Today was the release party for the adorable new children’s book, Coast to Coast: A Canadian Journey.

Writer Tinisha Powell and illustrator Valeria Gonzalez started ValTin Publishing in 2004. Their first book, Colours of the Rainbow: A Multicultural Journey was a university assignment turned passion project about Lucy, a little girl who learns about 10 different cultures through 10 new friends. They’ve now continued Lucy’s journey with their latest book Coast to Coast, in which Lucy travels across Canada experiencing all the things that make Canada great.

Valeria & Tinisha

Signing Coast to Coast

As pretty much any Canadian will tell you, this summer has been one long party celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. ValTin Publishing has launched Coast to Coast in celebration of the big 1-5-0, with plans to continue Lucy’s journey in the future.

On to the book itself! Coast to Coast is adorable. Each page focuses on a province or territory and uses colourful illustrations and playful rhyme to share facts about each region. It’s clearly well-researched and really fun to read. I grabbed a couple of copies for my nephews, and I’m sure they’re going to love them.

I also grabbed a copy for YOU! I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram, and the prize is a signed copy of Coast to Coast: A Canadian Journey. Follow my account, look for this image and try your luck!


You can also buy both books by visiting ValTin Publishing.