Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for 10 years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be find rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes. More here. […]
If you do doing preschool / family story times, or work with preschoolers, this reworked version of Old MacDonald Had a Farm should definitely be added to your picture book rotation. Instead of just farm animals, Old MacDonald and his power tool-toting lady (go girl!) have a farm filled with heavy duty machinery. That’s right, we’ve got bulldozers and steamrollers, front loaders and dump trucks, and much, much more. Turns out the MacDonalds are building a brand new monster truck rally track on their property, and all the farm animals are getting in on the fun.
As a children’s librarian I like to think I know a thing or two about children’s literature, but I am no snob, and I’ll happily embrace just about anything that helps support literacy development and gets kids excited about reading. A lot of kids are going to go out of their minds with excitement when they see this picture book, and that is recommendation enough for me.
Eda Kaban’s adorable illustrations absolutely seal the deal – each spread is a riot of colour and detail, with a delightful array of sweet farm animals participating in the building project (wearing appropriate safety equipment of course – safety first, kids).
I really appreciate that Ms. MacDonald takes a strong role in the illustrations, getting directly involved in a number of traditionally male activities like fixing an engine and detailing a car’s exterior. Plenty of little girls are into cars – as a child I used to play with my cousins’ toy cars all the time! Plus, more and more women are moving into traditionally male-dominated trades like construction. AND how cool is it to see the older MacDonalds as vibrant, active seniors? Being old doesn’t have to mean having one foot in the grave, kiddos!
Is Old MacDonald Had a Truck silly? Absolutely! It’s absolutely bonkers! But it’s also a heck of a lot of fun, and will likely delight young readers, and have them asking to read it again and again. Highly recommended.
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity […]
A double life is twice as hard. Leigh loves hockey, and she’s good at it — but the boys on her team have decided it’s “no girls allowed.” To complicate things even more, her mom starts pushing her to begin a dance career. The time has come for Leigh to find a way to stand […]
Forgive and be forgiven. It sounds so appealing – why doesn’t it happen every day? Finding herself forgiven on a rain-scrubbed morning after a difficult day, Melena seizes her fresh start and shares the song in her heart with her family and friends. It’s a day of new beginnings. It’s Melena’s jubilee. Hardcover, 32 pages […]
Indigenous Children’s Lit Resources Whether you are honing your to-be-read list or building a library or school collection, the following resources on indigenous literature offer a great starting point. Canadian Children’s Book Centre The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) produces a number of themed book lists and in 2014 they compiled this list featuring First […]
Janet I love reading books – when I’m reading for pleasure and not for work – slowly, one chapter at a time, over the course of a week or two. Once mandated by hours at school and doing homework, reading slowly is now a luxury: reading slowly means I live more fully in each part […]
I went to a high school with a required uniform: polo shirt, kneesocks or tights, black shoes, skirt. Luckily for me, I’m feminine-of-centre and like skirts. But they make eleven-year-old Liv “about as comfortable as an octopus in a spacesuit.” That makes sense, because Liv is a boy. The only problem is, he hasn’t told […]
Don’t Touch This Book Bill Cotter’s previous picture book, Don’t Push The Button!, is one of my all-time favourite story time books – I’ve read it aloud more times than I can count. It’s just so much fun – few things in life are more tantalizing than a big red button, especially one that you’re not […]
Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s […]
A bookseller friend (hi, Leah!) informs me that because of long awaited and long-overdue curriculum changes in BC elementary schools that place more emphasis on the residential school system, teachers are rushing out to buy books like Fatty Legs and I Am Not a Number in droves. These books are flying off the shelves like hotcakes. It’s easy to […]