A Velocity of Being – Letters to a Young Reader

A Velocity of Being – Letters to a Young Reader

I would be doing any reader and lover of picture books a great disservice if I didn't share this book in all its brilliance. Every page drips with inspiration in visuals and text. Diverse voices and artwork fill the pages and just like a good story, some you will get...

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‘The Night Before Christmas’ illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

‘The Night Before Christmas’ illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

Every year I share this book and it's the most highly requested for a look inside. If you have been following Secret Society Of Books for a while, you know my love for vintage books. Gyo Fujikawa is special. Her work is exquisite and that is why this book is so well...

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November 18th is High-Five a Librarian Day

A librarian is so much more than a person who knows where all the books are. They are one of the most important people our kids come into contact with at school. I first came across Matthew Winner through The Children's Book Podcast which had a different name at that...

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The Language Of Spells

The Language Of Spells

A magical atmospheric middle-grade novel about courage, loss and the building of a friendship between an 11-year-old girl and a dragon. Age: 9- 12 years Grisha, a dragon, was born in the Black Forest in a time before magic was forgotten. A powerful sorcerer’s...

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Five 2018 Halloween books to love

Five 2018 Halloween books to love

Stumpkin Recommended for ages: 2-6 Stumpkin, as you can guess, isn't the perfect pumpkin. He sits as all the other pumpkins are chosen and given places in the window. He recognizes his faults but gives himself a pep talk, because he would like to become a jack...

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Illustrator’s Breakfast with Sara Gillingham

Illustrator’s Breakfast with Sara Gillingham

This Saturday, October 13th, I will have the pleasure of introducing Sara Gillingham at the Illustrator's Breakfast held by the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable. She is an extremely talented illustrator, author and designer in the Children's Lit industry....

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Another Dimension with Elly MacKay

Another Dimension with Elly MacKay

Kellie - I am a very big fan of your artwork and process. You have a magical element to your work that is instantly recognizable. I saw a picture you shared of yourself as a teen with one of your first dioramas, how old were you when you started to develop your style?...

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Maurice Sendak: Beyond the Wild Things

Maurice Sendak: Beyond the Wild Things

Like most people, my first introduction to Maurice Sendak was through the picture book Where The Wild Things Are. I was immediately smitten from storyline to the exquisite use of textures. It felt as if Sendak had been the inventor of crosshatching. However when I...

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An Interview with Laguna Vintage

An Interview with Laguna Vintage

It only takes one visit to know you have stumbled upon not just something, but someone special. I wanted to know more about the woman with the exquisite eye for design and vintage books. Meet Gina of Laguna Vintage. Kellie: You have exquisite taste in vintage...

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5 years of sharing books – calls for a celebration

5 years of sharing books – calls for a celebration

I’ve always loved a visual set to a powerfully strung set of words. One of the most exciting things about art is its influence on perception. I’m a feeler of feelings. I don’t shy away from the heavy ones, and sometimes I feel those are the most needed one. I like to...

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