Member Profile

Joyce Grant

Photo: Beverley Daniels Photography 2015

Joyce Grant is an author, freelance journalist and literacy advocate. 
She delivers high-energy and inspiring workshops and presentations.

NOVELS:
SLIDING HOME (Lorimer Publishing)
This middle-grade baseball novel focuses on Miguel, who is holding down part-time jobs so he can bring his father to Canada from El Salvador. Set in Toronto's Christie Pits baseball field. (Sequel to Tagged Out.)

TAGGED OUT (Lorimer Publishing)
Fast-paced middle-grade book about baseball, for reluctant readers. Includes a strong secondary character who is gay.

PICTURE BOOKS:
GABBY (2013, illus: Jan Dolby, pub: Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
GABBY: DRAMA QUEEN (2013, illus: Jan Dolby, pub: Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
GABBY: WONDER GIRL (2016, illus: Jan Dolby, pub: Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

When Gabby drops her magic book, all of the letters fall out. Whatever she spells with those letters comes to life! Includes two pages of literacy activities.

WEBSITES:
Teaching Kids News, www.teachingkidsnews.com
Free kid-friendly news articles with curriculum questions.

Getting Kids Reading, www.gkreading.com
Activities, games, resources and book ideas to get kids reading.

Joyce's Presentations Website, www.joycegrantauthor.com
Information about Joyce's presentations.

Joyce's Author Blog, www.joycegrantauthor.com
Includes a kids' art gallery.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

GABBY. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013
GABBY: DRAMA QUEEN. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013
GABBY: WONDER GIRL. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2016
TAGGED OUT. Lorimer, 2016
SLIDING HOME. Lorimer, 2018

Awards

Ontario Library Association "OLA Top 10 Best Bets," picture book category for GABBY, 2014
Winner, Rainforest of Reading Award (Montserrat) for GABBY, 2015
Rainforest of Reading Award Nominee for GABBY, 2014
Selected for TD Canadian Children's Book Week Author Tour, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

HOW TO AVOID FAKE NEWS
Gr. 4-7
Identify and avoid fake news--and find the good stuff online. "Practical, engaging!"

WORD SCRAMBLE
K-3

Super energetic, interactive presentations using scrambled letters. Includes a behind-the-scenes look at how picture books are made. "Fun!"

WRITING WORKSHOPS
Gr. 4-9
Journalism and picture book workshops. 

GETTING KIDS READING
Parent/literacy night coming up? My very popular, practical session for parents will help to "get your kid reading."

HOW TO TEACH KIDS TO AVOID FAKE NEWS
Practical, popular presentations for teachers and teacher-candidates.

KEYNOTES AND SKYPE VISITS
i also do great keynotes for conferences and meetings, and Skype visits. Check out my website for testimonials. Let's talk!

Presentation Length:
40 mins (approx.)
Genre:
Avoiding Fake News, Picture books, Journalism, Media Literacy, Literacy, Writers' Craft, Critical Thinking
Grades:
K-9
Audience size:
Small or large groups are fine.
Workshop Description:

HOW TO AVOID FAKE NEWS
Think critically about online news, and avoid fake news. Practical, engaging.

JOURNALISM FOR KIDS
Journalism, writing headlines, interviewing, the 5 Ws, pyramid-style writing. Kids love it!

WRITERS' CRAFT
Fun, practical workshops that get kids writing.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$600
Three sessions:
$900
Four sessions:
$1,200
One session:
$150
Two sessions:
$450
Three sessions:
$700
Four sessions:
$1,000
GST:
GST applicable