I’m so proud to announce Everyday Hero has been nominated for the 2018 Chocolate Lily Awards. The Chocolate Lily Awards is a BC Reader’s Choice Award and promotes reading among grade school students. For more, visit their website.
Yesterday we said good bye to Toronto. We flew out from the Billy Bishop airport. See photo of Toronto’s iconic skyline. There is also a tunnel under the water. We tried both. Thumbs up for the ferry – although my vote might change in a Toronto December. I navigated both the subway and bus today! I presented at two great libraries Barbara Frumm and Black Creek.
Today we are in the Forest of Trees Festival at Sault Ste Marie.
So excited yeah!
Forest of Reading Festival today proved to be one of the most exciting and surreal events I have experienced – you know – like one of those movies where the character’s life has been dramatically altered in some way. The organizers promised me the rock star experience and they didn’t lie. Imagine a stage and tent crammed with students while the M.C enthusiastically encouraged them to show their appreciation with cheers and claps. Authors becoming rock stars! Cool!
And huge thanks to my awesome introduction from grade 6 student Gurnoor Sahota and sign carrier Charlotte Thomson-Daze (yup – I got my own sign carrier!)
And then there was the autographing table and the wonderful students who waited so patiently for autographs.
Everyday Hero didn’t win but turning kids on to reading and making rockstars our of authors makes winners of us all! Big congrats to Silver Birch winner OCDaniel by Wesley King and to Shetland Chmakova and Kevin Sands whose books were named as Honour books.
As well, I cannot imagine the level of work and organization required to co-ordinate and organize an event of this magnitude! The Ontario Library Association is also a rock star in my book.
Meanwhile, I think it will be an early night. The rock star existence can be a tad exhausting but pretty cool as well!
Success!!! I managed to successfully navigate the Toronto Subway system today (the TTC for those in the know!)
A huge shout out to the wonderful server at Starbucks at the Six Points Plaza in Etobicoke. She bought me my coffee and kept a straight face when I asked her if she could tell me where I was exactly!!!
I had a great time talking to the students at Kingsway College School and their great librarians. I am so looking forward to the Festival of Trees reception tonight – negotiating the bus system this time! And then tomorrow is the big day!
We made it to Toronto last night and even managed to find our way into town without getting lost or any mishap – okay there was the issue of going back in through the ‘out’ doors at baggage claim – but we got away with it. Then there was a bidding war at the taxi stand. Taxis seem to operate somewhat differently here.
Today was spent exploring Toronto. Fantastic, beautiful and energizing city! I am with my oldest daughter who used her phone to navigate – I’d have had the two foot map! We explored Queens Street and found a wonderful brunch place. I embraced the ‘tourist mom look’, according to my daughter- although I noted her jacket ended up in the backpack. Some things don’t change.
Meanwhile, after careful consultation with the phone, we are off for dinner and more exploration! Tomorrow, I read at my first school and then Wednesday is the Festival of Trees. Look out for photos and updates!
The I Read Canadian Book Challenge is on from the Ontario Library Association and the Forest of Reading Program. This great challenge encourages young readers to explore the books nominated in the program and expand their reading. For more details and to take part in the challenge, visit their website.
I had such an amazing time at the gala held on April 29, 2017 at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Here are some of the highlights!