Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, Ghost story, middle grade

Talking Ghosts with Kenneth Oppel and Sachiko Kashiwaba

The Toronto International Festival of Authors kicks off this week, including 30+ kids' events. I am excited to be moderating a spooky author panel featuring two international superstars, Canada's own Kenneth Oppel and revered Japanese author, Sachiko Kashiwaba. GHOSTLIGHT takes place in and around one of my favourite local places, the Toronto Islands. Featuring a… Continue reading Talking Ghosts with Kenneth Oppel and Sachiko Kashiwaba

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Start a Series

The best way to keep kids hooked on reading is to find them a series that will have them asking for more. Here are ten series by Canadian authors to keep your kids reading all summer long! Watch the segment here, or read on for the full list! Ages 5-9 Scaredy Squirrel is a familiar… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Start a Series

Books for Everyone, Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mental health, middle grade, multicultural cast, Uncategorized

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

Animal Stories, Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Funny Books, Ghost story, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Personal Faves, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

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

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Graphic Novel, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

Cat is not at all excited to be moving to foggy, seaside Bahia de la Luna, particularly when she learns that it is a sort of capital for ghosts. But doctors have agreed that it is a better place for her sister Maya, who has Cystic Fibrosis. Cat is torn between wanting to make new… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, War

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

American contemporary, Canadian, Ghost story, Horror, middle grade, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi

Middle Grade Monday: Halloween Edition

Anne Shirley isn't the only one who loves October. I love everything that this, the most gilded of months, has lots to offer: brilliant foliage, black cat decorations as far as the eye can see, post-season baseball* and of course, a glut of spooky stories. Here are three new middle grade novels you should add… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Halloween Edition

American contemporary, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, Writing

Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 1927-2014 When I was a kid I got a box of books at a garage sale. I don't remember how old I was. It was the summer, possibly between grades 3 and 4, or 4 and 5- but I do remember that box vividly. I discovered some of my favourite authors in… Continue reading Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Canadian, Classics, Cross over, Fairytales, Ghost story, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Personal Faves, Spectacular Illustrations, YA

Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

It's my favourite time of year! Pumpkins, black cats everywhere, clever costumes, and amazing ghost stories. What's not to love about Halloween? Here is a round-up of some spooky, atmospheric and down-right terrifying books perfect for those of us who wait all year for October: The Swallow by Charis Cotter If you've read Summer Days,… Continue reading Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads

What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade

Here are some great recent/upcoming middle grade titles for the tween in your life, or, if you're like me, your own inner tween:   The Glass Sentence Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series gets comped  a lot in fantasy, but this is the only book I've read in recent memory that lives up to it in… Continue reading What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade