A Title “of Exceptional Calibre”

When my gardening plans got rained out this afternoon, I opened up my copy of “Best Books for Kids & Teens” which had just arrived in my mailbox. As I always do, I turned to the index in a hopeful (and egocentric) search for my name. (“Best Books…” is the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s annual publication of a catalogue intended to help teachers, librarians, and parents choose the best from the hundreds of books for young people that are published in Canada each year.) I had two new books last year – A Pocket Can Have A Treasure In It and Love Every Leaf: The Life of Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.

Happy day: two page numbers by my name in the “Best Books…” index. Even happier day when …

… I flip through the pages and find a star beside Love Every Leaf (signifying a “title of exceptional calibre”)!

So, if you don’t yet have a copy for the student or garden lover, artist or environmentalist in your life, go out and buy one! Now that it’s stopped raining, I’ll be heading out to my garden!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Elly Daniels on June 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    As a board member of the CCBC, I was happy to hear that you are enjoying "Best Books". I am a huge fan of your picture books, and my friend Martha Johnson (Martha and the Muffins) has turned "Red is Best" into a song that we would love you to hear. Maybe Margie Wolfe has already shared it with you. Congratulations on your other successes this year.

  2. Kathy Stinson on June 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Glad to know you've enjoyed my picture books, Elly. It's actually Annick Press who published Red Is Best and I expect that Rick Wilks and your friend will be in touch with each other soon.

    Margie Wolfe of Second Story Press did publish a couple of my other books – King of the Castle and 101 Ways to Dance (also CCBC Our Choice titles). I hope you'll enjoy them some day too.

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