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    Shark Lady The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist Jess Keating Canada, Marta Alvarez Miguens
    9781492642046 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 4 - 8 On Sale Date: June 06, 2017 Print Run: 15000
    $25.99 CAD 10 x 10 x 0.43 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Sourcebooks Explore
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      Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by Parents Magazine!

      This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady.

      Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary—and they didn't think women should be scientists.

      Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks. After earning several college degrees and making countless discoveries, Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname "Shark Lady." Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that womencan do anything they set their minds to.

      An inspiring story by critically acclaimed zoologist Jess Keating about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren't daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie's life and many fin-tastic shark facts!

      Bio
      As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com. Marta Alvarez Miguens is a self-taught children's illustrator. She was born in a small town in Galicia, Spain, and currently lives in La Coruna, Spain. She is the illustrator of Shark Lady (written by Jess Keating), which was named a 2018 Best STEM Book by the Children's Book Council as well as a Best STEM Book by the National Science Teachers Association.
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    Branch, The Mireille Messier Canada, Pierre Pratt Canada
    9781771385640 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a branch. But not to her! ?That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship . . .? Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has ?potential.? ?What's potential?? she asks. ?It means it's worth keeping.? And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure.

      In this endearing picture book, author Mireille Messier explores a young child's experience with loss and renewal. Though the little girl is heartbroken that her special perch in the tree is gone, the kindness and vision of her neighbor, combined with her own creativity and determination, help her recognize that it can have a new life in a different form. The charming intergenerational relationship adds depth and richness to the story, as it becomes clear they both offer something valuable to each other.
      The story is vividly and warmly illustrated by renowned, award-winning artist, Pierre Pratt.

      This book would work well for character education lessons on perseverance, teamwork and initiative. It also provides an excellent example of caring for the environment by reusing salvaged materials, making it a terrific pick for Maker Spaces and STEAM lessons.
      Bio
      Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based children's writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Since the launch of her first book in 2003, Mireille has published over twenty books. When she's not at her computer writing, she thinks up new stories while she walks, drives or sails her big old boat. Mireille lives in Toronto with her husband, two wonderful teenage daughters and two extremely fluffy cats.

      Pierre Pratt is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children. He lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, and in Lisbon, Portugal.

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      Awards
      Reviews
      ... a gentle reminder that keeping an open mind can help turn problems into opportunities.—Publishers Weekly
      What a marvellous writer Mireille Messier is! She introduces us to a most memorable character whose take on life is charming and refreshing.—Canadian Children's Book News
      The vibrantly coloured illustrations complement the story and the warm friendship that grows between the grandfatherly Mr. Frank and the girl.—Resource Links
      Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
      A quiet but powerful tale supported by a strong blend of words and pictures.—School Library Journal
      ... refreshing ...—New York Times
      ... a story of new life and the kindness of others.—Quill & Quire
      ... a small but satisfying story of intergenerational friendship, cooperation, creativity, and the labor that goes into creating something worthwhile.—The Horn Book Magazine
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    The Darkest Dark Chris Hadfield Canada, Eric Fan, Terry Fan, Kate Fillion
    9781101918623 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Technology Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 10, 2016
    $22.99 CAD 10.31 x 10.38 x 0.46 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      Chris Hadfield’s debut children’s book, inspired by his childhood decision to become an astronaut. A beautifully illustrated, universal story about a boy who transitions from being afraid of the dark to wanting to explore every corner of the universe.

      Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed, because in the darkness that comes before sleep, the worst sorts of aliens appear. These aliens plague Chris—and his dog—every night at bedtime. But when Chris watches the first televised lunar landing, he realizes that there’s a dark out in space that’s much darker than what he’s used to, the darkest dark ever, and he discovers that the unknown can be…exciting! A debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield with spectacular illustrations by a brilliant new illustration team, The Fan Brothers, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.
      Bio
      CHRIS HADFIELD is one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts, and is the author of the #1 international bestseller, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 Shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, Chief of Robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office in Houston, and Chief of International Space Station Operations. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” has received more than 30 million views online. His TED talk, delivered in March 2014, has been viewed almost four million times. Follow Chris Hadfield at @Cmdr_Hadfield. This is his first picture book.

      THE FAN BROTHERS received their formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Their work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. The Night Gardener is their critically acclaimed debut picture book. TERRY spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits and prints. ERIC has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions and impossible dreams. Visit them online at http://www.thefanbrothers.com/, at Society 6 and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration, Eric Fan Illustration).

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario
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        Author Social Media: Follow Chris Hadfield at @Cmdr_Hadfield.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce Award 2018, Nominated
      IODE Jean Throop Book Award 2017, Winner
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz ChildrenÂ’s Book Awards 2017, Short-listed
      Shining Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
      UKLA Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      SELECTION 2016 - Junior Library Guild Selection

      SELECTION 2018 – BookRiot 50 Must-Read Canadian Children’s and YA Books

      One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2019)


      PRAISE FOR The Darkest Dark:

      "The Fan brothers (The Night Gardener) switch easily between fantasy elements and documentary images. . . . The idea that a famous astronaut was once afraid of the dark may win some recalcitrant bed-goers’ hearts, and readers with dreams of space travel will jump at this." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

      "Canadian astronaut Hadfield’s uplifting tale about facing one’s fears and finding strength and comfort in one’s dreams is eloquently illustrated by the Fan Brothers’ lustrous paintings." --School Library Journal

      "The Fans’ whimsical illustrations of nighttime scenes, in a dusky twilight palette, help illustrate Chris’ fears as well as his excitement about the boundless possibilities of exploration in the dark. A warm and empowering story of triumph over fears." --Booklist

      "The Darkest Dark soars as an inspiration for children trying to overcome a fear as well as dreamers wondering if they will triumph. Of course, the lesson here is ageless." --The Observer

      "The Darkest Dark is the perfect picture book for soothing night time fears, as well as for encouraging children to reach for their dreams. As Chris Hadfield demonstrates with aplomb, dreams 'actually can come true.'" --Children's Book Review
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    Even Superheroes Have Bad Days Shelly Becker Canada, Eda Kaban
    9781454913948 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 9, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date: September 06, 2016
    $16.95 CAD 215.9 x 276.23 mm | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Sterling Children's Books
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      "Full of action and vibrancy. . . .A good way to soothe bad days away.” —School Library Journal

      When Superheroes don’t get their way,
      when they’re sad, when they’re mad, when they’ve had a bad day . . .
      . . . they COULD super-tantrum, they COULD but they DON'T,
      because REAL Superheroes just WOULDN'T—they WON'T!


      All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
      Bio
      Shelly Becker is the author of Mine! Mine! Mine! (Sterling), which has appeared on many “top 5” and “top 10” lists of books to teach the concept of “sharing” over the years (including newspapers, school libraries, the PBS/Sesame Street website, and more). In addition, Shelly has written more than 15 children’s novelty books for Tormont, and sold stories and poems to Highlights for Children and Hopscotch for Girls magazine. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

      Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey and studied illustration in the US. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout California and in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Chronicle Books, Random House, Scholastic, Harper, Lufthansa Airlines, Mattel, and the Village Voice. Her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, and 3X3. She lives in San Francisco, CA, and when she’s not drawing, you can find her biking the hills of the Bay Area with her husband.
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      “These hypothetical violent spectacles are softened by the cartoonish stylizations and juxtaposed with pages filled with heroic, ‘true’ efforts such as rounding up criminals and providing fun at an amusement park. . . . the relative scarcity of superhero picture books means there's a place on the shelf for it. An action-packed romp." —Kirkus Reviews

      “When superheroes have bad days, things could get horrific for everyone. Fortunately though, superheroes have supercontrol over their emotions, according to this lighthearted exposé on how a group of superheroes deal with their frustrations. Superheroes could cope with their bad days by tossing trucks and buses around, crumbling buildings into rubble, or igniting fires with their laser eyes. But instead, they double down and use their superpowers for good deeds, such as hatching ‘super-plans to help banish world sadness / Building fabulous theme parks for giggles and gladness’ The eight superheroes, depicted in a retro cartoon-style, embody an abundant assortment of powers and come in various sizes and shapes, including both genders plus one green, horned monster. Scenes envisioning the chaos and mayhem they could cause if they let their tempers get the better of them are balanced by calmer scenes of the celebratory events that result from their good deeds . . . a spoonful of superheroes certainly helps the message go down.” —Booklist

      “This narrative is filled with diverse characters, from caped crusaders to badly behaving villains. . . . The art is done with digital tools to create a cartoon appearance, full of action and vibrancy. VERDICT A suitable read-aloud choice to acknowledge intense feelings and diversify superhero collections. A good way to soothe bad days away.” —School Library Journal

      Praise for Shelly Becker’s Mine, Mine, Mine!:
      “The book will enchant young readers and their parents for many years to come, and is destined to become a modern classic.” —Children’s Literature
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    French Toast Kari-Lynn Winters Canada, François Thisdale Canada
    9781772780062 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date: November 01, 2016 Print Run: 6053
    $19.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.16 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 25 Canadian Rights: Y Pajama Press
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      Phoebe—half Jamaican, half French-Canadian—hates her school nickname of "French Toast." So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the color of her skin to someone who has never seen it? "Like tea, after you've added the milk," she says. And her father? "Like warm banana bread." And Nan-Ma herself? She is like maple syrup poured over...well... In French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters uses descriptions of favorite foods from both of Phoebe's cultures to celebrate the varied skin tones of her family. François Thisdale's imaginative illustrations fill the landscape with whimsy and mouthwatering delight as Phoebe realizes her own resilience and takes ownership of her nickname proudly.
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      Kari-Lynn Winters is an author, poet, and performer. With over sixteen picture and poetry books published, she has won the British Columbia Book Prize silver medal twice, and been nominated numerous times for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and the Chocolate Lily Awards. Bad Pirate won the Rainforest of Reading Award. Kari-Lynn loves being in the classroom and now teaches drama in education at Brock University. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

      François Thisdale’s work blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery. He is the illustrator of The Stamp Collector, which is on IBBY Honor List, and That Squeak, an honour book for the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award. Missing Nimama won the TD Canadian Children's Book Award. François lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Shining Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
      Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews

      About French Toast

      2018 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award shortlist

      2017 Shining Willow Award shortlist

      STARRED REVIEW "French Toast looks as delectable as its title, thanks to François Thisdale's dreamlike illustrations: the landscapes seem to float in the background as giant loaves of banana bread and juicy peaches appear in the foreground....Winters obviously knows how to write for children. In this effective picture book, she engages her readers' imaginations – and their stomachs. She also doesn't dwell on negativity, but spins the story into one of self-affirmation...Simply told and cleverly imagined, French Toast is a great starting point for talking to young children about race, diversity, and respect."—Quill & Quire

      "The illustrations are beautiful and the illustrator does beautiful portraits of his characters using digital media and acrylic....The author explains the concept of diversity in a positive life affirming way that children and adults will appreciate."—Resource Links

      "When you are blind, you don't see skin color and you truly know that everyone is the same. Phoebe doesn't like it when kids from school call 'Hey, French Toast!' or tease her for her accent. Her Nan-ma is blind and asks Phoebe to describe the colors of family and friends. Their talk helps Phoebe to look at things in a different light."—The International Educator

      "This is a beautiful book...The illustrations are wonderful and the descriptions of the food are perfect....It would be a good addition to a multi-cultural library. Kindergarten children will also enjoy the story read aloud to them. It will stimulate discussion on race."—Youth Services Book Review

      "This is a delightful picture book...that celebrates the joys of diversity."—Winnipeg Free Press

      "Living in Quebec, we are very familiar with the French-Canadian culture and mixed marriages among the very diverse ethnic groups that live here. My son and I enjoyed this story and we liked its message. It's a book that should resonate well with children living in Quebec and perfect to introduce others to a culture that embraces mixed marriages....This book would make a great addition to a home or school library. It is an excellent way to introduce new cultures and to open the discussion of how to embrace who we are."—Library of Clean Reads

      "We rated this book: 4.5/5...This book is great for all ages and all colors."—Kilian, Age 8, Kids' BookBuzz

      "French Toast is a delicious treat of a picture book that lets you explore a sophisticated topic in a way that is helpful and positive, but not simplistic."—Getting Kids Reading

      "French Toast...feeds the spirit and bakes up multiple servings of compassion and open-mindedness, helpings we should all scoop out enthusiastically."—CanLit for LittleCanadians

      "[A story about] the beauty in diversity and self-acceptance. With Thisdale's beautifully decadent and dream-like illustrations of the food described, this may be a story best read before snack time."—The Crimson Review of Children's & YA Literature

      "The imaginative artwork blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery using collage, acrylic, watercolor, and computer manipulation."—Omnilibros

      "Use this book to talk about differences, similarities, and kindness."—Imagination Soup

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    Great Glen Gretzky Canada, Lauri Holomis, Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Sylvester
    9780670069903 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 13, 2016
    $21.99 CAD 8.45 x 10.2 x 0.2 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Puffin Canada
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      A story of teamwork with a positive message, featuring Wayne Gretzky and Coach Wally (Wayne's dad, Walter Gretzky)


      Taylor is so excited when he makes the hockey team -- and not just any team, but HIS team. The boy they are already calling The Great One. Taylor wants to be great too, but he's still got a lot to learn. Lucky for him, Coach Wally is in his corner, guiding him through the ups and downs of being part of a hockey team, and being the best player he can be. As Coach Wally says, if you have a good time, work hard and do your best, "that is all that matters."
      Bio
      GLEN GRETZKY is the Executive Director of the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which raises money to help children and families across Canada and the United States. Glen is also the Brand Manager for Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and continues to be involved in community events and fundraising. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.

      LAURI HOLOMIS has worked with the Gretzky Family and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation for many years. She continues to work in the sports world and is passionate about teaching kids confidence. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, Ryan, and son, Wyatt. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain Carolyn Huizinga Mills Canada, Brooke Kerrigan Canada
    9781554553952 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Publication Date: August 24, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 10.25 x 9.25 x 0.4 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Fitzhenry and Whiteside
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      Sally loved taking baths. It wasn't because the water was full of bubbles — or because she had the bathroom all to herself — and it was not because she always came out squeaky clean — Sally loved taking baths because it was the only time she could talk to the Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain.

      Sally found out about him when her mother sang to Sally's baby brother about Baa Baa Black Sheep and his three bags of wool — one of which went to the Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain. And thus a friendship was born.

      Every bath that Sally took after that was devoted to discovering more about her new friend. But this charming picture book is about more than the Little Boy, it's about family and siblings, and friends — and about growing up.


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      Carolyn Huizinga Mills
      lives in Ontario. This is her first picture book.

      Brooke Kerrigan
      has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her doodling eventually led her to an Applied Arts degree at Sheridan College in Ontario. Born and raised in Toronto, Brooke currently works from her home in Chamonix, France. Her acclaimed picture books include Kiss Me (I'm a Prince), Dog Breath and Fisherman Through and Through.

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      Awards
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      "A misheard nursery rhyme gives rise to an imaginary friend who helps a little girl overcome loneliness. . . A playful spin on the new-baby theme."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "Collage and mixed-media illustrations add an important dimension of meaning to the text, emphasizing both the realistic and fantasy aspects of the story. One day, hearing the echo of her own words, Sally thinks the boy tells her to "try something different," a message that has great impact on Sally's behavior. The shifting visual perspective adds drama to the images and underscores Sally's changing thoughts about herself and her family. A clever twist ending is sure to delight readers."
      Booklist

      "A silly and refreshing take on the middle child?s experience."
      School Library Journal

      "Surely there are young children who, like Sally, can relate to the feeling of being neglected in comparison to their siblings. Sally's vivid imagination leads her to a unique solution as she makes up the imaginary little boy who lives down the drain. Although the story title seems a bit odd, it makes sense early on as Sally's mother sings the familiar lullaby "Baa Baa Black Sheep" to her little brother. Even children who may not be familiar with the lullaby or have a personal connection to the main character can appreciate the creativity and humour in this story. The amount of text on each page makes The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain an ideal read aloud for the very young end of the intended audience. Having said that, the vocabulary used throughout is simple enough that children in their beginning stages of reading could likely read some sight words or apply basic reading strategies to decode them. . .
      The full page illustrations created by Brooke Kerrigan bring Sally's family and imaginary world to life. Sally's brightly coloured outfits among the overall muted colour palette suit her playful and fun personality. The exaggerated facial expressions of characters makes it quite obvious what is happening in the story, even without reading or listening to the words on each page."
      Highly Recommended."
      CM Magazine

      "The book is a great book for children who feel don't fit in. All they really have to do is take the time to be part of the family the world truly opens up for them."
      RATING: 4 BOOKMARKS
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    Milo and Georgie Bree Galbraith Canada, Josée Bisaillon Canada
    9781771471701 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date: April 15, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 9.25 x 8.75 x 0.44 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      A funny, spirited story about adapting to change. 

      When Milo’s family moves to a new city, he vows to officially retire from having fun. So he stays inside for days while his little sister, Georgie, yearns to explore the new neighborhood. Finally, Milo ties Georgie to the end of a ball of yarn so she can go out, on one condition: she has to come home when he tugs the string twice.

      But one day, Georgie isn’t at the end of the string. Which means Milo might just have to step outside and discover everything he’s been missing. Charming, detailed artwork illustrates their vibrant new city in this heartwarming story about supporting each other, building community, adapting to change, and embracing new things.
      Bio
      BREE GALBRAITH is a UBC Master of Creative Writing graduate and author of award winning titles, Once Upon a Balloon (Orca 2013), and Milo and Georgie (2017). Usha and the Stolen Sun is Bree’s third book, and several more follow in the coming years, including the Wednesday Wilson series (Kids Can Press 2020-22). She lives in the heart of Vancouver with her family, where when she’s not writing, she’s definitely outside enjoying the wonders of the west coast.

      JOSÉE BISAILLON obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustrates books using a mix of collage, drawing and digital montage. She has illustrated more than twenty picture books, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award for children’s book illustration. She lives near Montreal, Quebec with her husband and children.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Galbraith's gentle story about finding the courage to embrace change is both scary and satisfying."
      "Ingenious...will delight readers."
      "Heartwarming and original... A popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
      "This is a wonderfully reassuring tale for children who have to face the prospect of a move, as sometimes new places can provide opportunities beyond one’s wildest expectations."
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    The Owl and the Lemming English Edition Roselynn Akulukjuk Canada, Amanda Sandland Canada
    9781772271201 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 5 - 7 Publication Date: October 17, 2016
    $16.95 CAD 9.25 x 7.25 x 0.35 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Inhabit Media
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      As Owl swoops down and blocks the entrance to a lemming den, he is sure that he has a tasty meal in the little animal he has cornered. But this lemming is not about to be eaten! This smart little rodent will need to appeal to the boastful owl's sense of pride to get away.

      This fun and cheeky tale is accompanied by full-colour still photographs of illustrated characters on a hand-built set.

      Bio
      Roselynn Akulukjuk was born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and attend the Toronto Film School, where she fell in love with being behind the camera. After finishing her studies and working in Toronto, Roselynn returned home to Nunavut, where she began working with Taqqut Productions, an Inuit-owned production company located in the capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit. Part of Roselynn’s love of filmmaking is the ability to interview elders, listen to their traditional stories, and share them with the world. In 2015, Roselynn wrote and directed her first film, the live-action and puppetry short The Owl and the Lemming, on which her book by the same title is based. Her film won Best Animation at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival.

      Amanda Sandland is an illustrator living in the Toronto area. She studied illustration at Seneca College, eventually specializing in comic arts and character design. When not drawing, she can be found studying, designing characters, creating costumes and replica props, or burying her nose in a comic.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Finalist for Blue Spruce Award 2018
      Finalist for Shining Willow Award 2017
      Reviews
      “The Owl and the Lemming is as elegant in its story-telling and art as it is wise in its teaching.”
      “. . . [A] charming fable . . .”
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    Squiggly Story, A Andrew Larsen Canada, Mike Lowery
    9781771380164 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child's process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy's story is shown both as he actually writes it --- with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols --- and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.
      Bio
      Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books as Goodnight, Hockey Fans, A Squiggly Story, The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, In the Tree House and The Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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      Reviews
      ... Larsen's text and Lowery's illustrations ... beautifully reveal the breadth and depth of meaning that even a few squiggles and swirls can have in a child's imagination.—Canadian Children's Book News
      A solid read-aloud for most any children's collection, but especially where writing is emphasized at an early age.—School Library Journal
      A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion ...—Kirkus Reviews - starred review
      A Squiggly Story is a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms, let alone put a complete sentence together.—New York Times
      This fun and playful celebration of the squiggly line will inspire kids to flex their own creative writing muscles.—Quill & Quire
      This playful multilayered story about sparking the mind is loaded with opportunities for readers to consider different kinds of storytelling.—Booklist

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