June 23, 2020
Five Tips for Writing About Tough Topics for Children and Teens
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 09, 2020
Kids Club: Cary Fagan and Milan Pavlovic on The Creative Process Behind Their Gorgeous New Picture Book
The young protagonist of award-winning author Cary Fagan's new picture book Son of Happy (Groundwood) might be the only little boy who doesn't like birthday parties.Why, you ask? His father, a professional ...
June 02, 2020
June Writer-in-Residence Helaine Becker on Her Feminist Origin Story, Writing for Kids, and Her Inspiring New Book
If you're a fan of children's publishing, it's very likely you've heard of Helaine Becker. The Toronto-based creator has authored over eighty books for kids of varying ages, garnering accolades along ...
May 06, 2020
"Love and Happiness Live in Freedom" Geraldo Valério on Liberty, the Creative Process, and His Stunning New Book
True friendship and selfless love are examined in critically-acclaimed storyteller and illustrator Geraldo Valério's newest picture book, At the Pond (Groundwood).On a gloomy day, a boy puts his dog ...
March 25, 2020
Writes as Readers: Sherry J. Lee On Her Favourite Books
Sophie, the young protagonist of author Sherry J. Lee's debut picture book, Going Up! (Kids Can Press), lives in a tall apartment building in the city. On the day of her friend Olive's birthday party, ...
March 19, 2020
"Don't Throw Anything Out!" Caroline Adderson Talks Her New Book, Writing For Love, and Walking on the Sunny Side
Best pals Pierre and Paul might not speak the same language, but they've got no problem understanding each other!Using their powers of make-believe to create daring adventures out of normal life, the ...
March 10, 2020
Kids Club: Bree Galbraith Teaches Kids to Stand Up and Speak Out In Her New Book
Empathizing with others and speaking out against injustice are central themes to author Bree Galbraith's newest book Usha and the Stolen Sun (Owlkids).Little Usha's town has been deprived of sunlight ...
March 09, 2020
Kids Club: Barbara Landry Pays Beautiful Tribute to the North in Her New Book
Author Barbara Landry has long been fascinated with the Arctic as well as Inuk culture. After her academic studies of the Inuktitut language took her to Nunavut in 2011, she published ᓄᓇᒥnunami: ...
March 04, 2020
The Dirty Dozen: 'Violet Shrink' Author Christine Baldacchino Talks Anime, Blanket Forts, and Bad Movies
Violet, the title character in author Christine Baldacchino's delightful new picture book Violet Shrink (Groundwood), feels uncomfortable and anxious in large groups. While the rest of her outgoing family ...
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 ...