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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 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…

February 9, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Optimists Die First

Grieving over the accidental death of her little sister Maxine, Petula (Tula) faces anxiety daily.…

February 2, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Bear's Winter Party

In Bear’s Winter Party, by Vancouver writer Deborah Hodge, a lonely animal yearns for a…

January 27, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Keeper of the Light

Keeper of the Light, Janet Barkhouse’s newest picture book, tells the story of eleven-year-old Sara…

January 20, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Another Me

In 1349, rumours about who is to blame for the bubonic plague are spreading as…

January 13, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: Cure for Wereduck

Thirteen-year-old Kate and her family have a secret: during the full moon, Kate’s family become…

January 12, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: The Pain Eater

Gang raped on her way home from a high school play, Maddy tells no one.…

January 10, 2017

Children's Book Reviews: We Found a Hat

Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Jon Klassen, completes his acclaimed hat trilogy with We Found…

December 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Bad Girls of Fashion

Jennifer Croll’s Bad Girls of Fashion offers a fascinating exposé on style rebels throughout history.…

December 2, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Yellow Dog

Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Cook is horrified when a cruel prank injures the dog of an elderly…

December 1, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Swan Riders

As this is the second book in a series, the following review contains spoilers. In…

November 30, 2016

Children's' Book Reviews: Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol

Following the success of A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Scholastic 2014) and its sequel,…

November 25, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Trolled (Sports Stories series)

Steven Sandor’s latest novel, Trolled, is an intense, fast-paced story about the less attractive aspects…