Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV: Fresh Fall Reads for Kids

The days are getting shorter and the wind is getting cooler, meaning it's time for a bumper crop of fall book releases! Here are just a few of my faves, as seen on my CTV Your Morning segment on September 17, 2020. Big thank you to host Anne-Marie Mediwake and her shout-out to my YA… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Fresh Fall Reads for Kids

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As Seen on CTV: Indigenous History Month Kids’ Book List

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada. We have a long way to go in recognizing the rights of Indigenous people and acknowledging the truth about our violent and ugly past. My CTV Your Morning segment is a privilege and I strive to include a wide-range of books and creators on each list. This month's… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Indigenous History Month Kids’ Book List

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CTV Your Morning: Quarantine Reads 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

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As seen on CTV Your Morning: I Read Canadian Day

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

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6 Picture Books Featuring Teddy Bears (and Rabbits)

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)

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Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

This has already been a staggeringly good year for middle grade (don't call it a comeback), with personal favourites such as Raymie Nightingale, The Wild Robot, Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts, and Pax garnering all sorts of buzz and attention. Here is a sampling of the new kids on the block this fall: Ghosts … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

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Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

Whether you're lakeside, poolside, or inside, summer is the best time to read. Silly, spooky, thought-provoking and engrossing; here are some new(ish) books guaranteed to keep you or the middle grade reader in your life occupied this summer. Wolf Hollow We all have those keystone books in our lives, the ones so deeply affecting that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

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Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire lives with her father, a bookmender, in Bustleburgh. Her mother died mysteriously years before. Bustleburgh is becoming a dangerous place for Sophie and her father. All nonsense, particularly that found in books, is outlawed. So when a blindfolded boy and a cat with hooves show up with one of four magical books promising… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

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Middle Grade Monday: Raymie Nightingale

There is a whole generation who will look back at two-time Newbery medalist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo the way my generation looks back at Gordon Korman, Judy Blume, Kit Pearson or Beverly Cleary. In fact, in an EW article DiCamillo names Cleary as a major influence for her latest novel, the superlative… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Raymie Nightingale

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Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot

You may know Peter Brown as the author-illustrator of the very funny Children Make Terrible Pets, My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) or the earnest and lovely The Curious Garden. In his first middle grade book The Wild Robot Brown asserts himself as a deft novelist, with a fresh twist on the classic… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot