With spring break just around the corner, Canadian kids are closing the covers on their school books, and opening up the fun books instead. These indie kids’ bookstores across Canada all have something special in store for March break.
662 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto
Wild imaginations will find themselves right at home at Ripple Foundation’s Write It Workshops. The three-day writers’ workshop (March 14–16) for kids ages eight to 14 focuses on brainstorming, character development, and plot structure. Budding writers can register by calling the store at 416-322-0438.
1533 Birmingham St., Halifax
Woozles to the rescue! The children’s bookstore is hosting a heroes dress-up party (9:30 a.m.–noon, March 19) for kids ages five and up featuring caricature drawings illustrated by Halifax artist Mollie Cronin, face-painting, drawing, and a heroic storytime. Each family will go home with a free copy of the collection Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls or Earth Adventures in the Halifax Region: 24 Nature Trails for Fun and Discovery by Alan Warner, George Taylor, and Janet Barlow. Captain America himself is expected to make an appearance.
Blue Heron Books
62 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
So that’s where Waldo has been. The red-and-white-striped cartoon has been hiding out at Blue Heron all along, and sharp-eyed kids can find him at the store’s Where’s Waldo? party (March 12). In addition to a special Where’s Waldo? window, the store will host two parties: one for ages two to five (10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.) and one for ages six to nine (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.).
Costumed shenanigans continue into the afternoon with the Harry Potter Trivia & Tournament. Teams of one, two, or three, ages nine and up, are invited to test their wizardly lore. Teams can register by calling the store at 905-852-4282.
1108 Government St., Victoria
Children’s author Kit Pearson and her partner Katherine Ferris will be in-store to sign copies of their picture book The Magic Boat (March 16). The ocean adventure is the Order of Canada recipient’s first original picture book.