The Chicken Cat ... by Olivia!

Author (and teacher), Nan Forler, sent me this great photo. I’ve love to see Olivia’s version of The Chicken Cat!

Hoogie and Tweezle “explore the wonder of childhood”—Canadian Children’s Book News

Canadian Children’s Book News – Winter 2014

“We Recommend”

Hoogie in the Middle and Tweezle into Everything

Award-winning author Stephanie McLellan has drawn inspiration from her own three children and created Hoogie in the Middle, a sneak peek into the world surrounding Hoogie, the middle child. The author playfully uses rhythm, alliteration and similes to delineate Hoogie’s character […]

Halloween Costumes Inspired by Great Books


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Of course the best Halloween costumes come from great literature. I came across a couple of fun pages with photos and schemata to help you discover your best Halloween costume yet:

21 Childen’s Book Characters Born to be Halloween Costumes
How to Pick Your Literary Halloween Costume

And while we’re at it: here […]

Word on the Street - Then and Now

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I had the opportunity to share Hoogie in the Middle and Tweezle into Everything in the TD Children’s Literature Tent at Toronto’s Word on the Street Festival on September 22, 2013. View excerpts by hitting the play button on the screen to the left and see some photos below.

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The Paper Bag Princess StoryMob

Trinity Bellwoods Park was a gorgeous place to hold The Paper Bag Princess StoryMob, and here’s what happened! (SCROLL BELOW TO SEE SOME PHOTOS)

NOTE: Gretel Meyer Odell and Roxanne Deans, the brilliant artists behind the fabulous StoryMobs Project, have created something very special. Visit the StoryMobs site HERE to make sure you get all the scoop to […]

Resource Links Rates Hoogie "E" (for Excellent, Enduring, Everyone Should See it!)

Resource Links
June, 2013—Vol. 18, #5

Hoogie in the Middle

Rated E: Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!

Not all children’s books need to be moralistic; some just express, simply and effectively, how it feels to be a child. Hoogie in the Middle is just such a book.

Hoogie might be in the middle of her monster family, but she […]

Come Celebrate International MONSTER Day at Ella Minnow on Sat, July 27/13

Come join me at Ella Minnow Bookstore (1915 Queen Street East, Toronto – The Beaches) on Saturday, July 27/13 from 4-6 pm in celebration of International Monster’s Day!

Yvette from Ella Minnow has selected a dozen GR-R-REAT Monster stories (including Hoogie in the Middle), and I’ll be reading a selection of these stories and sharing some […]

Here's What Happened at the Story Mob!

On July 13/13, when we came to the place where the Wild Things Are ..

Join a "Wild Things" Story Mob on Saturday, July 13!

There are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful children’s books that were part of our kids’ growing up, but a pivotal one was Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

What could be more fun than partaking in a “Story Mob” … a mass reading, re-enactment and general celebration of this wonderful book!

The secret location for tomorrow’s […]

Remembering Maurice Sendak

Just remembering Maurice Sendak today and what a privilege it was to interview him. Here’s an abbreviated version of the conversation I had with him.