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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2022

This year marks the 45th annual Canadian Children's Book Week, the largest national celebration of Canadian children's books and creators. Hundreds of virtual readings and events are happening across the country, including an online picturebook gallery where you can purchase original art from some of Canada's most distinguished illustrators in support of the Canadian Children's Book… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2022

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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 8 Canadian Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic novels are here to stay! Many parents will be familiar with big names like Captain Underpants, Dogman and The Wimpy Kid, but there is a bumper crop of homegrown graphic novels by Canadian creators that your kids will love, covering a whole range of topics and genres. My original list had 10 titles, but… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 8 Canadian Graphic Novels for Kids

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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US. Here are ten titles by Asian-Canadian creators to share with young readers. Watch the segment here. Picture Books, Ages 3-7 My Day With Gong Gong (Annick Press) is a charming story about a child spending the day in… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Asian Heritage Month

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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

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Middle Grade Monday: Charmed Thirds

They say good things come in threes, the third time is the charm, etc, etc. Basically three is the luckiest, most magical of numbers. I hope this is the case for these three series, all near and dear to my heart, which happen to have third installments out this fall. These three series walk to… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Charmed Thirds

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My Favourite Books of 2015

Every time I start a year in review list I am overwhelmed by the number of amazing books out there. I always intend to pick one or two books per category but it is much, much too difficult. What follows is a mere sliver of the fabulous books I read and loved this year, which… Continue reading My Favourite Books of 2015

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Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

  I tend to recommend middle grade that falls in the 11-13 range, or "upper middle grade." It's a bit more  issue-driven and appropriate for kids with a certain emotional maturity. For a great discussion of what this age group encompasses, check out the re-cap of the Middle School is Hell panel  featuring Mariko Tamaki, Kate… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Enchanted Egg

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The Secret Lives of Dogs: Metro Dogs of Moscow Review

As a child who could not get enough of 'the secret lives of animals' narrative- think 101 Dalmations, The Rescuers, The Aristocats- I very much appreciated this fun romp which seems tailor made for an animated film adaptation from Canadian author Rachelle Delaney. JR is the dog of George, who works for the Canadian embassy. George travels a… Continue reading The Secret Lives of Dogs: Metro Dogs of Moscow Review

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Simply Sweet: The Year of the Book Review

This month has been a whirlwind of travel, books, and contest-promoting, but I promise to be a more diligent reviewer from now on. Besides, I've read a ton of amazing books I can't wait to tell you about! First up, the wonderfully-titled, charming early middle grade novel The Year of the Book. This book covers… Continue reading Simply Sweet: The Year of the Book Review