Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Cross over, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health & Wellness

January is Mental Health Awareness month in Canada. The conversation, especially around Bell Let's Talk Day on January 29th, is getting louder, more nuanced, and larger in scope, yet it can be hard to address these issues with children. I'm so grateful to the team at CTV Your Morning who continue to support children's books… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health & Wellness

Animal Stories, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

CTV Your Morning Holiday Picks

With the season of gift giving just around the corner, this segment's list is based on popular activities or hobbies kids might have that might not at first glance have anything to do with books. Whether the kids in your life like lego, hockey, drawing, or video games, here are some books that will be… Continue reading CTV Your Morning Holiday Picks

Canadian, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, multicultural cast, News, picture book, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR- Coming Soon!

I am very excited to announce that my next picture book, TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated with warmth and humour and a lot of fuzziness by Sydney Hanson, will be published by Tundra Books on January 21, 2020.  This book is a love letter to teddy bears and stuffies of all shapes and sizes. As… Continue reading TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR- Coming Soon!

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Cross over, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing, YA

Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

The only thing better than reading books is talking about books! That's why I'm a big fan of lit circles, book clubs, and reading groups. I'm putting together a Winnowing themed book club kit including: One copy of The Winnowing The Winnowing stickers The Winnowing bookmarks Official The Winnowing Discussion Guide Discussion Fuel (aka candy)… Continue reading Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, Fantasy, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing

The Winnowing Book Launch

Fall is just around the corner which means sweater weather, pumpkin pie, and The Winnowing! I've been busy working on some guest posts for The Winnowing blog tour and booking events for the fall. Full details coming soon, but for now here is everything you need to know about the Toronto book launch! When: Tuesday,… Continue reading The Winnowing Book Launch

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, picture book, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

What I Read in 2016: Picture Books

I value my picture book collection the way that Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler values her files: deeply, though you wouldn't know it by my lack of an ordered cataloging or shelving system. Here are some of the books published in 2016 that made it onto my shelves this year. Panda Pants  is a dialogue between… Continue reading What I Read in 2016: Picture Books

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

Last week I got to talk to one of my favourite people, Ann Foster, about middle grade fiction. When not working at the Saskatoon Public Library recco-ing kids and teen books, she is writing about fashion in TV over at You Know You Love Fashion (currently chronicling the enviable wardrobe of Phryne Fisher) and spearheading a… Continue reading Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Graphic Novel, grief, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, War, WWII

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

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Uncategorized

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