Visit Sajidah at her website to find out more about her. Saints & Misfits deals with the very sensitive issue of sexual abuse in the Muslim community. Did you (or should it be do you) expect some pushback and resistance to your attempt (via this novel) to speak about these very important […]
Yousuf’s Everyday Adventures: Beautifully Different – Dana Salim, Pavel Goldaev (illustrator)
Published April 2017 by DS Publishing, LLC
Yousuf is taught the beauty of being different in this picturebook that will have the most impact when read with a parent or a caretaker. The illustrations are bright and vivid and though the story is somewhat difficult to follow, I feel like it’s a good start toward a discussion of diversity and its importance in our world.
The Fog by Kyo Maclear and Kenard Pak
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published May16th by Tundra Books
It’s a given that any book by Kyo Maclear will be an entertaining one. In The Fog, the bird watching trope is inverted so the birds are the ones watching the humans. Warble, the protagonist of the picturebook, is very concerned when a fog descends upon the island/land/coast he lives on and people-watches but no one else seems to find it as big of a deal. While the others adapt to this new fog, Warble worries. And he finds a human girl who worries with him and with her, he finds others who notice the problem and want to resolve it. The book is quirky and heartwarming and shows how working together and finding your people can lead to good things. The art is super pretty too and suits the story very well. Recommended.
A Place to Read – Leigh Hodgkinson
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 30th by Bloomsbury US Childrens
Source: Raincoast Books
As readers, I am sure all of us have struggled, at one point or another, to find a place to read comfortably. This is what this book is all about. The art is fantastic and the revelation at the end is delightful if a bit abrupt. Kids will love this one.
Goldfish Ghost – Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Lisa Brown
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd, 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Raincoast Books
I know fans will love this one but Lemony Snicket and I have never got along well. This picturebook didn’t do anything for me though I did love the art. So if you are a fan, you might want to check it out but otherwise, it’s a skip from me.
Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex
Hardcover, 48 pages
To be published on August 1st, 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books
I adored this book. As the title suggests, it is a book about fruits except nothing rhymes with Orange so the poor fruit doesn’t know if he will be include in what is essentially an ode celebrating his people. I love the meta element to the story with the Orange making an appearance here and there sadly offering himself to the main narrative and getting ignored. The art is fun and playful and it all ends very positively so yeah, this book will be a favourite with the kids, especially at bedtime. Recommended.
Lori Fisher hunts monsters. Not with a sword or a gun, but with an interdimensional creature called Handler. Together they take down “feeders”—aliens who prey on mankind. When Lori touches a feeder, Handler’s impossibly large jaws appear and drag the beast into another dimension. It’s a living—or was, until a job for the Lake Foundation […]
The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 2) by Jordan Stratford and illustrated by Kelly Murphy – Red Cedar fiction nominee 2017/2018 – is a middle grade mystery, a story of utterly opposite sisters, and above all, about the friendships formed between remarkable girls. As in The Case of the Missing […]
Hardcover, 369 pages Published March 28th 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin Source: Raincoast Books A Crown of Wishes is Chokshi’s second novel and focuses on Gauri, Maya’s sister. Unlike her sister who spent her time lost in her dreams and her stories of magic, Gauri is a much more practical sort. She has to be, […]
As a librarian, I often have parents and caregivers asking for book recommendations for their children. While I’m more than happy to help connect kids with books, let’s be honest, it’s been a looooong time since I was a kid. A long, long time. I can tell parents which books have won awards, or have […]
Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, […]
Hey! In case you’ve never heard of it, the Red Cedar Book Award is British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice Award for middle grade Canadian books. Meaning that middle graders are the ones who choose which book gets the award. Actually, it’s books and awards, because the Red Cedar has two categories, and thus two awards: […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Since Canada Day was last weekend, today we’ll list our favourite books by Indigenous and Canadian authors. Janet The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings. Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol. 1, edited by Hope Nicholson. What’s the Most Beautiful […]
A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the […]
Debbie Reese notes the death of librarian, author, and activist Doris Seale earlier this year, and provides a bibliography of her writings on Indigenous peoples in children’s literature.