September 05, 2023
Shari Green on Exploring Anxiety, Grief, & Canada's Favourite Sport in Her New Verse Novel for Young Readers
The verse novel is a tricky feat to pull off, and comparatively rare for that reason. But Shari Green's novels in verse make it look easy, as she tackles complex themes, like inclusion and mental health, ...
July 06, 2023
Colleen Nelson on Setting Her New Kids' Novel in One of New York's Most Unique Historical Properties
Umbrella House in New York City is a unique urban phenomenon. Abandoned in the late 70s, it was sealed up with cinderblocks and cement until several years later when a group of squatters moved in. Over ...
March 02, 2023
"Anyone Who Writes Fiction is a Kind of Magician" Barry Jonsberg on His Writing Process & New Climate Disaster Novel
For twins Ashleigh and Aiden, the world is good. They've always been completely in sync and to them, life seems sunny and happy. But everything changes when Aiden starts behaving strangely after an accident ...
October 17, 2022
Enter to Win Incredible True Tales about African Icons, a Residential School Survivor, and a Climate Change Warrior from Groundwood Books
Stories are one of the best ways we learn, and for young readers, hearing the stories of brave and powerful people, especially those from underrepresented identities, is not only an inspiring and important ...
October 13, 2022
"Suddenly All the Stories in My Head Made Sense" Heather Camlot on the Books that Guide Her Life and Her Writing
What would you risk to go to school? In Secret Schools: True Stories of the Determination to Learn (Owlkids, illustrated by Erin Taniguchi), Heather Camlot shares the amazing, and at times astonishing, ...
August 23, 2022
Michelle Kadarusman Brings Together Threatened Orangutans, Palm Oil Controversy, and Passionate Young Activists in Her New Novel
Humans and orangutans share 97% of our DNA, yet we have pushed these highly intelligent animals to the point of being endangered through habitat loss and human encroachment.Governor General's Literary ...
July 07, 2022
Read an Excerpt from Bree Galbraith's Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems, an Inclusive Story of Ingenuity & Facing Fears
Wednesday Wilson, the heroine of the Wednesday Wilson early chapter book series by Bree Galbraith, is nothing if not resourceful. And she's at her best when her brainy ingenuity is called on by the ...
March 08, 2022
"As He Watched, Envy Stirred in His Heart" Read an Excerpt from A Bend in the Breeze by Valerie Sherrard
After decades of prophecy, the residents of a remote island have finally found what has been foretold: the Long Awaited, who will tell them their fate 17 days after appearing, has arrived in a boat drifting ...
February 22, 2022
Monique Polak on Helping Kids Find Themselves While Exploring Parental Alienation in Her New Middle Grade Book
Everything in Justine's world has changed since her parents got divorced. She and her little sister Bea travel across Montreal from one house to the other, living two lives. But when Justine's mother ...
December 09, 2021
Dr. Cylita Guy Makes STEM, Social Justice, & Urban Ecology Accessible for Young Readers in Her Debut Book
We may not think of cities as places filled with wildlife, but when we look a little closer, you can see how the wild world exists alongside the urban one, from coyotes and bats to bees and weather patterns. Dr. ...