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First the Movie, Then the Book

May 12, 2021

It’s not every time you see a documentary that you get to meet its subject right after. Or that you know — before the film is over and even more once you’ve heard the subject address the audience — that you want to write a book about her for kids. Or that the subject agrees to let…

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What you focus on grows

What You Focus On

April 14, 2021

There is much to love about spring in Canada: longer days, warmer temperatures, trees budding, flowers blooming. This year it may be harder for many to find or hold onto hope in the season than other years, with all that has been lost by so many since last spring, and with so much uncertainty about what the…

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letting go

Stepping Away, Letting Go

November 21, 2018

Sometimes the best way to renew waning enthusiasm for a project is to step away from it for a while. But what if you step away for a short time, then a longer time, and your enthusiasm simply doesn’t come back? Should you just let it go? Chalk that one up to ‘good practice’ despite…

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IBBY Children in Crisis Fund

The First International IBBY Canada Meeting

March 10, 2021

Last weekend, over a hundred people gathered from around the world to attend an IBBY Canada meeting. As a program presenter I logged in early and to see faces rapidly filling the screen as others joined the meeting was truly exciting. There were the faces of friends and colleagues from across the country, many whom…

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I Read Canadian

February 3, 2021

I Read Canadian Day is a national celebration of the breadth and diversity of Canadian books for young people. Join the party on February 17 by encouraging any kids or teens in your life to read a Canadian book for 15 minutes or by reading one to them. You’ll be helping foster a love of…

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Cover of The Bare Naked Book. Words by Kathy Stinson. Pictures by Melissa Cho.

A “Bare Naked” Reveal

January 6, 2021

The original publication of The Bare Naked Book in 1986 caused quite a stir. It was considered pretty daring at the time to show naked bodies and talk about them frankly in a children’s book! But we knew it was important for children to see different bodies being celebrated and to learn about their own. The book was…

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Christmas 1945 by Humphrey Carver

Season’s Greetings

December 16, 2020

Like many, my partner and I send out fewer cards than we used to. We may not have sent any last year. We are sending out a handful this year, but I wanted to share our card with all who read my blog as subscribers or as occasional visitors. The message inside reads:   As…

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photo-edited

Photo Walking

November 25, 2020

It’s been a tough bunch of months. There are more tough months ahead. I know how privileged I am to be having, personally, a “not too bad” pandemic, as far as pandemic experiences go. I’ve been lucky to have writing projects on the go that are engaging my heart and mind. And I enjoy photography…

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The Word Collector

A Book Recommendation for Kids AND Writers

April 18, 2018

When I told friend and fellow writer Jean Little I was thinking of auditioning to read for the CNIB, she said, “Well, they don’t take just anybody you know.” It’s true! But they took me. This month I read Book #45 on my list of those I’ve narrated since passing my audition in 2004. Narrating The Word…

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Exciting News for The Man with the Violin

June 22, 2016

New editions — Korean and Portuguese coming soon too. But that’s not all that’s been happening with this book lately.     The National Arts Centre has big plans. The multi-talented composer Anne Dudley has been laying the groundwork for a musical treatment of the book — for orchestra, solo violin, and narrator. Normal –…

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