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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A Mother’s Day Reading List

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Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, we rounded up four board books that celebrate the connection between mothers and their babies. These books would all be great to read with little ones on this special day. Check them out below! We Sang You Home:   This book celebrates the irreplaceable bond between parents and children. Julie Flett‘s beautiful illustrations portray intimate moments between a mother and her baby—together, they cuddle, sing and pick flowers.       Sea Otter Pup:   Pup’s mother teaches him everything he needs to know about being a […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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        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: Laurie Elmquist


#TuesdayTalk with Laurie Elmquist. Her new board book, Beach Baby, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. Beach Baby is a story for babies. It’s a promise to the next generation and the next and the next, that the things we love now at the beach, the pelicans and the dolphins, will be there for them in years to come. What was the catalyst for your story? I had just come back from a visit to Maine Island, BC and my head was filled with all the beautiful images I’d seen. It was spring and […]

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Author Feature: Monique Gray Smith

My Heart Fills with Happines by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Julie Flett

#TuesdayTalk with Monique Gray Smith. Her new board book for children, My Heart Fills with Happiness, is illustrated by Julie Flett and is on shelves now. Tell us a bit about your book. My Heart Fills with Happiness is a children’s board book written to support the emotional wellness of children and families. What was the catalyst for your story? I was facilitating a workshop for an Aboriginal Head Start in Mission with parents and staff. At lunch time, the children joined us and I watched as a young boy about 4 years of age ran up […]

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Author Feature: Dr. Jillian Roberts


#TuesdayTalk with Dr. Jillian Roberts. Dr. Jillian’s first title in the Just Enough series, Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth, launched on October 13, 2015. What prompted you to write the Just Enough series? I was worried about how the internet was providing children with easy access to inappropriate material. Children need to have strong connections with their parents in order to navigate the challenges of the internet age. The books in the Just Enough series are meant to help parents develop this bond and talk about difficult subjects. What do […]

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