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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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May 7, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Swallow

In Charis Cotter’s ghost story, The Swallow, twelve-year-old Rose McPherson may as well be invisible.…

May 5, 2015

Children's Book Review: Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad

What could possibly become of the gunk, toys, and wrappers that get shoved under the…

May 1, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: The Truth Commission

Fans of bestselling author Susan Juby are in for a literary treat with her latest…

April 30, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell

Every child loves to be picked for show-and-tell, and Rosie is no exception. When her…

April 28, 2015

Children's Book Review: Melvis and Elvis

Melvis and Elvis is the first new children’s verse collection in more than a decade…

April 24, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: A Hanging Offence

Thirteen-year-old Jacob Gibson is caught up in a swirl of historic and personal events he…

April 23, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Shadow Scale

A dragon civil war is underway in Shadow Scale, sequel toRachel Hartman’s spectacular debut, Seraphina.…

April 22, 2015

Children's Book Review: I Don’t Want to be a Frog

I Don’t Want to be a Frog, by first-time American author Dev Petty and Canadian…

April 17, 2015

Children's Book Review: Avis Dolphin

Readers interested in a tragically pivotal event in First World War nautical history won’t be…

April 16, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World

In The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World, travel writer, Mick Webb,…

April 10, 2015

Children's Book Review: Ice Time

Paul Bidwell lives and breathes hockey, and longs to join the local peewee house-league team,…

April 9, 2015

Children's Book Review: Shot in the Dark

Micah is in Grade 8. He has a crush on the girl that sits beside…

April 7, 2015

Children's Book Review: Sidewalk Flowers

A girl in a red coat accompanies her father on errands through grey city streets.…

April 3, 2015

Children's Book Review: Femme

Femme, the first YA novel by British Columbia author Mette Bach, is an engaging, coming-of-age…

April 2, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Red Bicycle

In The Red Bicycle, Jude Isabella introduces readers to an ordinary bicycle that, over time,…

March 31, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Spider

The Spider is the latest addition in Governor General’s Award-winning author and illustrator Elise Gravel’s…

March 27, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Missing Dog is Spotted

Trevor Tower knows how to settle in to a new school quickly and make friends.…

March 26, 2015

Children's Book Reviews: Kids’ Animals & Fun Facts for Kids

With brightly coloured pages, large close-up photos, and quirky, fascinating--often just plain gross--facts, the Einstein…

March 24, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Dogs

Fifteen-year-old Cameron Weaver has spent most of his life running, and he isn’t entirely sure…

March 20, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Slippers’ Keeper

The Slippers’ Keeper, by award-winning author and illustrator Ian Wallace, is a picture book biography…

March 19, 2015

Children's Book Review: Birchtown and the Black Loyalists

For centuries men, women, and children were stolen from their villages in Africa, taken to…

March 17, 2015

Children's Book Review: The World Without Us

Fans of award-winning YA author Robin Stevenson will not be disappointed with her latest offering,…

March 13, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Queen’s Shadow

In The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See, award-winning author-illustrator Cybèle Young forays…

March 12, 2015

Children's Book Review: Clover’s Luck

Take one curious, resourceful little girl with bad luck. Add several abandoned but adorable magical…