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Virtual Author Visit: Emma Fitzgerald (Canadian Children's Book Week)

[Grades 5 to 6]

Online via Zoom
Tuesday, May 3
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Advanced registration required; space is limited. Register online, by phone, or in person. Please note registration for these author visits is for teachers and classrooms only.

Draw and Read Along with Emma Fitzgerald

Emma will bring a fresh approach to drawing and storytelling during this workshop, encouraging participants to forgo pencil and eraser and instead use pen in a loose and bold manner, using both observation and memory as tools, focusing on the means of transportation and sustainability. Emma will first read segments of City Streets are for People and explain the process of gathering inspiration, sketching thumbnail drawings, communicating with her editor and finally completing the finished artwork.

The presentation will be followed by drawing exercises. The next portion of the workshop will involve using memory and relates to the theme of transportation. Participants will fold a piece of paper in 4 and quickly write down 4 modes of transportation they have used in the last month, one in each quadrant. They will then do a quick sketch of each. Finally they will pick one and write a paragraph of any stories/memories of that particular mode of transportation. This will encourage accessing stories not just through writing, but through drawings. Also, if there is time, the participants can draw their ideal mode of transport.

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About Emma Fitzgerald

Emma Fitzgerald was born to Irish parents in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. She moved to Canada at a young age and spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, BC. These early travels have instilled in her a keen interest in people and places. Emma has followed a career path that is part architecture, part art, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia in 2004, and a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in 2008. She is the author and illustrator of “Hand Drawn Halifax”, a best-selling book based on her chosen home in Nova Scotia. The Globe & Mail describes it as ‘part journal, part sketchbook, Hand Drawn Halifax is a love letter to Atlantic Canada’s largest city.’ She has since written and illustrated “Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia’s South Shore”, also with Formac Publishing. She has worked with Nimbus Publishing, illustrating the children’s books “EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street” (words Sheree Fitch) and “A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop” (words Rita Wilson), which has been nominated for IBBY Canada’s 2020 Cleaver Award. In Summer 2020 she released Hand Drawn Vancouver with Appetite of Penguin Random House Canada.

Emma is currently at work on “Hand Drawn Victoria” sketching on location on Vancouver Island with a projected publication date of Spring 2023. She is also illustrating “City Streets are for People” written by Andrea Curtis, to be published by Groundwood Publishing in 2022.

About Canadian Children's Book Week

Celebrate Canadian Children's Book Week with us! Register your classes for a virtual author visit to learn about storytelling, explore Canadian topics, and connect with schools across the Durham and York Regions.

Visit our Canadian Children's Book Week post for more information!

  • Monday, May 2, 11am: The Journey of Refugees & Immigrants, and the Power of Kindness with Nhung Tran-Davies (Grades 7-8)
  • Tuesday, May 3, 11am: Draw and Read Along with Emma Fitzgerald (Grades 5-6)
  • Wednesday, May 4, 11am: Learning to Carve Argillite with Sara Florence Davidson (Grades 3-4)
  • Thursday, May 5, 11am: The Wild and Wonderful World of Rivers and Forests with Ginalina (Grades 1-2)

This series is being offered in partnership with King Township Public Library, Newmarket Public Library, Oshawa Public Libraries, Pickering Public Library, Scugog Public Library, Vaughan Public Libraries, Whitby Public Library, and Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library.

Download and share the poster with your school! (English/bilingual, or French/bilingual) For more information and activities for your class, please see the Canadian Children's Book Week website!


You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Information Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

Please note registration for these author visits is for teachers and classrooms only.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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