Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Christmas Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide

Can we agree that books make the best gifts? Whether you're providing independent readers with an escape or giving the gift of quality time spent reading with a little one, here are some options to consider this year. Remember to check and see if your local independent bookstore is offering curbside pick-up or delivery, as… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide

Canadian, Christmas Books, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, Words That Start With B, Writing

TD Book Week: Day Three

It's hard to believe I am already at the half way mark of my book week tour! Today I stayed put in Prince Albert, stopping by Arthur Pechey School and the John M Cuelenaere Public Library, which has one of the nicest puppet theatres I have ever seen. In addition to being home to The… Continue reading TD Book Week: Day Three

Canadian, Christmas Books, Classics, Funny Books, picture book, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

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

Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds

At the Top of my Christmas Book List: Zoe’s Christmas List Review

Christmas book lovers are a divided bunch. On one side, you have the people who actively seek out a new Christmas picture book for their collection every year. This is a particularly lovely tradition and one that I partake in with my 28 year old roommate (you're never too old for picture books). Then you… Continue reading At the Top of my Christmas Book List: Zoe’s Christmas List Review

Canadian, Christmas Books, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade

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

Christmas Books, picture book, Spectacular Illustrations

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Magic

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love read to me, this beautiful work of art! This book is the perfect end to my list: lovely, quiet, and magical. Reading this story is akin to watching the snow fall on a clear winter's evening. In it, Santa is presented as a fragile but capable man… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Christmas Magic

Christmas Books, picture book, poetry, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this rhyming charmer! There is nothing like a good rhyming text. When verse is well done, it's hard not to get caught up in the rhythm of the story. A rhyming text should be fun to read aloud, and listeners are just as delighted… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

American contemporary, Christmas Books, Classics, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love read to me this crowd-pleasing read-aloud! I heart the Herdmans. Described by the young narrator of this book as "absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world," they certainly know how to add laughs to a Christmas story. The annual Christmas pageant is a… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Christmas Books, Classics, Personal Faves, picture book

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Polar Express

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love read to me this magical masterpiece! In some ways, it feels ridiculous adding this book to the list. The Polar Express is pretty much the first title that comes to mind when people talk about Christmas picture books. But I am of the staunch belief that… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Polar Express

Christmas Books, picture book, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

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