Author Visits

Inspire young readers with a guest appearance from a local author to your classroom, library or event. Peppermint Toast eagerly facilitates author visits and collaborates to suit your context and educational goals.

Authors Available for Visits

_dsc5722Nancy Duarte, Too Many Kisses

Nancy’s warm, approachable manner invites listeners into the story behind the story. As she presents, children easily relate to the themes and laugh along as a young cub tries to escape his mother’s kisses.

  • Book Price: $9.00, plus tax
  • Target Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • Related Topics: Growing up, relating to parents, respectful relationships
  • Illustrator and Charity Partner: This journal-like picture book is illustrated by Harriet Rodis, and supports JDRF’s research into finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and programs to care for those who have it, with $2 from every copy sold.

tanitcGrayson Smith, There’s a Norseman In the Classroom

Beyond children’s book authoring, Grayson is a police officer with a local municipal force. In his visit, he engages listeners with the unlikely tale of how a police officer ended up writing children’s stories. He brings the classroom to life as he animatedly reads about the wild and woolly barbarian from the Far North who fumbles along as a grade two student. He highlights the story’s themes of including newcomers and celebrating diversity.

  • Book Price: $17.00, plus tax
  • Target Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • Related Topics: Inclusion, diversity, transformation, the writing process
  • Illustrator and Charity Partner: This hardcover book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Timothy Banks, and supports athletes with developmental disabilities through Special Olympics British Columbia, with $2 from every copy sold.

grayson-smith-josiah-flight-of-the-miteGrayson Smith, Flight of the Mite

Grayson invites listeners to see with new eyes as he weaves a rhyming tale of wonder and imagination, in which a tiny mite determines to build a contraption to fly to the stars and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! He highlights the story’s themes of dreaming, problem solving, and seeing beyond appearances.

  • Book Price: $15.00, plus tax
  • Target Audience: Grade 1 to Grade 4
  • Related Topics: Problem solving, imagination, diversity
  • Illustrator and Charity Partner: This hardcover book is illustrated by Alana Kyle and manufactured by local companies with a commitment both to quality and to environmental responsibility. We are pleased to give $3 from the sale of each book to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Author Visit Details and Requests

Format: In general, author presentations include an introduction, book reading, and question and answer period. Corresponding content and images can be displayed on a projector, if available. This allows all listeners to easily see the illustrations and follow along with the text.

Time and Sessions: We’re eager to coordinate times and sessions that suit your audience. Authors can present to larger groups, or a series of smaller groups depending on the space and interest. Sessions generally range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes depending on what works best for your schedule.

Orders: We happily offer pre-orders and post-orders. Authors provide signed copies, at a discount to students, that can be delivered the day of the visit or in the weeks following.

Cost: Please contact us to discuss author compensation.