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Debbie's second picture book launches on Oct. 17, 2017!

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SAM & EVA named one of the Best Canadian Children's Books of 2017 by CBC Books!

Thanks so much to CBC Books for naming SAM & EVA as one of the Best Canadian Young Adult And Children's Books Of 2017! So honoured, especially considering the company.


Fun visual review of SAM & EVA by Rhonda Jenkins

I love this visual review by Rhonda Jenkins (aka @luv2teachtech on Twitter), who created this collage book review after seeing mine. Do check out her Twitter feed, where she is starting to post other fun collage reviews!


2017 Photo Memories: SAM & EVA Book Launch Party

Though I posted pics on social media, I wanted to post some of my favourite SAM & EVA launch photos here as well...

Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada and A Different Booklist for hosting my SAM & EVA book launch party earlier this year, especially Rita Silver from S&S Canada and Itah Sadu from A Different Booklist. And thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me at the event!

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for all their help with my book launch at A Different Booklist!Special thanks to my husband Jeff and sister Ruth for all their help as well. Ruth tooks tons of great photos and also helped me with my reading:

I feel incredibly lucky to have the supportive family, friends and publisher support that I do.

And to those in Toronto: do check out A Different Booklist near Bathurst/Bloor! It's a wonderful space, with wonderful people.



Thanks to Mrs. Carter and Arlo at South Davis Library for featuring SAM & EVA

Thank you so much to Mrs. Carter and Arlo for featuring SAM & EVA for their "What are you reading now" episode today!


Inspired by SAM & EVA, kindergarten students creative collaborative art

This made my day. :-) Thanks to Allison Stout for posting this collaborative art created by her kindergarten students ("just like Sam & Eva").