February 18, 2020
What Do You Wish You Had Known Before Becoming a Children's Book Creator?
I’ve worked in children’s publishing for nearly fifteen years and I’ve been writing children’s books for about five years. All this to say, I learned a lot about the realities of publishing children’s ...
February 07, 2020
Book Therapy: The Wisdom of Children(’s Books)
“I’ll be okay…I’ll be okay…”—Akiko Miyakoshi, The Piano RecitalIt’s probably not surprising that, after eighteen months of extended maternity leave, I’ve found the return to full time ...
January 30, 2020
February 2020 Writer-in-Residence Nadia Hohn on Recommended Books, Overlooked Gems, and Charming Tropes
Critically-acclaimed Jamaican-Canadian children's author Nadia Hohn has spent her career celebrating Black stories, from her award-winning debut picture book Malaika's Costume (House of Anansi) to her ...
January 21, 2020
Special Feature: Annick Press
The roots of Annick Press extend back to 1975 when Rick Wilks and Anne Millyard founded Books By Kids with the aim of publishing books that children would choose for themselves. The following year, Books ...
November 07, 2019
Where Are You Now? Author Tyler Clark Burke on Working in Publishing and How to Write a Great Book for Kids
"Where does it go?" is one of the most common questions parents are asked by their little ones. Early on, children are fascinated by the disappearance of natural things in their world. Snow covers everything, ...
May 15, 2019
2019 Forest of Reading Children's Literary Award Winners, Chosen by Ontario Students
The Giller Prize of the children's lit world, the Ontario Library Association's beloved Forest of Reading Awards honour the best fiction and nonfiction writing for young people in Ontario each year. Today ...
May 29, 2018
What I Wish Every Aspiring Children’s Author Knew About Publishing
It seems like book publishing is a mysterious, captivating industry to many people. It barely gets represented in pop culture and when it does get featured (Elf and Fatal Attraction come to mind), ...
May 10, 2018
Artist and Children's Author Lori Joy Smith on Her Cross-Canada Workspace Evolution
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Ever since Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote those lines, starry eyed lovers everywhere have had a verse to describe their feelings. Riffing on the same idea ...
April 06, 2018
Angela Ahn on Exploring Identity and Culture Through Food in Her Debut Middle Grade Novel
In Angela Ahn's Krista Kim-Bap (Second Story Press), Krista and Jason have been best friends since they were in diapers. Their differences never seemed like a big deal - but when their teacher asks ...
August 31, 2017
Characters. Emotions. Relationships. Action.
In junior high, my grade seven English teacher taught us about conflict in narrative: man against man; man against nature; man against self; and man against society. To be honest, I never really found ...