“We want kids to love books. We want them to think of books the same way they think about video games and movies. And that means we have to be very thoughtful about the books we encourage them to read. Steering them toward books by Canadian authors is one way of … saying that a book isn’t something abstract and disconnected to their lives, but it is something that can reflect their lives… I have seen students’ eyes light up as they call out, Hey, I know that place. I’ve been there.”

Lori Weber is an English and Creative Writing teacher at John Abbott College, and the author of nine children’s books and young adult novels, including Yellow Mini and Picture Me.

Her charming picture book, My Granny Loves Hockey, encourages children of all ages to get out and play, and proves it is never too late to follow your dreams. The book was a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection, and received a 4 star “highly recommended” rating by CM Magazine. Book Wars Blog calls it “equal parts beautiful and charming with a dash of heart. …This may just become a classic Hockey picture book.”

Lori lives in Pointe-Claire, Québec, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. In the winter, she watches lots of hockey.

Website: www.loriweberauthor.wordpress.com

Book: www.simplyreadbooks.com/book.php?book_id=168