Wednesday, June 1, 2022

3 in 3 (and tea) – Episode 2!

Debbie Ridpath Ohi and I are back for another episode of 3 in 3 (and tea), where we feature 3 children’s books by Canadian authors and/or illustrators and provide some tips for using them in the classroom. 

In Episode 2, we explore a picture book and a middle grade novel that feature emotionally challenging situations, and check out a bonus middle grade novel that  includes a visit to Drumheller (I love dinosaurs!) and STEM connections. After you watch the video, click on the book cover or title to find out more about each book.  For more episodes of Three in Three (and Tea!) check out Debbie's Three in Three playlist!  You can find Episode 1 here.

Picture Book: 

 Malaika's Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn & Irene Luxbacher

 Summary: In this picture book, a young girl is faced with a new family, a new country, a new school and maybe even new Carnival traditions. The vibrant, collage-style illustrations are a perfect fit with the writing style of standard English and Caribbean patois.

This book is part of the Malaika series which follows the same character through three stories.

Visit the author and illustrator:

Nadia L Hohn  ๐Ÿ

Irene Luxbacher  ๐Ÿ

Visit the publisher:

Groundwood Books 

Activities & resources here.


Middle Grade: 

Summary: In the middle grade novel, Sorry for Your Loss, Oren, a boy whose parents were killed in a car accident and Evie, whose parents own a funeral home, start off *not* being friends—but they end up helping each other.

Visit the author online:

Joanne Levy ๐Ÿ  

Book cover design by Rachel Page

Visit the publisher:

Orca Books    

Activities & resources here.


Bonus Middle Grade: 

 Peter Lee's Notes from the Field by Angela Ahn with illustrations by Julie Kwon

Summary: In Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field a boy who is really into dinosaurs gets a chance to attend a special paleontology expedition at the Royal Tyrell Museum, but has to learn to cope with disappointment and the failing health of his beloved grandmother.

Visit the author and illustrator online:

Angela Ahn ๐Ÿ 

Julie Kwon

Visit the Publisher

Penguin Random House Canada

Activities & resources here.


Find out more about Canadian author/illustrator Debbie Ohi by visiting her website.

Thanks to The Faithful Sidekicks for writing and performing our theme song! You can learn more about them at their website