Launching April 29, 2014:


Out in bookstores now:

My tribute to picture books: Why Picture Books Are Important

What people are saying about I'M BORED:

"Read I'M BORED to children's choir last evening. They have never, ever laughed aloud so much! Reading Success!" - Twitter post by Marjorie Bowman


I'm Bored Bonus Page

A wonderful reading of I'M BORED by a 3-year-old and two 4-year-olds

Thanks to my friend Stephen Conway for sharing this video of his nieces and nephew reading I'M BORED. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.


Just added: I'm Bored-themed Hanukkah card (for use with any book gift)


Inspired by the mentioned of I'm Bored in the Toronto Star's Hanukkah Gift-Giving Guide, I've created this special Hanukkah-themed gift card, and have included a b&w version in case young readers want to color the image themselves.

Feel free to use this gift card with any book gift, not just I'm Bored.

Click on either image for the full PDF.

You can browse a wide range of other I'M BORED-themed gift cards, with snarky and snark-free options, in the I'M BORED gift card section of the Bonus Page.

Thanks to my friend Alice Ching-Chew for the heads-up re: Toronto Star article!


I'M BORED listed in Toronto Star's Hanukkah gift-giving guide

Photo: Janos Pataki.

Thanks to Amy Pataki for including I'M BORED in her Hanukkah gift-giving guide article in The Toronto Star.


Just added: print-ready I'M BORED Thanksgiving activity sheet and greeting cards

I've just added some I'M BORED Thanksgiving-themed print-ready greeting cards, with a b&w option as well as one with no speech bubble, in case young readers wish to add their own caption or just color the drawing without an speech bubble.

Click on any thumbnail below for print-ready PDF. 


I've also added a print-ready I'M BORED Thanksgiving-themed activity sheet to the Activity Sheets Page, which young readers can write or draw what they're grateful for (click image for full PDF):



I'M BORED: The Sequel :-)

Thanks SO much to a certain local Toronto school for sending me this fantastic sequel to I'M BORED, packed with illustrated ideas about how NOT to be bored. Some samples:


Nick The Therapy Dog With I'M BORED


Thanks to Debbie Gates for this photo of Nick with I'M BORED. Nick is a therapy dog with Paws and Think ( Once a month, kids get to read to Nick as part of a reading program at Pendleton Community Public Library ( In the photo above, Nick is patiently waiting for the children to arrive.

You can see other pics in the I'M BORED IN THE WILD reader gallery on Pinterest.


Interview with I'M BORED narrator, Cassandra Morris


Mandy Yates reads I'M BORED as an example of using humor to hook young readers

Thanks to Mandy Yates for featuring I'M BORED in her video blog post about how using humor can help hook young readers....even reluctant readers.

Mandy also does a brilliant reading of I'M BORED, start to finish. THANKS, MANDY!!!


Julie Falatko shares why she and her children love picture books (and includes I'M BORED)

Julie shares why she and her children love picture books from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

Thanks so much to Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko on Twitter) for this wonderful video. Love how she pulls out I'M BORED at the end and starts reading it! See her original post on

I'm especially honoured, considering the company.

Thanks, Julie! And thanks to Samantha Berger for the heads-up. :-)


I'M BORED on CCBC Summer Reading List 2013

Thanks to the Canadian Children's Book Centre for including I'M BORED on their Summer Reading List recommendations for 2013! Other titles in the Picture Books section include: Big City Bees by Maggie de Vries & Renné Benoit (Greystone Books), Mr. Zinger's Hat by Cary Fagan & Dusan Petricic (Tundra Books), Scaredy Squirrel Prepares For Christmas: A Safety Guide For Scaredies by Mélanie Watt (Kids Can Press), Sky Color by Peter Reynolds (Candlewick Press), The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier and Francois Thisdale (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press).

To parents, librarians, bookstores and summer teachers: I've provided a free Summer Book Club Party kit online. Print-ready invitation and activity sheets, event suggestions, plus (if you give me enough warning) I'll mail you I'M BORED bookmarks and stickers!

Thanks to author Valerie Sherrard for the heads-up re: the CCBC Summer Reading list news on FB. Valerie's Counting Back To Nine (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) is one of the recommended YA books on the list.

For more info about the Canadian Children's Book Centre, see