June 21, 2021
Playwright Makambe K Simamba on Fearlessly Exploring "How Far Characters are Willing to Go in Order to Live Their Truths"
CW: discussion of anti-Black violenceIt's a gutting image: a seventeen-year old Black boy, a child in a hoodie, dead far too soon because of hateful and unchecked anti-Black racism. Makambe K Simamba's Our ...
June 16, 2021
Playwrights Team Andrea Mapili & Byron Abalos on Creating a Magical Adventure Story Where Filipinx-Canadian Kids Can Feel Seen
What book loving kid didn't dream of being literally transported into the pages of their favourite adventure? For 12-year old Philly, that dream becomes a reality when opening a mysterious old book whisks ...
June 09, 2021
City of Water Author & Artist Team Andrea Curtis and Katy Dockrill Offer a Fascinating Glimpse into the Writer-Illustrator Relationship
For those of us in cities, it's all too easy to take water for granted. Turn on a tap, and there it is. But the privilege of clean and reliable water requires vast and intricate work by many, and water ...
May 20, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Philippa Dowding's Firefly, the Story of a Young Girl Finding Herself through Costumes After Family Trauma
Philippa Dowding has a special knack for exploring tough issues in her kids' books without sacrificing storytelling and imagination. She meets kids and teens where they are to tell fascinating and often ...
May 17, 2021
Contest: Take a Trip Without Leaving Home with the Complete, Acclaimed "Travels with My Family" Series from Groundwood
Remember family vacations? It's been a while since we could all easily hop in a car and have an adventure somewhere new with our loved ones. But in the pages of wife-and-husband team Marie-Louise Gay ...
April 29, 2021
May 2021 Writer-in-Residence Wendy Orr Explores Love & Disability in Ancient Greece in Her Captivating New Novel
Children's author Wendy Orr knows how to capture the imagination of young readers in her many acclaimed books (including fan favourite Nim's Island, which was even adapted as a blockbuster film). ...
April 26, 2021
Contest! Enter to Win Fun-Filled Indigenous Adventure Series for Young Readers, The Mighty Muskrats, From Second Story Press
Michael Hutchinson's Might Muskrats series from Second Story Press is the kind of kid's book that takes you back to reading under the covers with a flashlight. Filled with friendship, adventure, and humour, ...
April 20, 2021
"Children are Born as Little Scientists" Erin Alladin's Outside, You Notice Captures the Wonder of Exploring the Natural World
Erin Alladin's Outside, You Notice (Pajama Press, illustrated by Andrea Blinick) is just the sort of book we could all use right now. Thoughtful, joyful, and gentle, its celebration of the outdoors, ...
April 08, 2021
Vogue Style Writer Christian Allaire on Ribbon Shirts, Flour Bag Fashion, & Killer Desserts
Fashion has sometimes gotten a bad rap as frivolous or status-driven, but as conversations evolve, many fashion fans are happy to see that the emotional, social, and identity-related aspects of fashion ...
April 06, 2021
"I Feel the Most Fulfilled When I Write About Love" Patricia Storms on Her Uplifting New Picture Book & Writing for Kids
Every morning, Dutch is excited to hear the Gardener wake up. He knows that once she's done her mysterious morning things, he'll get to go outside with her. The Dog's Gardener (Groundwood Books, illustrated ...