Joyce Grant

Joyce Grant

Author
Toronto, ON
Awards

Rainforest of Reading Award (Montserrat) (Winner, 2015)

Ontario Library Association Best Bet (Commended, 2013)

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens (Commended, 2013)

Toy Testing Council Recommended Read (Commended, 2014)

Rainforest of Reading, St. Lucia and Grenada (Short-listed, 2014)

Genres

Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Picture books

Biography

AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, LITERACY SPECIALIST

Joyce Grant is an author and freelance journalist/editor. She is also the co-founder of the popular TeachingKidsNews.com website.

Author of the "Gabby" picture books (illustrated by Jan Dolby); and "Tagged Out" middle-grade baseball novel

Joyce's presenting style is highly energetic and interactive in a way that kids love. She is asked back by principals, time and again, because of her memorable writing workshops, media literacy seminars and readings.

In 2010, she co-founded Teaching Kids News, which uses kid-friendly language and context to help kids understand what is happening in their world. More than 4,000 people use the site every day during the school year.

Please contact Joyce at joycehgrant at gmail dot com, and visit her website, www.joycegrantauthor.com and on Twitter @JGCanada.

 

 

Presentations
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Fun, dramatic reading

The children “become” the characters and act out the scenes through body movement and character noises.

I use the Gabby series of picture books to set up the drama!

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Jumbled words!

Volunteers act out scenes or become “jumbled letters” that must be physically re-ordered and made into words that the whole audience can help with.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3)

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Plot, Setting, Character - Go!

Character, setting and plot are examined and developed in this fast-paced workshop.

Children develop their own stories right on the spot, offering up their ideas for interesting characters, exciting plots and magical objects, which are then acted out.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Create A Picture Book!

A unique, not-to-be-missed workshop.

In just one hour, the class will develop an entire picture book!

And not just any picture book -- one with incredible characters, setting and plot. 

Teams are assigned double-page spreads to write and illustrate to create the picture book which is later assembled and can even be submitted to the school library. 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Teaching Kids the News: Media Lit

Based on my popularTeachingKidsNews.com kid-friendly news website, children learn about the current news of the day and come to understand the issues. Discussions involving point-of-view, bias and the basics of reporting help them begin to think critically about the news they see and hear every day.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Journalism 101

Ever wondered what a journalist does, to report the news?

We look at headlines, news gathering techniques, journalism writing style (the inverted pyramid), the five Ws and other journalism fundamentals.

We examine bias and reporter error. And we create some of our own headlines and stories based on real-life "facts."

Journalism techniques aren't just for reporters -- they help kids write with clarity, and create a logical flow to their writing.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: High school (9-12)

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Getting Kids Reading

Perfect for Literacy Week!

Joyce's literacy workshop, for teachers and parents, will give you dozens of great ideas to hook kids on reading.

Based on her literacy blog, Getting Kids Reading (gkreading.com), Joyce brings in tons of games, activities and toys that will get kids reading.

And not those boring or "uncool" games and activities, either. We're talking, big-fun, absorbing, kids-won't-even-know-they're-reading games!

Presentation type: Other

Recommended levels: Not applicable

Fees: $250 (rebate from The Writers' Union's Authors in the Schools program may apply)

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Panels, Keynotes, Festivals

Joyce is a lively presenter on a range of topics including:

* Literacy

* Writing

* Journalism and kid-friendly news

* Media Lit

* Marketing

* Kidlit

She is also available to judge writing competitions.

Her company, The Plot Goes Viral (theplotgoesviral.com) helps authors and illustrators better market their books. Along with digital guru Angela Misri, she conducts thorough Author Website Critiques.

Recommended levels: Not applicable

Fees: Standard