Kira Vermond

Kira Vermond

Author
Guelph, ON
Awards

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction (Winner, 2015)

Silver Birch Award (non-fiction) (Short-listed, 2017)

Red Maple Award (non-fiction) (Short-listed, 2015)

Red Maple Award (non-fiction) (Short-listed, 2013)

Red Cedar Award (2016)

Red Cedar Award (2013)

Genre

Non-fiction

Biography

Kira received her first (friendly) rejection letter from a kids' magazine when she was 11, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to be a writer.

Today, she’s a busy author and journalist for adults, teens and kids with over 1,500 articles and five books published, including 2017 Silver Birch nominee Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, all about lies, liars and how to catch them in the act. She has also written the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction winning Why We Live Where We Live, and Red Maple nominated The Secret Life of Money: A kid’s guide to cash and Growing Up, Inside and Out. (Plus a money book for grownups that some readers say changed their lives. So, that’s cool.)

 When she’s not writing, she’s whistling while she works, singing with the windows wide open and cooking tasty stuff. Oh. And drinking coffee. She likes to do that too.

Kira lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, a couple of fabulous kids, and a dog named Marbles who is both hypoallergenic and hyper-energetic.

Want to know more about Kira?

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Presentations
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We’re all liars! (And that’s normal)

You were probably taught that honesty is the best policy. So why do your parents ask you to pretend you like all your birthday gifts, even Aunt Dora’s knitted dinosaur sweater? Does “being polite” mean lying? And aren’t card players encouraged to bluff when they play poker? Talk about mixed messages! This fun and thoughtful presentation will guide students (grades 4-7) through the ethically complex maze we call deception – and will explore how lies actually touch every aspect of our lives.

From the moment we jump out of bed in the morning until we climb back in at night, we’re living with so many different sneaky lies, cheats, frauds, and deceptions, we don’t even realize they’re there! We’ll cover food fraud, bogus advertising, the placebo effect – and whether it’s ethical for doctors to prescribe sugar pills or even give fake shots – online trickery and cheating at school (plus how to stop). Finally, we’ll prove there’s a *100% accurate lie detection method that can spot liars big and small.

From spaghetti farmers in Switzerland, to rattlesnakes in ball pits (eek!) and compulsive liars who just can’t stop, this interactive and fascinating session based on Kira’s new book, Half-truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, will give students something to think about long after it’s over. (Honest!)

*About 50% of the time.

TO CELEBRATE OUR FOREST OF READING NOMINATION IN 2017: Illustrator Clayton Hanmer and Kira Vermond are joining forces to offer a special joint presentation! How did they work together to create The Secret Life of Money and Half-Truths and Brazen Lies? This fun and highly interactive session will give students new insights into how an illustrated book comes together! (Please ask for fee structure, travel costs, requirements when booking this session.) 

DETAILS:

My reading and presentation rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, and $600 for three, plus HST. (Sessions last between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the number of student questions.) My writing workshop rate is $400 + HST for a two-hour workshop. No travel charges within the Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area. Travel outside this area, transportation/accommodation fees may apply.

  • Best for grades 4-8
  • Maximum number of students per session: Up to 80 students.
  • I am comfortable presenting in the classroom, library, auditorium, and gymnasium.
  • Please provide access to a black or white board with writing supplies.
  • I request that a librarian, teacher or other school representative be present throughout presentations.

Thanks for your interest!

 

Presentation type: Reading

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

Fees: $250 for one session, $450 for 2 and $600 for 3, plus HST, No travel charges Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area.

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Let's Talk Money!

Credit cards, bartering and yap stones. What do they have in common? They’re all part of my dynamic presentation for schools and libraries. With money and personal finance getting more airplay at schools across Canada and the U.S., I make the curriculum come to life with fun stories, weird anecdotes and audience participation. Kids check out a counterfeit bill, discuss the downside to winning the lottery, and examine their own values and beliefs about what makes a person rich. After this presentation, students will never look at a can of beans or a bag of jellybeans in the same way again! (Schedule a visit to find out why….)

 

DETAILS:

My reading and presentation rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, and $600 for three, plus HST. (Sessions last between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the number of student questions.) My writing workshop rate is $400 + HST for a two-hour workshop. No travel charges within the Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area. Travel outside this area, transportation/accommodation fees may apply.

  • Best for grades 4-8
  • Maximum number of students per session: Up to 80 students.
  • I am comfortable presenting in the classroom, library, auditorium, and gymnasium.
  • Please provide access to a black or white board with writing supplies.
  • I request that a librarian, teacher or other school representative be present throughout presentations.

Thanks for your interest!

Presentation type: Reading

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

Fees: $250 for one session, $450 for 2 and $600 for 3, plus HST, No travel charges Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area.

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I Want to Be a Writer, But What Should I Write?

This hands-on workshop gives new writers tools, tricks and tips to get them writing their stories in no time. I’m a big believer in “race writing” where students are given a few topics to choose from, 15 minutes and lots of encouragement. By the end of the 2-hour session, each student will have a short story to show for it and feel energized to keep writing in his or her spare time. I’m happy to follow up with classes later through email or Skype and even send new writing assignments to spark their creativity throughout the year.

 

DETAILS:

My reading and presentation rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, and $600 for three, plus HST. (Sessions last between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the number of student questions.) My writing workshop rate is $400 + HST for a two-hour workshop. No travel charges within the Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area. Travel outside this area, transportation/accommodation fees may apply.

  • Best for grades 4-8
  • Maximum number of students per session: Up to 80 students.
  • I am comfortable presenting in the classroom, library, auditorium, and gymnasium.
  • Please provide access to a black or white board with writing supplies.
  • I request that a librarian, teacher or other school representative be present throughout presentations.

Thanks for your interest!

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

Fees: Workshop rate is $400 + HST for 2-hour workshop. No travel charges for Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo.

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Non-fiction is Anything But Boooring...

Quick! Why do humans live on this planet and not on another one? What does your brain have in common with a rat’s brain? Why are some countries rich and others poor? Kira Vermond has answered all of these questions in her books — and many, many more — and will give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to write non-fiction. (Hint: Curiosity helps!) She’ll take you through the life cycle of a book and magazine article, and will tackle topics such as: Where do ideas come from? How do you interview people and get them to spill the beans? Is it even possible to make boring statistics and facts sound interesting? Leave your yawns at home. This exciting workshop will get you thinking about the world in a whole new way.

 

DETAILS:

My reading and presentation rate is $250 for one session, $450 for two, and $600 for three, plus HST. (Sessions last between 45 minutes and one hour, depending on the number of student questions.) My writing workshop rate is $400 + HST for a two-hour workshop. No travel charges within the Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area. Travel outside this area, transportation/accommodation fees may apply.

  • Best for grades 4-8
  • Maximum number of students per session: Up to 80 students.
  • I am comfortable presenting in the classroom, library, auditorium, and gymnasium.
  • Please provide access to a black or white board with writing supplies.
  • I request that a librarian, teacher or other school representative be present throughout presentations.

Thanks for your interest!

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250 for one session, $450 for 2 and $600 for 3, plus HST, No travel charges Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo area.