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Elephants, rhyming oranges, hockey and other picture books reviewed

As mentioned here, I received so many beautiful picture books, I had to divide my reviews into two posts. I am not sure if I could pick just one favourite as they were all great for various reasons. The Elephant... Continue Reading →

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Speaking with Toronto book publisher Jessica Alex about entrepreneurial spirit and Moving Mountains One Page At A Time

Toronto resident Jessica Alex is “Moving Mountains One Page At A Time”. Alex is the owner of Upon A Star Books Inc., a publishing company with a mission of producing children's and young adult books that “educate and inspire”, as... Continue Reading →

Adam Bunch’s The Toronto Book of The Dead is an amazing must-read about Toronto’s history

The Toronto Book of The Dead by Adam Bunch ($16.99, Dundurn) was an amazing read and one I would highly recommend for history lovers, Torontonians and any one else who claims Toronto isn't interesting. The book is written by Bunch,... Continue Reading →

Quick read in Sara Leach’s Slug Days about a girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder

I was only a few pages into reading Slug Days by Sara Leach ($17.95, Pajama Press) when I knew the main character, Lauren, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, but what I didn't realize was my eight-year-old son not only knew the... Continue Reading →

Beautiful photographs found in Firefly Books The Spirit of the Mountains coffee table book

From a 13-century Armenian monastery, considered a Unesco World Heritage Site, to views above the clouds and a sulfuric lake situated in an active volcano, Firefly Books' The Spirit of the Mountains ($40) is a beautiful coffee table book that... Continue Reading →

Beautiful, but heartbreaking story in Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

I found Sonia Patel's Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story (PGC Books, Cinco Puntos Press) beautiful, but also absolutely heartbreaking. Each chapter offers a look at Jaya Mehta, a 17 year old who detests wealth, secrets and privilege although he... Continue Reading →

Samantha Verant talks about How to Make a French Family in this memoir

Review of Samantha Verant's How to Make a French Family memoir about love, family and French cooking.

Halloween, princesses, Night Lions and other wonderful picture books reviewed

I have read so many wonderful picture books this month, that I have to divide it into two posts. These picture books are wonderful stories that cover a variety of topics. More than a Princess More than a Princess by... Continue Reading →

9 questions for David Bird, consultant editor of DK Books Birds of Canada

Enter for your chance to win a copy of the beautiful Birds of Canada coffee table book DK Books Canada offered me the opportunity to speak with Prof. David M. Bird, the consultant editor of Birds of Canada and an... Continue Reading →

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