multicultural cast, News, Personal Faves, picture book, picture books, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

Students Rap Their Way Through IF I HAD A GRYPHON

Of all the delightful and unexpected things that have happened to me as an author, this video featuring students from Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, ON rapping their way through my picture book IF I HAD A GRYPHON is truly special. This was part of a music class lead by Miss Yoo and involved… Continue reading Students Rap Their Way Through IF I HAD A GRYPHON

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Early Readers, Events, Fantasy, Funny Books, Magic, multicultural cast, picture book, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, Writing

IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

What's in the bag? Do you know any young pet detectives who could help me solve a magical mystery? I've been gathering props and breaking out the vocal exercises all in preparation for events and storytimes across Ontario for IF I HAD A GRYPHON. Come join me (and maybe a magical creature or two) on… Continue reading IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Fairytales, Funny Books, Personal Faves, picture book, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Storytime, Summer Reads, Uncategorized

What to Read This Summer- Picture Books

I have a soft spot for (and two entire bookshelves dedicated to) picture books. This summer reading list was probably the most fun to prepare. Whether you like mermaids, food, Jill Barber, cats, dinosaurs or meta-fiction, there is definitely a picture book out there for you and the wee ones in your life. Here are… Continue reading What to Read This Summer- Picture Books

Bullying, Canadian, Cross over, Events, middle grade, picture book, poetry, Realistic contemporary, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, YA

Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review

At this point Jane, The Fox & Me has collected so many accolades that I am just one more voice in the choir. The story of a girl who feels bullied and so retreats into the world of Jane Eyre only to be enchanted by a fox appeals to me in all possible ways. I… Continue reading Melancholic Perfection: Jane, The Fox and Me Review

Canadian, Personal Faves, picture book, poetry, Spectacular Illustrations

Picture Book Inspired DIY Projects: An Ode to My Roommate

My roommates are better than yours. I don't say that boastfully, but out of much love and truth. Take for example, my she-roommate, Rebecca. In between running three camps and mentoring hundreds of young women every day, she makes the best birthday gifts. It is a well known fact among those I love and those… Continue reading Picture Book Inspired DIY Projects: An Ode to My Roommate

American contemporary, Historical Fiction, middle grade, poetry, Summer Reads, Verse Novel

Sibling Revelry: Looking for Me Review

Edith is the middle child in a long line of brothers and sisters. When she is asked to write a poem about her family, Edith's teacher points out that she has forgotten an important person: Edith herself. So lies the crux of this lovely little novel. Through a series of free verse (and a few… Continue reading Sibling Revelry: Looking for Me Review

American contemporary, poetry, Writing, YA

Packing A lot of Punch:There is No Long Distance Now Review

I spent a large portion of last Thursday tidying up my cubicle, which means shifting piles of ARCS from one shelf to another.* In the shuffle I found There is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories by poet and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye.  It was exactly the kind of palette cleanser I… Continue reading Packing A lot of Punch:There is No Long Distance Now Review

Christmas Books, picture book, poetry, Readalouds

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love read to me, this rhyming charmer! There is nothing like a good rhyming text. When verse is well done, it's hard not to get caught up in the rhythm of the story. A rhyming text should be fun to read aloud, and listeners are just as delighted… Continue reading The Twelve Books of Christmas: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree