Books to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Books to Celebrate Grandparents Day

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” -- Alex Haley    There are so many beatiful picture books that celebrate grandparents in various ways. Priya Dreams of...

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Elephant and Piggie creators of young readers

Elephant and Piggie creators of young readers

We hit a major milestone this past year, everyone in our household is officially an independent reader!  My littlest one was reluctant to read out loud or on his own, his thoughts were why would you need to learn when you have five people willing to read...

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Books on Death and Bereavement for Children

Books on Death and Bereavement for Children

When I was six years old my father became ill by the time I was seven he had passed away. Seeing his health decline was painful and tumultuous. He didn't live to see his 40th birthday, and we were the first family anyone knew who's parent had died of...

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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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