Asian Heritage Month Display 2018

We’ve got a display area  in the children’s section of our library that we switch up every month to showcase different items in our collection. Since May is Asian Heritage Month here in Canada, we’ve been filling our display with books by Asian authors and illustrators from around the world. …

Oskar and the Eight Blessings

Hannukah starts Saturday December 24 and ends Sunday January 1, so a very happy Hannukah to everyone who celebrates! In honour of the start of Hannukah, I’m sharing a beautiful, elegant picture book that has a particular poignancy in our messy modern world. It is a story about everyday blessings, …

Tree of Cranes by Allan Say – メリークリスマス

I’m currently in the Land of the Rising Sun, exploring wintery Japan from tip to tail and soaking in this unique country in all its wonder. In honour of my Japanese extravaganza, I’m taking at an intercultural, inter-generational Christmas story brought to us by celebrated, award-winning and deeply treasured Japanese-American …

Little Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

ARGH! You know what’s been driving me NUTS recently? Trying to find Kwanzaa books that actually sound, look and feel like they’ve been written for children who ALREADY CELEBRATE KWANZAA. Take a look at the Christmas section at your local library and you know what you’ll find? Picture books that …

La Noche Buena – Christmas with a Cuban twist

There are now more Spanish speakers in the United States than Spain, including 41 million native Spanish speakers. In recognition of this vibrant, growing population, let’s celebrate La Noche Buena, or Christmas, Cuban style! La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story by  Antonio Sacre When Nina visits her grandma in hot, humid …