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As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Kids’ Books for Back-to-School 2021

This year, back to school may loom a little larger in the minds of parents and kids. After months of at-home learning, many families may be feeling more anxious about kids returning to the classroom. Here are 10 Canadian kids' books that will help ease your kids back into the school mindset. Not all of… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Kids’ Books for Back-to-School 2021

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As Seen on CTV: 10 New Kids’ Books by Indigenous Creators

Here are ten new books by Indigenous creators featuring traditions and experiences from various nations and Indigenous people. Books are a great way for families to learn together and start the conversations necessary for our country to move forward from the past towards reconciliation. Watch the segment here! Ages 3-7 I Sang You Down From… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 New Kids’ Books by Indigenous Creators

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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: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are 10 Canadian children's books that celebrate nature and will spark needed conversations about conservation, climate and social justice, and instill a love and respect for the natural world. Thanks to CTV Your Morning for giving me the space to talk about kids' books! Watch the full segment on… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth Day

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

January is tough for a lot of people. Social media has taken great lengths to address this, with Blue Monday, and Bell Let's Talk Day both falling in January and gaining steam every year. Regardless of whether you or your kids have officially received a diagnosis or have a chronic condition, we should all make… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health and Wellness

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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: Fresh Fall Reads for Kids

The days are getting shorter and the wind is getting cooler, meaning it's time for a bumper crop of fall book releases! Here are just a few of my faves, as seen on my CTV Your Morning segment on September 17, 2020. Big thank you to host Anne-Marie Mediwake and her shout-out to my YA… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Fresh Fall Reads for Kids

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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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Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day dedicated to busting taboos and myths around periods. Fifty percent of the population gets a period, and yet people are still uncomfortable talking about it. There are lots of great non-fiction books for kids that cover puberty, but what about fiction? Most girls get their periods between 10-15… Continue reading Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

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Someone’s Good Books Interview

It's a weird time to have a new book out, but thank goodness for people like author and librarian Joel A. Sutherland, who are finding fun and innovative works to promote these pandemic releases. I was thrilled to be a guest on his new video series, Someone's Good Books. Watch below and be sure to follow… Continue reading Someone’s Good Books Interview