picturebooks 

Book Review: Henry in Love

A romance for kindergartners. Credit: HarperCollins.
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty (Balzer & Bray, $17) Peter McCarty is not a hit-you-over-the-head type of guy. His writing is as subtle as his soft pen strokes and faint watercolors....

Garbage, Bugs and Cannibalism: The Picture Books of February

Kids love a good gross-out. So it's not surprising that children's authors go to yuck-inducing topics when trying to appeal to little ones. Sometimes, however, they also give us pleasantly surprising new takes on these moldy old chestnuts. These...

Book Review: The Goose Man

Kids will adore the life story of this scientist. Credit: Houghton-Mifflin.
The Goose Man: The Story of Konrad Lorenz by Elaine Greenstein (Clarion Books, $16) Konrad Lorenz is not a household name. But you don't need to know a stitch...

Build Your Own Inuksuk: Official Symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Has your family caught Olympic fever? Ours sure has. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are taking place right here in Canada, and even though our family won't be travelling to see events live, Cabin Fever plans to mark the occasion in a special way....

Book Review: Lawn to Lawn

Kitsch comes to life for a rousing adventure in Lawn to Lawn. Credit: Random House. Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf, $18) If toys have a life of their own whenever...

Book Review: Red Ted and the Lost Things

Prepare to fall in love with Red Ted. Credit: Candlewick Press
Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart (Candlewick, $17) Corduroy. Don Freeman's sweet, stuffed-bear icon of the '60s is bound to come to mind...

Book Review: Cupcake

Cupcake makes for a deliciously funny picture book. Credit: Disney Hyperion Books.
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper (Disney Hyperion, $15) It's always a pleasure to think you know exactly where a picture book is going, and then to be...

12 Best Children's Books for the Holidays

Snow falling outside frosted windows, fire crackling, two girls curled in blankets on a cozy couch, surrounded by books. I'm seven years old and visiting my best friend who lives just down the street, and we are digging into a huge basket of seasonal...

Children's Books - Where Have all the Good Dads Gone?

Are dads treated unfairly in children's books?. Image: John Flinchbaugh on Flickr
Dads today are more involved in child care and family life than ever. They change diapers, they wake for midnight feedings and sometimes, they're even the...

Reading to infants helps language development: study

Every night before bed, I read Nolan Baby's Busy World. This in itself is not absurd, he is nearly 11 months old and starting to say "Mamama" and recognize words like "dog" and "kitty". What is perhaps absurd is the fact that I've been reading to...

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