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Speaker Profile - Sue Irwin


Region: Canada: East
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Sue Irwin's writing has been published in a variety of children's publications, and has won several awards. SAFETY STARS - PLAYERS WHO FOUGHT TO MAKE THE HARD-HITTING GAME OF PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY SAFER is her first book. A lifetime hockey fan, Sue lives in southern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, and spends her winter evenings cheering for her favorite hockey players. 

Presentation Description:

Sue Irwin enjoys every step of the writing process. From a young age, she was hooked on mysteries, but she likes reading nonfiction more than ever, and she especially enjoys preparing biographies for kids. Her work has appeared in AppleSeeds and Highlights for Children magazines. She has also written for Reading A-Z. Her first book, Safety Stars: Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer won the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's "Curriculum Development Award" for its focus on concussions, and was nominated for the 2017 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Nonfiction award.

An elementary school teacher, Sue is comfortable doing presentations with children from JK to Grade 8, but the subject matter of her book is most suitable for students in Grades 3 to 8 (Safety Stars comes with a free downloadable Resource Guide for teachers).

Having been a hockey fan for as long as she can remember, Sue thought she knew the game well. But as she conducted her research for the book, she was excited to learn more about the history of the game, its rules, and the competitors themselves. When Sue comes to your school, she’ll highlight the hockey heroes from your hometown, whenever possible. Prepare to be surprised by the fun facts that she’ll share!

Sue’s presentation topics include:

– how she became interested in hockey. She’ll share memories of her first (embarrassing!) game experience.

– the exciting world of nonfiction

– the process of writing for publication (includes researching, writing, and revising)

– Ha, Ha! Hockey Talk (includes hockey trivia and funny quotes from professional players)

– how students’ actions can make a difference in the lives of others

– concussion safety (includes ways to reduce injury risk, concussion symptoms, the importance of reporting injuries, and treatment of concussions)

Please feel free to choose one or more of the topics mentioned above. Sue will be happy to work with you to custom-fit her presentation to meet the needs of your students.

Sue enjoys interacting with her audience, and will intersperse opportunities for Q & A throughout her presentation.

$250 for one session

$400 for two

$600 for three

$800 for four

$150 for a Skype visit

Sue is happy to do multiple visits in the same school or area in a day, and for those living out of her driving area, she'd love to visit your school or library by Skype!

Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes long.