My books have often been long-listed for various Forest of Reading awards. Last year, my picture book Tellement sauvage was even an honour book. That’s pretty cool. But this is the first time that I win!
Who knew that a true story from over 100 years ago would still resonate with today’s young readers? I am truly honoured!
Social distancing means no more in-person school visits, which breaks my little author heart. I love going to schools to meet students, read them some of my books and chat with them about all things story.
So, while we wait for the pandemic to be over, I am offering virtual author visits!
With the possibilities offered to us through Google Meet/Zoom/Microsoft Teams I can meet with students “live” from my home. As a bonus, you’ll get to see the very place where I write (my very cluttered office) and, if we are lucky, one of my three cats might come say hello!
Presentations are 30-50 minutes (depending on your schedule and the the participants grade level), include a reading of the book of your choice (in French or in English), a live Q&A and are for an unlimited number of classes.
My rate for virtual visits is $250 for a live presentation to 1-9 classes, $350 for 10-19 classes and $450 for 20+ classes/schoolboards.
I am thrilled and honoured because not only is this an award for young readers in my home province (yeah Ontario!) I am also a finalist amongst a great number of authors and illustrators that I respect and admire!
To see a video of all the Prix Mélèze nominees, click here!
The winning title will be announced in May 2021. This gives you tons of time to enter your class. Just sayin’ 😉
Are you a teacher looking for themed activity sheets for your students?
Are you at home with your kids doing remote learning?
Yes? Perfect! I have a lot of FREE, downloadeable activity sheets, in French and in English for you!
The most recent is a brand new teacher’s guide to my picture book Nutcracker Night from the great team at Pajama Press! It focuses on the story of the Nutcracker but it also teaches how to use onomatopoeia (sound words) in a fun way to create and enrich your own stories.
Click here to access all my activity sheets! Have fun!
Good news! Trésor, the French version of my picture book Treasure, is a finalist for the Prix AAOF de littérature jeunesse! What a great honour to be regnonized by my peers – the AAOF is the association of Franco-Ontarian authors – in this way. It is also the first time that a picture book is in the running for the prize. A rarity if there ever was one!
The winning book will be announced LIVE during the Ottawa Book Awards virtual ceremony on October 21st. This means that anyone anywhere can join to party, starting at 6pm. I hope you can make it.
First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively.
In these especially trying time, I am so honoured that Sergeant Billy’s story is being recognized for shining a light in young reader’s hearts.
Because of the pandemic, I was not be able to attend the awards ceremony that usually takes place in NYC in May. Nonetheless, I will cherish this recognition and am happy to abide by the Christopher Award motto: “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”. #blessed