Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based children’s writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a director, a researcher, a book reviewer and a voice actress. Sometimes, she still does those things, too. One of her first “literary” jobs was writing jokes for the bottom of pudding lids!
Since the launch of her first book in 2003, Mireille has published over twenty books. When she’s not at her computer writing, she thinks up new stories while she walks, drives or sails her big old boat. Mireille loves doing author visits. On average, she meets about three thousand kids a year … give or take a thousand.
When an ice storm snaps a small girl’s favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she’s crestfallen. And so, with imagination and spirit, and her neighbour’s guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure. In this endearing picture book, author Mireille Messier explores a young child’s experience with loss and renewal. This book would work well for character education lessons on perseverance, teamwork and initiative. It also provides an excellent example of caring for the environment by reusing salvaged materials.
Ages: 3 – 7
Grades: Preschool – 2
One morning, Fatima and her grandfather wake up to find their clementine orchard savagely ransacked. Who could be doing this? How can the culprits be stopped? A little girl faces an ENORMOUS problem. Luckily, Fatima has powerful friends: the spiders!
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: 2 – 4
We are offering pre-booking this spring in advance of the fall Festival!
Complete the form at the link below to let us know your initial interests in booking authors to appear in Calgary schools from October 10 to 15, 2017.