Porcupines are the New Penguins: Picture Book Trend

A few years ago it seemed like every other picture book featured penguins, and why not? Penguins can be cute, funny, resourceful, family-oriented, quirky, survivors, or figures of environmental tragedy. Think of Tacky the Penguin, Oliver Jeffer's Lost and Found, Karma Wilson's Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip and many other books featuring penguin protagonists. Thanks to movies like Happy Feet and March … Continue reading Porcupines are the New Penguins: Picture Book Trend

HOME is a Four Letter Word: Book Signing at Merrifield’s Bookshop in Woodstock, ON

In two weeks I am hitting the road to visit my hometown of Woodstock, Ontario for a signing event at Merrifield's Bookshop. I had such a lovely reception last year for Words That Start With B that I thought I would do it all over again! I will be signing from 1:00-2:30pm on Saturday, November … Continue reading HOME is a Four Letter Word: Book Signing at Merrifield’s Bookshop in Woodstock, ON

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Melrose and Croc Together at Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love read to me, this friendship story! There are many stories about Melrose (a little yellow dog) and Croc (a little green crocodile), but this one is my favourite. Both Melrose and Croc are excited about Christmas, but wish they had someone to share the holidays with. … Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Melrose and Croc Together at Christmas

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this poignant Polacco! Patricia Polacco's books are an entire course of children's literature unto themselves. They are a teacher's dream- stories about communities coming together, triumph after hardship, and extraordinary acts committed by ordinary people. Her books are well-written, beautifully illustrated, and tug … Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Tapestry