One of the ways I started honing my writing skills was by entering contests, and so I am thrilled to be the guest judge of the McNally Robinson kids' writing contest, open to grade 5 & 6 students in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This year the theme is "I have always wanted to...." go into space, … Continue reading McNally Robinson Writing Contest for Kids
That beautiful building seen above is Buena Vista school, which turns 100 next year. This was my first stop on my last official day of my tour of Saskatchewan. The students here had lots of questions about the ins and outs of publishing and being a professional writer. Then I zipped over to Aberdeen to … Continue reading TD Book Week: Day Five
Check out that fox atop the welcome to White Fox sign. Beautiful! I could get used to this touring business. Today I had a rather boisterous group in Nipawin who kept me on my toes with lots of excellent (and quirky) questions. See my round-up below for examples. I also dropped by Tisdale to speak … Continue reading TD Book Week Day Four
It's hard to believe I am already at the half way mark of my book week tour! Today I stayed put in Prince Albert, stopping by Arthur Pechey School and the John M Cuelenaere Public Library, which has one of the nicest puppet theatres I have ever seen. In addition to being home to The … Continue reading TD Book Week: Day Three
Today, after possibly the best sleep of my life at the North Battleford Travelodge (the bed felt like it was made of clouds. Wonderfully supportive and fluffy clouds), I met with students at the beautiful North Battleford public library and then headed northwest to Pelican Lake First Nation to meet with grade 4,5, and 6 … Continue reading TD Book Week: Day Two
Here I am in sunny Saskatchewan, which certainly lived up to that moniker today! My book week is off to a wonderful start, with bright skies and lots of eager readers. Today brought me to The Chapel Gallery in North Battleford. What a beautiful space to present in, featuring art by local artists. I had a … Continue reading TD Book Week: Day One
Ah, Saskatchewan! Land of wheat and Saskatoon berry pies. Home of Canadian kids lit icon Arthur Slade, the Wynyard Chicken Chariot Races, and the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Archives and Museum which houses some of the rarest books in the world. The place where personal she-ro Joni Mitchell spent her formative years. I am … Continue reading See Saw Saskatchewan: Tour News!