Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad

Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad

Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad is a beautiful book featuring the concept of time through many perspectives. Find it here and here.

Picture Books with Big Feelings

Picture Books with Big Feelings

These last eighteen months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have ridden a few of them. Swept up in a terrible mood, tightness in your chest, a sadness that lingers longer than we want - these can be big yet normal feelings. Picture books can be a...

Books for an Endless Summer

Books for an Endless Summer

We are soaking in all the summer we can and yes, summer does feel different this year. We want to catch sunsets, swim in the clear lakes with our eyes open, have chlorinated tea parties with friends, and late-night sticky smores' with family. We want to fill our...

BC Yukon Bookmail with Julie Flett & Joy Kogawa

BC Yukon Bookmail with Julie Flett & Joy Kogawa

“The handwriting in the letter was as even as waves along the beach, row on row of neat curls and dots, perfect pebbles and shells on an ordered shore.”― Joy KogawaA tree, a seed, a kind elderly friend, these things hold generations of stories.The anticipation and...

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

The master of the side eye returns! At first sight, this turtle might look familiar but this one comes packing much attitude! Change of hat or different turtle, you decide. Which is one of the reasons we love Klassen books so much after all, isn’t it? The characters...

World Read Aloud Day 2021

World Read Aloud Day 2021

"If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in our lives, we could...

2020 – The Year We Protected Childhood

2020 – The Year We Protected Childhood

“I think it is unnatural to think that there is such a thing as a blue-sky, white-clouded happy childhood for anybody. Childhood is a very, very tricky business of surviving it. Because if one thing goes wrong or anything goes wrong, and usually something goes wrong,...

Books to spread joy and cheer

Books to spread joy and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - The HobbitBreathing in the brisk air, the smell of pine as we walk through our front door, baking cookies, and twinkling lights - the holiday season is palpable. A unique...

Vote in Kid Lit 2020

Vote in Kid Lit 2020

"There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter."  Barack ObamaThese newly published picture books are a great way to start the conversation on the reasons we vote and why it's so important. The election is just around the corner, kids love feeling involved. It's...

Banned Books

Banned Books

It's banned book week! Today looks different from the days when The Paper Bag Princess was challenged for being "anti-family". The banned books in our home arrived because we love reading. Most are considered classics, and as I placed them together for this photo, I...

Literary Moms to Inspire Your Mother’s Day

Literary Moms to Inspire Your Mother’s Day

Mothers come in all forms and while these inspirational ladies are from pages in books their unconditional love and imperfections remind us what motherhood is all about. I have included classic books with characters like Marmee, the gentle listener who isn't afraid to...

Eat some cake and stay inside

Eat some cake and stay inside

Cheers to all the March and April birthdays! Two birthdays in our home will be celebrated under quarantine. This cake box is easy to make and fun to fill & gift! You could drop one off on door step, ring the bell and sing Happy Birthday from 6 feet away! One of...

We get you Cactus, we could all use a hug right now

We get you Cactus, we could all use a hug right now

Today's Read + Make  This fun and easy project requires no shopping as long as you have paint and cardboard.  I've included a fun pattern that slips right into the other like a puzzle, feel free to change up the shape, get creative. Maybe it needs arms, it definitely...

King Mouse and the crowns of quarantine

King Mouse and the crowns of quarantine

I'm optimistic friends. I live in the world of children, it's impossible to not have hope. It's strange to think there is a time when someone might come across this post and remember our time of quarantine. We did it because we cared about each other and we came...

Gift Guide 2019

Gift Guide 2019

Couldn't let the year end without sharing these books of wonder and delight! Wee Society books are some of our very favorites. Smart, funny and engaging but mostly I like how special my kids feel when they are reflecting on what to write about. Great keepsakes, we...

Greystone Kids

Greystone Kids

Five new picture books hit the shelves this September and they were meticulously crafted under a new imprint. You can see the talent in the detail before you open the cover. It's in the small things like endpages and book undies that let you know that this imprint is...

Books and Food with Kelsey Garrity Riley

Books and Food with Kelsey Garrity Riley

Secret Society of Books: Two things I imagine for your book inspiration: Idea one: You were sitting in a cozy restaurant pushing your dumplings around on their plate and you imagined them dancing on a stage. Idea two: You were asked in an interview what your favorite...

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 Marigolds &...

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 cancer.The day...

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...

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...

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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