2024 Writing Contest Results
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3w ago
Once again, DC Canada’s writing contest was an overwhelming success. We blew away our record from previous years with a whopping 557 submissions from kids across the nation. To think that in 2022, we thought 350 was a lot… Boy did our judges have their work cut out for them this time! Here are some fun facts from the 2024 edition of this fun contest: The word “squirrel” was used 47 times. And “dragon” appeared 126 times! My favourite title: The Turkey Who Survived World War Two (by Josiah from Manitoba) ALL SUBMISSIONS TOGETHER HAD A COMBINED 112,323 WORDS! It was also interesting to see how ..read more
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Review: Big Sister, Long Coat by Nelly Buchet
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by Kara Cybanski
1M ago
Let me preface this review by specifying that I am an only child… but this book made me wish I had a big sister! Nelly Buchet, herself a middle sister, takes on the voice of a small child to tell this adorable story in very few words. Big Sister and Little Sister keep having to change their plans due to weather—first heat so intense that Little Sister’s ice cream melted, then a downpour—long lines, library closures, and more. What a terrible day! Or is it? Somehow, Big Sister manages to find fun in unexpected places and turn a not-so-perfect adventure into lifelong memories. The star of the s ..read more
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Simply 7 with Darcie Naslund: MY MOM IS NOT A SUPERHERO
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
2M ago
By Jena Benton Originally published on the following blog: How do you explain unseen illness, injury, or trauma to a child?  Exactly the way this book does! Darcie Naslund has been fighting MS, a rollercoaster of a battle for many years. Finally, she decided to write this story to explain her invisible owies to her children. She fights for herself, but also for her family.  You can learn more about her at her website or follow her on Twitter or on Instagram. MY MOM IS NOT A SUPERHERO is a story about a little girl whose mother has Multiple Sclerosis.  S ..read more
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The Road to Publication and the Importance of Critique Groups, by Darcie Naslund
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
2M ago
Originally published on Picture books, eh! My debut picture book, My Mom Is NOT a Superhero, was released on May 4th. It went through many drafts—honestly, I couldn’t even tell you how many—but one thing is for sure: It looks nothing like it did as a first draft. The biggest reason for that is my critique groups. I remember the exact moment I had an epiphany and rewrote my entire manuscript. Back up a few months (okay, maybe even a year), I thought I had written the perfect picture book about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for my children. I explained it perfectly with lots of description, allowin ..read more
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Review: A Case of Stolen Dreams by Annie Mack
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
Going into Annie Mack’s debut middle grade novel, I didn’t expect a goopy little monster to be the reason main character James Dawson makes a good friend at his new school. But when the family moves from Vancouver to a little town outside Kamloops, BC, to set up their bookstore—one that sells crystals and special herbs—James seems like the perfect candidate to help a classmate figure out what’s been slobbering in his ear at night. Although there is a magical aspect to the story, Mack intertwines many key STEM concepts into the plot: the five senses, for once, and especially the scientific meth ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know About Our Latest Children’s Writing Contest
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
By Nicholas Saumur Do you remember the One Story a Day contest? That country-wide writing competition where children across Canada get a chance to show off their writing skills to the world? Last year, we received over 350 submissions that told all kinds of unique stories. This year, we are looking to find even more spectacular tales than before. If this sounds interesting or you need a refresher, here is everything you need to know. For this event, children from grades 1-6 are allowed to participate; this includes children who are homeschooled as well. They are free to write up to two stories ..read more
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My Mom Is NOT a Superhero – Interview with Author Darcie Naslund
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
May 4th 2024 is the release date for the highly anticipated debut picture book by Canadian author Darcie Naslund, My Mom Is Not a Superhero. The story follows a little girl whose mother has Multiple Sclerosis as she discovers that some superheroes are fighting invisible battles. With the help of her cat and some X-ray glasses, she learns just how strong her mom is and how she can help her. Illustrated by Dania El Khatib and published by DC Canada, My Mom Is Not a Superhero is the perfect book for kids 5 to 9. What was the inspiration behind this story? Darcie: I have always loved superher ..read more
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Review: Adam and His Tuba by Žiga X Gombač
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by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
Have you ever been to the circus? Seen people breathe fire, swallow swords, and get shot out of canons? These amazing acts are part of little Adam’s daily life as the youngest member of a famous circus family. And while his family tries to get him interested in their craft, it takes a while before they learn to listen… to what Adam wants to do. Slovenian author Žiga X Gombač spins a tale of daring feats and thunderous applause, but these are simply a background to the story of a young boy who wants to follow his passion and feel seen within a busy family dynamic. Finally, one simple question ..read more
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Review: Avocado Magic by Taltal Levi
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of avocado toast, you’ll surely be entranced by Avocado Magic, a touching story about growth by Israeli author-illustrator Taltal Levi. The story follows a young girl who, a bit impatient to grow up, learns to slow down and enjoy life as she waits for her avocado pit to turn into a tree. With her father’s life lessons in mind, our young protagonist -and her plant- go through the many different stages of human existence from youth to adulthood in a beautiful medley of soft yellows, greens, and oranges, with occasional bursts of bright colour. Levi’s pencil-cra ..read more
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Getting Kids Ready for Back to School
DC Canada Education Publishing Blog
by Kara Cybanski
3M ago
As the start of the school years looms ever closer, some kids may start feeling a little bit nervous. Change can be scary! And trying to find a balance between fitting in and being yourself is always tough. If you’ve already bought all the school supplies your kids need for this year, and maybe even prepared an outfit for the first day back, you may be sighing in relief (and perhaps even celebrating!). But what can you do to get your kids as excited as you are? Sticking together. For younger kids especially, going back to school after spending all summer with their family can feel a bit like b ..read more
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