Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Child Soldier-Michel Chikwanine

Kids Can Press will be publishing Michel Chikwanine's story entitled Child Soldier this Fall. This powerful video provides and insight into what you can expect to read about.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Most Lost Authors at TPL

This is a somewhat dubious yet somehow flattering list that Toronto Public Library has put together; our very own Robert Munsch tops the list of authors most likely to be stolen, never returned or simply misplaced. "I am happy to see that thieves like my books and will continue to try to serve the needs of the reading underworld,” said Munsch, taking the news rather well. For more on this check out the Star's article.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015



The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
$23.95, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781616203726
Publication date: Mar. 24, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
- Toronto Star, confirmed for YA-themed Arrivals column, scheduled for Aug. 9 issue

A popular Dinosaur book with a movie tie-in tidbit!

Dinosaurs—The Grand Tour (779212) Jurassic World had the highest-grossing box office opening weekend in US history and has continued strong at the box office—and that’s driving strong sales of our book. Sales anecdote: Jack Horner, who contributed field notes for the book (super-helpful for anyone who wants to go dino-hunting in North America), was the inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park.

Friday, July 10, 2015

What To Expect When You're Reading YA

PW does a great job of summing up trends in teen books. This season, publishers are continuing to respond to subjects out there that are very topical: mental illness, gender identity, etc. To read the full article click here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story has totally charmed the pants off of anyone who has read it. Below is an adorable video with kids talking about whether or not ghosts exist. I am personally still undecided ;).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Magical Summer Books for Kids

49th Shelf has together a delightful list of summer reads for kids; one of my faves See You Next Year.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chronicle Books

I've had the privilege of selling Chronicle Books for over 20 years. PW recently did an article that gives a behind the scene look at their kids' program. Check it out!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top 100 Canadian Kid's Books of All Time

So many lists....it's great to see a Canadian Kid's one! And perfect timing for the summer.

Monday, June 8, 2015

If you enjoyed GONE GIRL, you will enjoy reading this Dewey Pick from my spring list  -

The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor

$31.95, Hardback

ISBN: 9781616203689

Publication date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Algonquin Books
Reviewed in Toronto Star, “A Love, and Woman, Lost”, May 31, 2015

FUN HOME - a favourite backlist title from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - won big last night at the Tonys, taking home five awards, including Best Musical!  Author Alison Bechdel was on stage to share in the glory!

Tony Awards for FUN HOME







Alison Bechdel


$19.95 Paperback

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




One of my Dewey Picks this spring will be featured in Canadian House and Home

Design Mom

Design Mom by Gabrielle Stanley Blair
$39.95, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781579655716
Publication date: Apr. 7, 2015
Publisher: Artisan
Canadian House & Home, book review + online feature.

 The Little Prince has been adapted to FILM and will release in December.  Here is some advance media coverage.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
$32.99, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780544671645
Publication date: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
First reports from Cannes on The Little Prince movie are in, and the response overall have been very good.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jeff Kinney's Bookstore

An Unlikely Story opens on May 30th. The NYT did an awesome profile of the store and the work behind it. I did not know that a number of other authors such as Larry McMurtry and Louise Erdrich had also taken the same path. Click here for the full story!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Toronto Poetry Map

What a lovely idea! I am a huge fan of George Elliot Clarke who helped put together is awesome Poetry Map together with Toronto Public Library. They are also asking for suggestions.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Best Graphic Novel Publisher in the World!

Whoot whoot! What a shout out for D+Q. Read the full article here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You! A Behind-the-Scenes look at Star Wars Epic Yarns

Really interesting behind-the-scenes video of how twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang created the felt characters and scenery from the super fun Star Wars Epic Yarns books! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Toronto author Amanda Orlando celebrates the launch of her new specialty cookbook: Allergen-Free Desserts to Delight Your Taste Buds - A Book For Parents and Kids (987-1-6322-337-3)

An Edgar Award Winner!

James Klise's The Art of Secrets (987-1-61620-482-2) has won the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe award for best YA Mystery Fiction.

Authors for Indies Day This Saturday May 2nd!

Don't forget to go out and meet the authors hanging out at your favourite independent bookstore.
Authors For Indies has a complete listing of who is where. Kidsbooks has a food truck from Vij's! Susan Juby, Dav Pilkey, Dennis Lee...over 400 authors will be out and about...what are you waiting for?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Joy of Missing Out

In the age of social media we, as a society, have become obsessed with sharing our experiences with the world. But when we're trying to capture that perfect instagrammable moment, we tend to miss out on truly experiencing that moment for ourselves.
Christina Cook, author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, was recently on CBC's The Current to discuss the benefits of "unplugging" from social media and experiencing life from beyond a phone screen.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas is a new picture book from the creative minds behind You Are Stardust, Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim.

The folks at Kirkus have given Wild Ideas a starred review, calling it "a work that will be read and examined again and again, with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful."

You can head on over to the Owlkids website to check out podcasts on the science behind the book, learn more about the creators, and watch cool videos!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Greatest 11 Children's Books of all Time

Personally I am a big fan of lists; normally they come at the end of the year with everyone's round ups and my reading pile grows ever so much bigger. The BBC asked a number of critics, authors and those who know to come up with the greatest children's books of all time. There really are not any surprises here; I think we should assume that these are 11 of the greatest kids books and I personally think it would be more interesting to see what the next 11 are...I bet they are a more diverse selection.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Which Bennet Sister Are You?

Here is a fun quiz from Buzz feed...turns out I'm Jane!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blown Away: The Perfect Picture Book for A Blustery Spring Day

Rob Biddulph has won the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut picture book Blown AwayThe book, which also won the best illustrated book category, is only the second picture book to take home the £5000 Waterstones prize. 

It's the perfect book for spring, featuring a windy day, a brand-new kite and an unexpected flight that leads a penguin off on an adventure! Check out this fun short video that introduces some of the new friends this fearless penguin meets along the way!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Jeff Kinney is starting his own bookstore!

Jeff Kinney, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is opening up an independent bookstore in Massachusetts!

Why? Here's what he has to say: "Bookstores have always been such a big part of my life and my wife’s life, and we wanted to do something about it. We wanted to provide our kids and our community with a place where they could be exposed to new ideas, cultural events, and other people who love to read. This is not a vanity project. I think a lot of people are expecting me to create a Wimpy world, but we don’t want that. That wouldn’t serve the community very well. The reason that we wanted to create a bookstore in our town of Plainville is because, quite frankly, I feel angry that so many bookstores have gone away."

Read the full story over on The Telegraph!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Adult colouring books by Johanna Basford selling like hotcakes!

British illustrator Johanna Basford's whimsical adult colouring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have sold over one million copies worldwide! ONE. MILLION. COPIES. These colouring books have been so successful that they've been translated in 14 languages all across the world. Check out the full story over at The Daily Mail.