Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, Funny Books, Historical Fiction, Memoir, middle grade, multicultural cast, picture book, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US. Here are ten titles by Asian-Canadian creators to share with young readers. Watch the segment here. Picture Books, Ages 3-7 My Day With Gong Gong (Annick Press) is a charming story about a child spending the day in… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Asian Heritage Month

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, CTV Your Morning, middle grade, Mystery, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Spring, Storytime, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are 10 Canadian children's books that celebrate nature and will spark needed conversations about conservation, climate and social justice, and instill a love and respect for the natural world. Thanks to CTV Your Morning for giving me the space to talk about kids' books! Watch the full segment on… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth 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, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, CTV Your Morning, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, YA

As seen on CTV Your Morning: I Read Canadian Day

In honour of the first I Read Canadian day, my most recent CTV Your Morning segment features Canadian read-alikes, equivalents to big US or UK classics. Watch the segment here, or read on for my selections. Recently, the New York Public Library shared their most frequently checked out books and Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy… Continue reading As seen on CTV Your Morning: I Read Canadian Day

Animal Stories, Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Funny Books, Ghost story, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Personal Faves, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

At this time of year, kids are settling into new routines, battling back to school anxiety, and juggling homework, activities, and so much more. Reading can provide a much-needed moment of zen, a time to wind down and escape. Check out the video here, or read on to find out more: Picture Books, Ages 3-7… Continue reading CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

Award Winners, Canadian, News, Uncategorized, Writing, YA

MYRCA News!

I was very excited to learn that THE WINNOWING is the 2019 MYRCA Northern Lights Honour Book! I had the pleasure of visiting Manitoba during last year's Canadian Children's Book Week and I had the opportunity to meet with many dedicated readers and aspiring writers. I learned firsthand how passionate young Manitobans are about reading,… Continue reading MYRCA News!

Canadian, Events, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, News, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

October 2017 Events

I'm hitting the road in October to talk about The Winnowing (with a few If I Had a Gryphon story times in there for good measure). I'd love to see your smiling faces! Check the Events Page for the most recent updates.   Oct 14, 2-3pm Make it an Indigo Weekend Teen Takeover: Indigo Burlington 1250… Continue reading October 2017 Events

Canadian, Fantasy, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Horror, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Flickers

Middle grade horror is difficult to pull off. Some authors go for camp, with lots of gore and over-the-top scenarios that are almost humorous, therefore defusing any terror the reader might experience. Governor-General award-winning author Arthur Slade is the other kind of author-genuine thrills created by uncanny situations, eerie coincidences, and a slow-burning sense of… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Flickers

Bullying, Canadian, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade

Middle Grade Monday: Something Wiki

Middle grade fiction isn't always gentle or fantastical. Sometimes it can be downright moody, icky, and gross. Thank goodness. Puberty is rarely gentle or magical, so why should fiction tackling the subject be?In Something Wiki, we get a peek inside the mind and body of tween Jo Waller. Each chapter opens with a wikipedia entry that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Something Wiki

Canadian, Cross over, Memoir, YA

New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY

I was flattered when Fierce Ink Press approached me to write a piece for their Fierce Shorts program. Featuring powerful work by Jo Treggiari, Susin Nielsen and Alice Kuipers, the Fierce Shorts program is a response to the It Gets Better movement in which YA authors write a short, digital piece about an experience they… Continue reading New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY