The Little Big Books

Children’s Fiction

Children’s fiction are stories written about and meant for children to experience early-in-life stories and learn new things in a fun way. Similarly, YA (young adult) fiction is for those coming-of-age stories.

I think all of us have a little bit of a soft spot when it comes to children or youth in situations where they come out on top and do something amazing. Like the saying goes, kids can say the darndest things; and the outlooks on life, the perspectives offered by young adults, can be simply amazing.

Children’s and YA fiction can, not only be entertaining for children and youth, but they can serve as a reminder about the simplicity of life… or the life lessons that we sometimes forget and take for granted. These stories can be simple delightful but also deep and meaningful.

And who is to say the these books are only meant for children and youth? Some of the most amazing stories can live in these two categories.

At this year’s Bookshelf event, this category is honoured with the presence of:

  • Dianne Gemmell, Children’s
  • Kim Chatel, Children’s
  • Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, Children’s
  • Donna Carol Koffman & Dr. Lawrence Segel, Children’s
  • Jenna Stewart, Children’s
  • Sigal Haber, Children’s
  • Tamara Hecht, Middle Grade
  • Katie Argyle, Children’s
  • Ole Madsen, Middle Grade
  • Terri Beauchamp, Children’s

Extra, Extra! Visit our Kid Zone, crafts and games.

We would also like to thank some of our generous sponsors:

The Bookshelf is Fun for the Whole Family!

Bring the whole family to the Bookshelf at the Newmarket Farmer’s Market

Meet the authors behind the children’s and young adult books and crafts artisans for kids.

Visit the Reading Room for 2 great reading events:

At 11:15am Kim Chatel will read from her choose-your-own adventure novel, Burgher and the Woebegone.

At 11:45 Alyxandra Harvey will read from her Young Adult Regency Romance novels.

Admission is FREE!

Here are a few of the Children’s and Young Adult vendors waiting at The Bookshelf:

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Burgher and the Woebegone at the Bookshelf

Burgher is a gnome, which is just another name for an ugly elf. He lives in a grey world, among slugs and mushrooms and he likes it that way. A black cloud follows him around like a curse. It must be the Apple Tree Man’s revenge for destroying the orchard, but Burgher had to destroy it. He couldn’t bear to go through another spring, with birds and bees and butterflies. When he finds a green toenail in his otherwise grey garden, Burgher knows that the Apple Tree Man is back, and his must come up with a plan to drive him off once more, before the trees burst into stinking bloom and the butterflies start their infuriating flutter-byes. This choose-your-own adventure is a gentle, funny look at how self-pity can turn the world grey. Help Burgher make the right decisions!

Kim Chatel is an author, fiber artist and photographer. She visits schools and libraries, bringing her art and books to students and inspiring them to create their own. Visit Kim at Chatel Village ( where you can find books recipes, movies, book reviews and crafts.

Hear Kim Chatel read from Burgher and the Woebegone at the Bookshelf at the Newmarket Farmer’s Market on June 25th, 2016 at 11:15am.

Meet your next favorite author at the Bookshelf!