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 →

Spooktacular Books For All Ages

"When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night.""Don't panic. That's the first rule of survival. Never panic." -- Katherine Arden, Small Spaces (An abridged version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, October, 2021.) Is there any other holiday as popular cross-culturally in North... Continue Reading →

A Feminist Cinderella

"You look like a real prince, but you are a bum." Elizabeth, in Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess I love children’s author Robert Munsch for many reasons. He is Canadian. He lives close to my hometown. He used to work at the university I attended many moons ago. But mostly, I love him because he... Continue Reading →

Night Babies

"Night cars humming through the snow Night cars drifting Night cars slow Night cars calling out your name Night cars hiding in your dreams ..." ~ Teddy Jam, Night Cars One of our favourite books to read to our restless oldest child when he was a baby/toddler was Canadian Teddy Jam's Night Cars. It was... Continue Reading →

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