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

[Grades 1 to 2]

Online via Zoom
Thursday, May 5
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.

The Wild and Wonderful World of Rivers and Forests with Ginalina

This presentation is a celebration of nature and ecodiversity.  It includes an author sharing, book reading, nature concert, and a “spotlight on the classroom” discussion where students will be creatively inspired and engaged to reflect on ways we can help keep our world beautiful!  Free curriculum-compatible learning extensions, activity sheets, and music downloads are available to complement this presentation.  

  • 3-minute animated music video featuring the river or forest biome (related to the book).
  • An introduction from the author about her awe for cedar trees, sparrows, spiders, and river otters, her path to music and books, and her love of celebrating community and nature with others.
  • An interactive reading of The Mighty River or The Lively Forest.  Note that during the presentation students will be playfully challenged to 1) look for special and new river animals as they are named, 2) examine the changing borders (moon phases or life cycle of a tree) with every page turn, and 3) identify the variety of community activities taking place outdoors.  
  • A nature concert featuring guitar and ukulele (English, French, action-songs, and sing-alongs are available.)
  • A "spotlight on the classroom" so that students can be inspired and engaged to express their ideas on how to protect the environment.
  • Questions and answers.


About Ginalina

Ginalina is a second-generation Asian-Canadian author, singer-songwriter and family folk musician.  Her children’s work is inspired by multi-generational community, family, and the beauty of the west coast.  Ginalina has published two nature books through Peppermint Toast Publishing, and she is working on several new projects with emerging and established illustrators, Noah Choy, Kelley Wills, and Khoa Le.  Her work is recognized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Kirkus Reviews.  As a musician, Ginalina is a 3x Juno and 4x Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and winner of 2 Western Canadian Music Awards.  Recent in-person and virtual author tours include local and international classrooms, libraries, the Whistler International Children’s Festival, the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival, and the Vancouver Chinese Classic Garden.  Ginalina acknowledges that she lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

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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Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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