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Sue Irwin

Photo: Jonathan Irwin 2016

It was in Grade 1 that Sue discovered the love of reading. That was when her mother took her to the local public library for the first time (she remembers being amazed that "house" and "horse" were spelled exactly the same way, except for one letter). Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" were her favourites, and after completing one book, she couldn't wait to return it so she could borrow another - for free! Later, she read every Nancy Drew mystery she could find. Today, she still enjoys reading mysteries and she likes nonfiction more than ever.

Sue is curious, and for her, research is just plain fun. A proud Canadian, she's especially interested in the lives of her fellow-citizens, both famous and not-yet-famous. And she enjoys sharing newly discovered facts with kids. An elementary school teacher, Sue is comfortable doing presentations with children from JK to Grade 8, but the subject matter of Safety Stars is most suitable for students in Grades 3 to 8 (Safety Stars comes with a free downloadable resource guide for teachers. Please see link below).

Having been a hockey fan for as long as she can remember, Sue thought she knew the game well. But as she conducted research for the book, she was excited to learn more about the history of the game, its rules, and the competitors themselves. All of the players featured in Safety Stars are Canadian, and many grew up in Ontario. When Sue comes to your school, she'll highlight the hockey heroes from your town, whenever possible. Prepare to be surprised by the fun facts that she'll share!

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Safety Stars - Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer. James Lorimer and Company, 2015
Using Less Energy. Reading A-Z, 2010
Cuff Bracelet. Highlights for Children, 2009
Love and Ladybugs. AppleSeeds Magazine, 2007


Nominated, Forest of Reading Silver Birch Nonfiction Award for Safety Stars, 2017
A Canadian Children's Book Centre "Best Books for Kids and Teens" selection for Safety Stars, 2015
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario "Curriculum Development Award" for Safety Stars, 2015
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, Writers' Award for His Stories were a Real Snoozer, 2010
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' "Brevity is the Soul of Wit" Writers Contest, Honourable Mention for Jack and the Beanstalk, 2008
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Sue's presentation topics include:

- how she became interested in hockey. She'll share memories of her first (embarrassing!) hockey experience.

- the exciting world of nonfiction

- the process of writing for publication (includes researching, writing, and revising)

- Ha, Ha! Hockey Talk (includes hockey trivia and funny quotes from professional players)

- how students' actions can make a positive difference in the lives of others

- concussion safety (includes ways to reduce injury risk, concussion symptoms, the importance of reporting injuries, and treatment of concussions).

Sue enjoys interacting with her audience, and will intersperse opportunities for Q & A throughout her presentation.

Presentation Length:
45 to 60 minutes
Nonfiction for Children and YA
3 to 8
Audience size:
Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable