5 Sloth Books You Need Right Now


Who knew books about sloths were a thing? Behold the awesomeness of these sloth books for kids. 1. “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth By Eric Carle Kids love Eric Carle and parents get sick of that caterpillar; this book is not only a good read, but a quick read that’s appropriate for a wide… Read More »


Toon Books: Building Your Basic Comic Nerd


Most of what we give our children says far more about our taste than their actual heart’s desire. My son keeps mentioning something about a purple dinosaur who sings; I feign ignorance. Our viewing habits, previously limited to railfan videos, have expanded to include Thomas and Bob and Pingu — but our house is still a Barney-free zone. And yes,… Read More »

Julie Morstad's illustration of Henry in his teapot bath. Image courtesy the artist (c) 2006 Julie Morstad

Unbearably Charming — Sara O’Leary and The Henry Books


Like most children, I was obsessed with small things: the more miniaturized and lifelike, the better. I read a pop-up version of Thumbelina until it disintegrated. A bookseller at Toronto’s TYPE Books first placed a book by Sara O’Leary and illustrator Julie Morstad into my hands, and they were shaking slightly when I put it… Read More »

Max Goes into Space stories floating around the International Space Station

It’s Out of this world — Story Time From Space!


In 2013, Chris Hadfield made the Canadian Space Agency cool all over again. In 2014, story time is blasting off to a whole new, out-of-this-world level! Story Time From Space is a reading series brought to you by the astronauts on the International Space Station. For the next while, during their free time astronauts will tape themselves reading books. The videos… Read More »

Top 10 Picture Book Picks for 2013


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers Humour, letters and the goodness of rainbows! One day Duncan discovers that his crayons have quit and have left in their place a stack of letters voicing their respective protests: red is sick of the overtime, having to work through the holidays colouring Santa Claus and… Read More »

get excited and make things. Here, lots of stuff made from extra yarn.

Get Excited and Make Things!


My favourite picture books are the ones whose stories escape their pages, books that live on in the imagination long after they’ve been returned to the shelf, books which inspire their readers to get excited and make things. And such books are perfect for these days when it’s a little too cold outside, and you’re… Read More »

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Kids: Imagine The Year 2035


Think about how much the world has changed over the last 22 years. In 1991 Wi-Fi did not yet exist, Canadians were getting used to the GST and 21 Jump Street was rocking our world on our analogue TV sets. Now try to imagine what the world will be like in 2035. What does the future… Read More »

Author Niki Walker with her son

‘Why Do We Fight?’ Explaining Conflict To Kids


Conflict isn’t an easy thing for most of us to understand. That’s why author Niki Walker wrote Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War and Peace, a book for kids which explains conflict, why it happens, and the ways we can resolve it. Walker’s book definitely has a thing or two to teach us adults, too. “When I… Read More »

Banned Books Are Often Children’s Books


September 22-28 marked Banned Books Week in the U.S., and some LGBTT family classics were included on the top ten list again this year, right there with 50 Shades of Grey and — for real — Captain Underpants. Again the tale of gay penguin dads Roy and Silo at the Central Park Zoo in New York City,… Read More »

Babette Cole's Princess Smartypants is one of the best of the Anti-Picture Books

Down With Princessery! 6 Anti-Princess Picture Books


With the end of summer, the kids have come home from fishing at the proverbial crawdad hole and are settling back into their gender roles as dictated by toy marketers. Because, let’s face it: our boys will be boys and our girls … will be princesses. Listen, I’ve read my Peggy Orenstein and I’ve got an opinion… Read More »

Sylvia Plath Wrote Some Great Bedtime Books


Sylvia Plath is known for many things: her collections of poetry, her mental health struggles and her famous novel, The Bell Jar. But you might not know about Plath’s more playful side: she wrote two books for kids which published decades after her death. Plath wrote her first children’s book, The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit, just before her first child… Read More »

Chu's Day

Chu’s Day is A Modern Classic


Of the many reasons to love author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Good Omens, American Gods) Chu’s Day might go down as the best. I predict that Mr. Gaiman will be remembered long after he’s gone for having written this wonderful story of a dangerous little panda bear with a very sensitive nose. It turns out that… Read More »


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