May 24, 2023
SJ Okemow on Her Heartwarming Debut Picture Book's Unconventional Path to Publication
The humble dandelion rarely gets much love, often cited as a nuisance weed that spreads easily and takes over. But the hardy little plant has many lessons to teach us, and in SJ Okemow's Âmî Osâwâpikones (Annick ...
May 20, 2023
The Joys and Challenges of Writing for Adults AND for Kids
I’ve had May 2 circled on my calendar for months and months—it marks the pub date of my debut picture book, Dear Street. As the launch approaches, I’ve been thinking about how different the processes ...
May 19, 2023
Sandra V. Feder & Rahele Jomepour Bell on Creating a Picture Book that Celebrates Finding Peace Within
Anyone who spends time with children knows that when it comes to kids, the feelings are big. Happiness, sadness, anger – it's all magnified, and it's not always easy to navigate. Writer Sandra V. ...
April 26, 2023
Book Therapy: The Remembering Stone
“But Alice didn’t want the perfect stone to sink to the bottom like all the others, so she put it in her pocket.”-Carey Sookocheff, The Remembering StoneFor my family, last year was defined by loss. ...
April 18, 2023
Stacey May Fowles' Gentle & Beautiful Debut Picture Book Utilizes CBT Techniques to Help Kids Manage Anxiety
Stacey May Fowles' celebrated nonfiction has shown her ability to explore mental health, anxiety, and connection through subjects as diverse as baseball, reading, motherhood, and more. Also an acclaimed ...
February 16, 2023
Mudlarking, Unexpected TV Appearances, & More: Getting to Know Children's Writer Nancy Cooper
Meeting new people isn't easy. For Amik the beaver, the character at the heart of Nancy Cooper's picture book Biindigen! Amik Says Welcome (Owlkids Books, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley) ...
February 15, 2023
Lorna Schultz Nicholson on Writing a Picture Book That Encourages Kids to Think About What They Most Value
If you had only a few minutes to gather the things you love most from your home before fleeing, what would you take?This difficult decision is at the centre of Lorna Schultz Nicholson's powerful picture ...
December 13, 2022
Jennifer Maruno on Dreams, Bedtime, and What She Learned from Reading 40,000 Picture Books
If you put kids to bed at night, you know that bedtime can be chaotic, but that there can also be an element of magic in those few quiet moments with little ones as the lights go down and the coziness ...
December 05, 2022
Get Some Chocolate Ready for When You Read Sandra Bradley's Cocoa Magic, a Perfectly Cozy Picture Book
Sandra Bradley's Cocoa Magic (Pajama Press, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard) is coming out at just the right time: combining a story of kindness and generosity with a fragrant chocolate shop as its homey ...
September 08, 2022
Naseem Hrab's Adorable Snail Party Picture Book is a Love Letter to Homebodies of All Ages
While everyone loves a special occasion, we all have different ideas about the perfect way to celebrate. Some people may love a big, boisterous party, but plenty of people find that all a bit overwhelming ...