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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Fresh Spring Reads for Kids

When it rains, it pours! April showers bring a fresh new crop of Canadian kid’s books. Watch the segment here. Three Picture Books for Kids 3-7 RAINY DAYS (Pajama Press) Written in gentle rhyming couplets, this book is a celebration of the simple, ordinary joys of a rainy day, like splashing in puddles or finding… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Fresh Spring Reads for Kids

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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Books That Make Great Gifts

It won't surprise anyone that I think that books make the best gifts, not just because of the great stories, information, or art they contain, but because when you give a book as a present you're also giving the gift of time. Whether it's time cuddled up with a loved one sharing a story or… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Books That Make Great Gifts

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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: 10 Books to Read for I Read Canadian Day

It's the second annual I Read Canadian Day, when children across the country are asked to spend 15 minutes reading from a Canadian book. We have so many great books to offer, but here are ten recent titles that reflect the diverse population, landscape- not to mention the breadth of kidlit talent- in Canada. Watch… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Books to Read for I Read Canadian Day

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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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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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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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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

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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, 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