June 26, 2020
Finding Our Intentional Role in the Black Lives Matter MovementBy Chelene Knight
As a Black professional in the publishing industry, I have been listening deeply to all of the conversations taking place around what folks can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Some of these ...
June 23, 2020
Five Tips for Writing About Tough Topics for Children and TeensBy Naseem Hrab
The best comedy often comes from life’s darker moments. Read up on any comedian and you’ll likely learn about their tumultuous beginnings, middles and ends. (Especially, on Twitter. Literally. At ...
June 17, 2020
On Reclaiming Brokenness and Refusing the Violence of ‘Recovery Narratives’By A.H. Reaume
I’m working on this essay when a friend texts me. His therapist suggested he write a list of things that he likes about himself but the picture that shows up on my phone is just a blank page.“Having ...
June 12, 2020
On Collaboration and TrustBy Chelene Knight
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller I crave collaboration. When I was young, I had no desire to connect or work closely with people in the way that I do today. ...
May 29, 2020
Making Time: Why Now is the Perfect Time for TarotBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
I don’t want to pretend that I know the history of the Tarot or how it should be used, but I’ve been using it for the last three years because it’s been immensely helpful. I’m not an “expert,” ...
May 26, 2020
How to Keep Making Children’s Books Right Now, Or NotBy Naseem Hrab
As this new normal becomes, well, more normal, those of us able to self-isolate may start to find a bit of space in-between all of our feelings and obligations to build new writing routines, drawing routines ...
May 19, 2020
Book Therapy: Lean Out by Tara HenleyBy Stacey May Fowles
(T)he notion—singular, unquestioned—that the only way to succeed in any industry, and especially mine, was to give it everything you had.”—Tara Henley, Lean Out By 2016, successful journalist ...
May 14, 2020
Bring Back the Good ‘Ol Days of Getting Lost in FictionBy Chelene Knight
“The anonymous woman in bed beside me adamantly shakes my shoulder.”—Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit“Sometimes we would hide in the closet when the drunks came home from the bar.”—Tanya Tagaq, ...
May 08, 2020
When My Mind is Frenzied, I Don’t Read—I ListenBy Natasha Ramoutar
Being read to is a luxury.Growing up, there were no bedtime stories in my household, at least none that I can remember. There were true stories traded around dinner tables of course, but there was none ...
May 05, 2020
Making Time: Finding Healing with Yayoi KusamaBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Yayoi Kusama. You know her. You took a selfie in the Infinity Mirror Room at the AGO. You’ve seen her polka dots all over the Internet. You’ve seen her sobering gaze, her blunt bob.On April 15, Kusama ...