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 […]

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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 […]

Light in the Forest

Light in the Forest

By Holly CarrPlumleaf Press Light in the Forest is deceptively simple. Silkscreen artist Holly Carr translates one of her elegant, evocative murals into a book and the result is a simple yet so-often-forgotten message of hope. Carr’s work gets its power in its authenticity, in this case a candid expression of a mother’s love. “Years […]

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So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry

By Lynn DaviesArt by Chrissie Park-MacNeilNimbus Publishing Lynn Davies is an accomplished poet and Governor General’s Award nominee, with three well regarded collections to her credit. So Imagine Me is her first foray into children’s writing, a medium that gives free range to her lyrical and deft writing style. In each poem, she challenges readers […]

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Wild Pond Hockey

By Jeffrey C. DommNimbus Publishing There are any number of conflicting theories about hockey’s birthplace. Some like to imagine it began at a boys’ school in the Annapolis Valley. Many historians point to Halifax or Montreal or the games of the Native tribes. With Wild Pond Hockey, nature writer and first-time children’s author Jeffrey C. […]

First Bell: Fall 2020

By Trevor J. Adams Welcome back Many of the local favourite spots for hands-on family fun are open again, boasting lots of exhibits and activities, with public health precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19. Science, art, history, and, culture—attractions abound. On the websites for the Discovery Centre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian […]

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