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The Children’s Book Reviews are written by well known reviewers and published each Tuesday.

If you are a journalist, a teacher, or a librarian, you can use our critiques freely in your publications or on your web pages. National Reading Campaign reviews are a good way to guide parents and and children in the joy of reading!

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December 5, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Essex County

The YA comic, Essex County by Jeff Lemire is a fictional depiction of the tragic…

November 28, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Kat and Meg Conquer the World

With Kat’s social anxiety, making friends is a challenge. A move to Alberta to help…

November 21, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is the latest spectacularly surreal picture book from…

November 14, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Munro vs. the Coyote

Haunted by the voice of Coyote since the unexpected death of his sister Evie, 16-year-old…

November 6, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Vimy Oaks A Journey to Peace

Farmer Leslie Miller was a Canadian Signal Corps soldier in WWI, and was at the…

October 25, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The House Next Door

Joel A. Sutherland, author of the popular Haunted Canada series, and a Bram Stoker Award-nominee,…

October 17, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Ghost Boys

Living in Guj, India, and the first son of parents who already have three daughters,…

October 4, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Walking Bathroom

In The Walking Bathroom, by Halifax spoken-word poet Shauntay Grant, a little girl searches for…

September 26, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: How Samantha Smart became a Revolutionary

Captured by the elite guard of the new president, John King, for her role in…

September 19, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Colette's Lost Pet

Colette’s Lost Pet, written and illustrated by three-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner Isabelle Arsenault,…

September 12, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Wet

Carey Sookocheff’s picture book, Wet, follows a young boy as he explores the different ways…

September 7, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Saints and Misfits

Janna Yulsuf has a secret no one can know. Her best friend’s cousin Farooq tried…

August 22, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: I Love My Purse

I Love My Purse, by Nova Scotian author Belle DeMont, is an unabashedly positive tale…

August 15, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Goth Girl

Caught graffiting her best work yet, Victoria (Vic) has a choice: a vandalism charge on…

August 8, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: I am Not a Number

I Am Not a Number, by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, powerfully bears witness…

August 1, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Fire Starters

Jen Storm’s debut graphic novel, Fire Starters, explores what happens when two brothers from the…

July 25, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Me (And) Me

On an idyllic first date with Alec, events sour quickly when Lark has to make…

July 18, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Liam Takes a Stand

In Troy Wilson’s latest picture book, Liam Takes a Stand, a young entrepreneur learns that…

July 11, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live?, written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, is…

July 3, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Spawning Grounds

Award-winning author of The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, weaves together Indigenous beliefs,…

June 27, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Dance of the Violin

In The Man with the Violin (2013), award-winning author Kathy Stinson creates a fictionalized account…

June 20, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: When We Were Alone

David A. Robertson’s picture book, When We Were Alone, is a gentle introduction to the…

June 13, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Way Back Home

Devoted to her Granny, Zoe is the one who calms her Grandmother down when she…

June 6, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: If Found … Please Return to Elise Gravel

If Found … Please Return to Elise Gravel offers the voyeuristic thrill of peeking inside…