids of all ages. Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007) is a very funny novel about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and its sequel, Bruno For Real (Orca 2009), are stories for emerging readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures. From Kids Can Press comes the hilarious Jasper John Dooley chapter book series: Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week (2012), Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (2013), Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love (2014), Jasper John Dooley, You’re In Trouble (2015), Jasper John Dooley, Lost and Found (2015) and Jasper John Dooley, Public Library Enemy #1 (2016). Middle-grade readers will love Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012), about two inner city brothers who abscond to the north woods with an elderly neighbour in order to stay out of foster care, A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014), the story of a girl who, along with her dog, comes to suspect that the local care home houses more than old folks, and The Almost True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat (Groundwood 2019), about a visually impaired cat and his hilarious six-legged parasitical sidekick who find themselves involved in some of the pivotal events of early 20th century history. And look out for Jasper John Dooley’s nemesis, Isabel, who now has her own series starting with Izzy in the Doghouse (Kids Can Press 2020).

My picture books include: Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014), Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015), I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015), Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! and Pierre & Paul: Dragons! (Owlkids 2020) and It Happened on Sweet Street (Tundra 2020).

    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Editorial Services
  • French Language Books
Caroline Woodward Author / Speaker http://www.carolinewoodward.ca
About MeI grew up on a Peace River homestead, attended high school while staying in a dormitory in Fort St. John and went on to UBC to earn a B.A. and Teacher's Certificate. I have worked, studied and travelled in Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Europe, and the UK, serving as a volunteer in Sri Lanka with Canadian Crossroads International and as a group leader with Canada World Youth to Sri Lanka and India. I then earned a Diploma in Creative Writing from David Thompson University Centre in Nelson.

My writing career (i.e., paid work) began with a weekly column in the Alaska Highway News for two years while still in high school and since then, I've published poetry, non-fiction essays and journalism, short and long fiction, stage and radio plays, and children's literature. So far I've published nine books and I am at work on two more children's books for my publisher.

After working a great variety of white, pink and blue collar jobs, I am now writing nearly full-time while working shifts as the assistant lightkeeper at the Lennard Island Lightstation near Tofino.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • YA Fiction
  • Poetry
Christina Leist Author / Illustrator / Speaker http://www.christinaleist.com
About MeI earn a living by creating imaginative content for books, editorial & advertising and digital media by illustrating, writing and designing.

I have been hired to do so by Owl Press, Highlights Magazine, Tradewind Books, British Columbia's Knowledge Network, Silk Web Publishing, Simply Read Books, Saatchi&Saatchi, Arena Verlag and more.

I can also be booked for visits to schools and libraries.

Originally from a small town outside of Frankfurt in Germany, I now live in Vancouver, Canada.
    Book Types
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Games & Apps
Claire Lordon Author / Illustrator / Speaker http://www.clairelordon.com
About MeHello! My name is Claire Lordon and I'm an illustrator in Vancouver, Canada. I write and illustrate children's books and love to give presentations.

I love visiting schools and talking with students about being an author and illustrator.

My presentations are upbeat and fun and can be catered to your group's needs and ages.
Here is a typical talk:

•Presentations include a reading, a discussion about being an author-illustrator, process sketches, and a fun interactive drawing game.
•Book signing
•Autographed bookmarks for all attendees (in-person visits)

In addition to schools, I also give presentations to libraries, conferences, organizations and more.

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Additional Presentations and Workshops
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How a Picture Book is Made
Good for grades K-5

How I Became an Author-Illustrator
Good for grades 3-5

Class-Created Picture Book Story
Good for Grades 1-4

For more information contact me at claire@clairelordon.com
    Book Types
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • YA Nonfiction
Dan Bar-el Author / Speaker https://danbarel.com
About MeHi,

I am a children's author, educator and storyteller. I currently have twelve books published (including picture books, early readers, middle grade novels and graphic novels), with another picture book in the spring of 2017, and another graphic novel in the fall of 2017.

For the past twenty-two years, I have been working with children ages 3 to 13. I've been a school age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama and a creative writing teacher. I've developed a multitude of creative activities for children including movie making and a radio show involving school-age childcare centres across Vancouver. As a preschool teacher, I created Stories in Our Own Words, a program for 3 & 4 year olds based on the ideas of famed educator and author, Vivian Gussin Paley that fostered the development of the children's own stories by recording them and then acting them as a group.

Since first getting published in 2004, I began visiting schools and libraries across Canada as an author, an educator and a storyteller. Since2010, I've shared my touring time with long term commitments teaching creative writing to Korean-Canadian children in and around Vancouver through an organization called CWC.

In the past, I wrote, performed and published poetry as well as contributed to the organization and promotion of many reading events in the Vancouver area. I wrote and performed sketch comedy in Toronto during the early '90s, having co-founded a troupe that toured across Canada. Prior to that, I trained for three years at the Ryerson Theatre School and worked professionally as an actor in Ontario while writing for theatre.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction