Rad Dads In Children’s Lit

Books featuring families with two fathers. Books showing the diversity of dads. (A version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, June, 2022.) Dads have often gotten a bad rap in children’s stories.  Take fairy tales, for example. Sometimes dads are weak, like the father in Hansel and Gretel who abandons his children... Continue Reading →

A MOMent for Mothers

I’ll love you forever,  I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be. -- Love You Forever, by Canadian children’s author, Robert Munsch Written in 1986, Munsch’s iconic Love You Forever, a children’s story about a mother’s unconditional love for her son and the circle of life, has sold 15... Continue Reading →

How Can We Invest In Our Planet?

“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” ~ Greta Thunberg, environmental youth activist, 2018 (A version of this article first appeared in the Kingston Neighbours magazine, April, 2022.) It’s impossible to talk about Earth Day, which... Continue Reading →

Sports Stories For The Win!

(A version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, March, 2022.) The Olympics have just finished, youth sports have resumed, and March Madness is well underway, so sports may be a popular topic at home and school these days! Besides the health benefits of playing sports, they also teach kids valuable life lessons... Continue Reading →

Canadian Black History, Told by Black Voices

(A version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, February, 2022.) For the shortest month of the year, February has so many events and holidays: Lunar New Year, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, National Flag of Canada Day, Family Day and Freedom to Read Week! I encourage everyone to take a visit (or several!)... Continue Reading →

Novels for Remembrance

(Photo Credit: The National War Memorial at night in Ottawa, Ontario, was captured by my talented friend and photographer, Celeste Odono!) (A version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, November, 2021.) Remembrance Day is a somber event across Canada, especially in military communities. While November 11th provides a necessary and meaningful opportunity... Continue Reading →

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