ann love...

...jane drake

Reviews & Awards

Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance


"An excellent resource for those interested in nature."

..... School Library Journal, 09/01/17

"Clearly organized and accessibly written, this is a welcome overview."

..... Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/17

"A valuable resource in classrooms, for research, or for an interesting read."

..... Sharon the Librarian, 09/26/17

Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive


"It tells a story, presenting a fair amount of depth about the effects of epidemic and pandemic disease on human culture throughout the ages, the development of human thinking about disease and the various technological innovations that helped open our eyes (and minds) along the way. ... In this essential book's pages, the reader learns basic information about bacteria and viruses, how human behaviour and habits facilitate the spread of disease and how we can change our actions so disease transmission is slowed or prevented. The authors discuss important diseases such as leprosy, smallpox and typhus as well as those that have long mystified epidemiologists and medical historians, such as the biblical plague of boils, the plague of Athens, the English Sweat and even mass hysteria. ... it includes an impressive number of mentions of disgusting disease details like vomit, urine, blood, liquid farts and diarrhea, and it mentions plenty of weird superstitions and bizarre rituals from ancient times that were intended to diagnose disease or to restore health."

..... theguardian Grrllscientist, September 9, 2013

"... I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn medical history, although this does not read like a textbook, more of a story book focusing on the gross stuff. I loved it and can't wait to read it to my son when he is a bit older."

..... Aussie Bookworm online review, September 2, 2013

Keeping Up With Jax & Rupert: Thinking About Bear


"Great for all! The reason this is such a great book is because it is both entertaining and educational. My kids loved the interactive parts like the quiz questions and the movie. Drake and Love - keep it up. Don't make us wait too long for the next book."

..... Leith 23, iTunes on line review

Get Outside: The Kid's Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors


"But it's true: you're bored and nothing's fun. Maybe it's time to make your own fun, with help from your siblings and friends. Grab Get Outside by Jane Drake and Ann Love, illustrated by Heather Collins, and bring your imagination. What's especially great about this book is that there are things to do for kids who have acres and acres to explore as well as for apartment dwellers without backyards. Authors Drake and Love give even the most outdoors-averse child something to do in Get Outside and they appeal to all kinds of interests."

..... Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Book Worm, Peterborough This Week, July 9, 2012

"When we received this book for a review, we knew that it will be a page turner full of fun ideas perfect for summer vacation. This book has so many ideas kids will love and it's perfect in every way. With it truly your kids will never be bored and they will always have something new and fun to do and try!"

..... Social Café Magazine, May 15, 2012

"Sisters Jane Drake and Ann Love prove that fun does not require batteries in their book Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors. Suitable for a one-child family or a football team's worth of siblings, the book is well-written, with clear and easy-to-understand instructions for all the activities. The activities are organized by season for year-round outdoor pleasure. For the inevitable bad weather days, the authors have included a sub-section for each season of indoor games and activities.
This is not a flashy book; there are no photos or graphics. The illustrations are black and white sketches, giving the book the look of a traditional, old-fashioned field guide. Activities are suitable for children of all ages (teenagers may be forced to take part when they see how much fun everyone else is having) but some aspects of certain activities require adult supervision or help, depending on the child's age. From the sports enthusiast to the nature-lover to the science geek, this book has ideas that will get them all outside."

..... Andrea Klein, Portland Book Review, June 25, 2012

". come the end of June it will once again be time to say goodbye to homework and school buses, and hello to summer vacation! But what can dis do to fill those summer months? . Ann Love and Jane Drake have the solution that will get your kids to put down the TV remote, get up off the couch and get outside!. As the title suggests, Get Outside is a handbook for kids to tuck under their arm, pack in their suitcase or toss in their backpack. Whether they're going for a few days or a long holiday, Get Outside has all season activities for ages six and up. Without shopping or intense planning, kids can do most activities alone or with a little help. Get Outside encourages imaginative play while connecting to the surroundings. Never be bored again!"

..... Danielle Webster, Open Book, May 23, 2012

"School's out for summer! Before you hear the dreaded "I'm bored!", be sure to get your hands on Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors (Kids Can Press) by Jane Drake and Ann Love. The book is handily divided into seasons and categories: nature lover, outdoor fun and games, snug inside and look to the sky. From building bird houses to planting a garden, this kid-centric guide offers great activities for days of play together."

..... Open Books Recommends: The Summer Reading Edition, July 6, 2012

".look what showed up on my desk! . Get Outside is a compilation of activities, facts, projects, and stories from four earlier books; The Kids' Cottage books by Jane Drake. This is the best of the best, presented in a format that will stay fresh and fun for years. Verdict: If you're looking for simple, inexpensive, and fun activities to pry your children or library patrons away from the screen, this is the perfect title. Highly recommended."

..... The Library and Reading Journal of Jennifer, Jean Little Library, March 12, 2012

Yes You Can! Your Guide To Becoming An Activist


"This is a deeper read, full of examples and rich history, as well as step-by-step checklists and instructions. Covering a range of environmental and social causes, the book examines how youth can begin to make change on a community, national, and global level. The writers make use of their own activist backgrounds, delving into topics you might expect - e.g., the importance of thorough research, media-savviness, and event-planning - but also some of the less glamourous aspects of activism, such as moderating disagreements with co-activists, handling criticism from opponents, and muddling through when you are just too discouraged to continue... The book's historical timelines are not only fascinating in their own right (smoking was banned in a number of countries in 1600 A.D.: who knew?), but provide context for the causes highlighted."

..... Quill and Quire, December 2010

"More than one reading is recommended to fully appreciate the value of this volume as both a model for activism, and for the hopeful accounts of earlier change seekers. .. Teachers and other adults who work with young people can use Yes You Can! to hone skills and strategies that are useful in many real settings, such as school fundraising initiatives and student political campaigns."

CM, Volume XVII Number 16, December 17, 2010

"Each step is given its own chapter. I really like the way the authors have set them up, starting with an account of something important historically. A story follows which tells readers about an action taken. The strategies and skills sections are useful to those wanting to move forward with making a change. Useful skills include brief writing, meeting protocol, talkimg with the media, finances and advertising. Activists and their projects concern human and civil rights, children, the environment, and volunteering globally. Pretty amazing stuff!"

Sal’s Fiction Addiction January 21, 2011

Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets


  • 2011 – The Silver Birch Award, shortlist


"...this will draw animal lovers like a magnet."

Booklist, April 15, 2010

"All in all, I loved this book. I think that it would be an asset to any parents/teachers library. Share this with your children and enjoy it yourselves as well. Just be warned, if you are not ready for a pet, you will be by the end of the book. 5 out of 5 stars."

Kaydence’s Book Blog, April 9, 2010

"Talking Tales is a gentle, winsome, and engaging amble through the world of pets and people… The resulting book has a feel of slow molasses dripping off a spoon: sweet and satisfying but never in a hurry to get where it’s going."

Quill and Quire, April 2010

Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World


  • 2011 - Red Cedar Book Award, shortlist
  • 2010 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, shortlist
  • 2010 - The Silver Birch Award, shortlist


"In 1890, a well-meaning Eugene Schieffelin released 60 European starlings, an alien species, into New York’s Central Park. His plan was to introduce every bird mentioned in the plays of William Shakespeare to his city. The descendants of those starlings, whose habitat is anywhere that can support their voracious appetite, now number nearly 200 million, dispersed over North America..."

"The well-made point here is that the effect of species introduced unwittingly or by design to a new habitat is frequently disastrous. Not all, but certainly some of the species become invasive – alien invaders – such as the starling, zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, feral cats and Asian long-horned beetles, which upset nature’s balance destroying habitat and threatening, if not causing, the extinction of native species."

The Globe and Mail, March 22, 2008

Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy


  • 2009 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, non-fiction WINNER
  • 2010 - WINNER Red Cedar Book Award


"… reading their new book is a little like dipping into a grab bag from the candy store: the experience is fun, varied, and relatively cheap, considering the pleasure it gives. The difference is that you can take in the whole book at a single sitting and feel the better for it. Underneath its whimsical exterior — the humorous cartoon illustrations, the fun bits of trivia — there’s a centre of solid research. The writing is clear and engaging.... This thoughtfully constructed book is a treat to read."

Starred review — Quill & Quire May 2007

"This history of things sweet and sugary is a yummy feast. The prose is chatty and inviting. There are great explanations of such matters as the history of honey production and the chemistry of sugar. Sweet! is one tasty treat."

School Library Journal

"Sweet!... is a delightful and amusing book filled with awe-inspiring facts on sweet treats that will have you crazing more information. …I applaud the authors and illustrator for their efforts in creating a “sweet” book that educates the reader about the evolution of everyone’s favorite sweet treat. This book is highly recommended."

CCBC News review, Spring 2007

Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage


  • Our Choice CCBC Selection 2007


"Kids don’t realize that the choices they make every day... impact their small world and beyond... The missing link is awareness, and to that end, the sisters employ every kid-friendly way to educate and inspire a change of heart and action... Through folktales, real-world stories and the funky creatures of illustrator Mark Thurman, the authors insight to reconsider trash topics such as landfills, incineration and new technologies for plastics, paper, glass and metals..."

The Calgary Herald, March 20, 2006

"... the authors’ approach their subject matter, as well as the style in which they deliver is both fresh and refreshing … One of the very best things about this very good book is that it doesn’t preach; it will encourage and empower readers of all ages to live a little more lightly on our land."

The Globe and Mail, April 8, 2006

Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales


  • Our Choice 2005 CCBC selection – starred * :Brrr-illiant! Playful drawings and photographs blend with facts and folklore to celebrate snow. This treasury is presented with clarity, humour and insight into issues of our natural world."
  • Selected for the Teachers’ Choice Booklist, 2005, International Reading Association
  • 2007 – Red Cedar Book Awards, shortlist


"Snow Amazing is a wonderful book for the mature readers in elementary and middle school/ junior high, a book that would be great for birthday gifts, school or public libraries, or even placed under the Christmas tree. It delivers what it promises: cool facts and warm tales."

CM Magazine

"This delightful book is packed with a rich array of facts, stories, images and questions … It’s a ‘must’ for any parent interested in their children’s appreciation of the beauty and diversity of countries with snow … a very exciting and well-balanced book that led to good conversations and dreams."

WWF Arctic Bulletin No. 4.05

The Kids Book of the Night Sky


  • Our Choice 2005 CCBC selection
  • Selected for the Teachers' Choice Booklist, 2005, International Reading Association


"This amazing book will help children sharpen their star sense starting with preparing to view the night sky, logging their observations, viewing the main objects such as the moon, planets, and observing the seasonal skies."

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

"Using a lively combination of clearly written text, myths and legends, jokes, and activities, the authors present an excellent introduction to the many wonders of the night sky throughout the seasons. Love and Drake's excitement about their subject is contagious, they have created a book that should be in every school and public library."

School Library Journal, July 2004

"Preparations for night sky viewing, the moon, stars and planets are all topics in this kid-friendly book which offers young astronomers diagrams, instructions for make-your-own planisphere charts and sighting tubes, and retelling of myths and folktales."

The Globe and Mail, July 3, 2004

"With this book, written by sisters Ann Love and Jane Drake, anyone living in the northern hemisphere can become an informed night-sky watcher for 365 days of the year … I would certainly give this book, which meets many of the Ontario Ministry curriculum expectations, a multiple-star rating as a Junior resource."

Professionally Speaking, December, 2005

Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World's Boreal Forest


  • Winner of the Skipping Stones Honor Award in the Ecology and Nature Books category


"...totally right on..."

The Globe and Mail

"The design and engaging writing style make this book fresh and appealing. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"...informative and beautiful... The text conveys a sense of wonder along with its many facts. [L]ovingly detailed paintings teem with life. [T]he authors provide a glossary, an index, and an indispensable map for this intriguing trip, and many young readers will be inspired to find out more."

Quill & Quire

The Kids Winter Cottage Book


  • 2002 - CCBC Our Choice List


"Most of the projects are inexpensive to make, and supplies are easy to obtain, making these interesting alternatives to holiday boredom or too much TV. Many of the activities, especially those that are science related, are also suitable for the classroom."

School Library Journal, November 2001

The Kids Campfire Book


  • 1998/1999 - Red Cedar Book Award, shortlist
  • 1997 - Silver Birch Award, Official Selection given by the Ontario Library Association
  • 1997 - Information Book Award, shortlist, given by Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada


"The Kids Campfire Book is brimming with information and ideas, but the authors never lose sight of the main purpose of the summer campfire: fun. Recipes, games, stories, and crafts are found in every section. Directions are clear and easy to follow. Games are designed to promote group participation. "

Quill & Quire (starred review)

Kids and Grandparents: An Activity Book


  • 2001 - Gold Star Award by the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada Association (in the "Weekends with Grandparents, Under $15" category) Award given to toys that show superior play value and durability.


"A good choice for old-fashioned fun."

School Library Journal, May 2000

The Kids Cottage Book


  • 1994 - Canadian Library Association Notable Canadian Non-Fiction for Children
  • 1994 - Information Book Award, shortlist, given by Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada


On July 17th 1993, the Kids Cottage Book went to #1 on the Globe and Mail National Bestseller List.

The Kids Book of the Far North


  • 2002 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, shortlist
  • 2001 - Silver Birch Award, shortlist
  • 2001 - Norma Fleck Award, shortlist
  • 2001 - Honour Book - Society of School Librarians


"This sweeping but not superficial overview will be useful both for environmental and cultural studies."

Booklist, September, 2000

"While some children will enjoy browsing this title, the index makes it useful for ready reference or reports. An up-to-date, accessible overview."

School Library Journal, January 2001

"For a young person, The Kids Book of the Far North is an excellent overview of the arctic environment and northern culture and lifestyle."

WWF Arctic Bulletin, No. 4. 05

America at Work: Farming


"A clear and interesting overview."

School Library Journal, December 1998

America at Work: Fishing


"Crystal-clear, full-color artwork."

Kirkus Reviews, October

America at Work: Mining


"...colorful, descriptive, and detailed; the cheerful watercolor illustrations make otherwise dry subjects interesting."

School Library Journal, October 1999

America at Work: Forestry


"When possible, the authors explain the necessity for alternative and less intrusive methods. Care for the environment is stressed as the primary concern, but Drake and Love address both sides of the issue."

Kirkus Reviews, October 1998

"An interesting and thorough introduction to the subject."

School Library Journal, December 1998

Canada at Work: Farming


"Children will come away from the book with a realistic understanding of what it is like to be employed in this occupation. Those who live in communities founded on farming will probably appreciate the fact that this work is presented in an accurate, serious manner. Kids who live in cities will realize that many Canadian still find a livelihood in industries based on natural resources. "

Quill & Quire, July 1996

Canada at Work: Fishing


  • 2002 - CCBC Our Choice List


"A super example of fiction that's based on reality. A girl visits her grandparents in New Brunswick and learns all about the fishing industry - and the problems that come with over fishing. Cheerful illustrations offset a serious environmental theme."

Canadian Bookseller, December/January 1998

"The labeled pictures help younger children to follow along. This entry is colorful, descriptive, and detailed; the cheerful watercolor illustrations make otherwise dry subjects interesting."

School Library Journal, November 1999

Canada at Work: Forestry


"When possible, the authors explain the necessity for alternative and less intrusive methods. Care for the environment is stressed as the primary concern, but Drake and Love address both sides of the issue."

Kirkus Reviews, October 1998

"An interesting and thorough introduction to the subject."

School Library Journal, December 1998