Celebrating TD Canadian Children’s Book Week with Ben Mulroney

We were very happy to be invited to join the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and TVO Kids at Essex Hawthorne School in Toronto this morning to celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Ben Mulroney, host of etalk Canada, read Marie-Louise Gay’s Caramba — last year’s TD Book Giveaway Pick — to a room full of bright-eyed kindergarten and grade one students. We were also excited to see Dalmar Abuzeid, one of the hosts of The Space on TVO Kids, do a mini-interview with Ben Mulroney and interact with the kids .

My favourite moment? Ben Mulroney encouraging the kids to use their imaginations and read as much as they can.

Our photos from the reading:

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How are you celebrating Children’s Book Week with your family? We’d love to hear from you here or on Twitter!

Marie-Louise Gay, author of the Stella books, stops by for a visit

Marie-Louise Gay (centre) with Groundwood Books/House of Anansi staff

Marie-Louise Gay (centre) with Groundwood Books/House of Anansi staff

Celebrated children’s author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay stopped by our offices at the end of September while in Toronto as part of a cross-Canada tour promoting the 10th anniversary of her first Stella book. Her latest book, When Stella Was Very, Very Small, goes back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books: Where does Stella get her wild ideas? How big is Stella’s imagination? What did Stella look like when she was small? How did Stella come to be the big sister to Sam that we all know and love?

Also newly available is the My Little Stella Library — four mini Stella books in an adorable boxed set.

P.S. This photo of us with Marie-Louise was chosen as PW Daily’s picture of the day! We’re a nice-looking bunch, aren’t we?

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