Monique Gray Smith Reads “You Hold Me Up”

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Monique Gray Smith reads her new picture book, You Hold Me Up, to an enthusiastic audience of little ones. You Hold Me Up is a vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, that encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, […]






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Author Feature: Melodie Campbell

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Worst Date Ever: Jennie has been a widow for two years. Her twelve-year-old son thinks it’s about time she started dating, and so does her best friend, Angela. So with Angela’s help, Jennie signs up to an online dating site. Within hours, she has several dates lined up for the week. Surely there will be one Prince Charming in the bunch. And if not, it’s only one date, right? How bad could it be? What planning and research did you do for you book? You mean apart from the terrible, awful, no good dates I […]






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Litter Bug Arts & Crafts

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In What Matters by Alison Hughes and illustrator Holly Hatam, a young boy picks up a single piece of litter. He doesn’t know it, but his small act has big consequences for the little critters whose path would have been blocked, for the grass that would have wilted and for the tiny stream that would have been clogged. The young boy in the story recycles the soda can. But did you know you can reuse materials that often end up in the trash as arts and crafts supplies? It’s easy and fun! How to Make Litter […]






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Author Feature: Alison Hughes

Hit the Ground Running

In Hit the Ground Running, sixteen-year-old Dee and her seven-year-old brother, Eddie, have been on their own for six weeks. Their father has seemingly vanished into the baking Arizona desert. Their money is drying up and the rent is coming due, but it’s a visit from a social worker and the prospect of being separated from Eddie that scares Dee enough to flee. She dupes her brother into packing up and embarking on the long road trip to Canada, their birthplace and former home. Lacking a driver’s license and facing a looming interrogation at the […]






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Author Feature: Nicholas Read

A Bear's Life

Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear’s Life uses Ian McAllister’s stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps. A Bear’s Life is the second in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, after Wolf Island. What planning and research did you do for you book? My writing partner, Ian McAllister, lives in the Great Bear Rainforest, so he knows everything there is to know about it. I also […]






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An Interview with Falah Raheem

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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only […]






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