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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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As Seen on CTV: 10 Books to Read for I Read Canadian Day

It's the second annual I Read Canadian Day, when children across the country are asked to spend 15 minutes reading from a Canadian book. We have so many great books to offer, but here are ten recent titles that reflect the diverse population, landscape- not to mention the breadth of kidlit talent- in Canada. Watch… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Books to Read for I Read Canadian 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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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

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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

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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!

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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