Happy Canada Day!

This car rolled off the assembly line when I was a year old. I think we're both holding up pretty well!

Canada Day started out with strawberry shortcake at Jeanne & Dawson’s followed by a stroll along the waterway of the Gorge where I dragon boat on Mondays and Wednesdays.  We enjoyed the sunshine, antique car show, and junk food in the form of hot dogs.

2011 Best Books for Kids & Teens; Another reason to join CCBC

The Canadian Children‚s Book Centre Presents Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011

TORONTO,  JUNE 30, 2011 ˆ The Canadian Children‚s Book Centre is pleased to
announce that the publication of the 35th annual guide to the best books for
children and young adults — Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011.  This respected
guide (formerly known as Our Choice) contains over 325 titles for readers from
toddler to teen.

All of the titles in Best Books for Kids & Teens have been handpicked by
expert committees of educators, booksellers, school and public librarians from
across Canada. The reviewed materials include picture books, audio books,
graphic novels, and powerful teen fiction.

Best Books for Kids and Teens can be purchased at select bookstores and online

CCBC members will receive a copy of Best Books for Kids & Teens as part of
their membership package, as will subscribers to Canadian Children‚s Book News
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit
organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and
supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books
for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers,
librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.
For more information visit

For further information contact:
Holly Kent
Sales and Marketing Manager
Canadian Children‚s Book Centre
416 975-0010 ext. 221

The Guardian’s top 100 Picks for Non-Fiction

The Guardian posted their 100 top picks for non-fiction.  Sadly, there were quite a few of the titles that I hadn’t read, but then I do tend more toward fiction, so I suppose I can be forgiven. Here are a few that I read, although I confess that when it came to Hawkings’ A Brief History of Time, it was more of a “tried to read” kind of thing.

It makes me wonder if anyone has put a similar list together for kid’s non-fiction?

2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Children

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Children’s Books are:

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)

Picture Book
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton)

Honor Books are:

Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial)
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (Kane Miller)
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Candlewick)
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White (Candlewick)

Picture Book

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton)
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Putnam)

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