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Touring In: New Brunswick

Craft: author

Genre: non-fiction

Ideal Audience Size: 75-100, or whatever number comfortable fits in a school library (not gymnasium). For public readings, larger audiences are acceptable as long as a lapel mic is provided.

Maximum Audience Size: see above

Grades: Grades 4-8

Special Equipment: PowerPoint projector and compatible computer, screen, table, glass of water (I bring presentation on memory stick).

Website: www.lindagranfield.com

2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award Finalist
Winner of the 2001 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work

Presentation Information

Linda’s excited to bring her NEW book, The Vimy Oaks, and she’ll bring a brand-new PowerPoint presentation along with her during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2017. The Vimy Oaks is a non-fiction title for young readers, and is filled with archival images and illustrations by Brian Deines. Linda wrote this book for the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017. It is also a wonderful book for Canada150 studies.

Her book and presentation tell the true story of a Canadian soldier who fought at Vimy during the First World War. He sent home to Canada acorns he collected along the Vimy battlefield; he planted and nurtured them on his Ontario farm after the war. ‘Descendants’ of his original oaks will be planted at Vimy as a gift from Canada in 2017; where no oaks have grown since 1917, trees will once again thrive

The Vimy Oaks presentation is one hour long, including a 15-minute question period at the beginning (for student groups) and at the end (for adult audiences). Linda brings along First World War historical artifacts to share with the audience, and also provides handouts suitable for the audience present. A French edition of The Vimy Oaks (Les chenes de Vimy) will also be published by Scholastic Canada. (Presentation is available in English only.)

This book may sound serious it is BUT there will be lots of story-telling and laughter during Linda’s sessions as usual!

Book List

The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace
Illustrated by Brian Deines
(Scholastic Canada, March 2017)

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014)

The Road to Afghanistan
Illustrated by Brian Deines
(Scholastic Canada, 2013)

Remembering John McCrae: Soldier-Doctor-Poet
(Scholastic Canada, 2011)

Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
(Tundra Books, 2009)

The Unknown Soldier
(Scholastic Canada, 2008)

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001)

Pier 21: Gateway of Hope
(Tundra Books, 2000)

Biography

While in Grade 5, I decided I wanted to become an author and over the years I thought I never would be. Maybe I’d become a teacher (I trained for that) or a performer (I took ballet lessons) or a librarian (I worked in libraries while in high school and university). Finally, after many years, I became an author–and now I’ve written 31 books for young readers and adults. And when I visit schools I realize I’m using all my skills as a teacher, a performer, and a librarian (research, research, write!)

I grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and came to Canada more than forty years ago to attend the University of Toronto. I’ve been lucky enough to share my books with nearly a million children across Canada (I stopped counting years ago)–to audiences on First Nations reserves, in one-room libraries, and in national museums. During the past few years I was a member of a committee that made the plans for the 100th anniversary of “In Flanders Fields,” a poem most Canadian students recite every November on Remembrance Day.

I love history (can you tell?) and the detective work I do for each book. Before Book Week, I hope to learn how to send signals the way soldiers did in the First World War. (Wish me luck!) I don’t like to eat oatmeal (except in cookies), I love lemon-meringue pie, I wish I had a dog (a small dog), and by the time you meet me during Book Week I will be babysitting my FIRST grandchild a boy! (I wonder what his name will be? Can’t wait to tell you!)

Hooray for NEW books and NEW babies!!

Awards

Road to Afghanistan

  • Nominated for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Nominated for the 2015 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Nominated for the 2014 Shining Willow Award
  • Best Books for Kids & Teens 2014, Starred selection
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Top 10 Summer Reading List 2014
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Libris Awards, Young Readers category

Remembering John McCrae: Soldier-Doctor-Poet

  • Finalist for the 2011 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2011 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award
  • Finalist for the 2010 Information Book Award
  • Selected by Resource Links for The Year’s Best, 2009
  • Winner of the 2009 Toronto Chapter IODE Jean Throop Book Award

The Unknown Soldier

  • Finalist for the 2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets List 2008
  • Selected by Resource Links for The Year’s Best, 2008
  • Best Books for Kids & Teens 2009 selection
  • Finalist for the 2009 National Chapter IODE Violet Downey Book Award

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion

  • Finalist for the 2004 Red Cedar Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2003 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Finalist for 2003 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award
  • Finalist for the 2003 Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner of the 2002 Information Book Award
  • Selected by Quill & Quire for the “Five Best Children’s Books of 2001”
  • Winner of the 2001 Alcuin Society Third Prize Design Award, Book for Children
  • Canadian Library Association’s Notable Non-Fiction List 2002
  • Selected by Resource Links for The Year’s Best, 2002
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association Top Forty YA Non-Fiction Titles 2002
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association Top Ten YA Titles 2002

Pier 21: Gateway of Hope

  • Finalist for the 2002 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2002 Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2001 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award
  • Finalist for the 2001 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
  • Selected as the Information Book Award 2001 Honour Book
  • Selected by Resource Links for The Year’s Best, 2000

Circus

  • Finalist for the 1999-2000 Red Cedar Book Award, Non-Fiction category
  • Finalist for the 2001 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Selected for the Ontario Library Association’s Best Books 1997
  • Canadian Library Association’s Notable Books 1997, Non-Fiction category
  • Finalist for the 1998 Information Book Award
  • Finalist for the YALSA/American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults 1999
  • Bank Street College of Education “Best Books of 1998”
  • Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best 1998”
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “Top 100 Books of 1998”
  • Voya (Voice of Youth Advocates) Outstanding Title 1998

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae

  • Finalist for the 2000 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • 1996 Canadian Library Association Honour Book
  • 1996 IODE Book Award-Toronto Chapter
  • Selected by Resource Links for The Year’s Best, 1996
  • 1996 Canadian Library Association Honour Book-Non-fiction (Flanders)
  • 1996 Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award (Flanders)
  • 1997 Regional Winner of the Silver Birch Award (Ontario Library Assoc.) (Flanders)
  • 1997 White Ravens selection as “best children’s books in the world” representing Canada
  • Winner of the 1997 Red Cedar Award for Non-Fiction
  • 1997 International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice Book
  • New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age, 1997” selection

Praise for Linda Granfield

“Linda, you were so amazing and I want to see if you can come again for the Vimy celebration in April.”
—Sara E., Library/Media Studies, Junior Public School

“You made me think about things that I had never thought about before…I haven’t read any of your books but now I want to.”
—Martha, Grade 6 student

“Linda Granfield has a lot of potential.”
—Paige, Grade 5 student

“Linda Granfield captivated the students’ interest by sharing stories about her travels while researching the information she wrote about. All the students, particularly the English as Second Language (ESL) children, were very interested in all the visuals and historical items she added to her book talk…”
—Linda O. teacher-librarian, Catholic School Board

“Everybody in my class thought the book was the bomb. They thought it was soooo cool! And I’m not lying. When I heard you were going to be at the Public Library I almost passed out.”
—Katie, Grade 5 student

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