I am currently available to speak in schools and libraries around British Columbia's lower mainland and Vancouver Island. For presentations outside this area please contact me with your request.Bones in the Classroom

I like to begin my readings and workshops with drama... a scene that involves the student’s senses. After the children are sufficiently drawn into the mood and characters of the book I lead them in a brief discussion. This is followed by several interactive activities that allow students to learn about writing, creating characters, the importance of setting in a story, history and prehistory.



Kids with Bones

With my Reading the Bones series students learn about the Coast Salish, pioneers, archaeology, and the ethics of who owns the past. With Free as a Bird children will explore the consequences of judging people by their appearance or disabilities. We also explore the history of institutions like Woodlands School for the Mentally Retarded in New Westminster and engage in role play activities that lead students to appreciate the innate value and goodness of all people – no matter their abilities. For my books on Canada’s Victoria Cross recipients, students will learn about the events and people related to WWI and WWII, as well as discuss the merits of finding peaceful solutions to conflicts.

My workshops are ideal for students between Grades 4 to 9. I am flexible about my presentations and encourage teachers and librarians to call me to discuss how I can tailor my talks to their students’ needs.

For more information or to schedule a booking for your group, please contact me at gina@ginabooks.com

Presentations topics can be on writing, archaeology, the Coast Salish people of Crescent Beach, pioneers and the building of the CPR, Canada’s Victoria Cross and its recipients, WWI & WWII, the importance of play and Right To Play.


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