Reviews: Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai & To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

Children’s fiction review time! I want to draw attention to two wonderful children’s middle grade titles I’ve had the pleasure of recently reading: first up, courtesy of my friends at Raincoast Books is Remy Lai’s debut, Pie in the Sky; next, courtesy of the lovely folks at Penguin Random House Canada, is To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg […]

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Great Children’s Non-Fiction! (4)

Welcome to a new round up featuring recently read and recommended children’s non-fiction titles! Just a note that your library may catalogue some of these titles in children’s non-fiction or in picture books, etc.- it really depends on how your library has decided to categorize them! Let’s begin with Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael James […]

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Picture Book Reviews: How to Walk an Ant, Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure & more!

A rundown of some standout picture books I’ve had the great pleasure of recently reading!     Let’s start with author, illustrator and puppeteer Cindy Derby‘s notable debut, How to Walk an Ant, a step-by-step-with-detours-guide for, you guessed it, walking ants! Through this detailed instructional guide, readers learn that walking ants is…a messy, sometimes frustrating, sometimes…um, fatal (for the ants) […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Brave Molly, Fergal and the Bad Temper & more!

We are taking a look at three great picture books today! These titles are all revolving around feelings and emotions (picture book subject areas that are always in-demand!): Brooke Boynton-Hughes’ Brave Molly (courtesy of Raincoast Books); Robert Starling’s Fergal and the Bad Temper (courtesy of Raincoast Books); and Andy Rash’s The Happy Book (courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada). Let’s […]

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Spotlight & Interview: Children’s Author Samantha R. Vamos!

Welcome to a very special post featuring a spotlight on Samantha R. Vamos! Samantha is the author of children’s titles such as Alphabet Trucks, Alphabet Trains (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (illustrated by Santiago Cohen), as well as The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (illustrated by Rafael López), a Pura Belpré Illustration Honor book. […]

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Picks for Mother’s Day: Titles from Holman Wang and Lucy Cousins!

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, so what a perfect time to talk about two lovely and just-right-for-the-holiday children’s titles courtesy of my friends at Tundra Books, Candlewick Press and Penguin Random House Canada! If you’re interested in exploring more titles for Mother’s Day (and other family-focused titles), be sure to take a look at this list!   “My […]

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Great Picture Books! (24)

Welcome to another round-up of recently read and recommended picture books! In no particular order, here are the titles: the superb The Patchwork Bike, by Australian writer and slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, with illustrations (acrylic on recycled cardboard- amazing) done by artist Van Thanh Rudd, this story touches on everything from the latitude of imagination to poverty- be sure […]

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