New book lets kids explore Montreal’s neighbourhoods

Author Danielle Houstoun is hosting a book launch Sunday, May 15 at Espace Pop on Parc Ave.

For many who live on the island, Montreal is their city but their neighbourhood is their home. That’s the sentiment local author Danielle Houstoun taps into in her new children’s picture book Raffi’s Neighbourhood Day.

Houstoun holds a master’s degree in child studies and has worked with children in various capacities for 10 years. She interviewed kids about their own neighbourhoods and the places that make it feel like home, then used their words to create the story and inspire the illustrations.

The books tells the story from the point of view of a creature familiar to all city dwellers, regardless of what neighbourhood they live in. One morning, Raffi, a raccoon, learns a new word: neighbour. He then sets out to further understand what it means to be a neighbour and what makes Montreal’s neighbourhoods unique. He travels from Mile End to Pointe St. Charles, making friends and trying new things as he goes along.

The illustrations, created by Melanie Lambrick, are vibrant and colourful, much like city Raffi is exploring.

Houstoun is holding a book launch Sunday, May 15 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Espace Pop, 5587 Parc Ave. The event is free. The book will be available for purchase and there will a workshop space for children to create their own books, as well as snacks and beverages.

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