“Ms. Balsara’s presentations were highly engaging and interactive. Students were captivated by her ability to bring her book’s characters to life…. The presentations included a strong message of child and youth empowerment and positive character attributes…. She seemed really able to reach students with her message of ‘never giving up,’ and to always use their imaginations…. Many students asked me when Ms. Balsara could come back again!”

Jennifer Alls, Vice Principal and Teacher Librarian

 

“Andrea’s arrival was highly anticipated by students and staff…and she did not disappoint! Her presentations were engaging and interactive with many interesting visual aids. Andrea’s stories about her family, her pets and her journey to becoming a published author and illustrator, helped the students realize that they can also be great writers…! Many students purchased one or more of Andrea’s books and she signed and personalized every one of them. Students were anxious to take them home to share with their families….”

Laura Hurtubise, Integrated Literacy Program Teacher

 

“During her visit, Andrea showed the audience the first stories she wrote and illustrated when she was a child. She encouraged the children to follow their dreams, too. We had requested that she share her book, Greenbeard the Pirate Pig, which she wrote and illustrated. She introduced the book by showing pictures and talking about her pet guinea pigs who inspired the story. The children enjoyed hearing about the antics of Petunia and Piggy…. Andrea fully engaged the audience during her reading by using great voices for the characters and ending the session by involving the audience in singing along to a fun pirate song that her main character Greenbeard sang in the story….”

Kathryn Porter, Program Manager, The Story Garden

 

“[Andrea] was very informative in explaining the process of book writing and illustrating. Her price was affordable and she was very accommodating to our needs. She allowed us to split her presentation time into two different sittings to accommodate our little ones…. I would highly recommend booking her as a feature author/illustrator. The presentation was both insightful and entertaining. We look forward to reading her next book and having her back for another visit….”

Kelly St. James, Librarian