Welcome to my obsession with children’s books–especially the ones that deal with everyday challenges in a fun and compelling way. I’ll share old classics, new gems, and everything in between to help support you and your kids (or just your kids if they like to read solo). Sign up and you’ll get my top-pick resources, delivered to your inbox each month on the full and new moon.

Stolen Words Melanie Florence (Second Story Press, 2017)

June 24, 2021

How do you say grandfather in Cree? The little girl asks. He sadly tells her he doesn’t remember. Her grandfather’s words were stolen from him when he was taken to live at a residential school as a boy. How do we talk to young children about reconciliation? Where do we… Read More

The Trumpet of the Swan E.B. White (Scholastic Inc, 1987)

May 26, 2021

Louis the trumpeter swan is different from the other swans. He’s born without a voice. He realizes that he must learn how to communicate with the other swans and find ways to overcome his difficulty. Louis’ father matter-of-factly lets him know that he is different from the other swans and… Read More

The Book of Mistakes Corinna Luyken (Dial Books, 2017)

April 27, 2021

We all make mistakes. But do we have to let them frustrate us or set us back? In this beautifully drawn picture book, Corinna Luyken demonstrates how mistakes can be used to create something new and innovative. Ink spots, a neck that’s too long, a cat/frog can be turned into… Read More

I Talk Like a River Jordan Scott (Neal Porter Books, 2020)

March 13, 2021

Ever felt like you don’t fit in? Or there’s something about yourself that you don’t like? Waking up each day, the author shares how the word sounds get stuck in his mouth. He describes the feeling of having roots inside his mouth that tangle his tongue and stick in the… Read More

Stella, Queen of the Snow Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books, 2000)

February 12, 2021

Do you remember your first snowstorm? It could be that snow has lost its allure this winter. I guarantee that Stella, and her little brother Sam, will change the way you see it. Marie-Louise Gay, one of Canada’s leading children’s book authors and illustrators, captures the playful hearts and minds… Read More