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The Children’s Book Reviews are written by well known reviewers and published each Tuesday.

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November 24, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Closing Down Heaven

In Lesley Choyce’s Closing Down Heaven, Hunter Callaghan has to die before he learns to…

November 23, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Wish Tree

In Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Kyo Maclear’s latest picture book, The Wish Tree, dreams…

November 17, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real World?

In her latest non-fiction book, Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive) in the Real…

November 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean

All the Dirt:  A History of Getting Clean by Toronto writer Katherine Ashenburg  is a…

November 16, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Mittens to Share

In Mittens to Share by author Emil Sher and illustrator Irene Luxbacher, a young girl…

November 11, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Once, in a Town Called Moth

Trilby Kent, award-winning author of Stones for my Father, explores how family secrets shape our…

November 4, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Hunt of the Dragon

Two years have passed since Elayne discovered a portal to the alternate realm of Goloth,…

November 3, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

In the dual-language picture book Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, a young girl and…

October 28, 2016

Children's Book News: A Family is a Family is a Family

When her teacher asks her class to share what makes their families special, one girl…

October 28, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Dark Side

With pressure coming from his immigrant parents who have sacrificed everything to give Emerson a…

October 26, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: King Baby

King Baby is the latest picture book from award-winning cartoonist, Kate Beaton.  Life with a…

October 21, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Every Hidden Thing

The Civil War has just ended, the Pacific Railway is expanding westward, and a scientist…

October 14, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: When Morning Comes

Coming from very diverse economic and racial backgrounds, the only commonality Jack, Zanele, Meena and…

October 13, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Liszts

Kyo Maclear’s newest picture book, The Liszts, tells the story of a family that obsessively…

October 12, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: As a Boy

Plan International’s previous book, Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World (2014),…

October 7, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Speed of Life

Eighteen-year-old twins Crystal and Amber Robbins share everything – their looks, their converted garage “bedroom,”…

October 4, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Gabby, Wonder Girl

Following the success of Gabby and Gabby, Drama Queen, author Joyce Grant and illustrator Jan…

October 3, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Girl Mans Up

In M-E Girard’s debut teen novel, Girl Mans Up, Pen doesn’t identify with the traditional…

September 30, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Iron Hand (Three Thieves series)

In The Iron Hand, the seventh and final graphic novel in Scott Chantler’s award-winning Three…

September 27, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Cranky Ballerina

The Cranky Ballerina, by Montreal author and illustrator Elise Gravel, shines the spotlight on a…

September 26, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

September 26, 2016

I Am Not My Disability: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities

Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books…

September 24, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: The Secrets We Keep

At an end of year school party, Clementine Sanford’s autistic classmate, Kit, dies under mysterious…

September 21, 2016

Children's Book Reviews: Hurry Up, Henry

Award-winning author of The Stamp Collector, Jennifer Lanthier, teams up with Montreal-based illustrator Isabelle Malenfant…