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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: 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: 10 Kids’ Books for International Women’s Day

The following list showcases books about Canadian women who broke barriers, stories of women's accomplishments that history has tried to erase, and new Canadian literary voices to be excited about. I hope names like Jill Heinerth, Manon Rhéaume, Viola Desmond, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Shanice Nicole become as recognizable as Chris Hadfield, Wayne Gretzky, Rosa Parks… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for International Women’s Day

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Anonymouse Virtual Storytime

https://youtu.be/1ZW8tjKCK8g Last weekend I was invited to read ANONYMOUSE as part of The Woodstock Public Library's family day weekend virtual events. You can check out the video on YouTube above or on the myWPL YouTube channel. Thanks to my hometown library for inviting me!

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Anonymouse is Here!

My eighth book, and third picture book, ANONYMOUSE is on-sale today! This book grew out of my love of street art and the many ways artists beautify public spaces, whether it's with murals, yarn-bombing, sculpture, or the more localized things people have started to do during the pandemic. But as much as I love what… Continue reading Anonymouse is Here!

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Where to Get a Signed Copy of ANONYMOUSE

My next picture book Anonymouse (illustrated by Anna Pirolli) is sneaking into book stores in one more week! Since I can't visit stores in person, I spent this weekend listening to old musicals and signing hundreds of bookplates in Anonymouse pink. If you would like a signed book, you can order from one of these… Continue reading Where to Get a Signed Copy of ANONYMOUSE

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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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Teddy Bear of The Year is a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection

This Dolly Parton fan is *beyond thrilled* to share the news that Teddy Bear of the Year has been selected for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program! This makes me one step closer to Dolly, y'all! This free book program makes a huge difference in the lives of under-privileged children. Each month, enrolled children receive… Continue reading Teddy Bear of The Year is a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection

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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