On Wednesday, December 18th, The Provincial Centre of Excellence hosted poet and educator Cornelia Hoogland, and librarians Linda Bussière and Linda Ludke, in conversation on the topic: Thinking and engaging with Artistic Literary Processes in Early Childhood Pedagogies.

Introducing our guests

Cornelia Hoogland’s eight books of poetry, as well as her plays, memoir and fiction have won prizes. An expert in the fairy tale Red Riding Hood, Hoogland’s full-length play RED and poetry Woods Wolf Girl (short-listed for the ReLit Award for Poetry) as well her fiction and memoir explore the profound impact of fairy tale imagery. Her interests also include narrative inquiry with a focus on artistic forms and processes. Cornelia Hoogland was the 2019 writer-in-residence for both the Al Purdy A-Frame in Ontario and the Whistler Literary Society in British Columbia.

Linda Bussière is a Child & Youth Services Librarian at London Public Library providing outreach literacy supports to families who have barriers to coming into the Library. Linda engages families with storytelling, compelling picture book read alouds, story extension activities, music and movement. Linda loves to ride her bicycle with her trailer to outreach sites. She is grateful for amazing community partners who welcome her into their spaces.

Linda Ludke is a Collections Management Librarian at London Public Library where she is responsible for selecting children and teen materials for the entire library system. In her 29 years at LPL, her focus has been on Children’s Services, and she received the Ontario Public Library Association’s Children’s Librarian of the Year Award in 2009. Linda serves on The Partnership of Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada’s Education Institute committee. She is also a children’s book reviewer for Quill & Quire, School Library Journal and The National Reading Campaign.


The following resources were inspired by the Exposure. Many thanks to our guests for their recommendations.


We invite you to engage with the poetry of Cornelia Hoogland by visiting her website here.

Intergenerational Learning and Post-Age Pedagogies

Reconceptualizing Children, Teaching, and Learning Through Inter/Intragenerational Educational Opportunities by Rachel Heydon

Children’s Book Reviewers

Quill & Quire
For over 80 years, Quill & Quire has been Canada’s most authoritative and complete source of information on books and book publishing.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
CM is an online review journal that is published weekly from September through June. 

Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not- for-profit organization founded in 1976 and dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers.  Their programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians and parents select the very best for young readers. 

49th Kids
A review database of nearly 20,000 Canadian authored childrens books, hundreds of which have teacher resources attached to them.  Search the site by genre, age range, grade level, or theme. 

School Library Journal
SLJ produces award-winning features and news coverage on literacy and best practices.  More than 6000 reviews are published annually. 

Horn Book Magazine
Horn Book is one of the most distinguished journals in the field of children’s and young adult literature. 

Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books for all ages.