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- Cicero

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August 21, 2009

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A Celebration of Books, 7/10 at UBC

July 10, 2009

Catch my presentation at UBC:



Association of Educational Publishers “Distinguished Achievement Award

June 15, 2009

Chickadee Magazine
Extreme Rollers
Chickadee Magazine
Extreme Rollers

We won another one! “Extreme Rollers” (ChickaDEE Magazine, pp. 22-25 January/February 2008), illustrated by Shane McGowan, was the winner of the Association of Educational Publishers 2009 “Distinguished Achievement Award” for fiction, grades K-5.

Read it online: click on the pictures on the right. Click to subscribe to ChickaDEE.


Summer Writing Camp for kids 11-19

June 10, 2009

August 10-14, I and fellow writers will be teaching courses at the Vancouver Public Library Canadian Book Camp. Here’s the blurb from their website:

Calling all aspiring writers and book lovers! Sharpen your pencils, stretch your typing fingers, and spark your imagination at the Canadian Book Camp!

This unique day Camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. Each morning features a new keynote speaker from the Canadian literary world. After lunch, campers experience a variety of different creative workshops. In this energetic, literary environment, campers are divided into two age groups: 11-13 and 14+.

Our inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts, and everyone in between!


Silver Medal!

June 2, 2009

Ben Hodson and I are so happy to share with you our latest news: Jeffery and Sloth won Silver Medal for the Chocolate Lily Awards! This was one of our best awards yet because all the voting was done by the schoolkids themselves, across BC.

Here are a couple photos of me with some of the other winners, inside Kidsbooks.

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Chocolate Lilly award winners, 2009


New “book” online! Oh Ducky Day!

May 4, 2009

O Ducky Dayread online

Things have dried up at the pond. Worms have become harder to find. Can two hungry ducks find a solution?

Ailsa Long, illustrator, and I have just posted a new picture book online: Oh Ducky Day! Read it for free at Everytales.com.

We won! Oh Ducky Day! was awarded “Winner of the Best Tale” contest.


Chocolate Lilly Awards

April 19, 2009

I am excited to say that my first book, Jeffrey and Sloth has been nominated for a Chocolate Lilly Award.

Readers from all over British Columbia will choose the winning book. This book will be announced on the evening of June 2nd, 2009 at the Chocolate Lilly Award celebration, taking place at Kidsbooks (Vancouver location, see photos below).

Hope to see some of you there! – Kari

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Chocolate Lily display at Vancouver’s Kidsbooks, featuring Jeffrey and Sloth


Triple book launch

April 13, 2009

Here are some links for the Triple Book Launch happening in St. Thomas, Ontario at the Talbot Teen Centre on April 18, 2009 from 2-4.

See:

1) The Gumboot Books website.

or

2) The Port Stanley News.

Hope to see you there.

Kari-Lynn Winters


Triple Book Launch, St. Thomas Ontario, April 18 2009

April 11, 2009

Saturday April 18 2009, at the Talbot Teen Centre, St. Thomas Ontario, 2:pm. Entrance fee is a donation to the Centre. Click on the image below to view the flyer (PDF):


aRHYTHMetic book launch at Science World!

March 12, 2009

Saturday March 14, 2009, at the Telus World of Science.

We have online videos of this first book launch, featuring the Oscar-worthy stage performances of all three authors. Videos are 24 minutes long in QuickTime format. Download small movie (28MB) or large movie (124MB). (Right-click “save as” to download to your computer.)

Click on the image below to view the flyer (PDF):



Watch for “aRHYTHMetic”

December 31, 2008

I just received the cover for my newest book aRHYTHMetic!  It is a collection of poetry about math that was conceived and created with Tiffany Stone and Lori Sherritt-Fleming.  It is also colourfully illustrated by Scot Ritchie and is published with Gumboot Books.

We will be launching the book in Vancouver, Richmond, and St. Thomas, ON in the spring.  It should be a grand time multiplied by ten!

Keep an eye on my blog to get the details.

Happy New Year!

K.


NCTE

November 10, 2008

I will be presenting at NCTE in San Antonio on Nov. 21st with 3 friends: Lori, Vetta, and Liz. If you are unable to attend but would like a copy of the presentation.  Please e-mail me. kari(at)kariwinters.com

Here is the abstract:

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Session: D.36 – 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm 11/21/2008 Format: Classroom Demonstration
Room: Topic: 21st-Century Literacy
Level(s): Middle (6-8), College/University

Title: TRANSFORMING STORYTELLING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In this interactive and informative session teachers will explore how stories, drama, and technology can merge to scaffold students for success in 21st century classrooms. We hope to empower learners and to transform traditional literacy pedagogy by teaching multimodal strategies such as hip hop, digital narration, improvisation, and digital choose your own adventure stories.

Presenter:  KARI-LYNN WINTERS, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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A World of Stories Book Launch

September 9, 2008

This is the Greater Vancouver area’s official Launch Party for the World of Stories collection.

It’s your chance to come out and pick up your copy of the book without paying for shipping, and get it signed by 30+ authors and illustrators who contributed to the book!

Revenues generated from the sales of this book are used to fund community literacy projects in Canada and the US.

Caulfeild Elementary has generously offered their gym for the occasion, and we will be presenting the students of Mrs. Perry’s 2008 grade 1 class with their copies of the collection, in celebration of their poem being included in the collection.

We will also have author readings and lots of fun activities celebrating literacy!


The Soiree and Beyond

April 22, 2008

It has only been a few days since I left the Northern Tour, and already I am missing our tour and times together.
After the soiree—an incredible event with silent auctions, friendly faces, kind hearts, and a celebratory atmosphere, I flew off to Ontario for a book tour.  I miss having a van full of friends to discuss the events with while listening to Johnnie Cash, a driver that would drop us off at a local coffee shop while he found the schools, libraries, etc., always ensuring that we were on time, and the fantastic scenery of the mountains, lakes, and forests.  The only thing that I don’t miss is the weather.  It’s warm here in Waterloo (about 24 degrees).  Also, the people are incredible here too (just as they were in the north).  I am reminded how lucky I am to live in this incredible nation.

I wrote a wee poem about the soiree….

If the soiree were a colour, it would be salmon pink (my favourite colour).
As vibrant as the reefs outside Australia.
If the soiree were a taste, it would be dark chocolate,
Smooth and melting in our mouths with just the right amount of sweetness.
If the soiree a sound it would be the alarm clock music on my ipod,
Something I love to savour and be in the moment with, but also something that moves me into another great day.


These Are Some Good Times

April 19, 2008

Thoughout this tour, the words of Trace Adkins’ keep ringing in my ears.  His words sing out: “These are some good times.  Take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this.“His words remind me to live in the present—to be in the moment.As I think about this tour, I know he’s right.  I ‘ll tell you what I am going to miss.

-Insightful children, asking sophisticated and difficult questions.
-Inspiring talks with the other authors, about writing, about fashion, about scenery, about books, about families, about stories, about life.
-Bryan’s coy sense of humour. His friendly and welcoming smile.
-Intelligent and caring teachers/principals who give us warm welcomes where ever we go.
-Librarians who adore books and make a difference in their communities.
-Incredible scenery.
-Yummy food.
-Gorgeous and well stocked book stores with dedicated and kind-hearted owners.
-Generous donations and accommodations.
-The smiling faces in the sea of audience members.
-Acting and presenting with Nan Gregory.
-Being driven to each event.
-Giving schools free books (paid for by donors).
-Spending time with new friends.
-Making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children each and every day.
Let me end with a poem written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, which I think says it all.

Good books.
Good times.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.
Good beginnings.
Good ends.
Good people.
Good friends.
Good fiction.
Good facts.
Good adventures.
Good acts.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.
GOOD books.
GOOD times.




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