Available for virtual visits in : Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario & Quebec

Home Province: British Columbia

Craft: Author and Trilingual Singer-Songwriter

Genre: Nature series, Rhyming text, Picture books, Family-centred books, Books featuring bipoc characters, Books with related music and music videos

Target Audience: Grades 1- 4

Cost for School and Public Virtual Workshop Program with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes

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Virtual Workshop Information

Option #1- The Wild and Wonderful World of Rivers and Forests (view trailer here and here.)

This presentation is a celebration of nature and ecodiversity.  It includes an author sharing, book reading, nature concert, and a “spotlight on the classroom” discussion where students will be creatively inspired and engaged to reflect on ways we can help keep our world beautiful!  Free curriculum-compatible learning extensions, activity sheets, and music downloads are available to complement this presentation.  

  • 3-minute animated music video featuring the river or forest biome (related to the book).
  • An introduction from the author about her awe for cedar trees, sparrows, spiders, and river otters, her path to music and books, and her love of celebrating community and nature with others.
  • An interactive reading of The Mighty River or The Lively Forest.  Note that during the presentation students will be playfully challenged to 1) look for special and new river animals as they are named, 2) examine the changing borders (moon phases or life cycle of a tree) with every page turn, and 3) identify the variety of community activities taking place outdoors.  
  • nature concert featuring guitar and ukulele (English, French, action-songs, and sing-alongs are available.)
  • “spotlight on the classroom” so that students can be inspired and engaged to express their ideas on how to protect the environment.  Another option is to use the time to discuss the process of researching the book content, storyboarding the pages, and working with the illustrator and publishers to create the final works.
  • Questions and answers.


Option # 2- I Will Be a Tree 

This presentation is a celebration of ourselves both today and always!  Just as little seeds will grow into big, fruitful trees, children will also grow into big, generous adults!  Elements include an author sharing, book reading, multi-lingual concert/workshop, and a guided reflection where students can imagine what kind of tree they would like to be when they grow up!  Free curriculum-compatible learning guides, activity sheets, and music downloads are available to complement this presentation.  

  • An introduction to the author and her curious journey from a child to a tree planter to an engineer to a musician-author.
  • An interactive reading of the book “I Will Be a Tree” in English, French, and Mandarin. Note that during the presentation, students will be playfully challenged to 1) listen to the different languages being spoken (English, French, and Mandarin) and try to repeat the words after the author, 2) play a game to identify what the words mean using the illustrations on the page, 3) use their imagination to think about what kinds of trees they could be when they grow up!
  • multi-lingual concert and workshop to learn the a song (options could include a child-honouring song such as Small But Mighty, a trilingual song such as Apple Apple Seed, a French/English song such as Dans la rivière or another, to be determined with teacher based on desired learning units.)  Note that instrumental sing-along version of this song is available for use by teachers to share with their students.
  • guided reflection to invite children to imagine themselves as little seeds and to think about what kind of things could grow from their branches when they are all grown up?  Apples?  Pears?  Bravery?  Kindness?  Another option is to use the time to discuss the process of researching the book concept, translation, storyboarding, and working with the illustrator and layout team to create the final work.
  • Question and answers.

Book List

I Will Be a Tree.  Written by Ginalina, Illustrated by Noah Choy (Beautiful World Books, coming soon)

The Lively Forest.  Written by Ginalina, Illustrated by Kelley Wills (Peppermint Toast Publishing, 2021)
The Mighty River.  Written by Ginalina, Illustrated by Kelley Wills (Peppermint Toast Publishing, 2020) * available in Braille and Tactile Illustration, and as an Audiobook with or without Image Descriptions through the National Network for Equitable Library Services.


GINALINA is a second-generation Asian-Canadian author, singer-songwriter and family folk musician.  Her children’s work is inspired by multi-generational community, family, and the beauty of the west coast.  Ginalina has published two nature books through Peppermint Toast Publishing, and she is working on several new projects with emerging and established illustrators, Noah Choy, Kelley Wills, and Khoa Le.  Her work is recognized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Kirkus Reviews.  As a musician, Ginalina is a 3x Juno and 4x Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and winner of 2 Western Canadian Music Awards.  Recent in-person and virtual author tours include local and international classrooms, libraries, the Whistler International Children’s Festival, the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival, and the Vancouver Chinese Classic Garden.  Ginalina acknowledges that she lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Awards and Special Recognition

The Mighty River
  • 2021 Moonbeam Awards for Best Illustrator (Bronze)
  • 2021 National Parenting Publications Award
  • 2021 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Selection (Best Books for Kids and Teens)
  • 2020 Shortlisted for Best Indie Booklist by Kirkus Review
  • 2020 Starred Kirkus Review
  • 2020 National Network for Equitable Library Services Grant to translate book into Braille with Tactile Illustration and Audiobook (with and without Image Descriptions)
  • 2021 Juno Nomination for the Album “Small But Mighty”
  • 2021 CBC Music in the Classroom Selection for song, “Small But Mighty”
  • 2020 Western Canadian Music Award for Artist of the Year, Children’s
  • 2019 Juno Nomination for Album “It Takes a Village”
  • 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Artist of the Year, Children’s
  • 2016 Juno Nomination for album “Forest Friends’ Nature Club”
  • 4 consecutive album recommendations from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Best Books for Kids and Teens)


“Ginalina is a delightful presenter whose light and energy leaps through our computer screens. The kids loved Ginalina’s program and how she incorporates reading, music and a playful and inviting posture of caring for the environment. She inspires children to be earth stewards too! Working with Ginalina was such a pleasure, and I look forward to working with her again in the future.” Veronica Wilson, Outreach and Events Liaison, Idea Exchange Public Library, Cambridge, ON

“The Lively Forest is a gentle, engaging celebration of nature.  Readers of all ages will learn about the many birds, animals and insects of the west coast while gaining a greater connection and appreciation of the wonders of our forests.” ​— Adrienne Gear, BC Teacher, Author, and Literacy Consultant

“A happy marriage of text, art, and message that’s absolutely beautiful.“ — Starred Kirkus Review ”One of this year’s favourite books about rivers.“ — Canadian Geographic Magazine

“Ginalina went to touching lengths to create an engaging and delightful presentation to uplift any spirit.  Story and guitar and ukulele made this show richly musical in her signature down-to-earth style!  Also such a treat to sing Mandarin and French songs.” — Whistler International Children’s Festival

“Ginalina’s book showcases a great diversity of life that will hopefully inspire a new generation to explore nearby rivers and streams, learn about them, and ultimately, help us care for them.” ​— Mark Angelo, founder of World Rivers Day

“A joyful and attractive book to read and will encourage children to be inspired by nature again and again.” — Colin Harris, founder of Take Me Outside Organization