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Connie McGrath



  • Connie McGrath, B.A., B.Ed., mother of 3 and grandmother of 6 children, has been reading children's picture books for a long time. She has taught pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, including gifted, remedial, and English as an Alternative Language. She lives in Saskatoon.

    She wrote In Search of a Smile that Stays with her son, John, who also loves to read and write. It is a fun children's picture book that uses rhyme, repetition, and imagination to explore what makes a child smile and be happy. Colorful illustrations complement the text.

    Her second book is Thank You for Bringing Me. It is about a dad who thinks he is too busy to take his daughter sledding, skiing and skating but he is in for a pleasant surprise!

    This one-hour power point presentation
    - emphasizes the value of reading, having ideas, and expressing oneself well
    - discusses the book-publishing process
    - presents In Search of a Smile that Stays and Thank You for Bringing Me
    - explores vocabulary and theme
    - connects the printed word with illustrations
    - discovers what makes each child smile and starts a subsequent art project

    The art project is a quick way to get to know each child. The children in turn have lots of fun and learn about each other. Finished artwork can be bulletin-board displayed, or collected into a booklet.

    In Search of a Smile that Stays is on Facebook and available at McNally Robinson,, and Contact Connie McGrath directly to book a power point presentation.


  • Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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