Touring In: Labrador

Craft: author (bilingual presenter)

Genre: picture books, junior fiction, YA

Ideal Audience Size: 50 (2 classes)

Maximum Audience Size: 100 (4 classes)

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 6

Special Equipment: table, flip chart/marker, water.


Nominated for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary for Young People’s Literature–Illustration
Winner of the 2012 Prix de L’Alliance Française de Toronto

Presentation Information

Kindergarten to Grade 2: Une bestiole à l’école (French or bilingual)

What would you do if a grasshopper landed on you? Would you run or would you stay? Mireille Messier reads from her picture book “Une bestiole à l’école”, a sweet story about insects and curiosity. This is followed by an insect show-and-tell, a discussion about insects and their importance for other animals, and a Q&A with the author. An insect-themed craft can be included if time and space permits. This presentation can be in French or bilingual. The book is only available in French.

Grades 1 to 3: The Branch/Ma branche préférée (English or French)

Have you ever loved a tree? Mireille Messier has. And when an ice storm hit her town, she was scared that her tree wouldn’t survive. Let Mireille tell you about her work, the Toronto ice storm of 2013 and how it inspired her to write “The Branch”. This will be followed by a reading of the picture book in giant format and a Q&A with the author. A repurposing craft can be included if time and space permits.
This presentation can be in English or in French.

Grades 4 to 6: Inspiration: Where Does it Come From? (English, French or bilingual)

“Where does your inspiration come from?” That’s the number one question children’s author Mireille Messier gets asked when she visits schools! Mireille will present her books, talk about her craft and discuss inspiration with the participants. She will read an excerpt from her chapter book Déclic à Toronto and then lead an interactive oral workshop about different techniques to find original story ideas prompted by photographs and objects. This is followed by a Q&A period. If possible, students are asked to read at least one chapter of a book in the  Les aventures de Viviane et Simon series and prepare a pertinent question for the Q&A.

Book List

Moi aussi! Moi aussi! (Éditions de la Bagnole, Fall 2017)

Ma branche préférée (Éditions Scholastic, 2017)

The Branch (Kids Can Press, 2016)

Une bestiole à l’école (Éditions de l’Isatis, 2016)

Le voilier d’Olivier. Illustrated by Loufane. (Éditions Scholastic, 2014)

Quand les zéros deviennent héros. Illustrated by Loufane. (Éditions Scholastic, 2013)

Une Charlotte olympique. Illustrated by Benoît Laverdière. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2014)

Charlotte partout! Illustrated by Benoît Laverdière. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2012)

Chapeau Charlotte! Illustrated by Benoît Laverdière. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2010)

Une Charlotte au chocolat. Illustrated by Benoît Laverdière. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2008)

Embrouilles à Embrun (Vermillon, 2013)

C’est chouette, une maman. Illustrated by Geneviève Després. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2013)

Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines. Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. (Éditions de la Bagnole, 2012)

Coup de théâtre à Stratford (Vermillon, 2010)

Quel fouillis! Illustrated by Julie Cossette. (ERPI, 2009)

Night Flight. Illustrated by Carl Pelletier. (Scholastic Canada, 2008)

Luca : Pirate-chevalier-archéologue-joueur de hockey. Illustrated by Carl Pelletier. (Éditions Scholastic, 2007)

Déclic à Toronto (Vermillon, 2006)

Une Twiga à Ottawa (Vermillon, 2003)


Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based children’s writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a director, a researcher, a book reviewer and a voice actress. Sometimes, she still does those things, too. One of her first “literary” jobs was writing jokes for the bottom of pudding lids!

Since the launch of her first book in 2003, Mireille has published over twenty books. When she’s not at her computer writing, she thinks up new stories while she walks or sails her big old boat.

Mireille loves doing author visits. On average, she meets about three thousand kids a year … give or take a thousand.

Some of the funniest questions she has been asked by students are: “Do you dream in French?” (Yes!), “How many minutes does it take you to write a book?” (About a million!) and “Are any of the characters in your books real?” (Yes, they are often different versions of me and the people I know).

Mireille lives in Toronto with her husband, two wonderful teenage daughters and three extremely fluffy cats.

Twitter: @messier_et_cie


The Branch

  • Nominated for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Illustration

Une bestiole à l’école

  • Sélection Communication-Jeunesse, 2016

Le voilier d’Olivier

  • Longlisted for the 2015 Prix Peuplier (Forest of Reading, French picture book)

Une Charlotte olympique

  • Longlisted for the 2014 Prix Peuplier (Forest of Reading, French picture book)
  • Sélection Communication-Jeunesse, 2014

Embrouilles à Embrun

  • Longlisted for the 2014 Prix Tamarac Express (Forest of Reading, French chapter book)

C’est chouette, une maman!

  • Sélection Communication-Jeunesse, 2014

Charlotte partout!

  • Longlisted for the 2013 Prix Peuplier (Forest of Reading, French picture book)

Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines

  • Winner of the 2012 Prix de L’Alliance Française de Toronto
  • Longlisted for the 2012 Prix Peuplier (Forest of Reading, French picture book)

Praise for Mireille Messier

“Mireille is an excellent ambassador of childrens books for Canada. The students thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and left with an enthusiastic appreciation of the art of the writer.”
—Gianna Mazzolin Dassios, Teacher-Librarian, ICT, RCA, Adam Beck Public School (Toronto)

“Mireille’s presentation was magical! My students were spellbouned by her stories.”
—Marie-Andrée Hueglin, Teacher, École Mgr-Rémi-Gaulin (Kingston, ON)

“Mireille is a master of her craft and captivates the attention of the audience regardless of age. We are fortunate to invite Mireille and will continue to have her weave her stories at our library.”
—Nadia Generoso, Teacher-Librarian, Adrienne Clarkson Public School (Richmond Hill, ON)

“Mireille was a joy to work with. Her presentations at both schools garnered rave reviews from the students, teachers, administration and parents”
—Sarah Lasko, BAH, B.Ed, OCT, École Madeleine-de-Roybon & J.R. Henderson Public School (French Immersion) (Kingston, ON)

“Merci pour la présentation dans la bibliothèque. C’est très amusant et drôle!!!!!”
—McKayla, Élève de 5e année, classe de Mme D’souza, St. Joachim Catholic School, Immersion Program (Scarborough, ON)