Roxanne Rudkin

Roxanne Rudkin

Calgary, AB

Roxanne Rudkin lives in Calgary, Alberta. Roxanne has had a long career as a registered nurse. Looking after sick children in the emergency department was always a special challenge; to not only meet their physical needs, but to try to bring some aspect of joy to the experience. Her hope was that her books might help bring a smile to those very little ones needing to be brave.

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Author Visit

I enjoy sharing my story and the journey of creating LuLu and Boo with children and adults of all ages. I prefer to adapt my talk and readings to the interests of the group. I find the responses from different age groups helps keep my sessions varied. Ideally, my visit works best in a classroom, library, or resource room setting with smaller groups.

With a younger group I will read my story and have an interactive discussion focusing on new experiences, leaving our comfort zones, and finding new friends. I also like to discuss the characters and what sort of adventures the audience imagines them having. Of course with young children there are usually many surprise questions.  With an older class group, children 8 – 11 years, the discussion tends to focus more on the writing experience, the ideas, building the characters and story line, and the journey of publishing a children’s story for the first time. I have also had the opportunity to present to a small group of high school students, as well as an intimate group of adults, where we discussed the process and challenges of creating a book for young children from concept, to publishing, to promotion.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)