New graphic novel tackles the horror and heroism of WWII
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New graphic novel tackles the horror and heroism of WWII

In this fictional, historically-based graphic novel for juvenile readers, author R. J. Palacio fleshes out the background of characters she first introduced in her previous works, Wonder and Auggie & Me, especially that of Julian and his ancestors.  Julian is assigned a project to write an essay about someone he knows for his humanities class. He facetimes with…

Glimpsing God’s astounding creativity
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Glimpsing God’s astounding creativity

Self-taught British illustrator Jean Claude brings to life Cecil Frances Alexander’s well-known hymn, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” which was first published in Hymns for Little Children in 1848. An acclaimed poet and writer of hymns, Alexander also wrote “Once in Royal David’s City” and “There is a Green Hill Far Away.” Jean Claude’s detailed,…

Kids Speak Up, Step Out, Dig In, and March On!
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Kids Speak Up, Step Out, Dig In, and March On!

Young Jayden loves nature and sees it everywhere in the large city where he lives. Squirrels scrounging for nuts, cardinals calling from the trees, and the beauty of fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky bring joy to the boy’s heart. When his mother makes him stay inside after school, he tries to convince her that…

Nurturing children’s dreams
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Nurturing children’s dreams

On Dream Street, a thriving, loving African American community nurtures its children, nourishing and caring for their dreams, and helping them embrace hope-filled futures. Author Tricia Elam Walker describes the neighbourhood’s way of life as it helps children flourish: “There is no need to worry or to rush. They take their time, growing and playing,…

Quirky humour blended with a passion for conservation
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Quirky humour blended with a passion for conservation

Author Bibi Dumon Tak blends quirky wit, scientific knowledge, and conservation facts with poems formatted as modern communication techniques to draw young readers into the world of creatures with hooves. In an email conversation between a wild boar and a pig, a radio announcement about a cape buffalo, a 911 call about a mountain goat,…

Hoping for renewal
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Hoping for renewal

The idea of summer brings to mind popsicles, sprinklers, bare feet in the sand and camping in a tent. Yet those images belong to my own childhood. Summer holds a different flavour now as a mom. Specific to the needs of Rachel and Janneke, it means more time at home and less respite.  This summer…