I am thrilled to be working with brilliant friends and creators Naseem Hrab, Sylvia Chan and Ruth Ohi on #WritingRelay, a new kids' writing initiative. In this time of COVID-19, lots of people (kids and their parents and teachers included) may be feeling restless, unfocused, or intimidated by bigger tasks. Writing can be a challenge … Continue reading Introducing #WritingRelay!
I've always been committed to the environment. From a young age, I was interested in conservation, initiating recycling programs, and protecting at-risk species. Movies like Fern Gully and Free Willy had a big impact on me, as did Canadian TV show The Smoggies and The Body Shop's endangered species campaign. Fun fact, my very first … Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Earth Day Books for Kids
This Thursday, April 12th at noon EST I will be taking over Milton Public Library's Instagram live to hold a virtual writing workshop for kids & teens. I'll share some tips, tricks, and exercises, so make sure your kids have a pen and paper handy! Learn about my process and find out the stories and inspiration … Continue reading I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens
With kids out of class and parents suddenly finding themselves juggling working from home and managing their kids' education, now is a good time for comfort reading. Remember that you are not your child's teacher, the most important thing you can do for your kids is establish routine, provide comfort, and keep them entertained. With … Continue reading CTV Your Morning: Quarantine Reads for Kids
Since last week's Teddy Bear of the Year FacebookLive storytime was so much fun, I'm going to try it once more (with feeling), this time reading from If I Had a Gryphon! Join me Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am EST at http://www.facebook.com/TundraBooks. Enhance the fun by checking out the free activity guide here or download … Continue reading If I Had a Gryphon Virtual Storytime
In lieu of the physical events and considering the current social distancing situation, I will be hosting a virtual teddy bear's picnic Wednesday March 18th at 10:30am EST on Facebook Live. Here's how you can join in the fun: Grab a blanket & your teddies. Make your favourite snack. Tune into http://www.facebook./TundraBooks at 10:30am EST … Continue reading You’re Invited to a Virtual Teddy Bear’s Picnic!
Do you know a classroom, a library, or a child who needs a teddy bear? Because this teddy needs a home! Enter to win the teddy, a signed copy of Teddy Bear of the Year, and an activity kit with everything you need to host your own Teddy Bear Service Awards, a great theme for … Continue reading Contest: This Teddy Needs a Home!
In honour of the first I Read Canadian day, my most recent CTV Your Morning segment features Canadian read-alikes, equivalents to big US or UK classics. Watch the segment here, or read on for my selections. Recently, the New York Public Library shared their most frequently checked out books and Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy … Continue reading As seen on CTV Your Morning: I Read Canadian Day
I'm going on tour! Check the schedule above to see if the Teddy Bear Service Awards will be rolling into your town. Teddies of all shapes and sizes are welcome! Interested in hosting your own event? Check out the free, downloadable activity kit here. It includes snack and game ideas, teddy bear ears headband craft, … Continue reading Teddy Bear of the Year Tour
January is Mental Health Awareness month in Canada. The conversation, especially around Bell Let's Talk Day on January 29th, is getting louder, more nuanced, and larger in scope, yet it can be hard to address these issues with children. I'm so grateful to the team at CTV Your Morning who continue to support children's books … Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health & Wellness