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
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!
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
Art for the ants. Art for the birds, cats and raccoons. Art to make them laugh, make them think, make them feel at home. Animal-friendly street art is popping up all over the city, but who is creating these masterpieces? There is no explanation, only a name: Anonymouse. Think Banksy. . .but a mouse! I … Continue reading ANONYMOUSE: Coming in 2021
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
It's a weird time to have a new book out, but thank goodness for people like author and librarian Joel A. Sutherland, who are finding fun and innovative works to promote these pandemic releases. I was thrilled to be a guest on his new video series, Someone's Good Books. Watch below and be sure to follow … Continue reading Someone’s Good Books Interview
I've always been committed to the environment. From a young age, I was interested in conservation, initiating recycling programs, and protecting at-risk species. Movies like Fern Gully and Free Willy had a big impact on me, as did Canadian TV show The Smoggies and The Body Shop's endangered species campaign. Fun fact, my very first … Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Earth Day Books for Kids
This Thursday, April 12th at noon EST I will be taking over Milton Public Library's Instagram live to hold a virtual writing workshop for kids & teens. I'll share some tips, tricks, and exercises, so make sure your kids have a pen and paper handy! Learn about my process and find out the stories and inspiration … Continue reading I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens
Since last week's Teddy Bear of the Year FacebookLive storytime was so much fun, I'm going to try it once more (with feeling), this time reading from If I Had a Gryphon! Join me Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30am EST at http://www.facebook.com/TundraBooks. Enhance the fun by checking out the free activity guide here or download … Continue reading If I Had a Gryphon Virtual Storytime
Do you know a classroom, a library, or a child who needs a teddy bear? Because this teddy needs a home! Enter to win the teddy, a signed copy of Teddy Bear of the Year, and an activity kit with everything you need to host your own Teddy Bear Service Awards, a great theme for … Continue reading Contest: This Teddy Needs a Home!