Julie’s Library is a podcast co-hosted by iconic actress, Dame Julie Andrews and her daughter, children’s author and educator, Emma Walton Hamilton. I was thrilled to have my picture story read by Ms. Andrews, accompanied by music and sound effects in their latest show. You can hear it by going to:
Today, I have posted a new storytelling video. It is my telling of a French folktale that I adapted many years ago. Mother Bright and her Apple Tree is a funny and poignant story about an independent, old woman who lives life on her own terms.
In telling this tale, I wish to honour the many elderly people who have succumbed to the Covid-19 virus before their time. If you should be so moved by the story, please consider donating a few dollars to a local organization that assists in caring for seniors. CanadaHelps.org can offer many places across the country. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/donate…
A small warning – this story may not be suitable for younger children as it addresses the topic of death, albeit in a funny, gentle way. I leave it up to your discretion.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s YouTube Channel is now open and offering a great resource for teachers, librarians, parents and children’s book enthusiasts.
As it builds up its video library, you will find author readings (including mine), book reviews, and how-to demos, in English, French and Indigenous languages.
Click here: CCBC’s Bibliovideo
The third installment of A Child’s First Book of Lies will come out in two days, on Friday, April 24th, 2020.
This is a silly parody of children’s non-fiction information books and an opportunity for students grade 6/7 and up to look at the concept of fake news.
So come learn everything untrue and complete lies about the topic of children’s games by visiting:
The video recording of myself reading Audrey (cow) will stay up on my Facebook page for the duration of our Covid-19 virus isolation, and perhaps through the summer.
As this is a story told through thirty-three voices (narrators), the cast list has now been shifted to this website. You can find it here:
This is a short heads up that I will be giving daily readings of my middle grade novel, Audrey (cow) on Facebook Live starting Monday, March 30, at 11:00 am PST (2:00 pm EST).
Please let any grade 3-6ers know about it, or if your family’s quarantine daily breaking point is around that time, take a breather with moi. There is a cast of thirty-three narrators telling the story. My acting abilities being what they are, I think that I can guarantee at least fifteen distinct voices among them.
Find me at: Dan Bar-el – Children’s Author
You can download the cast list from:
Click on “Character List” in my listing.
Wishing everyone good health in body and spirit.
This review comes from Kasey Giard of The Story Sanctuary.
Janet of The Book Wars blog states all the important info and reasons why you should come down to the Vancouver central library tomorrow.
Should you happen to be in or near Vancouver tomorrow (May 7, 2016), head to Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch for the Red Cedar Award Gala 2016!
The Red Cedar is BC’s Reader’s Choice Award. Students in grades 4-7 read and vote on their favourite fiction and information books from the nominated list. At the Gala, readers get to meet nominated authors, talk books with friends, give speeches or perform skits about nominated books, and *drumroll* the winners are announced.
Honestly, the whole day is a win, and all the books (and authors) (and readers) are winners. The gala is a ton of fun, as attendees of last year’s gala can attest.
And this year’s line-up of author attendees looks fabulous. Here’s the plan for the day:
11:30 am – noon: Book sales & signings with Kidsbooks and featured nominees
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