Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, CTV Your Morning, friendship stories, Funny Books, Mental health, middle grade, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Kids’ Books for Back-to-School 2021

This year, back to school may loom a little larger in the minds of parents and kids. After months of at-home learning, many families may be feeling more anxious about kids returning to the classroom. Here are 10 Canadian kids' books that will help ease your kids back into the school mindset. Not all of… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: 10 Kids’ Books for Back-to-School 2021

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Funny Books, picture book, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Storytime, Writing

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!

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

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, picture book, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized

What I Read in 2016: Picture Books

I value my picture book collection the way that Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler values her files: deeply, though you wouldn't know it by my lack of an ordered cataloging or shelving system. Here are some of the books published in 2016 that made it onto my shelves this year. Panda Pants ¬†is a dialogue between… Continue reading What I Read in 2016: Picture Books

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

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Classics, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, picture book, Readalouds, Uncategorized, YA

Kids’ Books Recommendations- Classical 96.3 FM

This week is my book birthday and boy am I spoiled girl! Check out the incredible cake made by colleague Barb, senior manager of advertising and design at Penguin Random House Canada. It was just as delicious as it was beautiful and certainly made this author feel loved. On Thursday I dropped by the Classical… Continue reading Kids’ Books Recommendations- Classical 96.3 FM

Canadian, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: MiNRs

Kevin Sylvester can do no wrong- illustrator, writer, podcaster, frequent host of Kid's Lit Quiz - he is an all-around children's literature champion, particularly in Canada. I'm always delighted by the twists his career takes, which may be unexpected but are always genuine, kid-friendly and fun. Christopher is proud to be part of a mining… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: MiNRs

Animal Stories, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Magic, middle grade, Readalouds

Middle Grade Monday: Harriet the Invincible

If you don't already know Ursula Vernon, you will soon. This author-illustrator is on the verge of making it big. The creator of the very funny Dragonbreath series as well as a few equally hilarious middle grade novels, Vernon's new series Hamster Princess casts my new favourite rodent in a proposed series of fractured fairytales.… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Harriet the Invincible

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