Get ready to be ‘WOW’ed! We are bringing you a cultural explosion of African-Caribbean-inspired art through literature, and dance. Presented by bestselling children’s author, Valene Campbell and special guest(s). This program is best suited for students K-grade 6. Schools can opt for 1 or 2 assembly sessions: K-grade 3 and 4th-6th grade (recommended).
What Teachers are Saying…
What Teachers are Saying...
Duke (Grade 1 teacher, Peel Region)
The Children Were Glued!
Nicky (Grade 1 teacher, Peel Region)
This Book Matters
Carolyn (Grade 3 teacher, Durham Region)
Approached A Difficult Topic with Fairness
Liene (Grade 1 teacher, Peel Region)
The Kids Were So Engaged!
Understandig The Power of Diverse Children's Literature- For Undergraduate Studies
Depending on the package you choose, the presentation can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours (half day). Here is the typical breakdown, the time can be slightly more or less:
- Read aloud: 20-25 min
- Diversity presentation: 20 min
- Dance-along/dance-along 30 min
- Q & A: 10-15 min
In-person and virtual visits follow the same structure and are usually the same length of time.
Time: 30-35 minute session
- Read-aloud with book of choice from the series
Q & A
- If in-person within the GTA, please add an additional $75 for travel. For travel outside of Ontario, please contact us.
*This option is available for groups of 55 or less. Please contact me for larger group rates.
Time: 50 min
Students will follow the steps I use for my personal journey of character and story development. They will be guided through a brainstorming session that encourages creativity and will set them well on their path to writing their first book. Can be book as 1 or 2 sessions, graded K-3/4-6.
The Q & A period is an opportunity for classes/groups to ask me questions about ‘The Amazing Zoe’ series, my writing experience and what steps students can take in order to publish their own book.
- 1 autographed set of the series
- For up to 55 or less participants. Please contact me directly for larger groups.
$299, second session for an additional $150
$399, second session is for an additional $200
*Read aloud/sing along/dance along NOT included
75-90 minute sessions
Every school, or organization is unique and has its own mission. We’re happy to work with you to create an impactful and memorable experience for your students.
Schools that wish to group 3 or more classes simultaneously, will be considered an ‘assembly’. For virtual or in-person assemblies, we recommend that classes are divided K-grade 3 AND grades 4-6. Please note there are differences in the presentation according to age, such as the discussion and the activities. We can also accommodate a single, all ages assembly. Speak to us so we can find a solution that is best for your school or group.
Our assembly will allow your class/group to take a deeper dive into a specialized interactive lesson plan and diversity experience. This session will include the following:
Explore the importance of diversity
Read-aloud with book of choice from the series
Appropriate words and terms to use that speak to inclusion.
Diversity discussion and powerpoint presentation (literature, art, film)
How to become an author
1-diversity and inclusion activity per age group
Sing-along or dance-along
Q & A
1 autographed set of the book series.
FREE giveaway for all students
$599, add $250 for a second session within the same school.
*Our assembly averages from $5-$8 per student and largely depends on the number of students in attendance. Contact us directly for pricing.
- Read Aloud (25-30 min)
- Diversity presentation (25-30 min)
- Q& A (10-15 min)
- Themed arts and crafts related to your story of choice. All materials are included in your quote (60 min)
- How to become an author
- Writing Workshop (50-60 min)
- FREE giveaway for all students
1) Germie Germlins: Soap Making
2) A Queen Like ME!: Construction of a bedazzled crown and paper bead necklace
3) Grandmas’ Memory Box: Construction of a wooden palm sized Memory Box, painting and decorating of the box.
*Schools/organizations can also opt for each student receive an autographed copy of the book. Additional fees will apply. Please contact us if travel is required outside of the Greater Toronto Area
In-person or Virtual
Introducing a dynamic post-graduate class lecture:
‘The Importance of Diverse Children’s Books and How They Shape Our Future.’
This class is designed for 1st-4th year undergraduate students, including student teachers, creative writing majors, and English majors. The class provides a comprehensive overview of the history of children’s stories, the current state of Canadian children’s literature and the lack of diversity in publishing.
Throughout the course, students will learn about the importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized students and the impact that diverse children’s stories can have on young readers. The class will focus on advocacy and teaching students how they can be effective allies and advocates in their future classrooms.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to delve into the world of Canadian children’s literature, exploring the different perspectives and cultures represented in these books. By examining the historical context and cultural significance of children’s stories, students will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity and representation in literature for young people.
*please contact me directly for pricing.
We can accommodate 2 sessions and in fact, this is recommended, especially for larger schools. The content of the diversity presentation and the accompanied activities are slightly different based on the age of the group. Our suggested groupings are grades K-3 AND 4-5/6.
*Please note, the second session will be billed at 50% of the cost of the initial session.
Corporate Diversity Presentations are are included in my offerings. The goal of this diversity presentation is to assist with creating a workplace where all employees feel validated and seen. Studies reveal that diversity is necessary in the workplace because it will increase employee morale and instil a desire to be more effective and work more efficiently.
What place do children’s books have in the corporate workplace? Children’s stories help us return to the fundamentals of what it means to respect and appreciate others. Some of the unique or forgotten lessons of acceptance and tolerance are reintroduced in the simplicity of children’s literature.
Thank you for your interest in having me join your panel discussion. Please forward your topic and questions to [email protected]
*An honorarium will be applied.
Speaking points include:
- Why diversity is important in children’s book?
- ‘The Talk’ -a candid conversation about what Black parents often discuss with their children as it pertains to navigating the world.
- How to analyze children’s books for racism (this translates in to YA and adult books)
- Break down stereotypes and biases of a character’s lifestyle
- Review of adjectives that describe characters
- Review of illustrations
- How to choose unbiased storylines
- Choose from any of The Amazing Zoe themes to discuss key points of the story
- How to engage your children in reading
*Corporate presentations include book purchases for each attendee. Please contact me to discuss additional details, we will work together to arrive at a suitable plan.
Here are a few ‘housekeeping’ items that we would like to share with you, to help create a smooth booking process.
We recommended that your title of choice is read in advance, if possible. This helps create excitement for the students, it will increase engagement and will give them something extra special to look forward to. Imagine being at a concert, you know very little about the artist, and don’t know any of the songs? It’s most enjoyable when you have familiarity and can ‘sing’ along.
School principals/librarians administrators/organizations are asked to please provide me with all the teacher’s names prior to the visit. This way, I will be able to call upon each class and address each teacher for their time to ask questions.
In-person assemblies, we will require audio and visual equipment (i.e a large TV screen or projector, sound system with 1 handheld microphone and 1 headset or lapel microphone.
Have students prepare up to 8 questions in advance for single class sessions. For larger school assemblies, each class will be allowed up to 3 questions that can be asked by either the student or teacher. Preparing question ahead of time will help guide our discussion, will ensure each student feels represented by their class, and will ensure an easier transition between each class.
Virtual presentations. Depending on the platform you use, (Zoom, Google Meets, etc.) please remember to provide the link at a minimum of, 2 hours prior to the virtual visit. This will allow us time to ‘troubleshoot’ in case there are any unforeseen technical difficulties.
For virtual sessions, once it is confirmed, I will forward you a ‘meet and greet’ sheet to be emailed to the parents of each student. The sheet include a short biography, descriptions of the books, and a few main objectives about what the students will learn from each story. This is a great way for the author to introduce herself, and involve parents in the author visit experience. The sheet also includes where the books can be purchased, should the parents wish to include ‘The Amazing Zoe’ in their home library. Kindly send out your email at least 1-day in advance of our scheduled time.
Cancellations. We know things may come up, therefore we are happy to accommodate the change in your schedule. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. We can reschedule an available date/time that works for you.
When booking corporate presentations, please indicate the length of time, required, the number of attendees and date. Presentations will be based on the message in your book of choice in addition to a dialogue about the importance of diverse literature and diversity advocacy. Corporations can also choose from any title or combination of ‘The Amazing Zoe’ series books. Please indicate the title and number of each book in your order.
Payment. We accept PayPal, e-transfer and credit card payments. Payment in full is due prior to your session. In your virtual visit request form, kindly include all necessary details for a formal invoice. It will be emailed to you upon booking. (Please include: contact name, address of the location etc.)
Lastly, how did you enjoy the presentation? Your feedback is important to me and helps to ensure an ultimate experience with your class. Please email me your response and kindly leave your review of the book on the platform to which you have purchased. Referrals are also welcome.
No problem. We will gladly reschedule the event or schedule a virtual presentation. We understand these are unique times and will work with your school.
Schools receive ‘Tour Pricing’ (25% off) with 3+ schools booked within the same timeframe and same general region.
Yes absolutely! Here is our breakdown for bulk book purchases:
50-99 (save 5%)
100-199 (save 10%)
299-499 (save 20%)
500-999+ (save 30%)
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How You Can Become An Advocate...
The topics of race and racism can be difficult, but what is even more difficult are the true accounts of children who are discriminated against, bullied or worse, based on the colour of their skin or varying physical abilities.
Some parents and educators may feel unequipped or unprepared for such complex issues. There are a number of studies on race relations that indicate children have an awareness of varying skin tones as early as preschool. Children may begin excluding their peers of different races from play and other activities (Winkler 2009). Still, many parents or educators of young children are often reluctant to discuss race and racial differences, having the opinion that an early introduction could be harmful. So what is the solution? Conversations on race must be age-appropriate, bite-sized, ongoing conversations throughout the school year and should not be left exclusively to national days or months of recognition.
Heres are a few tips on how you can become an advocate:
- As a parent or educator, begin reading for yourself. You can only be as effective with any given topic based on your own place of knowledge. Learn full accounts of Black history, pre-colonialism
- Expand your circle beyond a homogenous groups of friends, community members or family
- Understand that racism can be unlearned. Racist systems can also be dismantled. Your goal is to unlearn and dismantle racism where it shows up around you, then SPEAK UP!
- Don’t let mistakes, mishaps, or missteps prevent you from seeking understanding. Humility and apologies are always best to move everyone forward
- Request/purchase diverse books and stories by diverse authors to your classrooms, home/school library or community library.
- If you do not know how to approach the topic of race, request special speakers, diverse authors or community members who are versed on the said subject matter.
Schools | Libraries | Book Stores | Book Clubs
Are you an elementary school, library, bookstore or part of a special interest group? Take advantage of my special wholesale discounts. Feel free to contact me directly, and I will get back to you with more information.
I’m happy to provide a number of free, comprehensive lesson plans as extension activities related to each of the Amazing Zoe books. Learn practical life skills that are applicable to students today, and for years to come. Check the ‘Parents & Teachers’ section for the complete list of activities.
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