Owlkids Books Fall 2019 Frontlist

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    Panda Opposites Suzi Eszterhas
    9781771473309 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 Publication Date: August 15, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.38 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Playful pandas illustrate opposites in this delightful board book

      Pandas are black and white, but that’s only the beginning of this adorable book of opposites! Whether climbing up a tree or resting down in the grass, awake or asleep, near or far, with mouths open or closed, and with their fur dirty or clean, these contrasting pairs of pandas will steal your heart in this one-of-a-kind board book.

      Stunning color photography by award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas shows pandas in their natural habitat at three different panda nature reserves and research centers in China. Designed with simple black and white elements and with one set of opposites per spread, this is a sweet and accessible book for the earliest readers that pairs cute animal content with early learning concepts.
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      SUZI ESZTERHAS is an award-winning wildlife photographer who is passionate about conservation and connecting children with nature. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories in publications around the world, including National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, and TIME. She also has a successful print shop of nursery art. When not in the field, she lives in Petaluma, California.

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      "An adorable, beautifully designed book that will make children and adults giggle."
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    Upsy-Daisy, Baby! Susan Hughes Canada, Ashley Barron Canada
    9781771473873 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $11.95 CAD 6.5 x 6.5 x 0.5 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      A worldwide tour of the many ways we carry our little ones

      Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Now available in board book format, Upsy Daisy, Baby! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to northern Canada, Peru to West Africa. In each place, a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling lovingly carries a baby.

      With various family configurations and settings ranging from a busy outdoor market to a high-rise apartment kitchen, the book wholeheartedly celebrates diversity. Gorgeous cut-paper collage art adds warmth and brightness, and brings the lyrical text to life. Repetition of the phrase “Upsy-daisy” on each spread lends familiarity, and reminds readers that love for a little one is a universal feeling.
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      SUSAN HUGHES is the author of over 30 children’s books, and a freelance editor and story coach. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Find out more about Susan and her books at www.susanhughes.ca.

      ASHLEY BARRON studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has since illustrated a number of books with Owlkids and Kids Can Press. Ashley shares a studio with her partner and three cats in Toronto, Ontario.
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    Canadian Animals in Colour Geraldo Valério
    9781771473880 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $11.95 CAD 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 22 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Discover creatures of all colours in this Canadian concept book

      Here they come…orange foxes, blue whales, red cardinals, and many more Canadian animals in colour! New from the creator of board books Canadian Animals ABC and Canadian Animals 123, the third book in this Canadian trio introduces young readers to the concept of colour. 

      Each spread features one of 10 different colours along with a Canadian animal brightly rendered in Geraldo Valério’s simple yet sophisticated paper collage. Each spread also features a lively descriptive phrase full of wordplay, alliteration, and rhyme. 

      From the familiar black bears breakfasting in a bed of berries, to the more exotic purple sea stars stretching and pink prawns pirouetting, young readers will love discovering wildlife from a mix of environments including land, sea, and sky. 

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      GERALDO VALERIO is a children's book author and illustrator whose books have been published in Canada, the United States and many other countries around the world, including Brazil, China, France, Portugal, and the UK. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    A Likkle Miss Lou How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice Nadia L. Hohn Canada, Eugenie Fernandes Canada
    9781771473507 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date: August 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      An “own voices” story of a child finding and trusting her words

      A Kirkus Reviews most anticipated picture book of fall 2019, new from Nadia L. Hohn, named one of CBC’s “6 Black Canadian writers to watch”


      Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as Miss Lou, was an iconic poet and entertainer known for popularizing the use of patois in music and poetry internationally—helping to pave the way for artists like Harry Belafonte and Bob Dylan to use patois in their work. This picture book tells the story of Miss Lou’s early years, when she was a young girl growing up in Jamaica.

      As a child, Miss Lou loved words—particularly the Jamaican English, or patois, that she heard all around her. As a young writer, Miss Lou felt caught between writing “lines of words like tight cornrows,” as her teachers instructed, and words that beat more naturally “in time with her heart.”

      The uplifting and inspiring story of a girl finding her own voice, this is also a vibrant, colorful, and immersive look at an important figure in our cultural history. With rich and warm illustrations bringing the story to life, A Likkle Miss Lou is a modern ode to language, girl power, diversity, and the arts.

       End matter includes a glossary of Jamaican patois terms, a note about the author’s “own voice” perspective as a Jamaican-Canadian writer, and a brief biography of Miss Lou and her connection to Canada, where she lived for 20 years.

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      NADIA L. HOHN is a classroom teacher, presenter, and award-winning author of the picture books Malaika’s Costume and Malaika's Winter Carnival. Named by CBC as one of the top Black Canadian Writers to Watch in 2018, Nadia holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and OISE. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
      EUGENIE FERNANDES grew up painting with her father, comic-book illustrator Creig Flessel. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she has written 18 stories and illustrated over 100 books for children. Having lived on islands all her life, Eugenie now lives on a small island in southern Ontario.
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      Nadia Hohn won the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Writer’s Award for this manuscript 2018
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      "This joyful book celebrates the importance of language and taking it as your own."
      "This biography of the poet as a young girl is a tribute not only to her literary beginnings but also to patois itself."
      "Bright illustrations in creamily vivid color by Fernandes capture the richness of life reflected in the language that so captivated Coverley and conveys how the things she sees reappear on the pages she writes."
      "Miss Lou’s sweet Jamaican patois speaks to a whole new generation."
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    Dear Mr. President Sophie Siers, Anne Villeneuve Canada
    9781771473910 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      One boy’s appeal for justice in the form of a dividing wall

      Sam has to share a room with his disruptive and all-around undesirable big brother, and he is not happy about it. One night, when Sam hears about the president’s plans to build a border wall, it inspires what Sam thinks is a perfectly reasonable solution to his own problem: he needs to build a wall, too.

      Told as a series of letters addressed to the president, the story shows Sam working through his thoughts and feelings about his plan to build a dividing wall in his bedroom. He debates pros and cons, learns about other walls built through the ages, and slowly comes around to a new perspective as he begins to see that the best solutions involve communication, compromise, and negotiating ways to make things work.

      With an undertone of subtle humor, this story is at once a simple tale about a common gripe of siblinghood and a modern fable sure to spark conversations about tolerance, learning to live with others, and the importance of recognizing other points of view.
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      SOPHIE SIERS is a lifelong reader and children's book author who lives in Waimarama, New Zealand.

      ANNE VILLENEUVE has worked as an author and illustrator for over 25 years, creating close to 40 books, several of which have won awards. She has also illustrated for magazines, newspapers, and advertisements, and teaches watercolor and drawing at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She lives in Montreal with her family and tries to draw every day, even on vacation.
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      "With economic, wry prose and stylish, observant watercolor and ink cartooning, Siers and Villeneuve offer readers ripped-from-the-headlines proof that the political is indeed personal."
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    When Molly Drew Dogs Deborah Kerbel Canada, Lis Xu Canada
    9781771473385 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.25 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      One girl’s way to cope with anxiety is a tribute to the power of art

      On the night before the first day of school, a pack of stray dogs moves into Molly’s head. They are friendly, but a bit wild. They scamper through her thoughts, yap at the door to her dreams, and scratch at her brain, begging to be let out. So Molly starts to draw them.

      When Molly draws dogs, she feels better—but not everyone can see the value of her strange habit. Her teacher tells her to focus. A special tutor urges her to concentrate. But Molly can’t erase the dogs, even if she wants to. As her anxiety peaks, Molly runs away. Once she is found, safe and sound, people around Molly realize the protective power of her pack and how the dogs help tame her troubled feelings.

      Inspired by the Japanese folktale, "The Boy Who Drew Cats," this story celebrates the healing powers of art and imagination while touching on important issues of anxiety, mental health, and ways to cope with emotions.
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      DEBORAH KERBEL is the author of ten books for young adult, middle grade, and primary readers. She lives and writes in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving teens, and a rescue schnoodle named Freddie.

      LIS XU is a Chinese-Canadian artist whose main tools are ballpoint pens, pencil crayons, and watercolours. She loves creating art that reminds her of the warmth of a hug. A debut picture book illustrator, Lis lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      "An artful plea for emotional acceptance."
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    The Clothesline Orbie Canada, Karen Li Canada
    9781771473903 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date: October 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      A comical story about a boy stuck on a clothesline, trying to reverse his fortunes

      This is a story about a little boy who lives above a convenience store with his mom. When he goes to spend his pocket money on candy—only when Mom’s not looking—he gives the knot on the clothesline by the outdoor stairs a good yank (it makes the best sound). One day, he tugs a little too hard, and takes the stairs a little too fast, and—whiiiiiz!—gets stuck hanging smack in the middle of the clothesline.

      He cries for help, but Mom doesn’t hear. He waits for someone to save him, but only a black cat slinks by. His arm gets tired—but if he hangs on with both hands, he’ll risk dropping his coins! It’s a true dilemma. Finally, he cries out so loudly that he tumbles to the ground. He still spends his pocket money on candy. But he NEVER touches the clothesline again.

      Told in sequential illustrations with simple text and vibrant sound effects, this is a suspenseful narrative offering an accessible entry point to early graphic novels and a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud reminder of the consequences of our choices.
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      ORBIE is a children’s book illustrator, graphic novel creator, and illustrator for newspapers, parenting posters, and marketing materials. She is also the illustrator of Sloth at the Zoom and some others funny books (She likes to laugh). She lives in Cap d'Espoir, Quebec.
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      A Junior Library Guild Selection 2019, Commended
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      "There's some fun here, and readers will recognize that "hanging around" has taken on a new, unexpected meaning."
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    The Trouble with Time Travel Stephen W. Martin Canada, Cornelia Li
    9781771473323 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date: October 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 10 x 0.31 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Rosie Revere, Engineer meets Back to the Future with a dash of The Most Magnificent Thing

      Max and her dog, Boomer, are in trouble. Big trouble. Max has accidentally smashed an heirloom vase: the only treasure her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma managed to save when her houseboat sank 234 years ago. Max can come clean—or, she can build a time machine! If she travels to the past and smashes the vase then, there will be nothing for her to break in the future. Brilliant!

      In the time machine—surprisingly easy to construct—Max and Boomer bump around to the past and the future, tangle the string of time, and crash into the ancestral houseboat, promptly sinking it. And in the past, the vase remains intact. Disheartened, Max and Boomer return to the moment just before their adventure began, to warn themselves NOT to build a time machine. Duly warned, Max tosses a Frisbee for Boomer, directly in the direction of the vase…

      Joyful and uproarious, this is a one-of-a-kind circular tale that plays on the perils of time travel.
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      STEPHEN W. MARTIN is the author of Robot Smash!, Charlotte and the Rock and Stewart’s Best Pen. He has also written for Frederator’s Bravest Warriors and the Netflix series Trash Truck. Stephen resides in Los Angeles, California but misses Newfoundland.

      CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustration, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Association of Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, and others.
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      “The eclectic, energetic art steals the show. Rev up your flux capacitors, because the space-time continuum will never be the same again.”
      "An enjoyable flit through history—a humorous, lighthearted adventure."
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    Where Are You Now? Tyler Clark Burke Canada
    9781771473675 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 6, Grade (US) from 2 - 6 Publication Date: October 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      A powerful entry point for talking about loss and death

      Just as the sun sets to make way for the rising moon, or snowflakes melt only to return as fog and mist, things that disappear in nature often reappear in different forms. This picture book uses this simple but powerful metaphor of disappearance and reappearance as an entry point for talking with children about death.

      Drawing examples from nature—seeds, stars, and even the growth of children into adults—this book provides a bright and joyful framework for readers to begin to understand the passing of a loved one, or to help shape difficult conversations around death.

      Written in accessible verse and illustrated in bright washes of watercolor, this is a beautiful, gentle book that invites young readers to find comfort in transformation. Built around the idea that death can be thought of as a kind of regeneration, the narrative shows how a loved one’s presence can be felt in meaningful and enduring ways.
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      TYLER CLARK BURKE is an award-winning creative director, writer, illustrator, and artist, and author of Bill Bowerbird and the Unbearable Beak-Ache. She co-founded the acclaimed record label Three Gut Records, and continues to work creatively with musicians. Tyler lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, Rooksby and Hugo.
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      "A study of impermanence and transformation...can serve as a quiet bedtime story or a deep conversation starter."
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    9781771473354 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date: September 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11.75 x 0.38 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      A heartwarming read about the unexpected joys inside an old house, new from Blue Spruce Award nominee Kari Rust

      One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma’s house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn’t belong to a ghost—just old Mr. Peterson.

      After visiting again with better intentions, the kids discover Mr. Peterson’s great sense of humor and that his house is full of fascinating things: old toys, photographs, even a film projector. They become regular visitors, until one day, Mr. Peterson is gone: he has left for a retirement home, and his house sits empty. Using odds, ends, and gifts he gave them, the kids create mementos of Mr. Peterson’s home to give back to him.

      Full of heart, this picture book incorporates graphic novel elements to tell a layered and moving story about an intergenerational friendship. It shows how appearances can be deceiving: sometimes the best adventure awaits where you least expect it.
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      KARI RUST is an author/illustrator with a background in character animation and design. Also the creator of the OLA Blue Spruce Award nominee Tricky, Kari is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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      ”Quiet and reflective, as fleeting as summertime itself.”
      "This delightful excursion into multi-generational relationships is a really refreshing look at how young people can find meaningful friendships with people of other generations."

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