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Picture book reviews: December picture books include those about Canada’s north, horses and Jumanji

I hope your Christmas includes giving - and receiving - a book or two dozen. Here are a few more for you to enjoy. Elisapee and her Baby Seagull Elisapee and her Baby Seagull by Nancy Mike ($16.95, Inhabit Media)... Continue Reading →

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Homemade Christmas gift ideas for teachers courtesy of DK Books

Do you buy your child's teacher a Christmas gift? I have always struggle with teacher's gifts and what to do. I asked a teacher friend and she said she doesn't expect anything at Christmas, but offered a number of suggestions... Continue Reading →

Beautiful lesson in The Theory of Hummingbirds about embracing your differences and doing your best

A beautiful lesson in Michelle Kadarusman's The Theory of Hummingbirds ($11.95, Pajama Press). The Theory of Hummingbirds tells the story of Alba and Cleo, the name Alba has given to her left foot, which was twisted in the wrong direction... Continue Reading →

December Children’s Book Spotlight: Raincoast Book’s Santa’s Magic Key

Santa's Magic Key by Eric James ($26.65, Raincoast Books, Sourcebook Jabberwocky) is a beautifully illustrated book that tells us how Santa gets into houses on Christmas Eve that don't have chimneys. The book tells the story of a little boy... Continue Reading →

Interesting, but hard read in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

I found Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal ($33.50, HarperCollin) a hard read, but an interesting one. The book is a story about Nikki, a modern young Punjabi, who lives in London, England, where she works at... Continue Reading →

Review: Stories about a small-town Christmas and Santa on vacation

The synopsis of Chickadees at Christmas by Carolyn J. Morris ($12.95, Railfence Books¬†) suggests this is Book 4 in the Spruce Valley series. Despite not reading Books 1 to 3 and reuniting with Billy and Gus, who are now both... Continue Reading →

Lianne Oelke talks Nice Try, Jane Sinner and hiking in British Columbia

Young adult novel uses uses humour to discuss mental health, faith and the college experience Jane Sinner, in Lianne Oelke's first book Nice Try, Jane Sinner ($24.99,¬†Raincoast Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is a funny relatable character. Oelke agreed to speak... Continue Reading →

Review: 3 Christmas picture books

Each year, I have a stack of Christmas books I re-read. I have added two new one's this year - The Noel Diary from Richard Paul Evans (another Christmas keeper) and A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker by... Continue Reading →

Another great graphic novel by Ben Hatke in Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Book 2)

Ah, everything is explained. As I read Might Jack and the Goblin King graphic novel by Ben Hatke ($20.99, Raincoast Books, First Second), I felt as though I was missing something. I kept stopping to re-read the front flap, wondering... Continue Reading →

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