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Alison Uitti
Saskatoon

buitti@shaw.ca
www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9780986875007/alison-uitti/first-days-night-movies
 

Bio

  • Alison Uitti
    Alison's novella, First Days Night Movies, has been shortlisted for the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature. Alison is currently accepting bookings for May and June, 2012 author readings.
    First Days Wall of Tears, book two in her First Days series, will be launched in the Spring of 2012. In First Days Wall of Tears, loneliness, mishaps and a new friend fill the empty hours when Emily goes away for the summer, and an encounter with an elder whose family was torn by the experience of residential schools inspires a moment of sacrificial giving.
    Alison Uitti is an elementary school teacher, singer and songwriter. She has written stories, poems and songs for children throughout her teaching career. First Days Night Movies was her first published novella for children.
    In First Days Night Movies, making friends, dealing with bullies and getting caught cheating on tests are hard enough when you speak English. Being a newcomer makes it even harder. Memories of hard times begin to heal as new experiences bring new Night Movies. A visit to a National Aboriginal Day celebration is pivotal for the main character in dealing with the trauma she experienced in her home country.
    Alison's song "We Are Treaty People" was performed at the March 2008 "Remembering the Children" event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan which was part of a cross-Canada tour of Aboriginal and church leaders to promote the 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' on residential schools. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband, two children and their chocolate lab, Jake.
    Alison was invited to present an author reading at the North Battleford Public Library during Saskatchewan Library Week 2011.
    For a review of First Days Night Movies by CM Magazine, published by the University of Manitoba, please proceed to the following webpage:
    http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol18/no14/firstdaysnightmovies.html

Genres

  • Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books

Publications

  • First Days Night Movies. Hear My Heart Books Inc., 2011

Workshops Offered

  • Teaching Inferencing Through Narrative Writing
    • Group Size:
      • 10-35
      Help your students recognize and implement the skill of making inferences by analyzing literature and creating their own personal and fictional narratives.
  • We Are Treaty People
    • Group Size:
      • 10-35
      Using excerpts from her First Days series, Alison helps children to understand their connection to the treaties that were signed in Canada. Alison concludes the presentation by sharing her song "We Are Treaty People".

Audience Age Groups

    • Elementary School (K-5)
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