Hurray for Canadian Children’s Book Week!

Heather Camlot, Amanda West Lewis, Sylvia McNicoll(me), Mitali Ruths and Katherine Battersby at Babar Books Kickoff for Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

 

You can write the best story ever but if a book lands on a bookshelf and no one notices, it doesn’t get read. Canadian kids’ books compete with those from the behemouth to the south, complete with Hollywood platforms, full colour illustrations¬† and sparkling covers. One of our publicity paths is visiting schools. We talk about writing process in conjunction with our creations and intrigue the students, not only with reading our books, but possibly writing their own stories. And there’s a side product. We are Canadian success stories and if we can do it, so can they. Not only with writing but all the other dreams they have. Thanks to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre I visited Quebec City classrooms, a German International school, many Montreal classrooms as well as (Mohawk) Akwesasne School, a dream of mine.¬† I know my friend-a-leagues and I had fun and were inspired by the kids too!

 

Teaching grade 5 at Alexander Von Humboldt how to mind read with dogs.

Yes, kids still want to read books especially after they’ve met the author. Book Week clearly proved this to me.

You can write the best book

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Blue to the Sky–the trailer!

Allergic-to-Everything girl comes alive in this book trailer for Blue to the Sky! 12 year old Ella is one of my favourite characters ever. You’ll love her. She’s so quirky.

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CCBC Book Week Tour!

CCBC Book Week Tour!

Happy to have been selected to tour, in person, the province I think of as my long lost home, Quebec. For these tours, the cost drops significantly so it’s a great opportunity for a school to engage their young readers with a writer they may not know yet. Having written for 35 years and visited libraries and schools across Canada for the same amount of time, I think of myself as a grandmother of literacy.. I love the kids and my work. Passion inspires across the board, not just for reading and writing. You’ll see if you host me. Because the profile I’ve posted here is a screen shot, the pink hyperlink button won’t work. Here’s the application link, nice and long: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPAM6jf7KIl2RN9LgJ2AzZ9swgizIOojcGXxcj8v07gQXTAg/viewform?pli=1

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Book trailer time!

Book trailer time!

Taking direction from your dad on exactly how he wants you to climb.

 

Opening shot, preparing for the climb by doing up laces!

How many times do you need to climb these stairs to equal CN Tower climb? How many times to get the shot right?

Triumph! Made it to the top. Surely Allergic to Everything Girl can conquer her fear of public speaking too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you create a book trailer?

I start with a short script that I run by my son Craig (EpiloguePoductions.com). For Blue to the Sky, I wanted to show my main character Ella training for her big CN Tower stair climb. Over the climbing shots, we would put a voiceover of her citing her goals: first climbing Chedoke steps and then CN Tower stairs, then reciting her allergy poem over the City of Toronto, then presenting in front of her class and conquering her public speaking fear.  I hired my granddaughter Violet to climb Chedoke stairs and to read the lines.

Best stair climber I know and she has such a unique voice.

I can’t wait for you to see the video.

 

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Final, final, cover

Final, final, cover

The colour has been corrected; here is the final image. In order to bond with it I will have a t-shirt made with the image on it. DCB will also create a poster for me to display at upcoming events. Can you see any differences between this and the last cover?

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