If I Were A Zombie

Story by Kate Inglis Illustrations by Eric Orchard Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 Perhaps you’re in the mood for something more light-hearted? Some sure-fire, kid-friendly absurdity? Inglis has crafted a joyous imaginative romp, inviting young readers to imagine life as a breakdancing zombie, a mischievous fairy, a space-exploring robot, a city-squashing giant, a stealthy ninja, and […]


Abigail’s Wish

Story by Gloria Ann Wesley Illustrations by Richard Rudnicki Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 Young Abigail’s excitement is infectious. The 10-year-old has moved to her strange new Nova Scotian home. She’s exploring the countryside, meeting new friends, settling into a new house. But this isn’t a typical kid-learns-not-to-fear-change book: the setting is colonial Nova Scotia, after […]


First Bell: Spring 2017

By Our Children Go digital! This March Break, create animations and original video games with characters that can jump, dig, mine, and craft weapons to battle scary monsters. Instead of playing games, Artech campers go behind the scenes and learn how to create and program their own games. Unique to Artech is the infusion of […]


Parent’s Pick: 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

By Dawn Isaac Firefly Books The award-winning author of 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside turns her attentions in a new direction, with the perfect book to get your family through the winter doldrums. From simple card games to elaborate science experiments there’s a lot hear to keep kids active and engaged, and away […]


The Snow Knows

Story by Jennifer McGrath Illustrations by Josée Bisaillon Nimbus Publishing Ages 4­–8 A perfect primer for winter, this dreamy and ethereal book captures the magic and mystery of nature in a frigid sylvan slumber. McGrath’s writing is sparse and elegant, effortlessly engaging young readers. Lines link “The snow knows where the lynx slinks” have a poetical […]


Falcons in the City: The Story of a Peregrine Family

Story by Chris Earley Photography by Luke Massey Firefly Books Ages 9­–13 In this true story, Earley shares how Chicago resident Dacey Arashiba came home one day to discover a family of endangered peregrine falcons living on the patio of his 28th-storey apartment. Jammed with up-close and unique photos of the majestic birds, this book is […]

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Cure for Wereduck

By Dave Atkinson Nimbus Publishing Ages 9­–13 This is the sequel to Atkinson’s acclaimed (and hilarious) novel Wereduck. In this installment, young Katie learns to deal with being a wereduck in a family of werewolves, as a sleazy tabloid reporter chases her family away from their cozy New Brunswick cabin to Ontario farm country. There, Katie […]


First Bell: November 2016

By Our Children Crack the code at Citadel Hill Families will love visiting the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site next summer. Admission to national parks be free all year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Also, from May to October 2017, kids ages six to 11 can explore the historic fort with Parks Canada’s Xplorers […]


Parent’s Pick: Raising an Entrepreneur

By Margot Machol Bisnow New Harbinger Publications It’s tempting (and easy) to mock a book that enthuses “Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars!” But yay-capitalism gushing aside, entrepreneurial culture does offer valuable lessons for parents. Chapter by chapter, Machol Bisnow explores common-sense topics like “Support a passion,” “Let your child learn to win—and lose,” “Embrace […]

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