Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Days That End in Y, Funny Books, grief, Mental health, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, Urban Fantasy

As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

Happy Pride! Here are some Canadian books featuring characters and stories from across the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum to add to your collections. Watch the segment here! Ages 3-7 For the youngest reader, Pride Puppy (Orca Book) is an alphabet book that takes readers through the day of a Pride parade. The vibrancy of the illustrations captures… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

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, 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, 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!

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

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing

The Winnowing Blog Tour

I get it. The Winnowing seems like a hard left turn for me. My previous novels are coming-of-age stories about ordinary kids dealing with family and relationship-based drama. What is this slightly dystopian, conspiracy-driven thriller?! Where did it come from? In a series of Winspiration Guest posts I will attempt to answer this question. Thank… Continue reading The Winnowing Blog Tour

Canadian, Graphic Novel, Personal Faves, picture book, Spectacular Illustrations, Spring

The Art of Noticing: Sidewalk Flowers Review

As a kid I used to pick Dandelions, purple clover and Queen Anne's Lace and bring them home to be put in a vase and displayed on the kitchen table. I did not understand the difference between a weed and a flower. It's all a matter of perspective; one person's weed is another person's flower.… Continue reading The Art of Noticing: Sidewalk Flowers Review