Joan Marie Galat

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Joan Marie Galat

Author
Spruce Grove, AB
Awards

Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award (Winner, 2015)

Honorable Mention – Shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (Short-listed, 2014)

Writers Guild of Alberta – R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Winner, 2013)

Silver Moonbeam Award – Nonfiction Picture Book (Winner, 2013)

Edmonton Journal bestseller list (Commended, 2014)

Gold Moonbeam Award (science/activity category) (Winner, 2008)

Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (2007)

Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award nomination (Long-listed, 2010)

Writers Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (2005)

Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Planets (Long-listed, 2004)

Bestseller: Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories in the Stars (Commended, 2001)

CCBC Our Choice Selections/Edmonton Public School Board Recommended Titles (Commended)

Genres

Non-fiction, Picture books

Biography

Although  she started making books at the age of nine, Joan Marie Galat wasn’t published until 12 years old, when she became a paid weekly newspaper columnist. Today she is the award-winning author of eleven books, with new titles scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.

She shares her love of the stars in the Dot to Dot in the Skyseries which combines the science of the night sky with the ancient myths that give constellations and planets their names. Her first title, Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories in the Stars, became a best seller within six weeks of its release.

Joan’s books for children explore astronomy, ancient myths and legends, light pollution, history, and nature. She writes fiction and non-fiction, including two books for Scholastic classified as “info-fiction fantasy story.” A prolific writer for all ages and relentless promoter of reading, Joan loves to use storytelling to connect with audiences. A highlight in her career involved presenting Korean translations of her books at an international book fair in Seoul.

Joan operates MoonDot Media, a communications business offering writing and editing solutions in broadcast, print, and multi-media. She is the contributing editor of a quarterly magazine called The Advocate. Her freelance jobs have encompassed writing radio and video scripts, an Internet cartoon, exhibit text, speechwriting, and much more.

Presentations
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Dot to Dot in the Sky

When it comes to helping students find the joy in reading and writing, the sky’s the limit for astronomy author and freelance writer, Joan Marie Galat. In a lively presentation that blends facts, storytelling, and writing tips, Joan launches your reluctant-reader boys into books without leaving the girls behind. She takes advantage of the fact that boys are most drawn to fact-based reading.

Students of all ages find it hard to resist the lure of astronaut food, exploding stars, and black holes—topics that fascinate kids. From myths of gods, goddesses, and creatures in the night sky to the marvels of space, Joan also intrigues young writers with her story of becoming a paid columnist at age 12. By the end of the presentation boys will be heading to the library to take out books and students will enjoy a fresh outlook that builds literacy skills—writing can be fun.

BONUS while this presentation is perfect for grabbing the attention of all grades, it also fits curriculums for many grades.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)