I am available to speak in schools and libraries and at literary festivals. I also speak at professional conferences. Please browse below.

For rates, dates and details, please contact me at .


TALKS FOR KIDS

My presentations for kids are humorous, interactive and supported by colourful slide-shows as well as hand-held props (manuscripts, notebooks, etc.). As most of my recent books are picture books, I currently offer talks for grades 1 through 5.

Presentations generally start with the story-of-Stanley. The Stanley books, illustrated by Bill Slavin, are a perfect vehicle to discuss the reading, writing and publishing processes in a kid-and-dog-friendly way. Also, I have found that these books ó being funny, visual and about a "bad" dog ó have wide appeal across age groups and keep audiences happily engaged.

The second half of my presentations is flexible. I can offer any of these options:

* counting, rhyming and moving for grade 1 (Goodnight Sweet Pig)
* the sports/hockey story (The Farm Team)
* the folk tale & food tale (Toads on Toast)
* the wonderful worlds of what-if? (If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur & If Kids Ruled the World)

If your school has a special focus or program, please let me know. For details, or to make a booking, please contact me at .


"Linda is a librarian's delight for school presentations. She clearly loves what she does and conveys that simply and effectively to a wide age range of children. Highly recommended!"

Diane Barrie, Teacher-Librarian, North Vancouver

"Thanks for such a terrific day! Iíve heard nothing but rave reviews from my colleagues. And when I had two little girls in my own class who didnít want to eat lunch, but wanted to write a story, I know that you reached the writer in each of them. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!Ē
Paul Berry, Teacher-Librarian, Coquitlam

"You were MAGNIFICENT!"   Hal Wake, Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver

"All of the branch staff were so pleased with all the energy, ideas and encouragement you gave to the children and adults. Someday a writer will walk up to you and say you inspired them."   Ellen Davies, Public Librarian, Salmon Arm

"My students were still buzzing by the end of the day -- your Good Times Travel Agency books all went home."  Jody Colbourne, Teacher-Librarian, Toronto


TALKS FOR ADULTS

I am an experienced speaker at professional conferences for teachers, librarians and writers. My talks are supported by entertaining, informative slide-show presentations of picture-book art, book covers and photos. I am always happy to tailor my talks toward conference themes.

Here is a sample of my conference experience:

* Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Toronto (keynote)
* Kaleidoscope Children's Literature Conference, Calgary
* Serendipity Children's Literature Conference, Vancouver
* Children's Literature Roundtable Conferences, Edmonton (keynote)
* Georgia Children's Literature Conference, Athens, Georgia
* CANSCAIP Packaginging Your Imagination Conference, Toronto (keynote)
* International Reading Association annual conferences (Atlanta, Reno, Sacramento, Phoenix & more)
* Authorfest, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
* California Teacher Librarian Association Conference, Los Angeles (keynote)
* Reading for the Love of It, Toronto (keynote)
* North Central Teachers Convention Alberta, Edmonton
* Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Regina (keynote)
* Yukon Teachers Association "Inspiring Writers" Conference, Whitehorse


BOOKINGS

To make a booking (or for more info), please email me at .

ONTARIO TEACHERS & LIBRARIANS: For school and library visits in Ontario, please contact Authors Booking Service at .


© Linda Bailey, 2007