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
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
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
We are one week away from the release of my new picture book TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated by Sydney Hanson. All of my books are a nod to something I love, and I've always had a soft spot for the softest of toys, bear or otherwise. Here are some of my favourite teddy … Continue reading 6 Picture Books Featuring Teddy Bears (and Rabbits)
With the season of gift giving just around the corner, this segment's list is based on popular activities or hobbies kids might have that might not at first glance have anything to do with books. Whether the kids in your life like lego, hockey, drawing, or video games, here are some books that will be … Continue reading CTV Your Morning Holiday Picks
I am very excited to announce that my next picture book, TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated with warmth and humour and a lot of fuzziness by Sydney Hanson, will be published by Tundra Books on January 21, 2020. This book is a love letter to teddy bears and stuffies of all shapes and sizes. As … Continue reading TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR- Coming Soon!
At this time of year, kids are settling into new routines, battling back to school anxiety, and juggling homework, activities, and so much more. Reading can provide a much-needed moment of zen, a time to wind down and escape. Check out the video here, or read on to find out more: Picture Books, Ages 3-7 … Continue reading CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019