Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Cookies

        It’s Valentine’s Day! So let’s celebrate love. Here’s some books to help with that.   Love You More by Susan Musgrave and illustrated by Experanca Melo I love you more than the stars so high Winking and dancing in the January sky. Spanning one full calendar year, this rhyming board book celebrates the deep love between parent and child. Rendered in couplets, the verses weave expressions of affection with vivid imagery from the natural world, making it ideal for teaching young ones about the seasons and the beauty of nature. With […]






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Happy Family Literacy Day!!

Family Literacy Day

Happy Family Literacy Day! Books and family seem a perfect segue into the weekend, setting us up for relaxing and cozy days in this chilly January. And how’s that to-be-read pile? Do you have enough books for your kids and for you, so you can read when they’re (finally) tucked into bed. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there. Books for Bedtime What Matters Written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Holly Hatam Teach your children about environmentalism and why little actions matter with this charming picture book. Follow along with what happens when one […]






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#BellLet’sTalk About Mental Health

Bell Let's Talk

Bell Let’s Talk, taking place on January 25, is designed to remove stigmas around mental health and break the silence and barriers that so often surrounds them. We have a list of books to spark conversation in your family and give children protagonists they can relate to. Chick: Lister by Alex Van Tol Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations—or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety for him, which he copes with by […]






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Summer Reading List: Nonfiction

Looking for some educational reads for your kids over summer? Catch our great nonfiction titles! Pride Pride: Celebrating Diversity Robin Stevenson For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?       Orca Origins Passover: […]






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Summer Reading List: Books for Reluctant Readers

Find yourself nagging your children to pick up a book? Try our reluctant reader series! Books with high-interest topics to catch the attention of those not so keen to be caught with their nose in a book. Orca Currents and Orca Soundings offer readers contemporary themes: Cristy Watson’s On Cue, is sure to catch the attention of your art-loving child. Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal […]






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Summer Reading List: Rapid Reads

The Goddaughter Caper by Melodie Campbell

Summer means long days in the sun and time spent down by the ocean or the lake to cool off. Our Rapid Reads are perfect picks for Mom or Dad while the kids build sandcastles or are tucked into bed, and finally finally asleep. When Blood Lies, A Nicole Charles Mystery Linda L. Richards Vancouver Post gossip columnist Nicole Charles is only slightly put out when she discovers she’s been downsized. She figures she’s lucky to still have a job. It just means she needs to get a desk so she can work out of […]






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