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The Reading Nook | Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Paul Thurbly's Alphabet Review by Sandra Harris of Raincoast Creative Salon

So what’s so special about an alphabet book? Hasn’t it been done before? Well, yes it has. Often. But every once in a while you find a special treasure of a book that takes a well worn subject and turns it on its head. This is Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet. (more…)

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

very hungry caterpillar finger puppets

One of the very first board books I ever bought my kids was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I can’t think of a sweeter book that illustrates growing up so beautifully. It’s especially relevant now as growth spurts abound at the Cooper house. My kids are constantly hungry. I fear the teen years!

So when the fine people at Penguin Kids asked if I’d like to create something fun for the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I said, I’m in! To celebrate, I turned to another childhood classic: finger puppets. I love how these little caterpillar puppets turned out. Wouldn’t they be great at a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party?

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how… (more…)

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Reading Nook | Walls Within Walls

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Walls Within Walls Book Review

I’ve been a lover of NYC ever since I was a kid. When I was 11 I dreamt of living there. You wouldn’t find that at all remarkable unless you knew that I grew up in a working class family in a smallish city in the middle of the Canadian prairies. (I’m not so remarkable, it’s the NYC dreams that were!).

I’ve often wondered about the source of my taste for the Big Apple (pardon the pun). I knew no one who had been there, we didn’t travel a lot and no one in my family had ANY desire for big city life.

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Home | Cozy Reading Nooks

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Making time to read more books is always on my list of new year’s resolutions. I love to read, yet I often get caught up in other things I feel like I have to do, things that come first. And so I read far less than I want to.

Does that sound familiar?

Here’s an idea I’ve been thinking about lately: maybe you and I need a perfect little reading spot in our homes. One that is so inviting and special, we can’t wait to curl up with a good book, even if the dishes and laundry and a thousand other tasks are piling up.

A cozy chair, a good light, and a little table to hold a drink – that sounds perfect to me.

What does your ideal reading spot look like? (more…)

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The Reading Nook | The Hole

Monday, January 20th, 2014

the Hole

Do you have an e-reader? Do you read books on your tablet? I do. Devices ARE great for portability and size (no more filling up your carry on with books when travelling!). But there’s nothing like the tactile experience of a book whose clever design is as much a part of the story as the story itself.

And so we have The Hole by Norwegian author Orvind Torseter.

Pick up the book and feel thick, cardboard cover. That die cut hole through the book from top to bottom? It’s a character in the story. Each page uses the hole in an amusing way. (more…)

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Reading Nook | Ike’s Incredible Ink

Monday, January 6th, 2014


Where do writers get their ideas? That’s the question answered by Brianne Farley’s debut book Ike’s Incredible Ink.

Ike desperately wants to write a story but first…the apartment needs a bit of a tidy. Hmmm…maybe a chat with a friend? Where IS that favorite pen? (more…)

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The Reading Nook | The Brief Thief

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The Brief Thief

Ever done anything that you KNEW wasn’t right and were bothered by that little voice in your head? Who hasn’t?

That’s the premise of the delightful picture book The Brief Thief by Micheal Escoffier and illustrated by Kris di Giacamo.

Escoffier, a popular French author (this translated import being his first foray into the English language market), has married elegant bathroom humor with an ethical conundrum. (more…)

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The Reading Nook | Flotsam

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Flotsam by David Wiesner

In Flotsam, a Caldecott Award winning picture book by David Wiesner, a curious boy finds an old underwater camera washed up on the beach. He gets the film developed and finds all sorts of amazing photos of life beneath the sea. He also finds another surprise that I’ll leave for you to discover.

But how to tell this story to your 5-9 year olds when there are only illustrations and no words? Don’t let that get in the way of enjoying Flotsam. Think of it as an opportunity to experience a book in a new way. (more…)

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