Dog-eared: January 2015

Merna Foster is a Canadian historian and the force behind a petition to get Canadian women and ethnic minorities onto bank notes (see Canadian Geographic’s interview of her). She is also the creator of heroines.ca, a small but hopefully soon-to-grow website devoted to women in Canadian history.

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Two months ago a group of high school students created “All About Those Books,” a reading-centred parody of “All About That Bass.” Reeeeeeeally catchy. You’ve been warned.

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I could have sworn I read an identical article half a year ago. Anyway, yet another study has proven what Judi Saltman (who taught the four of us at UBC) said: reading aloud to children makes them more likely to love reading, as well as improving parent-child bonding.

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“So the first thing that princess culture does is it gives a girl a world where she, as a female, takes center stage. She is the main character, the lead, with the men providing supporting roles. There is no need for the child playing princess to imagine herself as Henry Potter’s secret twin sister Henrietta to make herself the hero: the princess is already the hero.”

Liz B.’s article on princess shaming, because Disney is a problem but girls pretending to be princesses isn’t. “Boy” is not the norm.

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Refugee children from Syria speak in this report written by the children themselves and translated by adults working for World Vision. We who live in safety and prosperity must not be blind to the children and adults from whom both have been stripped by violence and injustice.

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Clover's Luck (The Magical Animal Adoption Agency #1) by Kallie George: A Review

Clover's Luck (The Magical Animal Adoption Agency #1) by Kallie George: A Review

Hardcover, 144 pages Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd Source: Author Clover’s Luck is the first in a new early reader series by Kallie George who is a local author and an alumnus of  the MACL program at UBC (that all the Book Warriors graduated from). I have read some of Kallie’s works […]

The Cover Wars: Dreamy Colours!

The Cover Wars: Dreamy Colours!

Apparently, when I think covers with a dreamy/whimsical feel, I mean pink-ish covers? Anyway, you all know the drill: join the conversation! Leave us a comment! 🙂 Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our […]

Publisher Spotlight Review: Julia, Child written by Kyo Maclear with illustrations by Julie Morstad

Publisher Spotlight Review: Julia, Child written by Kyo Maclear with illustrations by Julie Morstad

Hardcover, 32 pages Published July 8th 2014 by Tundra Books Source: Publisher Julia, Child is a beautifully composed book focusing on two children with a passion for cooking and a desire to spread their happiness to the adults who go around their lives so glumly. Julia’s experience with French food as a child sets her off on […]

Fairest by Marissa Meyer: A Review

Fairest by Marissa Meyer: A Review

Hardcover, 256 pages Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Raincoast Books Fans of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles will be well acquainted with Levana, the Lunar Queen, the cradle snatcher who is forcing Prince (King?) Kai to marry her to cement the alliance between Lunar and Earth. Fairest is a prequel of sorts that chronicles […]