In the city,windows light.How many catswill dance tonight? It’s not particularly surprising that Cats’ Night Out won what is arguably the top children’s literature prize in Canada, the Governor General’s Literary Award. It’s one of those children’s books that hits all the right notes (no pun intended).
“That isREALLYNOTa good idea! It’s pretty well known at this point that picture book author/illustrator Mo Willems rarely hits a wrong note with his stories. His characters, from Knuffle Bunny to Pigeon, have become childhood favourites, and he never seems to run out of unique but incredibly reader-friendly ideas. That is NOT a Good Idea! […]
Before you know it, you’re tucked into bed, snug as a bug, and wondering . . .“How did I get here?” As a little girl, one of my absolute favourite bedtime stories was Frances Face-Maker by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer. No matter how many times my parents read it to me, I never stopped […]
Ready . . . steady . . . down!Ready . . . steady . . . up! As someone who works in children’s publishing and has been collecting picture books for over a decade, there is no higher praise I can give author/illustrator Frank Viva than to note that even with only three picture books […]
Uh-oh!Bump . . . Bump . . . BUMP! While I certainly understand the rationale behind those board books with a single word or repetitive phrase per page (they are, after all, for babies, and it is important both to introduce vocabulary and to reinforce new concepts), I’m always thrilled to find a board book […]
Plop! Plop! Plop! Plop! Plop! Plop!Kerplop!Knock, knock on the trunk,Then stop. If you’re a fan of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here (and really, who isn’t?), you’re going to love Tap the Magic Tree.
Where are you hiding?What are you doing? It’s no secret that I love concept books which challenge toddlers and explore things beyond basic letters, numbers, colours, etc. So it’s always a thrill for me to find a book that not only reaches beyond the basics, but is beautiful and engaging to boot.
Push, pull, pedal, tow Wheels help to make us go When it comes to board books, sometimes something as simple as an uncommon theme can be enough to make one worth grabbing. What Do Wheels Do All Day?, in a new, bilingual English/Spanish edition, is a great example of this. Kids (and parents) who are […]
“Rain!” “Rain!” A single word, in two different voices, prompts a heart-warming exploration of optimism vs. cynicism in Linda Ashman’s Rain! I’ll admit it: I have a particular fondness both for intergenerational picture books and crotchety old people (at least, in writing—maybe not so much in real life). I’m not at all a fan of […]
An Alligator, a Bird, a Castle . . . Can you guess what comes next? I love words. I’m just that nerdy. I love the look of them, the sound of them, the way there are so very many of them and they convey so very many different ideas. But sometimes . . . just […]