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May 2017 - Read Alikes: The Secret Life of Pets

Do you enjoy books featuring animals as active, interactive characters? Or perhaps you just like books told from the animals’ perspective in order to gain more insight into their lives? We have lots of suggestions, both for adults and older kids.

April 2017 - Read Alikes: Modern Retellings of Classic Tales

Modern authors reimagine some of our best loved tales from Jane Austen to Edith Wharton.

March 2017 - Read Alikes: Louise Penny

If you enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries, you might try a title from one of these other authors. They offer intricately plotted mysteries set in small towns with well-drawn out characters. While they are detailed and atmospheric, they do so without becoming overly gory.

Who's Reading What? Lists

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, children’s book author and illustrator

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? Debbie's illustrations appear in books by Michael Ian Black and Judy Blume, and she has worked on projects with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Random House. Upcoming books in 2017 include Debbie’s second solo picture book Sam & Eva, Sea Monkey & Bob (author Aaron Reynolds), Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient (author Lauren McLaughlin), and Ruby Rose, Big Bravos (author Rob Sanders). Debbie posts about reading, writing and illustrating children’s books at Inkygirl.com. On Twitter, you can find her at @inkyelbows.

Okeima Lawrence, Creative director and community development specialist

Okeima Lawrence is multi-disciplined with a history of youth social infrastructure advocacy and community development work in Toronto, addressing systemic issues that face racialized and low-income communities. As a former Toronto Public Library Board member, he was appointed to the board twice serving for eight years, leading the library’s innovative strategic plan and enhanced arts and youth programs and services. Okeima enjoyed participating in Toronto CityIdol, a civic-engagement contest modeled off American Idol, but for local solutions-focused idea sharing and municipal governance. In 2012, he was a Diversity Fellow with CivicAction where he was the lead organizer of Investing In Us: The DiverseCity Fellows and Inclusion Pledge. Currently, Okeima is the Creative Director of Creative Practices Institute, a client-centred boutique coaching and organizational development practice, and is an Analyst with the City of Toronto. Okeima graduated from York University’s Political Science and International Relations program, and is the recipient of the Children’s Breakfast Club Community Builder Award. When Okeima is not working, he is often exploring Toronto’s many restaurants or reading at a tranquil parkette enjoying the rhythm of Toronto, often with his camera.

Anne Michaels, Poet Laureate of Toronto and internationally acclaimed author

Anne Michaels is the author of five award-winning poetry collections: The Weight of Oranges (1986); Miner’s Pond (1991); Skin Divers (1999); Poems (2000); and her most recent poetry collection, Correspondences, for which she was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize (2014). Fugitive Pieces (1996), Michaels’ internationally best-selling first novel, was the winner of the Toronto Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, among many other Canadian and international awards. Fugitive Pieces was also adapted into an internationally released feature film. Her second novel, The Winter Vault (2009), was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages.