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Speech at National Council of Teachers of English

November 23, 2013

What: Featured speaker, National Council of Teachers of English, on “Moving Beyond Words: A Pinching, Swiping, and Scrolling Appreciation of Literature and the Arts in the 21st Century”
When: Saturday, November 23, 2:45-4:00 PM
Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston

Given the innovative tools and media of the 21st century, inspiring students to connect deeply with traditional literacies has become more challenging. This interactive session with award-winning children’s authors/educators will ‘move you beyond words’, demonstrating how new technologies when combined with traditional literacies can inspire new appreciation for reading/writing and arts-based practices.

See more at www.ncte.org.


Picture Books as Performance workshop

November 7, 2013

What: Workshop for student teachers and writers
When: November 7, 2:30p.m.
Where: Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg

All are invited to attend “Picture Books as Performance”, a workshop with Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters, Assistant Professor at Brock University and Picture Book Author. This workshop will explore how educators may connect with children in order to develop semiotic and critical practices, and to participate in developing their literate communities. This workshop is recommended for student teachers, educators, and others interested in young people’s texts and cultures, picture books, and cross-media literacies. Please email n.hamer@uwinnipeg.ca to reserve a place. Light refreshments will be provided.

See Dr. Perry Nodelman’s announcement of this event at facebook.com/perrynodelman/posts/10151982338560775, or read about the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures.


Rainforest of Reading in Grenada

October 26, 2013

What: Tour of Gift Days
When: October 1 – October 26
Where: Santa Lucia, Grenada

On September 30, RAINFOREST OF READING, a book festival featuring 12 award-winning children’s books from Canada, planted its roots in schools throughout the Eastern Caribbean starting in Saint Lucia and Grenada. The three-week event engages 4,000 Grade 3 students in over 100 primary schools. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.

See more about the festival or about my book at the festival.


Buzz about Bees nominated for Silver Birch!

October 16, 2013

The Ontario Library Association has selected Buzz About Bees for its reader’s-choice competition Silver Birch (for grades 3-6), which is described as “the single largest children/young adult literary” award for the province. This book will now be distributed, along with a number of other books for the same age-range, to most public schools across Ontario where the students will read and vote on their favourites.

Read more about the Forest of Trees program and see a list of the Silver Birch nominees.


Hosting: Word on the Street

September 22, 2013

What: Hosting Children’s Tent at Toronto’s annual Word on the Street festival
When: Sunday September 22, 2013, 2-5pm (see schedule)
Where: Queen’s Park, 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!

I’ll be signing books at the Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers/ Tradewind Books booth in the morning, and then hosting for the Children’s Activity Tent in the afternoon. See more at thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto/author/kari-lynn-winters.


Telling Tales: children’s stories and entertainment in the park

September 15, 2013

What: I’m helping organize a celebration of stories in many forms!
When: Sunday, September 15, 10:00-4:00
Where: Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton, Ontario

About: Step through Westfield’s Gates of Time into a beautiful historic village where Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians bring stories alive. Proceeds go to local literacy projects.

Whether you have a newborn or a sixteen-year-old – our festival has something for every age. Avid readers and, most importantly, reluctant readers will find this a rewarding experience. Parents, grandparents, educators, aspiring writers and illustrators, established writers and illustrators, storytellers, musicians, literacy champions, history buffs and lovers of stories will enjoy Telling Tales.

A new annual family experience to take your grand-children to years from now. A place to discover what’s new and what’s never forgotten in the realm of children’s stories.

See more at facebook.com/TellingTalesFestival and tellingtales.org.


Buzz about Bees launches at Clovermead Adventure Farm

August 10, 2013

What: Presentation, games, annual Bee Beard Competition, and activity park
When: Saturday, August 10 (originally scheduled for July 27; postponed due to rain)
Where: Clovermead Apiary’s 9th Annual Bee Beard Competition & Pioneer Games, 11302 Imperial Rd. N., Aylmer, Ontario

See the many things to do at clovermead.com/adventure.htm, read about this event at clovermead.com/events.htm, and see how to get here.


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Gift Days an Ontario Library Association finalist!

July 31, 2013

Gift Days was selected as one of a dozen Canadian books in the new Rainforest of Reading literacy program and competition. See their website, and the press release Canadian-Created Annual Book Festival to Cultivate Literacy in Nine Caribbean Nations.


Keynote speech: Visual/Verbal Texts Symposium

June 25, 2013

What: Delivering the keynote speech, and a paper, at the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures “Visual/Verbal Texts” conference
Topic: “Co-authoring Picture Books: How Young Audiences Semiotically and Critically Interact with Professional Authors During Author Visits”
When: June 25-27
Where: University of Winnipeg

Instruction in children’s literature, like so many learning experiences, is changing in the twenty-first century because of the immersion in contemporary technologies such as Web 2.0 tools, animation, and access to hand-held or 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 tools. How then do we as educators and researchers integrate 21st century technologies without compromising the integrity and significant role of traditional children’s literature? Comparing author visits from three Canadian children’s authors, we explore how young audiences semiotically and critically interact before, during, and after author visits. My findings demonstrate that children’s literature is still very much alive in schools and that professional authors and educators may better engage with young audiences when they give students opportunities to act as co-authors who simultaneously mediate words, pictures, and multimodal materials together. See crytc.uwinnipeg.ca/pdf/Visual_Verbal_Texts_Program.pdf.


Canadian Association for Research in Early Literacy Post Conference

June 6, 2013

What: Presenting two papers:

  • “Educators’ perceptions of in and out of school literacies: Challenging traditional notions in the 21st Century,” by
    Cynthia Medford-Williams, Lianne Fisher, and Kari-Lynn Winters (Brock University)
  • “Won’t she learn that in kindergarten: Parents and Early Years Teacher’s Perspectives of Emergent and Early Literacy,” by Kari-Lynn Winters, Debra Harwood, and Lianne Fisher

When: June 6, 2013
Where: CAREC Conference, University of Victoria, BC

Read about our paper in coverage by the National Post:

New ideas fuel anxiety as parents expect more from their children and educators,” by Sarah Boesveld. National Post, June 2, 2013.


Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference

June 4, 2013

What: Presenting “Fracturing the writing space: Using the arts, literature, and digital media to ignite process writing,” by Kimberley Lenters and Kari-Lynn Winters
When: June 4, 2013
Where: CSSE Conference, University of Victoria, BC


Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada Conference

June 1, 2013

What: Presenting “Co-authoring children’s literature: Using digital media to deepen motivation and knowledge across the content areas,” by Vetta Vratulis and Kari-Lynn Winters
When: June 1, 2013
Where: LLRC Conference, University of Victoria, BC


Buzz about Bees book launch

May 20, 2013

What: Conservation area and historic heritage village all-day open house, featuring free admission, a gift shop, coffee shop, hiking trails, butterfly gardens, and the launch of Buzz about Bees
When: Monday May 20 (Victoria Day), activities start at 9am and book launch is at 1pm.
Where: Balls Falls Conservation Area (about halfway between Grimsby and St. Catharines)
Getting there: see below

Directions to Balls Falls:


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Give a Gift Day Fundraiser and book launch

March 23, 2013

What: Fundraiser for education in Africa and book launch of Gift Days
When: Saturday March 23, 2:30pm
Where: Talbot Teen Centre, St. Thomas, Ontario

In North America children live a life of privilege. They have clean water, healthy foods, and opportunities for education, rest, and play. This interactive book launch fund raiser is intended to raise money for two causes that I feel strongly about: The Talbot Teen Centre and Equity in the Developing World. Half the donations of money and school supplies will be given away locally, and the rest brought to Africa in April.

The following donations will be accepted at the event:

  • Canadian Tire Money (to buy school supplies for children in Africa)
  • Unused school supplies (e.g., pencils, note books, glue sticks, markers, scissors, pencil crayons, construction paper, paints, brushes, etc.)
  • Loose change
  • Old glasses
  • Light scarves or old costume jewelry (for the teachers and the grandmothers)
  • Hockey bags (to carry the supplies to and around Africa)
  • Hotel shampoos/lotions/soaps

See more at www.facebook.com/events/507115059334056.


Gift Days nominated for BC Book Prize!

March 15, 2013

The West Coast Book Prize Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2013 BC Book Prizes. Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and publishers! The winner of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be announced at the BC Book Prize Soirée in April.

Gift Days

Young Nassali longs to read and write like her brother, but since her mother’s death, Nassali is responsible for looking after her younger siblings and running the household. There is no time for books and learning. Then one day, she wakes up to discover that her chores have been taken care of. It is her first gift day. From that day on, once a week, her brother gives Nassali the gift of time so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted. Kari-Lynn Winters is an author, poet, and performer. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University in St Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in- education. Stephen Taylor has illustrated numerous children’s books, including educational publishings over a span of 20 years. Taylor was born in Dulwich, England and currently resides in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son.

See bcbookprizes.ca and Wikipedia.




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