2 New Picture Books from Scholastic

DEAR DINOSAUR Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne Max visits the museum and can’t wait to see the dinosaur exhibition. But the museum is closing and Max lives too far away to come back soon, so the curator suggests he writes to his favourite dinosaur – the T-Rex. And it isn’t long until the T-Rex starts…

January 2017 Book Reviews

 INK Alice Broadway Release date: 2nd February Citizens are tattooed from birth. Each mark signifies a life event and they build to create a life story. When a person dies, their skin is removed and a life book is created. The book is weighed and judged and if it’s worthy is given to the family of…

Interview with AG Howard, author of ROSEBLOOD

I’m delighted to welcome AG Howard to talk about her new YA Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling, RoseBlood! The book is out today with Abrams and Chronicle. Kate Ormand: Congratulations on your new book! Can you tell us a little about how The Phantom of the Opera inspired you and why you chose it as the…

December 2016 Book Reviews

FREEKS Amanda Hocking A traveling carnival where the acts have supernatural abilities arrive at a new site and something doesn’t feel right. Something is playing with their senses and weakening their powers. When one camp member goes missing and another is attacked, the group start searching for answers… High danger, an unknown evil, supernatural secrets, and a…

Illustrator Interview: TOUGH COOKIE with Grace Sandford

Introducing Grace Sandford, illustrator of my third picture book release, Tough Cookie, published in November 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Grace! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Tough Cookie art? Grace Sandford: The artwork for Tough Cookie is mixed media…

Strand Bookstore Tour

(Originally posted here) I love walking into a good bookstore and taking a deep breath, feeling totally relaxed and ready to explore. Strand Bookstore has to be one of my all-time favourites. It’s a wonderful store and getting lost in the stacks is welcome. I visit several times on every trip to New York City. And…

November 2016 Book Reviews

SUPER AWKWARD Beth Garrod Bella’s having the worst holiday ever while her friends are having a party back home. But things soon take a turn for the better when Bella meets Zac. Returning home to rumours following the party, Bella shares everything about Zac with her friends, but the information reaches the wrong ears.

Illustrator Interview: PIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES with Bethany Straker

Introducing Bethany Straker, illustrator of my second picture book, Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles, published in March 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Bethany! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Pierre art? Bethany Straker: Hi Kate! Thanks for having me. So, for this…

Books of Wonder Store Tour

(I originally posted this here) We love browsing the shelves at Books of Wonder. It’s such a magical store with so much to see and enjoy. We walk through the revolving door into another world and we know we’ll be here for a while… 

October 2016 Book Reviews

 IRON CAST Destiny Soria Corinne is a wordsmith—she can make others see what’s not there, creating illusions through poetry. Ada is a songsmith—her music conjures powerful emotions and can meddle with memory. Both girls are hemopaths, considered a threat to society with their abilities to manipulate the mind. Iron can identify those whose blood gives…

Illustrator Interview: THE UPSIDE-DOWN FISH with Laura Matine

Introducing Laura Matine, illustrator of my first picture book, The Upside-Down Fish, published in February 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the UDF art? Laura Matine: Hi Kate, I’ve always been interested in mixed media….

Books of Halloweens Past

Every year I put a list of Halloween reads together for myself. As I’m currently working my way through my 2016 picks, with only 4 days left until Halloween, I’m looking back at the books I chose to read in previous years.

Creative Authors: Halloween Film and Music Recommendations

I took part in a great group post on the Creative Authors blog, recommending music and movies that are perfect for the season. We’re big fans of Halloween and there are some fab spooky suggestions there – CA recommends: Spooky Music and Films