This year we are very excited to feature excellent Canadian picture books, a work of non-fiction, and a novel for kids. Authors@School has expanded this year to enable 12 author visits to elementary schools in the Limestone and Algonquin & Lakeshore school boards.

This year’s confirmed authors to visit schools are:

  • Kathy Stinson presenting The Dance of the Violin to students in Grades K – 4 (picture book) Everyone deserves a second chance.
  • Kyo Maclear presenting The Fog to students in K – 3 (picture book) A clever and whimsical environmental fable about a bird who is a human watcher.
  • Bill Richardson presenting The Alphabet Thief to students in grades K – 4 (picture book) Zany rhymes and silly fun with language.
  • Mary Beth Leatherdale presenting Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees to students in Grades 5 – 8 (non-fiction) A desperate last hope for safety and freedom – true stories from 1939 to the present.
  • Richard Scrimger presenting Downside Up to students in Grades 6 – 8 (novel) A gentle fantasy, but also a profound story of a boy dealing with grief.
  • Author #6 TBD

All the authors will visit two schools on Wednesday, September 27, except Bill Richardson and illustrator Roxanna Bikadoroff who will visit two schools on Monday, October 2.

Principals from all area elementary schools are invited to apply on behalf of their school. There is no charge to the school for this program.

Email Kathy Cunningham, Authors@School Lead at from Monday, May 29 to Wednesday, May 31. We cannot consider requests that come to us before May 29.

Schools can request a specific author, or one for a specific age group, or indicate a willingness to host any of the authors. Kathy will notify successful schools during the first week of June.

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