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Touring In: Quebec

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Genre: picture books, beginning readers, non-fiction

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Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 12

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Website: www.kariwinters.com

 

Shortlisted for the 2016-2017 Chocolate Lily BC Young Readers’ Choice Award
Winner of the 2016 Rainforest of Reading Readers’ Choice Award

Presentation Information

General Large Group Presentations

These tailor-made 50-minute interactive presentation sessions are both educational and engaging. They include readings from my books and plays, puppets, songs, strategies for literacy and drama, props, a question period, and a book signing. Some of my books are more suited to primary grades, while others suit Grades 2 to 6, and my humor writing workshops and non-fiction books are suitable or Grades 5 to 8.

Preschool to Grade 2: Hungry for Math Workshop

Do dragons play hockey and stomp their feet? Are shapes found in your environment? Participants use storytelling, movement, improvisation, and fingerplays to create understandings about math and poetry. This workshop is full of giggles and math concepts.  It offers dynamic and embodied strategies to bring books to life for young readers.

Kindergarten to Grade 7: Inside the Drama of Jeffrey and Sloth

What happens when Jeffrey gets carried away and starts to make Sloth do any number of things? Put yourself inside this story—become a sloth,  draw a new ending, participate in an imagined court case,  and devise a myriad of ways to get these characters to stop being so controlling. Active storytelling, movement, songs, puppets, and oral presentations make this workshop a hit with primary and middle school students!  (K-7)

Grades 5 to 12: An Author’s Craft: Writing with and Beyond Words

Show, don’t tell. Keep the plot moving. Explore the musicality of the language.  These are concepts that many authors grapple with even before they touch the keyboard. But what do these guidelines really mean for creators? In what ways do these guidelines require authors to evoke different forms — forms that go beyond words such as movement, images, rhythms, and layouts? How might authors layer these ideas in order to create a better story? In this workshop, award-winning author and Ph.D. candidate Kari-Lynn Winters will demonstrate some of the ways you can make your writing leap, sing, and dance off the page.

Grades 5 to 12: Keey Them Laughing: Writing Funny Fiction

Humour is a tremendous tool for writers. Skillful humour can make your stories more memorable, improve your writing, and earn you financial and personal rewards. In this workshop, award winning children’s author and playwright Kari-Lynn Winters will draw on her own books as well as the writing of others in order to demonstrate six concrete ways to hone your humour writing and keep them laughing. (Grades 5-Adult)

Grades 5 to 12: The How, Now, Wow, Pows of Picture Book Writing

Picture books are not just illustrated stories. Rather, they are unique literary forms that combine two distinct modes of representation—pictures and words—into a synergistic composite text. In this interactive session, Kari-Lynn Winters will challenge some of the myths of picture book writing, demonstrate the process of creating a picture book, and discuss what it takes to create a well-loved, publishable picture book.

Grades 5 to 12: Social Justice and Equity

Discussing equity in terms of distribution of privileges, resources, and opportunities within a society is a central concept of this workshop.  In this interactive presentation, themes such as human rights, access to power, gender imbalances, discrimination, and social justice are explored. Kari-Lynn will interact with students through song, story-telling, and drama techniques to help students better understand these concepts.

Book List

Thirsty for Science: Poems to Guzzle
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2017)

On My Bike
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Christina Leist
(Tradewind Books, 2017)

Better Pirate
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
(Pajama Press, 2017)

Good Pirate
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
(Pajama Press, 2016)

French Toast
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Francois Thisdale
(Pajama Press, 2016)

Let’s Play a Hockey Game!
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Helen Flook
(Scholastic Canada, 2016)

On My Skis
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Christina Leist
(Tradewind Books, 2016)

Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015)

Bite into Bloodsuckers
Written by Kari-Lyn Winters and I. Mercurio
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015)

Bad Pirate
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
(Pajama Press, 2015)

No-Matter-What-Friend
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt
(Tradewind Books, 2014)

Stinky Skunk Mel
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Paola Opal
(Simply Read Books, 2014)

Buzz About Bees
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013)

When Chickens Fly
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Izabela Bzymek
(Tickle Trunk Publications, 2013)

Gift Days
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012)

aRHYTHMetic: A book and a half of poetry about math
Written by Tiffany Stone, Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
(Tickle Trunk Publications, 2011)

Runaway Alphabet
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Ben Frey
(Simply Read Books, 2010)

On My Walk
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Christina Leist
(Tradewind Books, 2009)

Jeffrey and Sloth
Written by Kari-Lynn Winters
Illustrated by Ben Hodson.
(Orca Book Publishers, 2007)

Biography

Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, poet and performer. Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, but having spent several years working across Canada and the US, Kari- Lynn lived for 9 years in Vancouver, and now calls St. Catharines, Ontario home.

Since 2007, she has over 17 books published with 9 more in pre-press production; many have won reader’s choice awards. Kari-Lynn is an Associate Professor at Brock University, where she teaches language arts and drama-in-education to teacher candidates.

As a child, Kari-Lynn didn’t enjoy writing or reading because she thought it was hard work. The only subject she really liked in school was recess! Eventually, her love of play, storytelling, theatre, and kids led her to discover that writing for children allows her to combine all the things she loves for others to enjoy.

Kari-Lynn enjoys travelling to places like Africa, the Caribbean, US, and all across Canada to share her stories with kids, who also love to read and write. Kari-Lynn has earned PhD and Master’s from UBC in Vancouver, a teaching degree from University of Toronto, and a certificate in Technical Theatre from the National Theatre School of Canada.

Facebook Fan Page | Twitter: @KariLynnWinters | Blog

Awards

Bad Pirate

  • Shortlisted for the 2016-2017 Chocolate Lily BC Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • Winner of the 2016 Rainforest of Reading Readers’ Choice Award

Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch ON

  • Winner of the 2016 Rainforest of Reading Reader’s Choice Award

Bite Into Bloodsuckers

  • Shortlisted for the 2017 Red Maple Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Animal Behavior Society’s “Outstanding Children’s Book Award”

Buzz About Bees

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Silver Birch Express Award

Gift Days

  • Winner of the 2014 Storytelling World Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Chocolate Lily BC Young Reader’s Choice Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Rainforest of Reading Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

On My Walk

  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Chocolate Lily BC Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2010Toronto Public Library’s First and Best Books for Reading Readiness

Jeffrey and Sloth

  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Chocolate Lily BC Young Readers’ Choice Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Blue Spruce Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

Praise for Kari-Lynn Winters

Ms. Winters conducted two engaging, fun-filled workshops for an audience that encompassed over 260 students from Grade 3 to Grade 8 and their teachers. Kari-Lynn’s creative use of props, visuals, humour, drama, and audience interaction captivated all in attendance. So engaging were each of her presentations, that when they ended,students and staff wished for more! Her out-going personality allowed students to approach her with ease as she answered all questions with patience and clarity. Kari-Lynn’s unique style of combining laughter and drama to highlight literacy and math, left students and teachers alike, positively inspired by what they had absorbed!”
— Karen Upper,  Library Services, North District School Board

“Kari Winters is an outstanding author whose ideas really resonate with children, making children’s learning feel relevant and purposeful to them. Whether she is writing about the struggle for writing topics in Jeffrey and Sloth, or giving children an easy way to remember math concepts through rhythmic poems in Hungry for Math, she relates to students and makes them feel that they too can accomplish their dreams one day.”
— Amanda Vine, Grade 2 Teacher, Clemens Mill Public School (Cambridge, ON)

“From the moment Kari-Lynn took the floor, she didn’t disappoint. She captivated the minds and ears of both the preschool-to-primary children and their parents with ease, taking us from one imaginative setting to the next through songs, finger plays and puppets. She showed great intuition – she always seemed to know just when the children needed to stand up and move around or needed more visual stimulation or interaction, which greatly helped to keep the children engaged and focused. And her quick wit and welcoming nature allowed her to quickly and calmly respond to all the incessant questions/comments thrown at her from the very inquisitive audience.”
— Mary Jo Wagner, Freelance writer, editor, media consultant (Vancouver, BC)

“Kari-Lynn,  Thank you for a great day at SWO.  I wish I had more time to just watch and enjoy the performance.  It seemed like a lot of teachers from the primary grades were interested in your books.  The “Jeffery and Sloth” puppet and story was phenomenal. Loved the tarantula “inferencing” too!”
—Laurel Wilkinson, Teacher-Librarian, Sir William Osler School, Dundas, ON

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