Spotlight on ILLUSTORIA Magazine!

Let’s take a dive into ILLUSTORIA magazine! Illustoria is a print magazine for creative kids & their grownups. We celebrate visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts and activities. Our high-quality, tri-annual publication is geared toward readers ages 6–12 and the young at heart.- via ILLUSTORIA I recently had the great fortune of getting to […]

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Picture Book Review: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell & Corinna Luyken

Review: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell & Corinna Luyken Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Publication: August 14, 2018 by Dial Books Book Description: A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come. Adrian Simcox tells anyone who […]

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Great Picture Books! (17)

Yes, another round-up of terrific books recently read! My three year old is zipping through the last few weeks of our library’s summer reading club program so there are even more books than usual surrounding us at home! It’s been the biggest joy discovering and reading new books with her (as well as rediscovering some older favourites). My daughter has […]

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Great Children’s Non-Fiction! (1)

Forgive me for sounding a bit like a broken record, but: my goodness, the world of children’s lit just keeps broadening and upping itself! Within the larger realm of children’s non-fiction, I have recently read some incredible biographies, as well the more traditional kind of non-fiction. Looking at the biographical books, the recent highlights include: Patricia Hruby Powell’s Josephine: The […]

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Review: The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey

Review: The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey, art by Victoria Jamieson Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books. Thank you! Publication: June 19, 2018 by Tundra Books (paperback). First published 2017. Book Description: Eddie, a passionate reader and a shiny green bug, saves the school library in this funny, heartwarming tale that fans of […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Ta-Da! & We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Changing Picture Book

Ta-Da! by Kathy Ellen Davis, illus. Kaylani Juanita Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Publication: June 26, 2018 by Chronicle Books Book Description: What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it’s a princess with magic powers that can (ta-da!) overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it’s (dun dun duh!) a host of dragons, pirates, and volcanos […]

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Review: The Night Garden by Polly Horvath

Review: The Night Garden by Polly Horvath Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Publication: September 12, 2017 by Puffin Canada Book Description: It is World War II and Franny Whitekraft lives with her parents, Sina and Old Tom, on a farm on Vancouver Island. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina […]

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Review: Shelved Under Murder (A Blue Ridge Library Mystery #2) by Victoria Gilbert

Review: Shelved Under Murder (A Blue Ridge Library Mystery #2) by Victoria Gilbert Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Crooked Lane Books. Thank you! Publication: July 10, 2018 by Crooked Lane Books Book Description: October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local […]

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