Author of Flatt-out Fantastic Books for Kids
Author of Flatt-out Fantastic Books for Kids
This is the seventh and final installment about my week long tour for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013. I toured in northern Saskatchewan. More on the whole idea/background of Book Week here. Catch up on: installment one, or maybe installment two, number three, number four, and if you’d like number five and number six.
Saturday May 11, 2013
I was up early. Seriously early. Like 3:45am early so I could walk around my room like a zombie doing the final packing while sipping on a Keurig hotel room coffee (surprisingly good that–especially since I’d bought real cream to put in it).
I loaded the luggage in the car with and took all my belongings and garbage out of its nooks and crannies. After spending so much time in that car over six days it became kinda like a second hotel room.
|My wheels for the tour|
I found the airport in the dark with no trouble (yay me) and parked the rental. Quite a few people at the airport. I’m not sure why this always surprises me. Anyway, there were no issues lining up for this and lining up for that, and then finally waiting for my flight to be called.
As I sat in the plane the most beautiful sunrise appeared. It was like a parting gift.
|Sunrise in Saskatoon|
The flight was uneventful. They don’t call those early morning flights “red eyes” for nothing. I collected all my luggage (phew!), caught a shuttle bus, loaded my mini van (it felt huge after driving a compact for a week!), bought some breakfast, and drove myself home. Once home I promptly shed my glamorous touring author persona (:>) to be mom again but that’s okay. You need a life if you want stuff to write about.
Thank you to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and TD Bank for this amazing thing called Book Week. To the kids (keep reading and writing!) and teachers and librarians, you were all wonderful, and I won’t ever forget how special and welcome you made me feel. And my final huge, enormous and gigantic thank you goes to my tour organizer Saache Heinrich for all her work planning and coordinating where and when I went, where I’d stay, and how I’d get there. It was flawlessly organized.
THANK YOU Saache!!
|The lovely gifts and cards I received from the schools and libraries.|
“What do you call an alligator wearing a vest? An in-Vest-i-gator.”
My Saskatchewan Playlist
Thanks to all the time in the car with the radio on, loud, these songs will forever remind me of Saskatchewan:
Thrift Shop, Macklemore
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, Fall Out Boy
Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
Come & Get It, Selena Gomez
Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
Feel This Moment, Pitbull
Hurricane, Bridgit Mendler
Don’t YouWorry Child, Swedish House Mafia
22, Taylor Swift
Get Lucky, Daft Punk
Crazy Kids, Kesha
June is the end of spring and the start of summer so what better time to talk about books?! Here’s a roundup of book talk on Kidlitosphere blogs that you won’t want to miss. Pack a few of these recommended titles in your beach bags.
Middle Grade Fiction
Interviews & Thoughtful Discussion
If you’ve read this far, to thank you for joining me here, would you like a free PDF Teacher/Librarian/Parents’ Guide to my book Sorting through Spring? It’s got lots of great activities and reproducibles to have fun with K-2nd grade math patterning and sorting. You can get the direct link to the PDF file here, or browse all of great guides from my publisher OwlKids Books here.
Don’t Miss July’s Carnival
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of book related blog links. Next month join the Carnival of Children’s Literature over at proseandkahn for a look at what made up the book buzz in July.
This is the sixth installment about my week long tour for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013. I toured in northern Saskatchewan. More on the whole idea/background of Book Week here. Catch up on: installment one, or maybe installment two, number three, number four or even number five.
Friday May 10, 2013
I was kind of sad to be heading out for my last day of touring. So to cheer myself up I stopped at a Timmies in Saskatoon to get a coffee for the road. When I got out of my car I almost stepped on a chunk of lettuce and an orange triangular piece of cheese lying on the pavement. Literary allusion alert! Of course I thought of the cheese in Wimpy Kid, and also I’d just read “Wonder” a couple days before which itself had a reference to said Wimpy Kid cheese. Life meets art? Wish I’d taken a picture of it.
I headed south for about 1 hour and 40 minutes to Loreburn. Another lovely route.
|Sprinklers span the horizon|
|The road ahead|
|Blackened field. I swear smoke was coming off it still.|
|Loreburn grain elevator|
Loreburn Central School! Here I had a lovely greeter named Natasha, a Hunger Games fan. She showed me around the school and answered all my questions. She even introduced me to the kids for my first presentation. This time it was a workshop on writing. The kids and I had a great time coming up with story premises based on asking why about that cheese I’d seen earlier to prove that you can make up a story starting with almost anything. And then the kids came up with their own story ideas based on a photo I showed them of my cat on a skateboard.
The staff invited me to join them for a pot luck lunch. What a feast! Pasta salad, lettuce salad, roast beef, sliced chicken, and kiwi pavlova for dessert. Yummy!
My second presentation at Loreburn was about “Sorting through Spring.” They were a great group and a wonderful way to wrap up my week’s presentations. Thank you Loreburn!
After good byes it was back up the road to Saskatoon.
|Loved the contrast here|
|Abandoned building…schoolhouse? Story!|
|Field and fluffy clouds|
|Touch the clouds?|
That night a group of perhaps high schoolers shared my hotel floor. Much laughter and door slamming ensued until they all left for somewhere. It was peaceful for about fifteen minutes until the clock radio alarm went off in the room next door. And didn’t shut off. For like an hour. I had to catch a flight that left at 6:00am the next morning so I finally had to call the front desk to get someone to come shut it off. Last night in Saskatchewan. :<
Random Memorable Moments
I’ll have one more post about my TD Canadian Children’s Book Week tour to wrap things up. It’ll be here later this weekend after I take a brief break to bring you the June Carnival of Children’s Literature.
This is the fifth installment about my week long tour for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013. I toured in northern Saskatchewan. More on the whole idea/background of TD Book Week here. Catch up on: installment one, or maybe installment two, number three, or even number four.
|Good morning North Battleford, SK|
Thursday May 9, 2013
Today it was two library presentations. First up was the public library in town so I didn’t have far to go.
The North Battleford Library lecture hall was such a great space. Okay, at first I was a little intimidated by the thought of the kids looming above me but it worked very well. Two seat sections were filled with kids. (I mentioned in an earlier post that I refrained from photographing kids although I kind of regret that now. But I’m not comfortable putting photos of other peoples’ kids on the internet.)
|The kids’ view|
This was a great group of kids. Thanks to the kids, their teachers, and librarian Linda Peterson for a great visit. From here it was north two hours to Meadow Lake. The scenery changed to be more hilly and more treed.
|The ice wasn’t out yet here|
|Lighthouse overlooking the lake|
|The road in front of me|
|Glaslyn grain elevators|
|A tree outstanding in its field|
|Cows in their field|
|Evergreens and trees!|
The Meadow Lake Library had a great crowd. The kids came from the public school. They sat on cozy rugs in front of me. Some even got the library pillows for extra comfiness. We were in a room surrounded by books as I talked about my books and all the work a writer puts into writing a book. :> Everyone was very enthusiastic. Thanks for a great visit!
After that I had to make for Saskatoon. So it was south from Meadow Lake, a gas and coffee fill up in North Battleford, and back to the area of the Radisson flooding. All traffic was being monitored so I was flagged to stop. They handed me a map. Detour for me. No traffic as small as my car was allowed through going in a SW direction.
I will admit to having a few moments wondering about the detour because there was a lot of water around at the start of the route. Later, at one point I rounded a corner and there was a herd of bison right by the road! They were behind a fence so probably a domesticated herd but still, how cool to see actual bison in the prairies?! There were no shoulders so I couldn’t pull off the road to get a photo. Rats.
|I’m going around the flooding?|
|Some areas of caution on the detour|
|Debris from flooding on the detour|
|Lots of water lying around|
|A crooked house|
|Love the architecture of the church|
|Sun getting lower, almost done driving|
All told the detour added about an hour to the trip. So, just over four hours of driving later I checked back into the Saskatoon Travelodge- – but this time not the room across from the parking lot door. Yay! I was so glad to be out of the car.
Random Memorable Moments
**I see this here at home too so it wasn’t shocking to me or anything, I just don’t usually see so many large animals at one time. Eg. Today’s roadside wildlife count went: two live wild turkeys!, dead red squirrel, dead gray squirrel, dead chipmunk, about three impossible to identifys, one lucky cat.