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Kids’ Books

By Carson Ellis

It’s hard to believe Du Iz Tak? is only Carson Ellis’s second outing as an author (the first being 2015’s critically acclaimed Home). Prior to her recent foray into writing picture books, the illustrator’s distinctive ... Read More »

November 16, 2016 | Filed under: Picture Books

By Monica Arnaldo

One Saturday morning, Margo wakes up with the undeniable urge to create. As she’s about to begin assembling her masterpiece, Margo’s mother, not wanting the little girl to stick to everything, cautions her to be ... Read More »

November 7, 2016 | Filed under: Picture Books

By James Bow

The world of James Bow’s Icarus Down is stunning and terrifying in concept. After decades of wandering the galaxy aboard the spaceship Icarus, the last remaining survivors of a destroyed Earth settle on a new ... Read More »

November 1, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Jane Ozkowski

YA novels are known for parsing familiar, relevant themes of bullying, mental health, and the exasperating social strata of adolescence. Toronto writer Jane Ozkowski’s debut, Watching Traffic, sets itself apart by concentrating on the tension ... Read More »

October 3, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Gabrielle Grimard

In her authorial debut, Montreal illustrator Gabrielle Grimard tackles bullying and diversity through the heartbreaking story of Lila, whose new classmates mock her for looking different. Every day, the other students call her a crow ... Read More »

September 22, 2016 | Filed under: Picture Books