Canadian Launch Pod
Celebrating New Books for Young Readers
Releasing a new book is an exciting time, but what happens when your scheduled release is hampered by a global pandemic. Well, for many Canadian authors, they launch anyways! The Canadian Launch Pod is a podcast created to support Canadian authors releasing books for children and young adults during the COVID-19 crisis. We'll speak to authors who may be familiar to you, and authors who may be new to your library. Join us as we explore the expanding universe of Canadian literature for young (and not-so-young) readers!
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Nancy Hartry is a an award-winning children’s writer whose latest release, Snow Doves, tells a delightfully poignant story of Sami, a young boy who is coaxed into embracing his very first winter in Canada. Along with illustrator, Gabrielle Grimard,…

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Carmen Mok is a graphic artist and illustrator. Today, we gather in conversation around the release of her newest creation, “Tough Like Mum”, written by Lana Button and illustrated by, yup, Carmen Mok.

A great conversation about, among other things,…

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Lana Button is a children’s author, educator and entertainer who is passionate about supporting, encouraging and entertaining young children. She writes picture books that support empathy, self-reliance, resilience and anti-bullying behaviors.

Lana’s…

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Today we welcome Ontario-based author, Jean Mills, to the Launch Pod. Her latest YA novel, Larkin on the Shore, was released in January 2020, just before the pandemic lockdown. Here’s a description of her novel:

Larkin Day is a messed up 16-year-old….

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The world of sports is filled with images of achievement, teamwork and a drive to be the best you can be. But, what if you’re an athlete who feel the need to hide part of yourself away from the world? What if the highly public sports culture in which…

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“Chris Dearing is positive his family’s long streak of bad luck is finally over. Sure, he’s thought that before, but this time is different. He’s reclaimed his grandfather’s land in the Yukon – the land his granddad swore was full of gold. Now Chris…

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The Adventures of Grandmasaurus is a role reversal story where the kids know better than the adult. On a field trip to the museum Grandma inhales some museum dust and magically sneezes herself into different dinosaurs. The kids have to keep reminding…

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Saumiya Balasubramaniam’s new picture book, Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White, (Ill. Eva Campbell) is a heart-warming tale of a mother and child who have two different perspectives on the first winter in their new home. In today’s conversation,…

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The idea for Family for Faru came to author Anitha Rao-Robinson in 2016 when her daughter volunteered at a rhino orphanage in South Africa. Beautifully illustrated by Karen Patkau, Family for Faru shines a light on the plight of many rhinos in that…

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Newfoundland-based author, Charis Cotter is launching two books this fall: “Footsteps in Bay de Verde—A Mysterious Tale” and “Screeched—Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland”.

Charis joins us on the Canadian Launch Pod today to talk about the…

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