March 07, 2022
Writing From Life
These Are Not the Words is a semi-autobiographical novel.That means there are real people in it who do imaginary things, and imaginary people who do real things. I am not Miranda Billie Taylor, but we ...
March 04, 2022
I come from a family of late bloomers.Or at least, that’s the story I tell myself when I try to deal with the disappointment of not having been an outrageous success in my 20s and 30s, when I was precocious ...
November 26, 2020
Children’s Book Gift Guide for Little (and Big) Bookworms
I love buying children’s books for my niece and nephew. They all have such different personalities and interests and it’s so fun for me to find books I think they’ll enjoy. And I also love buying ...
September 08, 2020
Kids Club: Thao Lam on Bookmaking, Talking It Out, and the Inspiring Stories of Refugees
In award-winning author and illustrator Thao Lam's newest picture book, The Paper Boat (Owlkids), a child escaping warn-torn Vietnam finds some unlikely kindred spirits.After finding a group of ants trapped ...
June 29, 2020
If You Care About Education, You Need to Care About Copyright
Unless you’re a writer, you probably don’t think much about copyright law. But if you are a parent, or care at all about education, copyright needs to be on the top of your mind.A quick overview:Authors ...
June 26, 2020
Five Reasons Why Children’s Science Books are THE Must-read Books of the 21st Century. For Kids and Adults.
I have been a fan of the scientific method since I first learned what it was (It's only the single most powerful tool humans have ever created, but that’s another post ).I was terrible at doing science ...
June 24, 2020
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards Reveal 2020 Shortlists
Shortlists have been announced for this year's Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.Announced by the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Foundation via a press release yesterday, the ...
June 23, 2020
The Male Default in Children's Literature - What It Is and Why It Matters
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Bechdel Test for movies. A film that passes the Bechdel Test must have at least one scene in which two female characters are talking to each other – and not about a man. ...
June 19, 2020
To Pre-read, or Not to Pre-read?
Should you be vetting your kids’ reading material? For many, the answer seems so obvious, you don’t even need to ask the question. To make sure kids are choosing books that meet their approval, ...
June 18, 2020
Sue Macartney on Loving Yourself, Funny Birds, and Her Favourite Writing Partner
Benjamin, the central character in author and illustrator Sue Macartney's new picture book Benjamin's Blue Feet (Pajama Press), is a blue-footed booby — a seabird native to the South Pacific. While ...