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We are well into our second week of our American sojourn in the Big-D and as part of my total vacation -assimilation plan (I’ve also taken to applying several more coats of mascara and using “y’all” as part of my general lexicon) I’ve chosen another Brooklyn-based book author/illustrator to celebrate (there really does seem to [...]

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Since starting this blog I’ve become synonymous with children’s books to my friends and family and I don’t mind it one bit (better than being the gecko lady or the weird clown collecting lady!) And often I am asked for tips on great books and on getting kids into reading and doing it more. I [...]

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Where have 10 weeks gone? Our little Q-bug is now a 2-month-old and I have been enjoying an extended babymoon, ignoring almost everything else but my precious girl! I’ve always loved that term used to describe the period of time after a baby in born where mom and baby spend hours can’t get enough of one another [...]

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I feel like I can shout: It’s finally here! Although it’s sometimes been rather cloudy, often grey and sometimes very windy, I can still feel it in the air: Spring! I relished in the warm wind yesterday that whisked my hair into an unruly mess. I savoured the joy of being in my spring jacket and [...]

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Sometimes the universe just comes together and things click.  I was up at 3 this morning just being pregnant (i.e. meaning that I needed to eat RIGHT THEN) and began trolling my social media when I saw a Facebook update on the book launch of The Never Weres by Fiona Smyth (ISBN: 97815545152843, Annick Press, [...]

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My high school was a huge brown building with loads of kids and very few windows. It was a place that was both formidable and exciting to a young whippersnapper at the tender age when we leave the cushiness of elementary school behind and become thrust into teenage life.   Once you arrived you learned [...]

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Some of the most compelling images coming out of the unrest in Egypt in the past few weeks have not only been of the tens of thousands who refuse to leave Cairo’s Tahrir Square or the thousands of Muslim Egyptians praying as they protest for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, but the pictures of [...]

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January 27 is Family Literacy Day®, a chance to celebrate parents and children leaning and reading together for the day and hopefully forever! Parents are encouraged to set aside at least 15 minutes of reading time today for reading and inspiring learning. This year ABC Life Literacy for Canada is encouraging Play for Literacy using [...]

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Like every teenage girl filled with so many thoughts and feelings I didn’t know what to do with them, I started a journal. This served not only to record all my innermost thoughts and feelings, hopes, secrets and wishes for the future , it also made me feel like I was recording my life and [...]

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“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.” ~Laura Bush I can ignore any political leanings when it comes to the appreciation of books for kids which is precisely why I’ve started off my post with this quote. I believe [...]

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