Teddy Bear of The Year is a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection

This Dolly Parton fan is *beyond thrilled* to share the news that Teddy Bear of the Year has been selected for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program! This makes me one step closer to Dolly, y'all! This free book program makes a huge difference in the lives of under-privileged children. Each month, enrolled children receive … Continue reading Teddy Bear of The Year is a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection

Some Good News

Thank you, Indigo! I am thrilled to have two exciting things to share from Canada's largest bookstore, who just this week announced they will be joining the 15 Percent Pledge, a commitment to better representing the population of Canada in the retail space. If I Had a Gryphon has been selected to be part of … Continue reading Some Good News

Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Like so many other festivals and event series, the Telling Tales Festival has gone virtual this year. The program has been parceled into 13 online episodes, available on-demand once they've premiered. Each episode features a variety of the kind of quality, Canadian programming one expects from Telling Tales, including author talks, writing workshops, musical performances … Continue reading Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day dedicated to busting taboos and myths around periods. Fifty percent of the population gets a period, and yet people are still uncomfortable talking about it. There are lots of great non-fiction books for kids that cover puberty, but what about fiction? Most girls get their periods between 10-15 … Continue reading Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?