I'd love to visit your school!
Since the publication of My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, I have been giving workshop-style presentations to schools and libraries in the Greater Toronto Area. Kids seem to love learning about how I wrote and Rich Murray illustrated the book, which is similar in content and style to the popular Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (but it's 100% Canadian!).
My presentation involves an introduction to the book, and to myself and Rich, sharing some fun visuals (both stills and video) from the book and from our creative influences. Then I do a fun Top Ten List followed by a reading accompanied by onscreen illustrations. After that, I lead the class in writing their very own Secret Agent story! Finally, I play a video of Rich showing the kids how he created the illustrations, and I give them activity pages to illustrate a scene from the story they created. I also give them a selection of illustrations from the book which they can colour and upload to Instagram for a colouring contest! (Check out the contest here.)
My presentation lasts about an hour, and I can do up to four presentations in one day at one school, up to sixty students per presentation. I present to grades 2-5. My fee is the recommended minimum of the Writers' Union of Canada. (I'm also able to provide the kids the opportunity to buy the book at less than the retail price.)
Our book is very entertaining, but there is a definite educational component to my presentation given that I teach the students about storytelling and illustration. The kids will also no doubt love learning about how this book was actually chosen by Heather Reisman herself to be published by Indigo Press after she discovered it online and read it to her grandchildren, who loved it!
Please visit the home page to learn more about the book. You can also watch a short book trailer there and check out our Global News TV interview.
If you would like me to visit your school, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call anytime at 905-849-0815. (I’m available outside the GTA as well.) Thanks!