“There were two moons last August — one that was almost full at the beginning when Mom was alive and our lives were normal, and then a big full cheater moon at the end, one that looked down so beautifully on the world when everything was awful and changed and never would be the same [...]
There are a number of ways in which one can get to know Emily Carr.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2003
First, for the bookish, via her own writing.
Klee Wick (1941), The Book of Small (1942), The House of All Sorts (1944), and, published posthumously, Growing Pains (1946), Pause (1953), The Heart of [...]
“I like telling stories of women who act on their passions.”
“I like these strong female characters.”
“When I talk with readers I feel an enormous appetite in women to explore both their strength and their emotional connectedness, which still tend not to be honoured in the dominant culture.”*
Any one of these statements would [...]
As if it wasn’t enough to take The Ramayana and present it in images, this volume retells the ancient epic through the eyes of a woman. This is Sita’s Ramayana.
House of Anansi, 2011 Artwork by Moyna Chitrakar
The original Sanskrit text is attributed to the poet Valmiki, and it is comprised of 24,000 verses which [...]
Nearly two weeks ago, author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Karen Reczuch took home the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Loon.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2011
This post’s title comes from the jury’s description of the book, and the cover alone, with its rich, tapestry-like image, declares that this bird [...]
Pamela Porter’s backlist landed all-of-a-piece on my TBR with I’ll Be Watching.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2008
Yellow Moon, Apple Moon is aimed at the earliest readers. It provides a lovely transition-from-board-books option.
[Next on my Pamela Porter list, if you're curious, arranged in order of readers' ages: Sky (prose, 8-12) and The Crazy Man (free [...]
When life and story intersect: that’s where this story takes place. (And isn’t that the best place ever to set a story?)
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2012
But, okay, in the beginning, when readers step aboard That Night’s Train, they are actually in a railway carriage.
“The train went clickety-click, clickety-clack and [...]
You could read this book because it has won a tonne of awards.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 1996
(It won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature (Text), the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award.)
You could read it because Paul Yee has a solid [...]
When I was a girl, I heard Gordon Lightfoot’s albums often enough that I knew the words to his songs as well as I knew the lyrics on my Sesame Street records.
Once, my mom brought home a recording from the library: one of his ballads with an illustrated book to accompany it, an early [...]
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is telling the stories of her Mayan girlhood in The Girl from Chimel.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2005
(So it turns out that you can discover a Nobel Peace Prize winner by reading a storybook, by dabbling in the backlist of a favourite indie press.)
Although born into poverty in [...]