Summer Feet by Sheree Fitch, Pictures by Carolyn Fisher

Wherever you are this summer of 2020, with COVID swirling around and many needing comfort, what better than to pick up a book that reminds you of summers past? Sheree Fitch’s delightfully playful language would be a treat to read to young ones – after all, Summer Feet is a children’s book. Not being either a child or having a willing one nearby, I read it aloud to myself several times, revisiting the exuberance of summers past.…

Books for Children from Newfoundland & Labrador 2019 (Part Two): Running the Goat Books and Broadsides

Running the Goat Books & Broadsides is a micro-press specializing in letterpress-printed and fine trade books, chapbooks and broadsides by some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest writers, and I’ve put off writing about them long enough. For the past few months, the kind folks at Running the Goat have been sending me the most astounding books for children and young people.…

Books for Children from Newfoundland & Labrador 2019 (Part One)

Occasionally I get children’s books sent to me and I tend to put them aside until I get several of them, for how does one review a book consisting of pictures with a little text, or a child’s first chapbook? All the books that follow are from two of Newfoundland & Labrador’s independent publishers: Breakwater Books and Flanker Press. (I’ll post a separate article soon on books I’ve received from Running the Goat Books.)…

What-Cha Doing? by Kim Renton, Illus. by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo

Just in time for maple syrup season, this read-aloud picture book makes the perfect introduction to maple syrup, where it comes from and how it is made. From the Chocolate River Publishing press release:

“Grampa’s tapping trees in the sugar bush; Dad’s boiling sap in the evaporator house; Gramma’s making maple butter in the sugar camp; Mom’s wrapping maple cream in the kitchen, and the girls are whacking-packing maple candy in the storage room.…

Atlantic Animal ABC by Angela K. Doak

Here’s a new baby board book from Nimbus Publishing with collage illustrations of Atlantic Canada wildlife from A to Z.

“From Atlantic puffin to zooplankton, with lots of wild Atlantic Canadiana in between–like lobster, brown bat, moon jellyfish, porcupine, and more–Atlantic Animal ABC is the perfect introduction for young ones to the region’s wildlife. With vibrant paper collage illustrations, Angela K.

New Children’s Picture Books – Spring 2017

It’s always fun getting children’s picture books sent to the Miramichi Reader for consideration. Recently, three colourful and whimsical picture books came across our desk and I’ll let them speak for themselves. The text below is taken from the publisher’s websites. The first two books are published by Creative Book Publishers, the third by Breakwater Books.

Prepare for adventure on the high seas!…

Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure by Sheilah Lukins

This is the story of a young mouse named Errol who takes a ride on a ferry and visits the mines of Bell Island. Errol’s best friend, Old Rat, has told him wonderful stories about how the mice and rats first came to Newfoundland as stowaways on the big sailing ships. Errol longs to have his own adventure but his parents are unhappy when he strays too far from their garbage box home.…

Jack and the Magnificent Ugly Stick by Jack Goudie

How much fun can you have with just one rubber boot? When one of his Grandmother’s pink rubber boots goes missing, Jack and his grandmother are forced to cancel their fishing trip. A disappointed Jack soon finds a tall piece of driftwood and with the help of a few of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated musicians (The Once, The Fortunate Ones and Matthew Hornell), it turns out that everyone gets to have a lot of fun! …

A Picnic at the Lighthouse by Rebecca North

With illustrations by Nancy Keating, A Picnic at the Lighthouse (2016, Creative Book Publishing) is a touching story of a boy (Patrick) and his father who spend a busy day together at a lighthouse. The book is about the special moments they share and the depth of a parent’s love. The illustrations are large and cheerful; the story a simple one, but one that will appeal to pre-school and lower-grade children, particularly where they may live in a home without a resident father due to a separation or divorce.…

Children’s Picture Books – Spring 2016

Spring 2016 has arrived with a bumper crop of beautiful and intelligent children’s picture books, so I am going to try to do them all justice in this one post. With one exception, they all come from New Brunswick authors and illustrators. Here they are, in no particular order:

Sea Glass Summer

This 32-page page hardcover is published by Nimbus Publishing and is the creation of Quispamsis author and illustrator Heidi Jardine Stoddart.…