Join us on February 2, 2022 from 11-11:45 a.m. PST for a free virtual reading and Q&A in support of the 13th annual World Read Aloud Day!
This event organized by the lovely folks at WORD Vancouver festival features three of our BC authors of books for pre-K to YA reading from a recent release and reflecting on what and who inspires their writing process:
- Jami Gigot: VFX film artist and picture book author-illustrator of STARBOY, MY DADDY CAN FLY, IMAGINATION VACATION, SEB AND THE SUN, and MAE AND THE MOON. Jami will be reading from STARBOY.
- Mahtab Narsimhan: author of picture books YOU AND ME BOTH and LOOKING FOR LORD GANESH, early reader/chapter book GENIE MEANIE, middle grade novels VALLEY OF THE RATS, MISSION MUMBAI, EMBRACE THE CHICKEN, MY BEST FRIEND . . . NOT, THE TIFFIN, THE TARA TRILOGY, and THE EERIE TALES FROM THE EAST SERIES (forthcoming) and teen/YA novel CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR (forthcoming). Mahtab will be reading from VALLEY OF THE RATS.
- Mark David Smith: author of story book THE DEEPEST DIG and middle grade novels CARAVAGGIO and THE WEIRD SISTERS (forthcoming). Mark will be reading from THE WEIRD SISTERS.
CWILL president K.A. Wiggins (middle grade & YA fantasy/horror author) will be moderating the discussion.
We welcome elementary to middle school classrooms, home learners, and lovers of children’s storytelling of all ages to join us for this fun, free online event:
And keep scrolling for our WRAD giveaways and your chance to win bookmarks for your classroom or a grand prize of books by our authors!
Send us your questions for Jami, Mark & Mahtab before February 1, 2022.
Every unique entry (email) gets one bonus entry in our grand prize giveaway (below) for a chance to win books by all three authors . . .
AND every question selected for our event will win an illustrated bookmark prize pack for their whole classroom!
Grand Prize Giveaway:
Subscribe to CWILL BC, WORD Vancouver, and the authors’ newsletters or mailing lists below to enter and visit websites or social media channels for more chances to win the grand prize giveaway of four children’s books by our authors:
- Print edition of STARBOY picture book by Jami Gigot
- Print edition of THE DEEPEST DIG story book by Mark David Smith
- Print edition of VALLEY OF THE RATS middle grade novel by Mahtab Narsimhan
- ebook advance readers’ edition of WARNED: EERIE TALES OF THE EAST BOOK ONE by Mahtab Narsimhan before the release date!
*Open to residents of USA and Canada, closes February 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. Full T&C on giveaway page.
Can’t make it?
Can’t make it at 11? Don’t have 45 minutes to spare? We’ve (still!) got you covered.
This year, 20 of CWILL BC’s authors and illustrators are offering free virtual readings for classrooms and library book groups. These 15-20 minute mini-presentations might look something like this:
- 1-2 minutes: Author introduces themself and talks a little about their books
- 3-5 minutes: Author reads aloud a short picture book or a short excerpt from a chapter book/novel
- 5-10 minutes: Author answers a few questions from students about reading/writing
- 1-2 minutes: Author book-talks a couple books they love (but didn’t write!) as recommendations for the kids
Browse the full list of authors and illustrators donating their time and book a free reading for your classroom or library on February 2, 2022 (World Read Aloud Day) below: