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.



New coastal stories to share with the children

imageLooking for a good book or two for the children in your life?

If so, be sure to check out Hakai Magazine for my fall review round-up. West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet is one of nearly a dozen books you’ll want to hear about.

And while you’re there, have a look around at this top-notch new magazine that celebrates science and societies in coastal ecosystems. You’ll be impressed.



Scary Haloween at Trent Street

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Word-and- Picture Sandwiches

Meet Author Troy Wilson 

Monday, Sept. 21st, 7:30 pm

@ Saanich Centennial Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library

3110 Tillicum Road (by Pearkes Arena)

Word-and-Picture Sandwiches

Troy has crafted the words for a wide variety of word-and-picture sandwiches, including picture books, illustrated magazine stories, comics, and greeting cards. He’ll take you into the kitchen for a peek at the different ways these sandwiches were put together (with the preparation method for his most recent book, The Duck Says, being the most surprising of them all).

Doors open at 7pm: Browse books for sale from School House Teaching Supplies before the presentation begins at 7:30 pm.

The VCLR is open to the public. New members and drop-ins welcome. Members free; $5 drop-in; $4 student. For more information, call 250-940-4875 x869.

(VCLR memberships are good for 12 months and can be purchased for $25 at VCLR events)



Literacy is an issue all year long

Literacy Day

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The Buzz on a new Book about Bees

There’s a buzz going around and it’s coming from Orca Book Publishers…

Version 2I was out walking my dog last night, trying to push up my daily kilometer count in a little friendly competition with my Fitbit buddy, when an old friend stopped me to gush about a new kid’s book on bees by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox. Now this friend is an entomologist (someone who studies insects, not to be confused with an etymologist which is someone who studies the origin of words) so he’s always stoked about anything related to insects. But, I’m pretty excited too, cuz gardening is one of the things I really enjoy doing with my granddaughter.  She totally loved planting and harvesting tomatoes, strawberries, and peas.  As garden pollinators, a book about bees will be right up our alley. And with more interest in locally grown and organic foods, I hope it’s right up your alley too. If you’re in the neighborhood on September 20th, check out the author’s free program, but if not, be sure to look for her book.

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