BOOK OF THE WEEK: GOOD PIRATE

In the follow up to Bad Pirate (May 2015, Pajama Press), Augusta Garrick is yet again out to prove that a pirate can be anything she wants. The sea pup is still under pressure to fit in, this time by abandoning her love for fancy things. After all, says her father the captain, a good…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: MALAIKA’S COSTUME BY NADIA HOHN & IRENE LUXBACHER

“The Caribbean and Canada; a daughter separated from her mother; the dream of a beautiful dress to show off for Carnival. This is the story beautifully recounted in Malaika’s Costume.” — CM Magazine Malaika’s Costume is a vibrant celebration of life against the odds. A young girl — whose mother is working hard to establish…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: ELLIOT BY JULIE PEARSON & MANON GAUTHIER

Elliot’s story is one that demands to be told. His family, though very loving, is not equipped to deal with his needs. When he cries, they do not understand why. When he yells, they do not know what to do. When he misbehaves, they do not know how to react. A visit from Andrew (a…

PUBLISHER OF THE WEEK: TIGER TALES BOOKS

One of the newest publishers to our stable already packed with the best of the best is actually an old fan favourite– Tiger Tales Books! Since 2000, Tiger Tales has been publishing high-quality, affordably priced books for babies and kids. Some of their picture books are already well known and loved (like Augustus and His Smile,…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: KISS, KISS

Sweet, simple, and sized just right for little hands, Kiss, Kiss is great for storytime snuggling around the love-liest holiday of the year. In musical language translated from Jennifer Couëlle’s sublime French text, this book celebrates the sweet gesture as a small child experiences it: in a parent’s snug goodnight, a baby’s sticky smooch, and…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: TOUGH GUYS HAVE FEELINGS TOO

Even though gender roles and norms have become less rigid in recent years, there is still a lot to be said for how much emotion the average Joe (or Matt or Eric or Justin) is “allowed” to show. Boys, although their wardrobe and occupational choices may have changed, are still largely relegated to keeping their…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: TWO WHITE RABBITS

As many thousands of people, particularly children, continue to make the arduous journey to the US border from Latin America in search of a better life, the importance of a book like Two White Rabbits can’t be understated. In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a…

BOOK OF THE WEEK: ONCE UPON A LINE

One rainy night, Wally’s family finds an old steamer trunk in the attic. Inside is a pile of paintings drawn from a single line from an enchanted pen. They could only belong to Uncle George, who believed that all stories begin with one line and a rich imagination. “The colorful, absurd, detailed illustrations feature a…