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Why Zora? Why Walter? Why Ivy? and Other Name Decisions

November 6, 2019

Naming characters is sometimes easy. It’s usually not, for me, but it’s always fun perusing baby name websites for possibilities. Kelly in Red Is Best is Kelly because Kelly is the name of my daughter who inspired the story almost 40 years ago. I named the boy in Big or Little? Matthew after my son who inspired that book.…

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Who is The Lady with the Books?

September 11, 2019

Hint: She said, “If the war is really over, if one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first message of peace will be these children’s books.” She is also the subject of an upcoming book (by me) that members of IBBY-Canada got a peek into at the AGM in June. Readers of the book…

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Harry and Walter in Korean and The Dance of the Violin in Turkish.

New Editions

May 15, 2019

The promised bean-spiller about recent projects is coming soon but it’s been pre-empted by the same-day arrival of exciting new editions. . . Harry and Walter in Korean and The Dance of the Violin in Turkish. English-language versions of both books are now available in paperback too. Happy reading!

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flying beach dog

And the winner is…!

April 12, 2019

Thanks to all who participated in the “Can your dog fly?” photo contest. There is clearly a wonderful assortment of canine companions with prize-worthy aspirations out there. A panel of independent judges has declared the contest winner. Congratulations to Michael Greenlaw, who will receive a signed copy of The Dog Who Wanted To Fly for his photo…

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The Dog Who Wanted To Fly

Can your dog fly?

March 19, 2019

The long-awaited The Dog Who Wanted to Fly is now out! Send me a photo of your dog — especially if she or he can fly — for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and a chance to have your dog featured on my blog! Deadline for entries: April 10, 2019

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the dog in Kathy Stinson's next book

Who is that dog…? Part 2

September 12, 2018

Earlier this year I posted a teaser for my next book. Now “that dog” is featured on Annick’s Winter/Spring 2019 catalogue — front and back! Thanks to Brandon James Scott for his perfect capturing of Zora’s personality and her emotions.

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Dog in Korea

Who is that dog…?

March 16, 2018

… and what is the cat saying? In recent months I’ve invited kids to listen to an unpublished story and imagine they’d been hired to illustrate it. Here’s how one young artist in Korea depicted one scene. Annick Press has since hired an illustrator who seems to be having as much fun with the story…

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TPL’s First and Best!

November 4, 2008

Hurray! Toronto Public Library has chosen A Pocket Can Have A Treasure In It for their 2008 “First and Best” list. That’s a list of the best Canadian children’s books for building reading readiness in children birth to five. To see the 2007 list, click here.

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And speaking of lists…

January 20, 2010

Every year, Resource Links publishes a list of the best books in the categories of Picture Books, Fiction Grades 3-6, Non-Fiction K – Grade 6, Fiction Grades 7-12, Non-Fiction Grades 7-12, Professional Resources, Audio Visual Resources, and French Resources. And which Kathy Stinson book made the list for 2009? The 25th anniversary edition of Big…

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Three Things About Reading

January 27, 2010

I was thinking about blogging about good books I’ve read lately when two things happened. I got a letter from a girl in New Brunswick who first wrote me almost seven years ago, and I was asked if I would go back to Liberia to do some more work with writers there. The NB girl…

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