Touring In: Alberta

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books

Ideal Audience Size: 60

Maximum Audience Size: 200

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 3

Special Equipment: A microphone (headset if possible) and a table.


Shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Spruce Award
Shortlisted for the 2014 Rainforest of Reading Award

Presentation Information

Kindergarten to Grade 3
Lana is an Early Childhood Educator and former actress who LOVES being in front of large crowds of small children. In her 50-minute presentation Lana explains the steps involved in turning a story into a book. She shares her journey of publishing her 4 picture books that encourage empathy and self-regulation, and boost self-worth and self-esteem. Lana reads her books, sings songs, and acts out social scenarios.  She invites her audience to ask questions and join in the conversation of how we can stand up for ourselves and for each other. Lana aims to always leave her audience cheering and believing in the magic of picture books!

Grade 4 to 6
Lana is determined to spread the word that you are never too old for a picture book! In this 50-minute presentation Lana explains the challenge of choosing just the right words when writing a picture book. She compares writing genres and writing techniques and discusses the editing process. She shares the magic of picture books to this older audience by examining themes, delivery and dialogue. Using her own books as a guideline, Lana engages her audience in a conversation about the social challenges of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and bullying. The audience will leave inspired about reading and writing and inspired to make their school a kinder place to be.


Book List 

My Teacher’s Not Here
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Christine Battuz
(Kids Can Press, April 2018)

Willow’s Smile
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Tania Howells
(Kids Can Press, 2016)

Willow Finds a Way
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Tania Howells
(Kids Can Press, 2013)

Willow’s Whispers
Written by Lana Button
Illustrated by Tania Howells
(Kids Can Press, March, 2010)



When Lana was growing up in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, she didn’t think she’d end up being an author. She was pretty sure she’d to be a movie star — she spent lots of time practicing being a star while singing into her skipping rope to large crowds of imaginary people.

Lana has lived in Montreal and Vancouver where she was an actress in TV, film and stage. But her love for children and desire to inspire led her to creating picture books. She is honored that the Willow series has won awards and been translated into French, Chinese and Japanese, but she is mostly proud of the fact that Willow has quietly inspired many children to find their own voice.

Lana lives in Burlington, Ontario with three grown daughters, one dog, one cat and one travelling husband. When she is not writing or presenting you can find Lana reading and singing to small crowds of kindergarten children.

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Willow’s Whispers

  • Winner of the 2010 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY
  • Winner of the 2011 Best Books for Kids &Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner of the 2011 Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

Willow Finds a Way

  • Winner of the 2013 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Rainforest of Reading Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association



“Lana engaged both the students and their families in a fun and motivational story time. Her involvement received tremendous praise.”

—Lisa Commisso, RECE, St. Mark School (Burlington, ON)

“She had our kindergarten students’ attention from the moment she began speaking. It was clear that Lana’s experience as an educator allowed her to gauge her audience. Students are sure to remember her visit for years to come and her books continue to be some of the most popular in our library.”

Amy Westbury, Teacher-Librarian, Bruce Trail Public School (Milton, ON)