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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Alyxandra Harvey – Historical Romance with a Paranormal Twist


Love Me, Love Me Not

By Alyxandra Harvey

Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.

Including, maybe…Pierce.


Meet Alyxandra Harvey at The Bookshelf in Newmarket, June 25th, 2016. Alexandra will be reading at 11:45am.

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