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Presenting two papers at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference

March 8, 2017

What: Presenting “You’re Not Just Gonna Read to Us, Are You?” and “Co-authorship Alongside Published Authors: Technology, Children’s Literature, and Engagement” with Candace Figg
When: March 8 and March 9
Where: “Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education” conference, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Austin Texas

You’re Not Just Gonna Read to Us, Are You?

    Kari-Lynn Winters, Brock University, Canada
    Candace Figg, Brock University, Canada
    Wednesday, March 8 4:55 PM-5:15 PM

Authorship is changing in the 21st century because of contemporary technologies such as web 2.0 tools and access to mobile devices. Through their own agency, children are increasingly choosing tech-enhanced media, especially since children are given opportunities to be positioned as co-authors when they use these materials. How then do we integrate 21st century technical tools and pedagogies without compromising the integrity of traditional children’s literature? And further, how might educators look to published authors and their digital authorship/presentations in order to re-connect today’s media savvy youth with imaginative and modal authorship opportunities through children’s literature?


Co-authorship Alongside Published Authors: Technology, Children’s Literature, and Engagement

    Kari-Lynn Winters, Brock University, Canada
    Candace Figg, Brock University
    Thursday, March 9 1:45 PM-2:45 PM

Authorship is changing in the 21st century because of contemporary technologies such as web 2.0 tools and access to mobile devices. Through their own agency, children are increasingly choosing tech-enhanced media, especially since children are given opportunities to be positioned as co-authors when they use these materials. How then do we integrate 21st century technical tools and pedagogies without compromising the integrity of traditional children’s literature? And further, how might educators rely on digital modes in order to re-connect today’s media savvy youth with imaginative and modal authorship opportunities through children’s literature?

In this workshop session, one language arts associate professor and one tech education professor come together to demonstrate diverse approaches to tech-enhanced and modal literacies in order to explore co-authorship and responses to children’s literature. Technologies being featured include: QR codes, slideshows, slowmation animation, Skype in the classroom, and apps. This session is designed to address the comfort level of those new to integrating technologies as well as those with more expertise.

Research demonstrates that educators may better engage with young audiences when they act as designers of digitally-mediated and multimodal materials (Pahl & Rowsell, 2011; Potts, 2012; Winters & Vratulis, 2012). Previous practices surrounding Language Arts in the classroom (e.g., read-alouds, process writing, creating speeches, current events) may not be as authentic for contemporary young audiences. When using tech-enhanced programming, students can take on the challenge of becoming co-authors. Not only do they read and use interactive storybooks and mobile devices, and use digital tools to create their own books, they can also work directly with professional authors, adapt literature using media, engage in collaborative writing/illustrating, and role play characters moving between virtual and real worlds. Based on a three-year study of professional authors in the schools and how they used technology during their author visits, this session will demonstrate diverse approaches to tech-enhanced and modal literacies in order to explore digital co-authorship and responses to children’s literature. Specifically, it moves children from simply reading or consuming literature to authoring their own ideas and becoming media producers/co-authors.

The two instructors bring (together) over 30 years of experience in elementary school classrooms and at university teacher education settings. The first instructor’s focus has been on multimodal authorship, language arts, and the arts. The second instructor’s focus has been on digital pedagogies, integration of technology in daily classroom teaching, and TPACK.


Reading at Suzuki Niagara Benefit Concert

March 5, 2017

What: Performance of Stinky Skunk Mel with the Suzuki Niagara String Collective
When: Sunday March 5
Where: B’nai Israel Synagogue, 190 Church St., St. Catharines

See more at suzukiniagara.com/2017-fundraiser.


Presenting French Toast at Ontario Library Association Conference

February 3, 2017

What: Reading at the OLA Superconference
When: Friday February 3, 2017, 12:30pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario Indie Pavilion

See details at olasuperconference.ca.


Selected for Canadian Children’s Book Week tour!

December 2, 2016

What: TD Canadian Children’s Book Week selected author
When: May 6-13, 2017
Where: across the province of Quebec

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2017 runs from Saturday, May 6 to Saturday, May 13, 2017. Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week. This is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Each May, over 400 readings are given to over 25,000 children, teens and adults in roughly 175 communities across the country as we make every possible effort to reach children in more remote regions and communities. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival. See more: bookweek.ca/kari-lynn-winters.


Reading at Saturday Storytime: Sounds in the City!

November 12, 2016

What: Read-aloud and kids activities
When: Saturday November 12, 11:00am
Where: Powerplant Art Gallery, Toronto

In Maria Loboda’s exhibition Some Weep, Some Blow Flutes, a rail along one wall has letters that spell out the sound of a yawn. What other sounds do people make? What about animals? What about sounds in the city?

Children under 5 are welcome to bring Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, or other guardian to this program featuring award-winning children’s book author Kari-Lynn Winters, who will read On My Walk and lead other related activities. One reviewer writes of On My Walk: “This fun book with onomatopoeic words like clippity-clop, hippity-hop and drippity-drop, is set in Vancouver. The child in the book enjoys a pleasant summer walk with mom (presumably) and pet dog. Along the way, he observes many things, including horses, frogs, fish and freighters. And, of course, the Vancouver rain makes an appearance, turning the summer walk into a summer run. This simple and short book is a celebration of walking in our city.”

See more at thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Programs/Other-Programs/Saturday-Story-Time–Sounds-in-the-City!.aspx.


Presenting at WNY Childrens Book Expo

November 6, 2016

What: Reading at Western New York Children’s Book Expo
When: Sunday Nov. 6, 2016, 10am-3pm
Where: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY

Come see a dramatic performance of Let’s Play a Hockey Game!, at the Buffalo News Story Time Corner at 2:00pm. See full schedule, and see the Authors pages.


Organizing: Festival of Readers literary festival

October 13, 2016

What: A three-day literary festival
When: October 13-15
Where: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Niagara Artists Centre, and St. Catharines Public Library (central branch)

The Festival of Readers is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions. This three-day literary festival takes place in St. Catharines this 13-15 October 2016, in partnership with the Two Days of Canada conference series, Niagara Artists Centre and the St. Catharines Public Library. See more: festivalofreaders.com.

See also the St. Catharines Standard article “New literary festival makes its debut in St. Catharines” (Oct 12, 2016) and the Brock News item “Top Canadian authors coming to Niagara for Two Days of Canada conference” (Oct. 11, 2016).


Hosting: Word on the Street

September 25, 2016

What: Hosting TD Children’s Literature Tent, and presenting Good Pirate
When: Sunday September 25, 2016, 2:20-5:20pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!


Presenting: Telling Tales Festival

September 18, 2016

What: Presenting Good Pirate at the Telling Tales Book Festival
When: September 18, 10am-4pm
Where: Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton Ontario

As you pass through the Westfield Heritage Village “Gates of Time”, you will be delighted to discover a world that existed before the internet and video/computer games. Here life is simple, and stories and history are coming alive! Feature performances are scheduled to take place at nine different stage areas throughout the village…

Read about the history of the festival at tellingtales.org/our-history, or see my presenter page at tellingtales.org/presenters/.


Reading for World Cup of Hockey!

September 17, 2016

What: I was invited to read my new book Let’s Play a Hockey Game for the World Cup Of Hockey in Toronto!
When: September 17 and 24
Where: Toronto’s Distillery District (just east of Air Canada Centre)

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The NHL and NHL Players’ Association want fans to enjoy more than the games at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village will help make that happen. Video screens in the Fan Village will broadcast all World Cup games. There also will be a variety of entertainment activities for fans of all ages. See more: nhl.com/news/world-cup-of-hockey-unveils-fan-village.


Meet The Author at ALA Annual Conference

June 25, 2016

What: Book signing at Publisher’s Spotlight, American Library Association
When: Saturday June 25, 10:30am
Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Come get your advance copy of Good Pirate, winner of the Rainforest of Reading award, signed at the Pajama Press booth! See the publicity flyer.


Invited author, ABC Children’s Institute

June 21, 2016

What: Invited author / facilitator, American Booksellers Association conference
When: June 21-23
Where: Wyndham Orlando Resort International, Florida

Join your children’s bookselling colleagues! Taking full advantage of our schedule immediately preceding ALA’s annual conference and close proximity to Disney World, ABC Group is actively planning a hefty program of keynote and featured talks, breakout education sessions, round-table discussions, an author reception, a rep picks speed dating lunch, and Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party.


Good Pirate Book Launch

June 5, 2016

What: Book Launch and Pirate Ship Adventure for Good Pirate
When: Sunday June 5, 12:30-2:00pm
Where: Centre Island, Toronto

The event was a success! Here’s a picture from Bob McNicoll’s facebook page.


Nominated: City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

June 4, 2016

What: St. Catharines Arts Awards “Emerging Artist Award”
When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Where: Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

First presented in 2005, the Arts Awards increase the visibility of St. Catharines’ artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements, and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector. Arts Award recipients to date demonstrate St. Catharines’ breadth of talent and commitment to the arts. The arts groove is on at the 2016 St. Catharines Arts Awards, with a night of performances, awards and local celebration! St. Catharines celebrates excellence in all areas of artistic creation and contribution, honouring local artists and cultural leaders and their achievements with awards handed out in 6 categories. See more at www.stcatharines.ca/en/livein/ArtsAwards.asp.

P.S. I won!! See stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/06/05/st-catharines-arts-awards-recipients-announced.


Featured in Niagara This Week: article and award show

June 2, 2016

From niagarathisweek.com/community-story/6703981-shining-a-light-on-st-catharines-s-emerging-artists/:

“Shining a light on St. Catharines’s emerging artists: Arts Awards coming June 4
Niagara This Week
By Melinda Cheevers


Kari-Lynn Winters
Photo by Brad Moore
Kari-Lynn Winters is one of five artists nominated in the Emerging Artist Award category of the St. Catharines Arts Awards.

ST. CATHARINES — If Kari-Lynn Winters wasn’t able to write, she just wouldn’t feel right.

“I’m so passionate about it. I couldn’t not write,” said the children’s author. “My mind doesn’t feel right if I’m not writing.”

That’s why every morning, before her kids get up and before she has to head off to work as an

associate professor teaching drama and education at Brock University, she spends three hours writing. She’s been doing that for 10 years, since before she published her first illustrated book for children. Now, 16 published books later, she keeps up with the habit.

“It’s all about discipline,” she said.

It’s not just children’s books she publishes, Winters is also a playwright. She finds joy in creating new worlds and telling unique stories in interesting ways. A teacher at heart, she tries to infuse educational elements in all of her work — like her book of poetry Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On and the informational interactive activity book Bite Into Bloodsuckers, all about insects.

Winters is one of five St. Catharines artists nominated in the emerging artist category, recognizing and celebrating their current accomplishments and their future potential. While the artists are all varied in their approach, the one thing they have in common is passion. While Winters is an author and playwright, the other four nominees are all musicians: folk singer songwriter Whitney Pea has been performing across the region and beyond as part of a full band and as a solo artist, Beth Moore’s music makes regular appearances on CBC Radio as she carves out a career for herself on the national stage, Charlotte Knight is making a name for herself in Canada’s opera scene with regular musical theatre performances, and Aaron Berger incorporates his inspiring story of overcoming mental health challenges into his musical performances.

Berger, Moore and Knight will all be performing during the award ceremony, along with a performance by NSO Music Director and established artist award nominee Bradley Thachuk with members of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

In total, 19 artists are up for awards in five categories. In addition to Emerging Artist, other awards handed out that night will include Established Artist, Arts in Education, Making a Difference, and Patron of the Arts. Past Arts Award recipients Deb Slade and Mike Enns will be the emcees at the event.

The awards will be handed out Saturday night during a ceremony taking place at Cairns Recital Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening are still available for purchase.

They are $12 in advance or $17 on event day, plus applicable fees and taxes. Tickets are available through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office online at firstontarioPAC.ca or by calling 1-855-515-0722.

Following the awards event, there will be an after party at Mahtay Cafe and Lounge on St. Paul Street.

For more information on the St. Catharines Arts Awards, visit www.stcatharines.ca/artsawards.




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