My name is Kelly and I am a librarian in Ontario, Canada with a special love for children’s books. I started this website to help keep track of picture books I enjoy and share them with other grown ups.
I am especially interested in picture books by writers and illustrators who are Canadian, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ+, or disabled; and I have a soft spot for kid-friendly STEM books. I am passionate about diversifying kid lit and will include information about the identities of authors and illustrators (that they have publicly shared) in reviews to be transparent about the creators I am promoting. I myself am a white, cis-gendered, woman currently living without a disability in the suburbs of Toronto.
So, why snails? I grew up near a small wooded area on the ‘wet’ coast of Canada and loved to collect moss and snails in old pickle jars so I could observe them in my bedroom for a few hours. I was mesmerized by everything about them: their skin, their shells, their antennae, and of course their slow approach to life. Some days there would be so many snails on the sidewalk on my walk to school that I would have to tread very carefully not to crush them! They are much rarer where I live now in Ontario so I consider it very lucky to find one.