While browsing her local independent bookstore in 2011, Nancy Vo had an “aha” moment. She had just discovered Jon Klassen’s bestseller I Want My Hat Back: “I was floored and thought, ‘How did a picture book just do that to me?’ It sealed the deal – I was on a path to making kids’ books.”
A latest Canadian Heritage Minute marks International Women’s Day, by focusing on the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Just over a year after closing its former Mirvish Village location, Toronto children’s comic bookstore Little Island Comics has a new home.
In 2012, readers went wild for Rachel Hartman’s YA fantasy Seraphina – which was a Quill & Quire book of the year – shooting the debut author up the New York Times bestseller list.
Toronto’s Owlkids Books has been shortlisted for this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year.
Toronto’s Annick Press has been shortlisted for this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year.
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.