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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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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…

May 29, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Hand Over Hand

Alma Fullerton’s latest picture book, Hand Over Hand, tells the story of Nina, who dreams…

May 24, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Red Rising Magazine

Focusing on the theme of love, Red Rising Magazine features young Indigenous writers and artists…

May 16, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip

In Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds (2015), the Governor General's Award–winning Quebec author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc…

May 9, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Maud

Melanie Fishbane’s debut novel, Maud, is a lovingly crafted imagining of the teenage years of…

May 1, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined

Stuck attending a wilderness camp during her last summer before college, Ingrid is furious when…

April 25, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Hat On, Hat Off

In Hat On, Hat Off, Toronto author and librarian Theo Heras humourously captures the complexities…

April 18, 2017

Children's Book Review: The Lotterys Plus One

Emma Donoghue’s debut middle-years novel, The Lotterys Plus One, is a captivating story about the…

April 11, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Most Dangerous Thing

Leanne Lieberman, author of Gravity, explores pride in female sexuality, body image, anxiety and depression…

April 7, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Sam Sorts

In Sam Sorts, by award-winning author and illustrator Marthe Jocelyn, an avid collector hones his…

March 31, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Crushing It

Crushing It, Joanne Levy’s latest novel, is a reimagining of Cyrano de Bergerac for a…

February 23, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Darkest Dark

Darkest Dark.  Young Chris spends all day inside a cardboard rocket ship, bravely saving the…

February 16, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Notes from the Life of a Total Genius

Notes from the Life of a Total Genius is Stacey Matson’s third and latest novel…