Ella McKeen Kickball Queen

By Beth Mills Carolrhoda Books Ages 4–8 Some kids call it kickball, others call it soccer baseball, but every kid knows the fiercely competitive playground game at the heart of this tale. One minute, it’s a pleasant summer afternoon with friends, with the eponymous protagonist enjoying her usual kickball dominance. Fortunes suddenly reverse as the […]

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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