A Cozy Chat with Me

An online interview with me was recently published on Medium.com. Among many things, I had a chance to discuss the ideas behind The Very, Very Far North and the upcoming sequel, Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North. You can click on the link to read it:

A Cozy Chat with Dan Bar-el

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.

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.