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A Beary Rainy Day

by Danielle Ballantyne

A blue bear named Wallow always gets gloomy when it rains, preferring to stay in bed, but a visit from his friend Little Cub has him donning his yellow raincoat and learning to find the silver lining of storm clouds. Mixed-media... Read More

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The Seed Keeper

by Danielle Ballantyne

Told through the voices of strong, albeit fractured, women across generations, "The Seed Keeper" is a novel about legacies, generational trauma, and the inescapable call of one’s roots. Rosalie’s mother died when she was four. She... Read More

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White Magic

by Danielle Ballantyne

A collection of essays tackling addiction, sexual violence, mental illness, and the colonization of witchcraft, "White Magic" is a delight and a challenge. Elissa Washuta is a refreshing narrator, her prose poetic and sparse. Describing... Read More

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Me + Tree

by Danielle Ballantyne

A young girl and an old tree come together to grieve for the past and turn toward the future in "Me + Tree". Collage-like illustrations, swirled with textures resembling wood grain, depict a story of desperate refugees forced to abandon... Read More

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Venetian Lullaby

by Danielle Ballantyne

Put baby down for a nap Venetian style with this picture book about a mother and father weaving through the city’s labyrinth of canals on a gondola. While the mother guides the boat, the father soothes his child to sleep with... Read More

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