Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, Mental health, middle grade, multicultural cast, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, Verse Novel

As Seen on CTV: Back-to-School Reading List for Kids

Whether your kids are looking forward to a new school year or clinging to the end of summer, a good book can gently ease them back into an academic routine. Here are 10 new Canadian titles featuring warm welcomes, new friends, try-outs, social anxiety and fresh starts. Watch the segment online here. Picture Books, Ages… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Back-to-School Reading List for Kids

Canadian, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Historical Fiction, multicultural cast, picture book, picture books, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Spectacular Illustrations, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, multicultural cast, Mystery, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

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

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

American contemporary, friendship stories, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

What I Read in 2016: YA

I read a LOT of fab YA this year, some of which I won't go into here but you should definitely pick up (A Torch Against the Night! Empire of Storms! The Sun is Also a Star!). This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are some YA titles that made me think, slipped… Continue reading What I Read in 2016: YA

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

Last week I got to talk to one of my favourite people, Ann Foster, about middle grade fiction. When not working at the Saskatoon Public Library recco-ing kids and teen books, she is writing about fashion in TV over at You Know You Love Fashion (currently chronicling the enviable wardrobe of Phryne Fisher) and spearheading a… Continue reading Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Q&A with Anna Humphrey

Canadian author Anna Humphrey first came across my radar when I read (and loved) her funny, charming, Sarah Dessen-esque YA novel Rhymes With Cupid. Anna is now the author of four books for YA and middle grade readers and despite the range in age, the one thing they all have in common is Anna's deft, light… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Q&A with Anna Humphrey

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Graphic Novel, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

Cat is not at all excited to be moving to foggy, seaside Bahia de la Luna, particularly when she learns that it is a sort of capital for ghosts. But doctors have agreed that it is a better place for her sister Maya, who has Cystic Fibrosis. Cat is torn between wanting to make new… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

American contemporary, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Two Naomis

It's awkward enough watching your parent date, but the situation is much, much worse when the daughter of your parent's new SO is not only the same age but has the same name as you. Such is the premise for Two Naomis, a charming story about Naomi E and Naomi M (who ends up taking… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Two Naomis

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Graphic Novel, grief, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, War, WWII

Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

This has already been a staggeringly good year for middle grade (don't call it a comeback), with personal favourites such as Raymie Nightingale, The Wild Robot, Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts, and Pax garnering all sorts of buzz and attention. Here is a sampling of the new kids on the block this fall: Ghosts … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview