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Picture book shows the importance of empathy and the power of chocolate

When Daniel understands how lonely a dark his school must feel to the new girl in his class, he finds a way to bring a little Cocoa Magic to his classmates.

While You Sleep, Let’s Add Up! and My name is Saajin Singh: picture books reviewed

Beautiful art in the picture book While You Sleep. Let's Add Up offers math concepts to kids, while My Name is Saajin Singh reminds kids the importance of standing up for themselves.

How to Party like a Snail, Dinos Driving and other picture books reviewed.

Wordless book about communications and perspective, a snail who accepts who he is and Dinos Driving. I read a vareity of picture books so far this month.

Interview with Toronto author Laura Alary about her picture book The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything (Maria Mitchell)

I was fascinated to learn that the American astronomer Vera Rubin first realized that women could be astronomers when she read a children’s book about Maria Mitchell! Years later, when it was time for her to apply to university, she chose Vassar College because she remembered that Maria Mitchell had once taught there, and she figured it would be a welcoming place for women in science. I love this because it shows how powerful a book can be in the life of a child. Read my Q&A with Toronto author Laura Alary.

Ryhming picture book helps kids learn about big feelings: Smart in my Heart reviewed

In this rhyming picture book, kids can learn about big feelings - and the fact everyone has them - and what to do to help.

Summertime reading: board books, picture books, middle grade and adult reviewed

It's summer. I have been doing lots of reading and no writing. Check out my reviews of Berani, Michelle Kadarusman's latest middle grade, The Science of Babies board book and some adult books Karen Swan's Summer at Tiffany's.

Butterflies and breathing, adoption and princesses, picture books reviewed

I read a variety of fiction and non-fiction picture books covering topics such as adoption, mindfulness, princesses and butterflies.

Endless Ever After – lots of options in this Pick Your Path fairy tale book

Endless Ever After, Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings was a fun book where often you died, but you always had the chance to do it over.

My Secret Sister, Annie’s Cat is Sad, Blue Baboon Finds Her Tune and Room for More reviewed

My Secret Sister, a true story of twins separated at birth, was a good read, but a difficult one. I also review three children's books including Annie's Cat is Sad, Blue Baboon FInes Her Tune and Room for More by Michelle Kadarusman.

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