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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

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Christmas Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, If I Had a Gryphon, News, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Storytime, Teddy Bear of the Year, Uncategorized

Some Good News

Thank you, Indigo! I am thrilled to have two exciting things to share from Canada's largest bookstore, who just this week announced they will be joining the 15 Percent Pledge, a commitment to better representing the population of Canada in the retail space. If I Had a Gryphon has been selected to be part of… Continue reading Some Good News

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Early Readers, Events, Funny Books, News, picture books, Readalouds, Storytime, Teddy Bear of the Year

Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Like so many other festivals and event series, the Telling Tales Festival has gone virtual this year. The program has been parceled into 13 online episodes, available on-demand once they've premiered. Each episode features a variety of the kind of quality, Canadian programming one expects from Telling Tales, including author talks, writing workshops, musical performances… Continue reading Telling Tales Storytelling Picnic Video is Now Online!

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, YA

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: Kids’ Books about Bugs

With more people at home this summer and turning to local outdoor spaces, now is a great time to get into bugs! Whether you live in a city or the country, bugs are easy to find and are ceaselessly fascinating! Here is a selection of kids' books about bugs, including nonfiction, graphic novels, true stories,… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books about Bugs

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ANONYMOUSE: Coming in 2021

Art for the ants. Art for the birds, cats and raccoons. Art to make them laugh, make them think, make them feel at home. Animal-friendly street art is popping up all over the city, but who is creating these masterpieces? There is no explanation, only a name: Anonymouse. Think Banksy. . .but a mouse! I… Continue reading ANONYMOUSE: Coming in 2021

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Classics, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

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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If I Had a Gryphon Virtual Storytime

Since last week's Teddy Bear of the Year FacebookLive storytime was so much fun, I'm going to try it once more (with feeling), this time reading from If I Had a Gryphon! Join me Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am EST at http://www.facebook.com/TundraBooks. Enhance the fun by checking out the free activity guide here or download… Continue reading If I Had a Gryphon Virtual Storytime