Owling

By Mark Wilson Storey Publishing Ages 7–11 “Enter the world of the mysterious birds of the night,” says the cover of this book, delivering what it promises right from the first page. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson carefully documents the little-seen lives of these distinctive birds. He offers dramatic images of the 19 […]

Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk

By the editors of Storey Publishing Storey Publishing Ages 4–8 The second in a series aiming to inspire kids to play and learn outside, this book is a handy year-round resource in Nova Scotia, where the coast is never far away. With 12 interactive field guides (shells, jellyfish, and more), science experiments, games, stickers, and […]

A Family is a Family is a Family

Story by Sara O’Leary Pictures by Qin Leng Groundwood Books Ages 4–7 Quebec author Sara O’Leary has penned many fiction titles for both adults and children. In this heartwarming and inclusive book, she returns with a look at what makes a family special. A diverse group of kids answer a teacher’s simple question, describing their […]

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Parent’s Pick: Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

By Michael Reist Dundurn Press It’s hard for parents to raise emotionally healthy boys. For generations, boys have learned to hide strong emotions. Today, what masculinity really means is undergoing a dramatic redefinition and parents are scrambling to keep up. Reist is an educator with 30 years experience, and author of the best seller Raising […]

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Frankenstink

By Ron Lightburn Tundra Books Ages 6–8 A book teaching children how and why they should recycle and help clean up the earth can easily be overly-earnest, preachy and pedantic. Lightburn, however, makes the topic fun and delightfully silly. With a glow-in-the-dark cover and colourful, high-energy, comic-style art (also by Lightburn), Frankenstink manages to convey valuable […]

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Jacob’s Landing

By Daphne Greer Nimbus Publishing Ages 10–12 Greer has followed up the success of her earlier work Maxed Out with another well crafted young-adult novel. In Jacob’s Landing, 12-year-old Jacob Mosher leaves Ontario after the death of his father to spend the summer with his decidedly odd grandparents in rural Nova Scotia. Setting the story in […]

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