Groundwood Books Backlist 2013 Juvenile

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    Candle for Christmas /tp Jean Speare Canada, Ann Blades Canada
    9780888991492 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Grade (US) from P - k, Reading age from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 1991
    $4.95 CAD 7.9 x 8.75 x 0.2 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 192 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Tomas, a young native boy, is staying with the reserve nurse while his parents go to check on their cattle. It is a very harsh, cold winter, and although they have promised to return in time for Christmas, they haven't appeared by Christmas Eve.

      Tomas falls asleep and dreams of a candle so large that it lights up the night sky. When he awakes he finds that his dream has helped his parents find their way home.

      Bio

      Jean Speare is the author of A Candle for Christmas. She lives in British Columbia.



      Ann Blades is one of Canada's leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children's books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General's Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.
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      ...a thoroughly Canadian Christmas story.
      Ann Blades' paintings are wonderful!
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    Coyote Columbus Story Thomas King Canada, Kent Monkman Canada
    9780888998309 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3, Reading age from 5 - 8 On Sale Date: August 15, 2007
    $9.95 CAD 8.5 x 10.69 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 110 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view turns this tale on its ear! Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures in it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles and beavers in Coyote’s land. Instead he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain.

      Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus’s voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to bring about the downfall of her human friends. And he makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter.

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      Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General’s Award finalist.

      King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, was a Professor of English at the University of Guelph for many years, where he taught Native Literature and Creative Writing. He recently won the Governor General’s Award for his adult novel, The Back of the Turtle, and he has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

      William Kent Monkman is a filmmaker and visual artists whose paintings have been shown in galleries across North America. He has designed sets for theater and dance and has illustrated several books. Of Swampy Cree and English-Irish descent, Kent is a member of the Fisher River Band in Manitoba. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1992, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ...very funny, provocative, and offers a unique and absolutely engaging point of view.
      ...what Coyote captures...is the spirit of cheekiness, a bold, outrageous iconoclastic energy that incorporates warmth and inclusiveness.
      This is an entertaining story, great fun to read aloud because the language is crisp, colloquial, and very expressive. It is also extremely thought-provoking.
      What seems a funny romp turns out to have a very sharp edge. This irreverent treatment of Columbus and his fellows may be disquieting to some, but it is long overdue.
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    Coyote Solstice Tale Thomas King Canada, Gary Clement Canada
    9780888999290 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3, Reading age from 5 - 8 Publication Date: September 01, 2009
    $14.95 CAD 5.6 x 8.1 x 0.49 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards, Best Picture Book.

      Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall -- a place they have never seen before.

      Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that fi lling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods -- somewhat subdued -- though nothing can keep Coyote down for long.

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      Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General’s Award finalist.

      King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, was a Professor of English at the University of Guelph for many years, where he taught Native Literature and Creative Writing. He recently won the Governor General’s Award for his adult novel, The Back of the Turtle, and he has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

      Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Great Poochini and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for Just Stay Put, and Oy, Feh, So by Cary Fagan. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Gary lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.
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      American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Book 2010, Winner
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      ...splendid satirical romp, with an equally splendid profusion of watercolour illustrations by the inimitable Gary Clement...
      The humor is dry and affectionate, the rhyming text delights with sly turns of phrase, the watercolor cartoons are whimsical...[A] holiday treat...
      This critique of consumerism has the irreverent, biting humour of all King's Coyote stories, a refreshing alternative to sentimental Christmas fare.
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    9781554980994 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Girls & Women Age (years) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: April 09, 2011
    $16.95 CAD 7 x 8.13 x 0.39 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Many girls are named after flowers (or even forms of the word flower, such as Flora), which inspired Linda Wolfsgruber to create this utterly charming book. Girls names in different languages accompany her imaginative illustrations, so that the reader discovers, for example, that Gul means rose in Turkish, but that it is Rosa in Spanish and Raisa in Hebrew. Other names in the book include those for buttercup, sunflower, lily of the valley, daisy, bluebell, snowdrop, hyacinth, camomile, violet, tulip, poppy and lily.

      This is a beautiful and intriguing gift book for anyone interested in girls names, flowers and the fine art of book illustration. It can also be used in the classroom to talk about multiculturalism and botany.

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      Linda Wolfsgruber is a world-renowned artist who has exhibited her work throughout Europe and in the United States and Japan. She has won many awards, including the Austrian Children's and Juvenile Book Award for Illustration (four times) and the Golden Apple of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, and she has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her striking illustrations appear in many books, including Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer, Stories from the Life of Jesus, Brunhilda and the Ring and A daisy is a daisy is a daisy. She lives in Vienna.
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      Precious in the very best sense of the word, these sophisticated, delicate images repay repeated examination, as well as sending the sweet message that girls are thought as beautiful as flowers all over the world.
      ...unusual artistry...
      "...little girls will love..."
      ...entertaining...
      ...celebrates the cross-cultural use of flower names for girls...dreamlike...
      Gorgeously illustrated...
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    A Dog Came, Too Ainslie Manson Canada, Ann Blades Canada
    9780888991874 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4, Reading age from 6 - 9 On Sale Date: November 01, 1995
    $6.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.15 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 188 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Most Canadians may not know that Alexander MacKenzie was accompanied by a big brown dog on his long journey to the Pacific Coast of Canada. Our Dog, as he was known to his companions, protected the explorer and the Native guides that helped him all along his way. Manson's focus on the role of the Natives, as well as that of the heroic Our Dog, brings new insight to this exploration story.

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      Ainslie Manson is the author of several inventive historical books for young people, including Just Like New (the tale of a young girl who sends her favorite doll to an English child during World War II) and Baboo (the story of the daughter of Canada's first prime minister, who lived life to the fullest despite her severe disabilities). Ainslie Manson lives in Vancouver.Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.
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      An engaging canine tale.
      The clarity of design and economy of detail that Blades brings to her translucent watercolors perfectly suit this attractive historical tale of affection between men and a dog. Likeable, unsentimentalized, and of broad appeal.
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    A Few Bites Cybèle Young Canada
    9781554982950 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: September 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 10.38 x 7.13 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      In this sequel to A Few Blocks, acclaimed artist Cybèle Young uses collage and paper sculpture to tell the story of an older sister creating imaginary worlds to persuade her brother to eat his lunch. In the end he turns the tables.

      It’s time for Ferdie to eat lunch, but he’d much rather find the special part for his fighter ship. When big sister Viola promises to help him, he comes to the table. But he finds broccoli on his plate, and carrots! Ever resourceful and imaginative, Viola convinces Ferdie that dinosaurs ate broccoli to escape their fiercest predators, and that carrots are just like the Orange Power Sticks that aliens eat for super vision. Doesn’t Ferdie want to be just like them? Viola continues to persuade Ferdie to eat up, but when her energy finally flags, it’s Ferdie’s turn to create a wonderful surprise.

      Just as in A Few Blocks, an ordinary event seen through a child’s eyes becomes an amazing adventure. This time the children switch back and forth between the lunch table and the elaborate fantasy worlds they imagine (shown in Cybèle Young’s intricate paper sculptures, which she has created from paintings of the children’s surroundings). At the end of the story, the world of the imagination and the everyday magically come together, and Viola and Ferdie each enjoy a few bites.

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      Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Illustration, and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has most recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of an Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design, and Ten Birds, winner of a Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.

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      Awards
      OLA Best Bet 2012, Commended
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Young's illustrative and design powers are considerable, and she's created another handsome piece of work.
      A good story and thoroughly engaging art that flows organically from it; two attractive siblings in a recognizable setting; a winner.
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    A Few Blocks /hc Cybele Young Canada
    9780888999955 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: August 27, 2011
    $18.95 CAD 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.39 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

      "It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build and a snake drawing that wasn't done . . ."

      Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola uses her rich imagination to keep Ferdie on his way. But even big sisters get tired sometimes, and so Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources andimagination to keep them going.

      Told through the eyes of a child, this ordinary event is transformed into a wonderful adventure. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated with Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, created from paintings she made of contemporary street scenes.

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      Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.

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      Awards
      Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2011 2011, Commended
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2012, Short-listed
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      Many picture books are built on the foundation of children's boundless imagination, and in her first solo effort, illustrator [Young] handles the theme with exceptional grace.
      Young’s latest attempts to be many things—a foray into a child’s imagination, a touching tale of siblings and a stage for the author’s elaborate paper sculptures—and it succeeds masterfully in doing all three...David Wiesner fans should give this a try...Amazing.
      Beautifully illustrated with distinctive etched-paper collages, this is the rare story in which siblings offer mutual support rather than ripping each other to psychological bits...celebrates creative play and sibling cooperation in a way that feels very real.
      In A Few Blocks she (Young) refreshingly shows the special bond that exists between siblings.
      ...ingeniously constructed in collage and watercolours...
      In A Few Blocks, Young transforms an ordinary event into an epic adventure. Recommended.
      ...extraordinary...
      ...intricate, glowing, imagination-stretching...
      Young’s story is inventive and very readable . . .The joy of imagination is clear throughout the book . . .The illustrations are exceptional.
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    A Gift from Childhood Baba Wague Diakite
    9780888999313 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Grade (US) to 5, Reading age to 10 Publication Date: March 01, 2010
    $19.95 CAD 6.38 x 9 x 0.7 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Baba Wague is only four years old when he is sent to the tiny Malian village of Kassaro to be raised by his paternal grandparents, according to the family tradition. Under his grandmother's patient and wise tutelage, he comes to love his close-knit village community. He learns how to catch a catfish with his bare hands, learns the true meaning of the appearance of a snake in the granary, flees from an army of bees and mistakes a hungry albino cobra snake for a pink inner tube. And he survives, with trepidation and pride, his circumcision -- a ceremony that brings together the entire village.

      Finally, Grandma Sabou decides that Baba is educated enough to go to school, and he moves back to the city, where his family struggles to provide him with a formal education. But he brings his village stories with him, and in the process of sharing them with his neighborhood, he not only uncovers his artistic and storytelling talents, but eventually finds his way to America, where he embarks on a new life.

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      Baba Wagué Diakité is an award-winning artist, ceramicist, writer and storyteller. His book The Hunterman and the Crocodile was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. The Magic Gourd (Africana Book Awards Honor Book) and The Hatseller and the Monkeys (Aesop Prize) both received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. I Lost My Tooth in Africa, written by his daughter Penda Diakité and illustrated by Wagué, won the Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Children. Diakité is also the author/illustrator of Mee-Ann and the Magic Serpent, and he is the illustrator of Jamari’s Drum (by Eboni Bynum and Roland Jackson) and The Pot of Wisdom (by Adwoa Badoe), all Groundwood titles.

      He is the founder and director of the Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali, an organization that promotes cultural, artistic and educational exchanges between people of the US and Mali through art workshops, dance, music and ceremony. He is married to Portland artist Ronna Neuenschwander and divides his time between Bamako and Portland, Oregon.

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      CCBC Choices 2011, Commended
      USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List 2011, Commended
      Smithsonian Magazine: Notable Books for Children 2010, Commended
      Reviews
      ...the love, interdependence and skills of the family members are so apparent that we may wonder if the price we have paid in our move to our urban, "civilised" communities is too high.
      Studded with Malian proverbs, metaphors, and morals ...it's a memoir alive with far more voices than just that of the author.
      ...illustrations on tiles with under-glaze color depict symbols and life in western Mali in this worthwhile addition to [any] collection….
      ...stark and colorful...
      ...poignant and well written...beautifully rendered...
      Diakite creates a mosaic made up of village life...portrayed with humor, grace and finesse...a gratifying read.
      An extraordinary window into what will be, for most readers, an unfamiliar world.
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    New Life Rukhsana Khan Canada, Nasrin Khosravi Canada
    9780888999306 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 8 - 11, Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 8 - 11 Publication Date: February 01, 2009
    $12.95 CAD 5.63 x 8.63 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 108 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Eight-year-old Khadija, her older brother, Hamza, and their parents have just arrived in Canada from Pakistan. In their classrooms on the first day of school Khadija and Hamza are confronted by a sea of unfamiliar faces. Everyone looks so different from the way they did back home.

      At first Khadija and Hamza feel left out at recess, and they both become the targets of school bullies. It's really hard to have to speak English all day long. And Khadija just can't figure out how to get enough water out of the drinking fountain. Hamza, in particular, misses everything about Pakistan -- his friends, his school and his grandmother. But gradually, Khadija and Hamza find new friends and begin to feel more at home.

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      Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she is an expert on books with international and Muslim themes. She has presented at schools and communities across Canada and the US, as well as at the 2006 ALA Conference in New Orleans and the 2008 IBBY Congress in Denmark. Her book, Wanting Mor won the Middle East Book Award. Rukhsana lives in Toronto with her family.Nasrin Khosravi was a world-renowned illustrator of children's books. Born in Tehran, Iran, she graduated from Tehran University in graphic and fine arts, taught illustration at Honar University and illustrated more than thirty-five books for children. She also exhibited her paintings in solo and group exhibitions in many countries, receiving honors in Italy, Germany, Iran, Austria, India, France, Spain and Slovakia. Nasrin won the Grand Prize at the Noma Concours in Japan and was selected as best illustrator at the Tehran International Biennial of Illustration for the paintings that now appear in this new version of the Thumbelina story. She was also nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award. She spent her last years painting, and living with her family in Canada.
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    Salmon for Simon New edition Betty Waterton Canada, Ann Blades Canada
    9780888992765 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date: April 01, 1997
    $7.95 CAD 7.5 x 8.75 x 1.28 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

      Simon discovers that catching a salmon is more difficult than it looks. A simple, touching and multi-award-winning story with evocative watercolor illustrations.

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      Betty Waterton was the author of nineteen children's books, including the Quincy Rumpel novels and a number of well-loved picture books. Over the course of her writing career she traveled all over Canada giving readings to children. For many years she lived on Canada's West Coast, where A Salmon for Simon, her first children's book, takes place.Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.
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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 1978, Winner
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 1978, Winner
      Reviews
      Simple, straightforward and deftly told, with impressive illustrations by Blades, Ann, one of Canada's best.
      There is magic in the way the story is told as well as magic in Ann Blades' beautiful illustrations.

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