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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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November 27, 2014

Children's Book Review: One Hungry Heron

One Hungry Heron, by Toronto author Carolyn Beck, is a beautifully designed counting book.  From…

November 25, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing

When we first meet fifteen-year-old Serena LeBlanc in C.K. Kelly Martin’s latest YA novel, The…

November 21, 2014

Children's Book Review: Sam’s Pet Temper

Award-winning illustrator, Marion Arbona, and first-time author, Sangeeta Bhadra, marry wit and whimsy in Sam’s…

November 20, 2014

Children's Book Review: Playing with Matches

Raina Resnick is in exile from her beloved New York. After being expelled from her…

November 18, 2014

Children's Book Review: Any Questions?

Readers of Marie-Louise Gay’s stories ask her many questions. After reading Caramba, they wondered, “Can…

November 14, 2014

Children's Book Review: Out of It

Out of It is Toronto author Michelle Kadarusman’s first foray into books, but she’s no…

November 13, 2014

Children's Book Review: Rafa was my Robot

Toronto filmmaker Alexandra Dellevoet’s debut picture book, Rafa was my Robot, is a sensitive exploration…

November 11, 2014

Children's Book Review: From Vimy to Victory: Canada’s Fight to the Finish in World War I

As seen in his previous award-winning books At Vimy Ridge and Dieppe, Hugh Brewster, is…

November 7, 2014

Children’s Book Review: Branching Out: How Trees Are Part of Our World

Ever since I read The Little Prince, I’ve wanted to see a baobab tree. After…

November 6, 2014

Children’s Book Review: Stop, Thief!

Someone is stealing crops from the farmer’s field, and it’s up to Max the dog…

November 5, 2014

Writers’ Trust Awards $139,000 to Canadian Writers

Last night at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, the Writers’ Trust of Canada presented six awards for…

November 4, 2014

Children's Book Review: With Fearful Bravery

In her latest novel, With Fearful Bravery, award-winning author Lynne Kositsky weaves a richly imagined…

October 31, 2014

Children's Book Review: Through the Woods

Edward Gorey meets Tim Burton meets Edgar Allan Poe in award-winning comic illustrator Emily Carroll’s…

October 30, 2014

Children's Book Review: Hope Springs

Award-winning author and activist Eric Walters’ latest picture book, Hope Springs, is inspired by a…

October 24, 2014

YA Book Review: Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

“There is a lot of pressure on youth right now, everyone is telling you what…

October 17, 2014

Children's Book Review: Dirk Daring, Secret Agent

Darren Dirkowitz, a.k.a. Secret Agent Dirk Daring, has the stealth and cunning of the panther,…

October 15, 2014

Children's Book Review: Kiss Kill Vanish

In Kiss Kill Vanish, Jessica Martinez’s latest YA novel, the world of seventeen-year-old Valentina Cruz…

October 10, 2014

Children's Book Review: Dance of the Banished

In Dance of the Banished, acclaimed author, Marsha Skrypuch, once again breathes life into a…

October 9, 2014

Children's Book Review: Arto’s Big Move

Seven-year old Arto is used to living up North. When he wraps himself up in…

October 7, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Gospel Truth

Born and raised as a slave on a tobacco plantation in 19th century Virginia, sixteen-year-old…

October 2, 2014

Children's Book Review: Morgan’s Got Game

In the fifteenth book in his much-loved Morgan series, Ted Staunton tackles a familiar scenario: …

September 30, 2014

Children's Book Review: Pyjama Day

Bestselling author, Robert Munsch, found inspiration for his latest picture book from his son’s penchant…

September 26, 2014

Children's Book Reviews: Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon

I know just what I’m asking Santa for this Christmas! Tundra has just released eight…

September 25, 2014

Children's Book Review: About That Night

On a cold night between Christmas and New Year’s, a retired schoolteacher wanders away from…