Friday, November 17, 2006

Author visit - Sharon Jennings

Sharon Jennings is coming to visit! The author of a number of children's books as well as some ever-popular Franklin stories, Ms. Jennings will speak to the grades 1 and 2 classes on Monday, November 20th. Below is a brief biography of Ms. Jennings, provided by the TD Canadian Children's Book Week website.


As a young adult, Sharon studied drama and belonged to various theatre groups. This led to many part-time jobs teaching drama to children. After graduating from York University with a Master's Degree in English, and having received two diplomas in Speech Arts from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Sharon began working as an editor for educational publishers. She was able to combine her interests and edit several language and dramatic arts textbooks.

After a stint as senior editor of a primary language arts program, Sharon began writing her own stories, inspired in part by the exploits of her three young children. Now Sharon spends much of her time visiting classrooms and libraries across Canada, and has taught Writing for Children at Ryerson University for three years. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre gave away a copy of Sharon’s book When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming to every grade one student in Canada in 2002.

Sharon is a Past-President of CANSCAIP (The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers), a member/volunteer of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and a member of The Writers' Union of Canada and of The Osborne Collection.
Sharon is available for readings for children, Kindergarten to Grade 5; lectures for adults on writing for children. As well, she is frequently asked to speak on “the creative life”.

Sharon’s books include No Monsters Here, Into My Mother’s Arms, and Priscilla and RosyThe Bye-Bye Pie. Her most recent book, The Happily Ever Afternoon, was released in the spring of 2006 by Annick Press.

We look forward to meeting Ms. Sharon Jennings!

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