Lana Button is the author of a dozen popular picture books. Her books have been translated into 5 languages and have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail. They have also been recognized by Bank Street Books, IBBY Canada, and CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens. Lana’s books have been shortlisted for several awards and she is the recipient of the Crystal Kite Award. Lana is an early childhood educator and a former actress who loves presenting to children in schools and festivals across Canada.
Workshop #1 (Kindergarten-Grade 3; 55 minutes)
Using a PowerPoint presentation on a large screen I will give an overview of the writing and editing process for creating a picture book.
Keeping in mind the age of my audience, I will incorporate music, movement and audience participation. We will experiment with beat, rhythm and rhyme in a fun and interactive discussion on writing in rhyme.
I will read 3 of my latest picture books aloud, displaying the illustrations on a large screen for every student to enjoy. I will engage the young audience in a discussion on social-emotional literacy topics including the social skill of entering play, bully awareness and resiliency in school.
There will be a question-and-answer period to wrap up.
Workshop #2 (Grades 4-8; 55 minutes)
Using a PowerPoint presentation on a large screen I will discuss idea generation, and writing and editing techniques for creating a picture book.
I will encourage the audience to consider creating their own 5-minute story, which is intended to sound good when read out loud. We will examine how to choose the audience and the delivery when creating a story.
I will read 3 of my latest picture books aloud, displaying the illustrations on a large screen for every student to enjoy. In addition to examining the structure of each story, we will engage in a discussion on the emotional impact of each book’s topics when considering bully awareness, resilience in school and establishing positive mental health routines.
I will wrap up with a question-answer period.
The Only Lonely Fairy (Pajama Press, February 2024)
Stay My Baby (Orca Book Publishers, 2023)
Percy's Perfect Friend (Pajama Press, 2023)
Tayra's Not Talking (Kids Can Press, 2022)
Tough Like Mum (Tundra Books, 2021)
The Cow Said Boo! (Pajama Press, 2021)
Raj's Rule (for the Bathroom at School) (Owlkids Books, 2020)
What If Bunny's Not a Bully? (Kids Can Press, 2020)