In many children’s books, bullying encapsulates a central dilemma of growing up: how to find your voice when others (often bigger, older, or more powerful) seem determined to keep you silent. The quirky kid dodging daily harassment from schoolyard antagonists has become almost a cliché of middle-grade and YA fiction, while books for younger children aim to address bullying before it moves out of grown-ups’ sight and onto social media.
Q+A with Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter about how life with Esther the social media star makes for excellent fodder for a children’s book series.
When Totsapalooza celebrated its 10th anniversary last month, the organizers wanted to do something special to acknowledge the anniversary and to honour Sheila Barry, the beloved publisher of Groundwood Books.
Sam Maggs will help librarians embrace their inner fangirl and fanboy – or at least encourage them to further cater to lovers of comic books and graphic novels.
The Toronto event Totsapalooza, put on by Small Print, brings together indie rockers, children’s authors, and tots for a day of dancing, stories, and crafts.
It was July 9, 2011, and I was attending a workshop on writing for children hosted in the backyard of A Different Booklist bookstore in Toronto.
Toronto cartoonist, illustrator, and designer John Martz has been hired as art director at Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers.
The bestselling children’s author-illustrator tries something new – unapologetically so.
Librarians, book bloggers, and booksellers weigh in with their favourite children’s books of the year.