Thanks to the Young Alberta Book Society, I've talked to kids at hundreds of schools about what it's like to write and illustrate children's books. I've drawn pictures for Metis kids and Hutterite kids and immigrant kids and suburban kids of every color from farms to inner cities to exurbs.
Every October, YABS sets up author and artist tours. If you're a teacher or librarian, you should join YABS: they subsidize school visits and provide a website where you can tap into Alberta artists. Check them out at www.yabs.ab.ca.