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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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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…

September 23, 2014

Children's Book Review: Winter Moon Song

They sing the Winter Moon Song to “lighten the darkest month of the year with…

September 19, 2014

Children's Book Review: Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference

“How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” (Xhosa…

September 18, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Story Starts Here!

There are many clever, interactive surprises in Montreal author and illustrator Caroline Merola’s The Story…

September 16, 2014

Children's Book Review: If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Visualizing huge distances and sizes and numbers is difficult. In If: A Mind-Bending New Way…

September 12, 2014

Children's Book Review: Julian

Poignant, suspenseful, and sometimes surprising, William Bell’s Julian explores the meaning of “home” and the…

September 11, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Cat at the Wall

The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis gives us a cat’s-eye view of life…

September 10, 2014

Children's Book Review: Unnatural Selections

Unnatural Selections, by Governor General’s Award-winning author and illustrator, Wallace Edwards, is a magnificently curious…

September 9, 2014

Children's Book Review: Princess Pistachio

Pistachio believes that 23 Maple Street is not her real home. Mr. and Mrs. Shoelace…

September 4, 2014

Children's Book Review: If Kids Ruled the World

If Kids Ruled the World there would be no bedtime or bathtime. Birthday cake would…

September 2, 2014

Children's Book Review: Gobbled by Ghorks

A multi-faceted writer, Robert Paul Weston is known for both his bittersweet, poignant YA and…

August 29, 2014

Children's Book Review: Bunny the Brave War Horse

They call him Bunny because of his long ears, but Bunny the war horse is…

August 28, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Madman of Piney Woods

Christopher Paul Curtis has created another satisfying novel where humour and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand. A…