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Rona Arato

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Member profile details

Membership level
Member
First Name
Rona
Last Name
Arato
Province or Territory
Ontario
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Professional information

Bio
Rona Arato is a writer, author and teacher. She was born in New York and grew up in Los Angeles where she earned a B.A. and teaching credential from U.C.L.A. Rona moved to Canada with her husband Paul in 1970. She holds dual American and Canadian citizenship. Rona began writing professionally in the 1970s. Her articles have appeared in Canada, the United States, and England. She has also worked as a public relations consultant and conducted business writing seminars, and taught creative writing for the Toronto Board of Education. From 1994-1998, she interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoa Visual History Foundation, an experience which fuelled her desire to write about human rights. More recently Rona has turned her attention to writing for children. Her books are: Fossils, Clues to Ancient Life, World of Water, Ice Cream Town Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson, Courage and Compassion, Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference, On a Canadian Day, Maple Tree Press, Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium. Design It! And On a Medieval Day. In her school presentations Rona talks about Canadian heroes, human rights and writing. She works interactively with children to explore the joy of reading and encourage them to research and write their own stories. She is a member of CANSCAIP, The Writers’ Union, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
Available For
Readings, creative writing workshops, professional development writing workshops for teachers
Publications
On an American Day
Owlkids, 2011

Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium
Tundra Books, 2010

On a Medieval Day
Owlkids, 2010

On a Canadian Day
Maple Tree Press, 2009

Ice Cream Town
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2008

Design It!
Tundra Books, 2010

Protists, a Class of Their Own
Crabtree , 2010

Courage and Compassion, Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference
Maple Tree Press, 2009

Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson
Napoleon Press, 2008

Fossils, Clues to Ancient Life
Crabtree , 2005

World of Water
Crabtree, 2005
Awards
2011 Golden Oak shortlist
Category: Non-fiction
For: Courage and Compassion, Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference

2011 Golden Oak
For: Courage and Compassion, Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference

2011 ForeWord Book Review Finalist
Category: Children's Fiction
For: Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

2010 Triple Crown finalist
Category: Fiction
For: Ice Cream Town

2010 Silver Birch finalist
Category: Non-fiction
For: Courage and Compassion, Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference

2010 CCBC Best Books 2010
Category: Non-fiction
For: Working for Freedom, the Story of Josiah Henson

2008 CCBC Best Books 2008
Category: Fiction
For: Ice Cream Town

2008 Canadian Library Association long list
Category: Non-fiction
For: Ice Cream Town

1993 First prize: Canadian Authors' Association Short Story Contest
Category: Short Story
For: "A String of Pearls"
Other Memberships
CANSCAIP
Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Writers' Union of Canada
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