TD Kids Book Club

Toronto's TD Kids Book Club brings painter Emily Carr to life with Kit Pearson

Kit Pearson told Toronto students how she imagined a day in the life of a young Emily Carr.
YA author Kit Pearson visits with students in Toronto as part of a TD Kids Book Club, celebrating her novel A Day of Signs and Wonders. (Mary Ito)

Kit Pearson shared the inspiration behind her middle-grade novel A Day of Signs and Wonders with students at St. Robert Catholic School in Toronto. A finalist for the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the book is an exploration of one fateful day in the life of celebrated Canadian painter, Emily Carr. It's also an account of Emily's unlikely friendship with the young Victorian socialite, Kitty O'Reilly. 

Excitement fills the room as students from St. Robert Catholic School receive personal copies of Kit Pearson's novel, in preparation for her classroom visit. (CBC Books)

A Day of Signs and Wonders takes place when Emily is nine years old, and just discovering her artistic talents. The story centres around Emily's relationship with Kitty, who is coping with a tragic loss in her life. Speaking with the book's author, Kit Pearson, students at St. Robert Catholic School reflected on both girls' characters — and the aspects of the book they found surprising and relatable. 

Toronto students meet with YA author Kit Pearson at a TD Kids Book Club. 3:04

The Toronto classroom visit was one of six TD Kids Book Clubs across Canada, in celebration of the five books nominated for the 2017 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

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