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:
Chapter 8 is now published!
In this chapter, we look at Frisbee. Is it a game of peace and love, or is it a harbinger of doom? And why were the Ancient Greeks so bad at it?
To go there directly, click on: Chapter Eight: Frisbee
Mother Bright and her Apple Tree
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 Very, Very Far North is a Best Books selection!
Duane the polar bear and his friends were included in the latest Best Books issue that is published bi-annually by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
Do check it out. It makes for a fun family read in a time when families are together quite a lot.
Chapter 5 is now published!
In this chapter, we look at the similar games of Red Rover and British Bulldog.
To go there directly, click on: Chapter Five: Red Rover and British Bulldog
Not Your Typical Dragon told
As children’s authors continue to find ways to connect with our young readers and listeners during social distancing, I’ve ventured into recording a bit of what my presentations are in front of audiences.
Here is how I introduce this picture book to children. I’ve added in some illustration inserts along the way, as well as sharing a few thoughts to parents and assorted adults at the end of the clip.
North Carolina Battle of the Books
The Very, Very Far North has been included in the line-up of books to be read by students all across the state in their 2020-2011 Battle of the Books. I believe I’m the only Canadian author on the list, so go TEAM POLAR BEAR!
The Guilford County School District requested a recorded greeting, allowing me the opportunity to introduce the book to their students.
Chapter 4 is now published!
In this chapter, we look at the game of Hide and Seek. To go there directly, click on: Chapter Four: Hide and Seek
Sneak peak of sequel cover
Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North will come out at the beginning of October of 2020. We are just at the stage of finishing it up and having it ready for the printer.
In the meantime, here is the beautiful cover created by the illustrator, Kelly Poucette:
Bibliovideo is open!
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