Writing Helps Me Cope With My Son's Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Reading non-fiction and personal memoirs was also an important part of the healing process for me. Reading allowed me to set aside my own emotions and be absorbed in someone else's life. It provided an escape and a road map to writing my son's story.

Why Using an iPad Before Bed May Be Wrecking Your Sleep and Your Health

Gillian Mandich | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

Findings revealed that participants who read on an iPad produced 55 per cent less melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that tends to increase in the evening to induce sleepiness and regulate sleep. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory known to suppress cancer cell growth. When melatonin levels decrease they can shift the body's circadian rhythm and make it difficult to fall asleep.

Great Book Gift Ideas for Kids This Holiday Season

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

My ultimate favourite gift to give and receive is books.They are timeless and can give hours of entertainment! As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share with you a few of the classics that have hit home in our house.

Readers Are Better Romantics, Studies Suggest

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living

All summer long, the Internet and magazines are flooded with features and lists about the season's most in-demand books. To name a few, there's Oprah'...

Book A Day Calendar: A Month Of Family Reading Suggestions

Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living

You know that if you can foster a love of reading in your children at a young age, they’ll have skills and insights that will last them a lifetime. ...

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

Parent To Parent: How To Get Your Kids To Read

Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

There are so many important reasons why your child should become an avid reader, but the real question is: When reading seems about as fun as eating b...

SavvyMom Roundup: the Flu Shot, Online Shopping and Rob Ford

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Statistics on moms, a reminder to get the flu shot, raising readers, a new place to shop and a very brief crack at the Mayor is what I've got this wee...

Vancouver's City-Wide Book Drive has Begun

Cory Ashworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

A Good Book Drive inspires Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids' book with the next generation of readers. The second annual drive aims to collect 3,000 books by the end of the month for the Frontier College Waiting Room Literacy Pilot project.

Season Of Reading: Getting Your Kids Ready To Read This Fall

Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living

Autumn is here and the kids are back in school. It’s the perfect time to get them excited about reading, after a summer that may have been filled wi...

Why You Simply Have to Date a Girl Who Reads

Jennifer Soutar | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Soutar

A woman who reads will feel no hesitation when accepting your coffee invitation. She's read this story before. You will talk about your lives during the in between. She will find comfort in your intonation. She appreciates tone, syntax and timing, and welcomes subtle moments of silence and awkward spurts of simultaneous sentence starting.

10 Ways To Show Your Kids You Love Reading

Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living

We all want our kids to read, and we know we should lead by example. But when it comes to reading, that can be hard to do. After all, it’s not very ...

Learning Side by Side: How my 4 Month Old is Teaching Me Russian

Alona Feroze | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Alona Feroze

By exposing my daughter to Russian I am not only granting her an earpiece to eavesdrop on her distant kin I am also moulding her mind to handle learning differently. But it seems as though the only way to steep my child in the Russian language is if we tackle it together.

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.

Less Stress, Stronger Communities: Why We Can't Afford NOT To Read

Julie Wilson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Julie Wilson

Reading is among the last truly subversive acts we can perform, time spent in our own minds, active and imaginative, alone with our emotions, judgments, and dreams, where no one can reach us. Yet frequent readers are also more likely to participate in community and to trust the people in that community.

Encouraging your Son to Read - It's More About Selection Than Gender

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

A study published by Dobbs-Oates & Baroody concludes that preschool girls show more interest in literacy activities than do boys of the same age range. So what? You might think - boys have other interests. Well, yes, but an interest in literacy means much more than just that.

Dear Robert Munsch: Love You Forever

Lori Gard | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Our school lost a shining light this week. A little boy -- six years old. He, the lover of hockey, fishing and fun, was taken suddenly, leaving our school community grappling with life and death issues. In my classroom, I turned to the one sure thing I knew could shed some light, love and laughter on an otherwise dark cloud that hovered low. Your books.

Do We Need Paper Books Any More?

Jenna Em | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Reading on my smartphone, tablet or e-reader doesn't give me the same thrill as reading an old-fashioned paper book. But why would I stop by the bookstore, or visit the local library, when I can download the latest books in seconds? Does society need paper books any more?

Is It OK To Laugh If Your Child Cheats on Homework?

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

My eight-year-old son has been cheating on his home reading. "How is that possible?" you might ask. "How is it possible that he's been doing this for six weeks and you never noticed?" you might ask.

Bookworms Unite — Canada Rocks Out On Reading With A National Campaign

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Living

Canada, we want to know what you're reading. Well, not us, specifically, but a whole campaign that's aiming to get the country reading. With the la...

How Books Have Shaped my Life

Anne Day | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Growing up I always had my nose in a book. I loved reading, enjoying the way the stories would allow me to learn, glimpse into another world and sometimes escape my own. I've also found comfort and words of wisdom in the pages of some of the books I have read. I wonder if writers ever learn what an impact their thoughts and reflections have on their readers?

Ten Ways to Help Your Child be an Excellent Reader

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Casually in your conversations, refer back to the stories you read together. Make comments like, "It's like the rabbit we read about, who couldn't get out of his home. Remember?" This will help make the reading experience more valuable, and teach them to enrich their personal life with the things they learned about, or experienced through the book.

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.

Get Your Kids Reading By Reading This Blog!

Zein Odeh | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Zein Odeh

Literacy paves the way for endless opportunities. It is a skill most of us take for granted, despite how fundamental it is to our daily lives. Both educators and parents play a key role in helping children become successful readers. Here are some tips on how to help get your kids reading!