For Parents and Families

Book List (more reviews coming soon)

Born to Learn: Developing a Child’s Reading and Writing, Carole S. Rhodes and Lenore H. Ringler, Pippin Press, 2004.

Everyday Literacy Fundamentals. Ros Bayley and Sue Palmer, Pembroke Publishers, 2005

Babies Need Books. Dorothy Butler, Penguin Publishers 1995.

What’s Going on in There: How the Brain and the Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. Lise Eliot, Bantam Publishers 2000.

Choosing Books for Children. Betsy Hearne Delta Publishers 1990.

The Reading Solution, Paul Kropp. Random House 1993.

I’ll be the Parent, You Be the Kid. Hot Button Topics in Parenting. Paul Kropp, Random House, 1998.

The Read Aloud Handbook. Jim Trelease. Penguin Publishers, 2001.

How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life. Paul Kropp, Random House,  2000.

The Parent’s Guide to Storytelling: How to Make Up New Stories and Retell Old Favorites.  Margaret Read MacDonald. August House Publishers , 2001.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Harper Collins Canada, 1999.

Kids are Worth It. Barbara Coloroso, Penguin Publishers, 2000.

The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander, Barbara Coloroso. Harper Collins Canada, 2003

The Myth of Math Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child. John Mighton, Anisi Press, 2005.

The End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potential. John Mighton, Vintage Canada, 2008.

Made You Look: How Adverstising Works and Why You Should Know.  Shari Graydon, Annick Press, 2003.

Blog Reviews

Boys Do Read Books for teen boys selected by Richmond Public Library Staff.

Guys Read Book recommendations for boys that boys will actually want to read.

YA Book Shelf independent reviews of young adult books.

The Ninja Librarian A librarian (Emily), reviews teen books.

JKR Books Jen Robinson offers reviews of children’s books and resources for adults on literacy.


Book Review Magazines

Quill & Quire
Source of news and information about Canadian authors, books, publishing, and bookselling.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
A reviewing journal of Canadian children’s books, videos and media materials.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Reviews recommended books, author and illustrator interviews and profiles of publishers and bookstores. Also the home of Canadian Children’s Book Week.

Literacy Links

Jim Trelease on Reading

Jim Trelease has a wealth of information on children’s books and reading issues for parents.  Check out the free brochures for parents.


Website Links

Classic outdoor games for children

Six tips for camping with kids


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