Stories Change the World

Natasha Deen‘s books include Burned from Orca’s Retribution series, Sleight of Hand and Across the Floor. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. The following is a post written by her. Stories change the world. I’m proof of this. My family immigrated from Guyana, South America to Canada, inspired by stories of what could be accomplished for those who called this land home. And Canada welcomed us with open arms because the old stories—that minorities weren’t worth as much as Caucasians—were no longer valid. Everyone in Canada was of equal value, and all had a right to […]






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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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Author Feature: Nikki Tate

Deadpoint by Nikki Tate

Ayla loves climbing. But she prefers to climb indoors, with all her safety harnesses in place and soft mats to land on. Her climbing partner and best friend, Lissy, is much more adventurous and loves the outdoors. When Lissy starts hanging out with Carlos, the new thrill-seeking guy in town, Ayla wants to keep an eye on her and finds herself tagging along on a weekend climbing trip up Black Dog Mountain. But things go very wrong when Lissy and her dad, the only adult in the group, are badly injured high on the side […]






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Author Feature: Alex Van Tol

Food Freak by Alex Van Tol

It really seems like Dani’s dad has gone around the bend. Ever since Dani’s mother died of cancer, all her dad does is stand around on street corners with his crazy signs, proclaiming that processed foods mean the end of the world. The Food Freak, as he is known, has already scared away all of Dani’s friends at her old school. But it’s a new year, and Dani is at a new school in a different part of town. Maybe things will be better now. Dani just needs to keep her head down and avoid […]






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Author Feature: Holly Bennett

Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

What image/scene/character did you start this book with? This doesn’t often happen to me, but the first scene actually did come to me almost as if I was watching a movie. Dare I admit I was driving at the time? I came home, wrote it down, and it stuck. Finding the rest of the story took a whole lot longer! What kind of research did you do for your book? I did some research about Hans Christian Andersen’s life and times. I also needed to find out something about the life of the lower classes […]






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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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