ISBN-13: 978-1-77278-135-9

Illustrated by Miki Sato

Published by Pajama Press

First snow, surprise snow:
Nature’s sparkly magic show 

For small children, snow is a wonder. It sparkles and glitters. It transforms the outside world. Every kind of snow brings its own magic. It invites snow angels, skating, fort-building, and snowballs. Even blizzard days are exciting, when routines are overturned and everyone bands together to clear the snow away. For the youngest among us, winter is magical.

In Snow Days, author Deborah Kerbel captures that magic with nimble couplets that celebrate every kind of winter pleasure. Illustrator Miki Sato’s fascinating textural collage art looks intimately touchable. She recreates the coziness and spectacle of the season in paper, felt, and embroidery silk, creating masterpieces that invite readers to look again and again.

Coming to bookshelves November, 2020

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ISBN-13: 9781459823525

Illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

Published by Orca Book Publishers


Life moves oh-so-slow when your little brother is a snail. It takes forever to do anything! Really, it’s enough to test the patience of even the most understanding big sister. But is Moe just slow or is there something else going on? With charming illustrations by Marianne Ferrer, award-winning author Deborah Kerbel has written a delightful story about love, support and the struggle for tolerance within the often tumultuous sibling relationship.

Dawdling onto bookshelves September 15, 2020

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ISBN-13: 9781459824751

Illustrations de Marianne Ferrer

Publication de Orca Book Publishers

La vie va tellement lentement avec un petit frère escargot! Ça prend une éternité pour faire quelque chose. La lenteur met à l’épreuve les grandes sœurs les plus compréhensives. Roland est-il lent ou bien se passe-t-il autre chose ? Cette ravissante histoire d’amour, de soutien et de tolérance au sein d’une relation frère-sœur parfois tumultueuse écrite par l’autrice primée Deborah Kerbel est accompagnée de charmantes illustrations de Marianne Ferrer.

Disponible le 15 Septembre, 2020




When Molly Drew Dogs

ISBN-13: 978-1771473385

Illustrated by Lis Xu

Published by Owlkids

*2019 Quill and Quire STARRED Review*

*2020 'Best Books for Kids & Teens' selection*

*2019 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Recommended Selection*

*Featured on CTV's Your Morning Show*

*'Books that Help Support Mental Wellness in Students' Selection*

One night, a pack of stray dogs moved into Molly Akita's head.

They were friendly, but a bit wild...


Molly loves her imaginary pack, and she starts drawing dogs on the walls, dogs on her desk, dogs all over her schoolwork. But her constant doodling has her teacher and grandmother worried: When will she stop daydreaming? Why can't she focus? 

But Molly’s pack brings her comfort, and one night, her chalk dogs come to her rescue in the most unexpected way.

Inspired by the Japanese folktale, “The Boy Who Drew Cats”, this moving and surprising story celebrates the healing powers of art while touching on important issues of anxiety, mental health, and ways to cope with emotions. A picture book tribute to the power of imagination and the importance of creativity.

* "Kerbel offers poetic and prescient insight into mental wellness, without a whiff of didacticism."

-Quill and Quire

"Kerbel deftly crafts a gentle argument for more empathy for others and yourself.

An artful plea for emotional acceptance."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Eloquent...an opportunity to discuss positive coping skills, including how artistic self-expression—paired with adult encouragement and understanding—can help manage fears and engage with the outside world."


"This story celebrates the healing powers of art and imagination."

-Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring 2020

"An intriguing story about the healing strength of art and imagination...the need for empathy and acceptance is the hallmark of this poignant story."

-Canadian Children's Book News

"A sensitive look at anxiety, how it manifests, how a child copes, turning worries into safety."

-Canlit for Little Canadians

"A lovely message in this story about the need to help children explore their feelings."

-Storytime with Stephanie

"Tender...touching...a compelling book about anxiety and the ways we can cope, heal and ultimately persevere, through creating art."

-Mighty Village Books

"One of 12 children's books that tackle mental health in age-appropriate ways."

-CTV's 'Your Morning' Show

"These are books in which kids can feel seen and understood, and realize that they aren’t alone." (Selected as one of eight books that support mental wellness in students.)

-49th Teachers

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Before You Were Born

ISBN-13: 978-1772780826

Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Published by Pajama Press

*2019 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 

STARRED Selection*

2019 Northern Lights Book Award Winner - Best Illustration*

*2019 School Library Journal’s “35 Books for Toddler Time” selection*


"Before, you were...a song in our hearts, a star in our eyes." 

Told from the perspective of new parents welcoming their baby to the world, this touching love letter to young children by Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated author Deborah Kerbel describes with lyrical grace all of the promise held by new life. As the seasons change from fall through winter and into spring, the expectant parents’ anticipation over the baby’s arrival is mirrored in the animals around the family’s seaside home, marrying the natural world to the family’s experience.

* "Kerbel's poetic text is lyrical and rhythmic...Del Rizzo's gorgeous illustrations perfectly embody the tone of the text."

-Canadian Children's Book News, Fall 2019 Red Leaf Literature Selection

"A gorgeous, captivating, and moving story, this book will touch the hearts and mesmerize the eyes of readers both young and old. New parents will love reading this book as they prepare for and welcome new additions to their home.”

-School Library Journal

“Beautifully illustrated and poignant...”

-Kirkus Reviews 


“Lullabylike...Del Rizzo brings eye-catching allure to Kerbel’s wistful welcome.”

-Publisher's Weekly

“Heartfelt...magnificent...Before You Were Born will be a hit with parents and children alike, so consider it your future go-to book for celebrating an upcoming birth.”

-CanLit for Little Canadians

"This breathtaking weave of prose and stunning artwork pulls at the heartstrings from start to finish. Highly Recommended."

-CM Magazine

"Distinctive...poetic....a sweet addition to the genre."


"This would make a fantastic baby shower gift or a good choice to read to a child to remind them about how much they are loved."

-Resource Links 

"Exceptionally beautiful....moms, dads and grandparents will love reading this picture book to the new baby to tell them how much they were anticipated and how greatly they are loved."

-Winnipeg Free Press 

"Absolutely breathtaking, stunning, gorgeous, and brought tears to my eyes..."

-Mrs. Book Dragon 

"The rich & vivid language is delightful AND illustrations are so beautiful they make me want to reach out and be a part of every picture! Perfect gift for new parents and wonderful addition to classrooms/home libraries."

-Lit Review Crew

A poetic, poignant, and harmonious ode to new life and family."

-Fab Book Reviews

"A lyrical celebration of the joy and anticipation that comes along with starting a family....a lovely gift for new or expectant parents."

-Kids Make Mess 


“A perfect gift for a new mother or father, and a perfect bedtime read for a little one...an absolutely beautiful picture book.”

-Canadian Bookworm 

"Before  You Were Born is a true celebration of life — a visual and lyrical delight. Its tender language reads like a lullaby, making it a wonderful gift for expectant parents."

-Northern Dawn Awards

“A unique and charmingly presented picture book story for children ages 4-7, Before You Were Born will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.”

—Midwest Book Review

“We rated this book: [5/5] Before You Were Born is the sweetest book I have ever read….A beautiful, lovely, gorgeous, elaborate tale of the life of nature, the glory of seasons, and the beauty of human beings.”

—Alexandria, Age 7, Kids’ BookBuzz

Sun Dog

ISBN-13: 978-1-77278-038-3

Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Published by Pajama Press


*2019 IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award Winner*

*2019 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Honour Book Winner*

*2019 SYRCA Shining Willow Award Finalist*
 *2018 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection*
 *2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection*
*2018 School Library Journal blogger Betsy Bird’s “2018 Calde-notts” selection*


Juno and her boy live in a red house at the top of the world. One day Juno will be big and strong enough to help pull a sled across the tundra, but for now she is just a small puppy with a big-dog heart. Small puppies have to go to bed when their boys do, but Juno can’t sleep with the midnight sun shining out across the town. She slips outside to play. Returning to see a hungry polar bear sniffing around the open door, Juno has no time to be afraid. It’s time to find her voice, summon the big dog inside her, and save her beloved boy.


Download the free Teacher's Guide for Sun Dog 


“Kerbel weaves facts about the Arctic Circle within a tender story of the devotion between a boy and his dog. Del Rizzo’s vibrant, colorful polymer clay and acrylics capture the beauty of their home….Juno may be a puppy in the Arctic Circle, but children everywhere will relate to her.”

-Kirkus Reviews 


“The captivating text and illustrations invite repeated reading. An inspiring tale of determination, courage, and devotion.”

-School Library Journal

"Poetic...dreamy...unique. Highly Recommended."

-CM Magazine

"A lovely story of the connection between Juno and her boy, but also of the high Arctic days, and the animals who call that part of the world their home."

-Canadian Bookworm

“Charming…brilliant…heart-warming. Children will love the story of Juno.”

-CanLit for Little Canadians

“An intimate romp with a young puppy and a sweeping celebration of the vast and beautiful tundra makes Sun Dog an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”

-Midwest Book Review

"A beautifully illustrated, impeccably written tale about a little sled dog pup who dreams of running with the big dogs...a fantastic little book for the dog days of summer."

-Storytime with Stephanie


“Excellent....very exciting and full of local colour. This book could possibly be an award winner!”

-Resource Links Library Journal

“What a gorgeous picture book! With such appealing and vibrant art, and a beautifully written, well-paced story, Sun Dog would make for great read-aloud material, as well as for quiet reading and sharing.”

-Fab Book Reviews

"Deborah Kerbel leads readers on an engaging journey to the Arctic, where she effectively intersperses facts about the flora, fauna and the sun cycle with a sensitive story about a puppy who courageously establishes her rightful place in her community. "

-Canadian Children's Book News, Winter 2018


coming soon...

Owlkids Books, Spring 2021
Orca Book Publishers, Fall 2021
Owlkids Books, Spring 2022
Orca Book Publishers, Fall 2022
Orca Book Publishers, Fall 2022
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