Katherine Battersby

Katherine is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of picture books published around the world, including Little Wing and the Squish Rabbit series. Her books have received starred Kirkus reviews, been named CBC Children's Choice books and been shortlisted for numerous awards. She is regularly booked to speak in schools, libraries and at festivals and she is a passionate advocate for literacy and the arts. In another life, Katherine worked for many years as a paediatric occupational therapist, specialising as a children’s counsellor. She has also studied graphic design and loves typography, grammar and vintage teacups.
Katherine currently divides her time between Brisbane (Australia) and Ottawa (Canada) with her husband and slightly mad puppy.

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Identify and describe the characteristics of a variety of text forms; demonstrate understanding of a text by identifying ideas and supporting details; express personal thoughts and feelings about what has been read; use elements of design to communicate ideas, messages and personal understandings.


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French
French Immersion

Book Talk: Little Characters with Big Hearts

Residency Performance English

Join Katherine for a fun and interactive session all about the process of making her critically acclaimed picture books. Find out where she gets her ideas and how they develop into characters that amble across the page. Get an insight into how she makes her textured artwork and discover how she combines words and images to create her playful stories. Students will also enjoy several interactive book readings and live illustration activities.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $325 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $440 + HST
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Making a Scene!

Residency Workshop English

Katherine shares her experiences as an illustrator, from her beginnings as a student to working professionally in the field. Using her own picture books, Katherine demonstrates how she works to capture a story vividly on the page. Learn all about drawing expressive characters and how to capture personality through facial expressions and body language. Participants will benefit from a range of fun illustration techniques and will come away with a new character and the first illustrated page in what could be their very own picture book.

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: one 90 minute session $295 + HST
Full day: two 90 minute sessions $425 + HST
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