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Connie McGrath


  • Connie McGrath, B.A., B.Ed., is a mother, grandmother, and teacher, who has been reading children's picture books for a long time. She knows firsthand that reading to children creates a special bond. She has taught pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, including gifted, remedial, and English as an Alternative Language. Saskatoon is home.

    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. It asks, What makes you smile? Colorful illustrations complement the text.

    Her second book,Thank You for Bringing Me 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!

    She does a one-hour PowerPoint presentation which:
    - 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 an art project

    See for curriculum connections.

    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.

    See for more info. Order from any bookstore using ISBN 9781770673328 and ISBN 9781460227824. Available from, McNally Robinson Saskatoon, and


  • Fiction » Children's Literature—Picture Books

Audience Age Groups

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