Touring In: Ontario
Genre: picture books, beginning readers, early chapter books
Ideal Audience Size: 20-30
Maximum Audience Size: Entire school/grades in gymnasium; a proper microphone is required for this.
Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 3
Special Equipment: An easel with flip chart paper, pencils, markers, crayons is best (and the kids can have pencils and paper as well!).
Nominated 2016/17 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
Nominated 2017 Colorado Children’s Book Award
Kindergarten to Grade 4: Picture (Book) This
This is the story of who Mike is, what he does, and WHY. Mike will read one of his picture books to the students, afterwards taking questions and showing the process of how a book is created, from the first inspirational spark to the final binding of a hard cover book.
Mike loves teaching through an interactive drawing exercise that empowers and enables students to realize that it’s not about making a drawing perfect or measuring against someone else’s ability. Rather that it’s about making it fun and simple and proving to them, that they’re already author’s and illustrators themselves. Participation from the students is encouraged, but not required.
(This session can tailored for younger or older audiences)
Adults and Aspiring Creators: PictureBooking 101:
Mike has had a lot of amazing people give him advice along his journey into books, and this session is to pass along that knowledge for those who are also wanting to take on an adventure in publishing. Mike will share how he ended up in publishing after aspiring all his life to work in animation. He’ll pass on what he’s learned both in self-publishing and traditional publishing; what works for him and what he’s seen work for others; and most importantly, how patience, persistence, and perseverance will get you on that path.
This session is best held rather informally, somewhere comfortable, in conversational discussion through questions and answers.
The Dino Files #1: A Mysterious Egg. Written by Stacy McAnulty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Random House, 2016)
The Dino Files #2: Too Big to Hide. Written by Stacy McAnulty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Random House, 2016)
A Tiger Tail (or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) (Simon & Schuster, 2016)
I Don’t Want to be Big. Written by Dev Petty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Doubleday, 2016)
The Dino Files #3: That’s Not a Dinosaur. Written by Stacy McAnulty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Random House, 2016)
The Duck Says. Written by Troy Wilson. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Scholastic Canada, 2015)
Tiara Saurus Rex. Written by Brianna Caplan Sayers. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Bloomsbury 2015)
I Don’t Want to be a Frog. Written by Dev Petty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Doubleday, 2015)
Loud Lula. Written by Katy S. Duffield. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Two Lions, 2015)
Get Me Another One. Written by Robert Munsch, illus. Mike Boldt (Scholastic Canada, 2014) (Book Club Exclusive)
Colors versus Shapes (HarperCollins, 2014)
Little Jack Horner LIVE from the Corner. Written by Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. (Scholastic Canada, 2013)
123 versus ABC (HarperCollins, 2013)
Ode to Underwear. Written by Helaine Becker, illus. Mike Boldt (Scholastic Canada, 2013)
The Gophers in Farmer Burrows’ Field (Self-Published/Yorkshire Publishing, 2009)
Mike Boldt is a children’s book author and illustrator from Stony Plain, Alberta. As a professional, he’s been creating products almost exclusively for children for the past 17 years, including speech therapy puzzles, iPhone apps, engineering pop-up books, and toy design for Fisher-Price. However, for as long as he can remember, Mike has been a kid writing stories and drawing pictures to go with them.
While all his life he thought he was going to end up in animation, Mike’s adventure into publishing started in 2009 when he self-published his first book, The Gophers in Farmer Burrows’ Field, which became the first children’s book ever tabled for the Alberta Legislature’s Collection. Since then, Mike has been writing and illustrating books for traditional publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, and Scholastic Canada. His books have received starred reviews from both Kirkus (123 versus ABC) and Publisher’s Weekly (I Don’t Want to be a Frog) and have been translated into 9 languages around the world.
The love of reading is a seed Mike hopes to help grow in children through his visits as well as his picture books. He believes that reading opens understanding and knowledge as well as unlocking imagination and creativity. Valuable tools for the journey of life.
The Gophers in Farmer Burrows Field
- Selection of 2011 CCBC’s Best Book for Kids and Teens
123 versus ABC
- Semifinalist for the 2014 Irma Black Award
- Selection 2013 Kid’s Indie Next List
- Selection 2014 Children’s Book Committee Best Children’s Book of the Year
I Don’t Want to be a Frog
- Nominee 2016/17 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
- Nominee 2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award
- Nominee 2015/16 Buckaroo Award (Wyoming State Award)
- Nominee 2017 Colorado Children’s Book Award
- Nominee 2017 Washington Children’s Picture Book Award
- Nominee 2016 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Bell Picture Book Award
Praise for Mike Boldt
“For weeks after Mike’s presentation, students throughout the school had made illustrations of frogs and other animals, as well as created mini books to share on our school’s morning broadcast. Mike Boldt’s presentations in our school initiated a spark of creativity in our students this school year. Our school would highly recommend that you book Mike Boldt to come and present to your school!”
—Kyla Prystupa (Grade 2 Teacher, Monsignor William Irwin Elementary)
“Mike engaged the students (Kindergarten to Grade 6 during a variety of presentation times) during read-alouds with great expression and enthusiasm. He further “drew” the students in with insights as to how text combines with illustrations, and how they themselves have stories worth telling. Mike further discussed the elements of creating and publishing a book – something our students and staff greatly appreciated.”
—Jason Ludward (Principal, Lendrum School)
“Mike is a great speaker and is able to make connections with students from kindergarten to grade nine. His books are good reads and appealing to some of our most reluctant readers. They are always eager to learn of his newest books that are coming out.”
—Gail Ferguson (Principal, Muir Lake School)
“Queen Elizabeth School students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the two days that author/illustrator Mike Boldt spent with us. His creativity and professionalism was shown in both his read-aloud periods and his instructional periods. The impact of his presentation was observed in the immediate rapport that he built with the students, the level of engagement they had throughout the lesson, and the motivation they continue to have to write and illustrate. We wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Boldt as a school presenter!”
—Elana Brand (Principal, Queen Elizabeth School)