Genny Faces the Green Knight

By Darrel GregoryIllustrated by Lizette DuvenageFriesen PressAge 5 to 8 The first book in the Genny and Bug’s Big Adventures series, this is a fantastical tale of courage, resilience, empathy, and emotional regulation—all useful traits for children to explore, particularly mid-pandemic. Drawing on his vast experience coaching young athletes, author Darrel Gregory strives to create […]

Who is Ana Dalt?

By B.D. CottlestonIllustrated by Marcin PiwowarskiFlowerpot PressAge 5 to 8 Kids learn early that life is full of inexplicable rules, age an arbitrary barrier to their hedonistic pursuits. In this quirky, clever story, our young protagonist wonders about the oft-evoked and never seen person who enjoys so many privileges. “Why are some things just for […]

Ancient Black Civilizations Matter

By Procopius CanningPerusine PressAge 8 to 12 “Sort of like Wakanda, only real!” promises this book, sharing the true-life stories of ancient Black civilizations. Young readers will discover the ancient kingdom of Numidia and King Jugurtha, who battled the Roman empire to a standstill. They’ll learn about ancient sub-Saharan Africa, where wild beasts were collected […]

First Bell: Spring 2021

Hockey is back (sort of) This season has been a moving target for hockey fans. Not long after the last issue of Our Children published, the second wave of COVID-19 hit Nova Scotia, forcing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the hometown Halifax Mooseheads to suspend play. In late January, play was resuming for the Nova […]

Peeoh PaTANG!

By Michelle ThornhillReadosaurus PressAges 5–8 When Zorgan the alien vacations on earth, he faces one misunderstanding after another. He has to learn to communicate with the locals, so he innocently signs up for a language-arts class, not realizing he’ll be studying poetry. The vivid, energetic illustrations evoke the spirit of Richard Scarry and perfectly capture […]

Kiwi’s Shopping Adventure

By Shanda CameronIllustrated by Stacy VenoSelf-publishedAges 4–6 Long before her foray into writing children’s books, Shanda Cameron was a veterinary technician, working for 20 years to help animals like the very ones she now writes about. In this sweet little story, she imagines her real dog Kiwi’s trip to the mall with a pack of […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye

By Melanie MosherNimbus PublishingAges 8–13 When Melanie Mosher was writing this middle-grade novel, she had no idea of the impending April 2020 mass shooting, which would rock all of Nova Scotia, but particularly the North Shore. So it’s fitting as our province continues to recover, this heartfelt story of grief, fear, loss, and healing, is […]

This is Not the End of Me book cover

This is Not the End of Me

By Dakshana BascaramurtyMcLelland & Stewart Imagine the doctors have diagnosed you with terminal cancer. You’re now measuring life in months, not years. As you process that, your first child is born. All you can think about is the legacy you leave, how your newborn can know a parent they’ll never remember. That’s what Halifax photographer […]

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