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Happy New Year friends!




Stepping Stones Book Launch in Victoria

If you plan to be in Victoria in mid-October, check this out.


Marmalade Books is a Kids’ book service for busy parents

img_5489Marmalade Books is the new kid on the block.  They are a Victoria-based children’s book subscription service to help you and provide your littles with the best in age-appropriate quality kids’ books.

So, if you are a busy mom or dad who just doesn’t have time to keep up but want your children exposed to quality books, Marmalade Books is for you. Two or three books, and a few bookish surprises arrive at your door monthly. Boxes can be ordered for a variety of ages and Marmalade Books even features special book boxes such as classic picture books.

Prices are very reasonable.  In fact, my partner was so impressed when I opened the sample September box for 1-3 year olds, that he immediately placed an order for his granddaughter’s first birthday! I know that I can’t wait to share Marmalade Books with the littles in my life.

Subscriptions can be for a single month, three months, six months, or for a full year. Can it get any better?

Actually, yes it can!  Pat Oldroyd and her capable partner Jamie are heading up Marmalade Books.  With years as a children’s book buyer for the infamous Munro’s Books and other book sellers, Pat is my go-to expert on anything related to kids books.  She simply knows her stuff and loves sharing books with all ages.

Marmalade Books will have their website up and running any day now.  In the meantime, you can check them out on Instagram #readmarmalade.



New garden, sharing new books with grandkids and edit complete on my new book

I haven’t just been creating a vegetable and flower garden in my new home.


I’ve also been reading some pretty awesome new books to my grandchildren.image.jpg


And I have just finished the edit on my next book. More on this soon, but I sure have enjoyed working with Sourcebooks editor, Katherine Posswimmer.




Hakai and summer reads for kids

I love kids’ books. I love reading them, and I love sharing them. So, it can’t be much of a surprise to hear how much I have been enjoying working with Hakai Magazine    It’s the perfect place for me to share some wonderful coastal-themed kids books with readers.

Hakai may be relatively new, but they aren’t wasting any time in building a reputation for excellence. “Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.” Articles cover diverse topics like: bioluminescence, the genetic ancestry of sperm whales, ocean optimism, and sustainable lobster fishing. Don’t take my word for it though. Check them out for yourself and while you’re there, feel have a peek at my most recent article that reviews summer reads for kids of all ages.

Happy #WorldOceansDay

Yes, living on the west coast has influenced my writing. Oceans deserve our attention, respect, and our care, not only today, but every day. In return, they will sustain and inspire us.

Don’t miss Chris Tougas in Victoria May 16th


imageIt’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but here’s something worth posting…

The Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable is hosting author/illustrator Chris Tougas on Monday, May 16th at 7:30, at the Saanich Centennial Library (3110 Tillicum Road, next to Pearkes Arena).

If you have kids, grandkids, or are a teacher or childcare giver, this is a guy whose books you will definitely want to check out. His picture books are just plain fun. Mechanimals is a fabulous book, but my grandkids are especially in love with Dojo Daycare, which I recently learned has two  sequels that I’ll be picking up asp. The energetic rhyming text is packed with humour yet manages to convey important socia messages like respect and cooperation. Best of all, repetition of catchy words and phrases encourage participation which helps to create an interactive story time experience that everyone will enjoy.

In addition to his talents as an author illustrator, Chris has worked as an animation character designer and writer for Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Sesame Workshop, and Fox.

A word of advice though…avoid reading Chris’ books at either nap time or bedtime because  you can expect demands for second, third or even fourth readings!

$5 will get you in the door and an additional $20 will buy you a year’s membership to the Victoria Children’s Literature Roundtable.



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