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Elly MacKay

Elly MacKay

Elly MacKay is the author and illustrator of several picture books, such as Red Sky at Night, Butterfly Park and If You Hold A Seed. She is known for her unusual illustrations using light and paper. She lives in Owen Sound, Ontario with her family. 

City:
Owen Sound
Province:
Yukon

Publications

If You Hold A Seed. Running Press, 2013
The Best Gifts - New Edition. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2013
Shadow Chasers. Running Press, 2014
Fall Leaves. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Butterfly Park. Running Press, 2015
Maya. Owlkids, 2016
Beach Baby. Orca, 2016
Waltz of the Snowflakes. Running Press, 2017
Red Sky at Night. Tundra - Penguin Random House, 2018

Awards

South Asian Book Award for Maya, 2017
Blue Spruce Award - Honour Book for Butterfly Park, 2016
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Elly's presentations are very interactive and are adjusted for age. Elly introduces the craft of writing and illustrating and then has volunteers help her to build a scene in her miniature theater. After, she does a reading and follows up with a collaborative illustration. She wraps up the presentation with a story telling activity or for the younger grades, an exercise in reading wordless books. She is a former teacher and loves working with kids. Every year she visits dozens of schools, sharing her love of books and reading, writing and visual storytelling. 

Presentation Length:
40 min - 1 hour
Genre:
Picture Books
Grades:
JK - 5
Audience Size:
upto 90 students
Workshop Description:

Elly's presentations are very interactive and are adjusted for age. Elly introduces the craft of writing and illustrating and then has volunteers help her to build a scene in her miniature theater. After, she does a reading and follows up with a collaborative illustration. She wraps up the presentation with a story telling activity or for the younger grades, an exercise in reading wordless books. She is a former teacher and loves working with kids. Every year she visits dozens of schools, sharing her love of books and reading, writing and visual storytelling.