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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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February 6, 2015

Children's Book Review: Loula is Leaving for Africa

In Loula is Leaving for Africa (2013), Governor General’s Award winning author and illustrator, Anne…

February 5, 2015

Children's Book Review: A Hole in My Heart

Life, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Nora Mackenzie, is as dreary as the…

February 3, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Ghost and Max Monroe: Case #1 The Magic Box

When ten-year-old Max Monroe is sent to live with his grandfather for the summer, he’s…

January 30, 2015

Children's Book Review: Why We Live Where We Live

Why We Live Where We Live plays on children’s natural curiosity to get them thinking…

January 29, 2015

Children's Book Review: Not Just Another Princess Story

Not Just Another Princess Story, written by Sheri Radford and illustrated by Qin Leng, explores…

January 27, 2015

Children's Book Review: Flame and Ashes

Written in the diary format characteristic of the Dear Canada series, Janet McNaughton’s Flame and…

January 23, 2015

Children's Book Review: Patient Zero: Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics

A cartoon ambulance sits at the beginning of a road. At the end of the…

January 22, 2015

Children's Book Review: By the Sea

By the Sea is the first entry in The Yoga Game series by Vancouver Island…

January 19, 2015

Children's Book Review: Twisted

In her latest YA novel, Twisted, Lisa Harrington has created a vivid, convincing world of…

January 16, 2015

Children's Book Review: Random Acts

There’s something about doing good deeds that appeals to children. They like the warm fuzzy…

January 15, 2015

Children's Book Review: Rain Shadow

Bethany is slower than other children her age. She walks with a limp because one…

January 13, 2015

Children's Book Review: The Boy in Number Four

It takes perseverance to get to the hockey big leagues. There are early morning practices,…

January 9, 2015

Children's Book Review: Butterflies Don’t Lie

In Butterflies Don’t Lie, the debut novel by Halifax-based author B. R. Myers, sixteen-year-old Kelsey…

January 8, 2015

Children's Book Review: Lots of Kisses

Lots of Kisses by Governor General’s Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier, is a sweet serenade to…

January 6, 2015

Children's Book Review: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

The title says it all. Sam and Dave dig a hole. And indeed, that’s all…

December 19, 2014

Audrey (Cow)

Born a meat cow on Bittersweet Farm, Audrey has known for some time that her…

December 18, 2014

Children's Book Review: Bone Deep: A Peggy Henderson Adventure

Peggy Henderson loves bones. Old bones. Bones that tell a story about the past. Her…

December 16, 2014

Children's Book Review: Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells

“Dashing through the snow, On a rusty old Ski-Doo, Through the bush we go, Dodging…

December 12, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Art of Getting Stared At

In award-winning author Laura Langston’s latest YA novel, The Art of Getting Stared At, sixteen-year-old…

December 11, 2014

Children's Book Review: Frostbite Hotel

Welcome to Frostbite Hotel – your luxury recess destination! When a major blizzard dumps tons…

December 9, 2014

Children's Book Review: Fox and Squirrel make a Friend

In Fox and Squirrel (2013), Toronto author and illustrator Ruth Ohi introduced two charmingly mismatched…

December 5, 2014

Children's Book Review: Into the Wasteland

Dixon Carter is in trouble. Deep trouble. He’s off his meds and struggling not to…

December 4, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Shadow’s Curse

From hidden tunnels and treacherous mountaintops, to storm-tossed oceans and blistering deserts, Amy McCulloch’s second…

December 2, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Secret Life of Squirrels

“Squirrels are curious creatures. They will inspect and explore anything if peanuts are involved,” says…