Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Days That End in Y, Funny Books, grief, Mental health, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, Urban Fantasy

As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

Happy Pride! Here are some Canadian books featuring characters and stories from across the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum to add to your collections. Watch the segment here! Ages 3-7 For the youngest reader, Pride Puppy (Orca Book) is an alphabet book that takes readers through the day of a Pride parade. The vibrancy of the illustrations captures… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

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

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, 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, Author Interview, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Funny Books, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, The Penderwicks

Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

How can a book that is ultimately about an eleven year old's belief that she is responsible for the death of those she has loved be so funny and charming? Such is the magic of The Penderwicks in Spring, the fourth in the truly classic and heartwarming Penderwicks series. We throw words like "modern classic"… Continue reading Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

American contemporary, friendship stories, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Waiting for Unicorns Review

Who doesn't love a unicorn myth? Author Beth Hautala weaves folklore about unicorns, whales, and specifically narwhals (the unicorns of the sea) into a gentle and lovely story about a father and daughter coming through grief in northern Manitoba. This is the kind of book we would have referred to as a "Vikki book" at… Continue reading Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Waiting for Unicorns Review

American contemporary, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, YA

Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?

I love discovering new writers. There is something exciting about falling in love with a book by a an author you know little about and then telling everyone you know about said writer. My new current obsession is Nina LaCour. I had heard wonderful things about this contemporary YA writer but only recently did I… Continue reading Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?

Books for Everyone, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Uncategorized, WWII, YA

Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

Despite being an avid reader of WWII fiction, I had never heard of Ravensbruck or the Rabbits.  After reading Elizabeth Wein's devastating follow-up to Code Name Verity I know I will never forget them. This book is difficult to read at times, but I was unable to tear myself away. American teenager Rose Justice finishes her… Continue reading Hard to Read, Harder to Put Down: Rose Under Fire Review

friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads

Close Up on Family: After Iris Review

One of my favourite aspects of British middle grade fiction is the tendency to feature large, kooky families. The Queen of Kooky Families being Hilary McKay, with her wonderful Casson family being the gold standard of fabulous fictional families. The Gadsby's reminded me of a more scholarly, ever so slightly more subtle Casson family. Flora… Continue reading Close Up on Family: After Iris Review

Canadian, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads, YA

Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

After the death of her grandmother, Katherine is feeling at sea. Her so-called best friend has turned into a mean, boy-crazed stranger and she can't seem to even feign interest in anything anymore. But a chance encounter with Marie, a self-professed straight-edge music lover makes her life colourful again. Over the course of one spring,… Continue reading Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review