EMWF Kids & YA: Reviews and Recommendations
"They show how it doesn't matter what color skin we have, or who we love, or what pronoun we choose, to be able to work together in harmony to fix what is wrong and to stand as one against it."
Olivia reviews The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Pool.
"I like that this book is about a little boy just like me - who likes his cat. If I had a cat, I would probably like my cat as much as the little boy in the story loves his cat."
Charlotte, Elliott, and Mason review I Do Not Like Stories, written by Andrew Larsen and ilustrated by Carey Sookocheff
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"It made us feel different emotions learning what other people live through."
Kaylee and Emma review The Stray and Strangers, written by Steven Heighton and illustrated by Melissa Iwai.
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"I think other kids should read this book because it teaches you a lot about things like how the Indigenous people hunted and lived. The novel is very suspenseful, so you always want to keep reading. The book also introduces you to words from the Cree language, like kiskisitotaso, which means ‘Don’t forget who you are’ or ‘Don’t forget yourself’, and it was cool to learn words in another language."
Hannah, James and Landen review The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson.
"I’d never write about anything that didn’t celebrate being different."
Read our Q&A with Devin Fan, author of The Barnabus Project. He joins us on Tuesday September 1 at 10:30 a.m. EST to share his suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong.
What can you expect from the second book in Kenneth Oppel's Bloom Trilogy? "More delectable alien creatures! In the first book, you met some very interesting flora. Now you get to meet some fauna."
Read more from our Q&A with Kenneth Oppel, who joins us on October 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST for an event for students ages 10-14, presented in partnership with Wellington County Library.
"I think it’s a great book for kids, especially ones that maybe feel different to everybody else or not perfect, because there’s no way to be perfect except the way you are.”
Cassia, Hunter, Madeline and Willie review The Barnabus Project, by Devin Fan.
“Alisa Siegel writes in such a way that encourages us to be grateful for what we have as what we read is based on a true story. Someone actually went through all of it. I recommend this book especially to those who find themselves unsatisfied with the luxuries they have.”
Arlene reviews My Name is Konisola, by Alisa Siegel.
"I like that the character is real. She is someone you could totally see walking the halls of your school or staring out the window in one of your classes. I enjoy how she reacts to problems and how that changes over the course of the book."
Jana reviews My Summer of Love and Misfortune, written by Lindsay Wong.
"I liked the part where he was listing the great things a pet rock mammoth would be. Some of the things were: hide-n-seek buddy, super absorbent mop, and full-sized stuffie. It was my favourite part because it made me laugh."
Hunter and Jakob review Rock Mammoth, written by Eveline Payette.
"The book is about how people around the world don't need to fight. Instead they can be kind and make friends."
Aliyana, Evelyn and Matthew review What if Soldiers Fought with Pillows, written by Heather Camlot and iIllustrated by Serge Bloch.
More great reads for ages 7 and under!
We're thrilled to share this wonderful list of new books for children by Canadian writers. You'll find books about nature inspired by our event What Grew in Larry's Garden, and books about friendship inspired by our event You and Me Both and Going Up!