The perfect programme for young book lovers and aspiring writers! YoungIFOA offers students from grades 3 to 8 the opportunity to meet an author at one of our reading/Q&A events, and get creative at a bookplate-making workshop. On October 23, see Robin Stevenson, the winner of this year’s Forest of Reading® Silver Birch® Fiction Award, and authors Renné Benoit and Rebecca Upjohn, winners of this year’s 2014 Silver Birch® Express Award on October 23! Author Evan Munday hosts.
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Renné Benoit has been drawing pictures since she could hold a crayon. Her recent work includes When-I-was-a-little-girl by Rachna Gilmore and Goodbye to Griffith Street by Marilynn Reynolds, which won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2005. She is the illustrator of The Secret of the Village Fool, which is based on the true story of Anton, an unlikely hero who saved a family and two orphan girls from being captured by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed book series for young readers The Dead Kid Detective Agency. Both The Dead Kid Detective Agency and its sequel, Dial M for Morna, were nominated for the Silver Birch® Fiction Award. The third book, Loyalist to a Fault, will be in bookstores this September. He has also worked as a book publicist, freelance illustrator, ebook designer and soda jerk. He lives in Toronto.
Robin Stevenson is the author of more than a dozen books for children and teens. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. She lives in British Columbia with her family. Stevenson presents her Forest of Reading® Silver Birch® Fiction Award-winning book, Record Breaker. Set in 1963, it is the story of a young boy who is convinced that setting a world record will bring his parents back to their senses after the SIDS death of his baby sister.
Rebecca Upjohn has worked as an architectural photographer, sheep farmhand, bookstore helper and, more recently, a writer and film producer for an independent short film for children called The Go Cart. She is the author of the picture books Lily and the Paper Man and Patrick’s Wish. Upjohn presents The Secret of the Village Fool, which is based on the true story of Anton, an unlikely hero who saved a family and two orphan girls from being captured by the Nazis during the Second World War.