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Speaking with The Honest Toddler about her picture book The Big Bed

Book review and interview with The Honest Toddler blogger Bunmi Laditan about her first picture Book The Big Bed.


February’s Picture Book Spotlight – Pajama Press’ Small Things about childhood anxiety

Small Things by Mel Tregonning ($22.95, Pajama Press) is one of the most unique picture books I have read in a while. Rather than a story, the pages are made up of multiple cells. Each black and white panel shows... Continue Reading →

Dystopian fiction pulls you in and helps you to imagine a world without adults

Anna is heartbreaking and terrifying, yet highly recommended Thank you, Anna, you pulled me out of my book slump. I was pulled into the story titled Anna by Niccolo Ammaniti (PGC Books, Canongate) by the second paragraph and I didn't... Continue Reading →

Review: Come Back For Me, a story of hate, fear, love and hope

Book by Toronto's Sharon Hart-Green follows the story of a Toronto teen in the 1960s and a Hungarian teen during the Second World War Come Back For Me by Sharon Hart-Green ($20, New Jewish Press) tells two stories – teenager... Continue Reading →

5 Top Children’s Books tag including those by Toronto illustrator Qin Leng, Oliver Jeffers and Ben Hatke and more

I don't usually participate in book tags as my blog is more about reviewing books and interviewing authors, but one of my new favourite bloggers, Rhonda, from The Thankful Heart, asked me to participate in my 5 Top Children's Books... Continue Reading →

Great story and wonderful moments in Kim Dinan’s The Yellow Envelope

“What to do? Many things happen in life. Still, we must be happy.” These are the words that pulled me into Kim Dinan's The Yellow Envelope, One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World ($20.76, Raincoast Books,... Continue Reading →

Picture books with morals and lessons including loving yourself

One of my son's favourite picture books is Candy Conspiracy (Carrie Snyder) about a number of children who trick the Juicy Jelly Worm into taking their garden of candy (AKA vegetables) and leave them a kingdom full of candy. The... Continue Reading →

Family and family secrets in Marissa Stapley’s Things To Do When It’s Raining

In a letter to her early readers, for which I am proud to say I am one, Toronto author Marissa Stapley writes about how of all the books she has written, her latest Things To Do When It's Raining ($22.99,... Continue Reading →

Q&A with British Columbia author Karen Rivers about All That Was

Rivers latest book delves into the relationship of two best friends British Columbia author Karen Rivers’ latest book, All That Was ($21.15, Raincoast Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), was published Jan. 16 and tells the story about two best friends... Continue Reading →

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