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Christina Van Starkenburg

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Christina Van Starkenburg lives in Victoria with her husband, their two little boys and their cat Phillip. Her fi rst children’s bookOne Tiny Turtle: A Story You Can Colour was published recently and quickly rose to its spot as a #1 new release on Amazon.

A World Full of Whys?

My three-year-old is firmly planted in the “why?” stage: Why is there a dog? Why are those people going that way? Why can’t I...

Keep ’em Reading…

For a great list of Canadian children’s writers and illustrators—including Vancouver Island writer Monique Gray Smith, Kenneth Oppel and Elly MacKay—sharing their books online,...

Sitting in Our Storms

When I was growing up in Ontario we’d often talk about how April showers would bring May flowers. It was a nice—and usually accurate—rhyme...

Books for Black History Month

This February, like many Februaries before it, we take the time to celebrate Black History Month. It’s a time when we can acknowledge the...

Dishing on Dinosaur Dramas

There is a meme circulating the internet titled “Times You Know the Most about Dinosaurs.” It’s a line graph with large spikes at age...

Just the Way We Are

My oldest son started kindergarten this year. Leading up to his first day there was some excitement and some nerves on both of our...

Books to Inspire the Inner Activist

As I write this, hundreds of thousands of children, teenagers, and adults are marching through various cities across the country. Many are inspired by...

Letting Reconciliation Into Our Hearts

Reconciliation is a word that has been thrown around a lot lately, but it can be hard to explain it to our children. We...

Adventures in Math, Science & Mindfulness

Summer has come to an end, which means many kids are starting school again. Some for the very first time.It can be an exciting...

Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids, Oh My!

There’s something about unicorns, mermaids and fairies that captures our collective imagination. I was at a party recently, and there was a lady there...

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