Kids Books

Four Must-Read Kids' Books that Parents will Love

Joanne Sallay | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

Laugh out loud funny, The Boss Baby is a charming board book deserving a place in baby's first library. This story will answer the question of who in the family is truly in charge once the new baby arrives on the scene. New parents will especially enjoy this one, as it's sure to bring on some smiles and chuckles.

Summer Of Reading: How To Keep Your Kids Reading Once School's Out

Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living

To kids, summer break is a fun-filled respite from the gruelling demands of teachers and their dreaded homework. But to parents, this unwelcome break ...

Mr. Sandman, Bring Me A Dream: The Best Canadian Bedtime Stories Ever

Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Living

If you’ve made the excellent choice to read bedtime stories to your children (a habit that will improve their literacy, by the way), we salute you. ...

The Critic's List of Classic Books For Kids

Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Living

Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and City of Bones may have been made into blockbuster films, but they all started as books, and none of them were “ju...

SavvyMom Roundup: GMOs, Music Apps and an Anonymous Letter

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The Google blackout, child advocates, an app to help you focus, bookshelves and ignorance. Those were a few things that caught my attention, and maybe yours too, this week.

12 Savvy Children's Books Everyone Will Love

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Everyone needs to read a good children's book from time to time. They remind us of the basics -- stuff like telling the truth, being kind to others and the importance of friendship. They're not just about bunnies and birthday parties. Pay attention when you read these 12 Children's Books Everyone Will Love.

SavvyMom Roundup: Scary Reminders, Organic Debates and Sound Technology

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

My youngest has a concussion and has been in lockdown at home for the past few days. My friend Sarah's boy had a much more serious accident, however. I mention this today because of all the things that crossed my desk this week, the impact this accident had on all of us at Savvy HQ made everything else seem trivial -- or marginal at best.

Great Summer Reads for Kids (and a Few For Mom!)

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Summer's here and moms and kids alike are on a quest to find a great summer read. So with that in mind, our editors, writers and savvy storytellers have shared the novels they love, and the books their kids adore. Here's a taste of what they chose.

Occupy Kid Lit

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Even if the political underpinnings of the Yertle and Thomas books are way over my son's head -- not hard, as he's only about three feet tall -- they still impart moral lessons. One reinforces class divisions and imperiousness while the other promotes equality and compassion. But apparently equality and compassion aren't appropriate for B.C. classrooms.

5 Books to Help Kids Understand Death

Heather Feldstein | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Heather Feldstein

For me, there is no topic tougher to talk to kids about than death. We are told to use direct and simple language and to speak in a way to ensure that the message is clear... no ambiguity. While anyone faced with this situation should seek the advice of a grief counsellor, I also tend to turn to books written for children.

Fewer Kids Are Reading For Pleasure

CBC | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada

A report published Monday finds that fewer Ontario children are reading for pleasure. The report, published by research group...

Reading Is Hard! (In Defence of Real Books)

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

There's a video going around of a baby who's using the hand gestures you'd use on an iPad when leafing through a magazine. This video kind of pissed me off. The baby doesn't understand how pages work because her parents have never showed her a book before.

Books to Help Ease Back to School Anxiety

Heather Feldstein | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada
Heather Feldstein

Anxiety and back to school jitters are normal and even healthy to a certain degree. How can we as parents ease our children through this transition? As a writer and book reviewer, it should come as no surprise that when I needed help easing my children into a new school year, I turned to books.

Summer-Themed Children's Books: Blackouts and Gardens!

Heather Feldstein | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Heather Feldstein

Reading summertime-themed books is a great way to allow our children to enjoy summer in a bit of a different way. A picture book about power outages, a summer heat wave occurrence, can shed some positive light for us and our kids on the brighter side of a blackout.