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    We Are Lions! Jens Mattsson, Jenny Lucander, B.J. Woodstein
    9781773067018 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 9.65 x 7.68 in | 0.32 kg | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      I am a lion, and my big brother is one, too … until one day, he gets sick.

      The narrator and his big brother have the best game in the world together. They are dangerous lions on the savannah! One day, big brother doesn’t want to run around anymore. His stomach hurts. He has to see the doctor and take medicine, and even has to stay at the hospital.

      Lions don’t want to be trapped by wires and tubes! The narrator instigates a hunt, and the brothers run around the hospital together, chasing gazelles and startling the wildebeest. But big brother is very sick and can't keep up. Lions can’t cry, his little brother insists. But they can miss the rest of their pride. With Mom and Dad, the narrator tries to comfort his sibling. Soon, he knows, the two lions will go hunting again.

      A tender story, unexpectedly punctuated by moments of humor, about the illness of a sibling, the love between brothers and the healing power of imagination.


      Key Text Features

      illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3

      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      JENS MATTSSON is a school librarian living in Lund, Sweden. We Are Lions! is his debut work, inspired by the eternal subjects of life, death and play.



      JENNY LUCANDER is a Finnish-Swedish children's book creator who has illustrated several acclaimed children's books. She has won the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and has been nominated for the Runenberg Prize and the Rudolf Koivu Prize for the most beautiful picture book. She lives in Helsinki, Finland. 



      B.J. WOODSTEIN is a translator, writer, doula, lactation consultant and associate professor of literature. She lives in Norwich, England, with her wife and their children.

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      Truly good picture books have text and illustrations that complement each other, acting together to form a single story told by two forms of communication, and We Are Lions! is a masterful example of this. … Dealing with themes like illness, death, and grief, We Are Lions! is a picture book that can be used to introduce these hard but important topics to a wide variety of readers. On the other hand, it can also help children who have faced grief in their lives understand it better and not feel as alone in it.


      A sensitive treatment of childhood illness as well as a celebration of the joys of a child’s imagination.

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    The Remembering Stone Carey Sookocheff Canada, Carey Sookocheff Canada
    9781773065892 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 8.5 x 10 in | 410 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Alice keeps a perfectly round skipping stone in her pocket to remember her grandfather by — but the stone goes missing.

      It looked just like a regular stone, but Alice knew it was different: It was perfectly round so you could use it to trace circles, and sometimes she could trick her dad into thinking it was a quarter. It was also how Alice remembered her grandpa, who taught her how to skip stones, and who passed away last winter.

      Alice brings the stone to school for Show and Share, but when her classmate asks to see it again at recess, Alice discovers that the stone is gone! Her friends search high and low and can’t find the stone—but their friendship gives Alice an idea of another way that she can remember.

      A gentle look at loss, grief, and how small everyday actions can connect us to those we love.


      Key Text Features

      Illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3

      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      Bio

      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Lost Things, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, written by Maureen Fergus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her dog, Rosie.



      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Lost Things, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, written by Maureen Fergus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her dog, Rosie.

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      Sweet support during loss.


      Illustrated with muted colors in blues, greens, and grays, listeners will be able to understand the message that it's the little things that help connect us to family and friends.


      Childhood grief is handled gently here and human connections are celebrated.


      A quiet story about a child’s personal journey through grief.


      A quiet, hopeful story.

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    Pebbles to the Sea Marie-Andrée Arsenault Canada, Dominique Leroux Canada, Shelley Tanaka Canada
    9781773068244 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:October 04, 2022
    $19.99 CAD 11 x 9.5 in | 496 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Two children feel adrift between the separate worlds of their parents …

      With their father at the marina, and their mother in the workshop, Flo and Fée aren’t sure where they belong. But at least they can still have fun painting the treasures that wash up on the shore.

      One day they hear a noise and see a stone trace an arc across the sky — it must be from Henri’s giant slingshot! They decide to go see him, but first stop at the café, where they chat with the piano player, then visit their artist-friend in her shop. When they finally reach Henri, he lifts them up onto ladders where they can see two islands that were once connected by an ice bridge. “Have the two islands separated? Like Maman and Papa?” Flo asks. But Henri tells them there’s a sand bridge underwater that links the islands, just as the girls still link their parents. Then he, like the piano player and artist, walks away with a brush and can of paint. Where can they all be going?

      This richly nuanced story is inspired by the geography and close-knit coastal community of La Grave heritage site on Quebec’s Îles de la Madeleine. The French edition, Des couleurs sur la grave, won the prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse.


      Key Text Features

      dialogue

      explanation

      illustrations

      photographs

      vignettes


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      MARIE-ANDRÉE ARSENAULT is a teacher and author of children’s books. Her publications include the novel Les souvenirs du sable, finalist for the prix Tamarac Express; the picture book Mingan les nuages, illustrated by Amélie Dubois, and a book of children’s poetry, Un chemin dans la mer, illustrated by Catherine Petit. Marie-Andrée lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      DOMINIQUE LEROUX is a multidisciplinary artist and puppeteer who lives on Quebec’s Îles de la Madeleine, where she founded La Petite Théâtrerie, a space for puppetry and creative projects for young children. The illustrations for this book, her first, were inspired by the feeling of fall on the islands, and they are a tribute to the people who live there.



      SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor who has written and translated more than thirty books for children and young adults. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Shelley lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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      Appealing paint-and-collage illustrations … a lovely ode to La Grave.


      This is a quiet and poetic picture book … an excellent selection for individual sharing and discussion with a child or very small group of children. Pebbles to the Sea would be particularly reassuring for children whose parents are undergoing a separation or divorce as it reinforces the stability of the bonds between parents and children, regardless of the family structure.


      This book overflows with gorgeous Expressionism, collages of characters and scenes … [and] the story holds equal nuance and layers.


      The illustrations, multi-media created with paint and collage of photos, torn paper and lace, [seem] to be pervasively cool, as the girls might feel their circumstances may be, but brightened with colour and textures that cheer. … [Pebbles to the Sea reassures readers] that parental separation is not necessarily familial separation, and that family can go beyond the nuclear family.


      Pebbles to the Sea takes us on a poetic voyage to a small corner … in the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Leroux’s illustrations fill the book’s pages with a collage of images and textures that invite us to contemplate every detail. Each element weaves itself seamlessly into the story … Pebbles to the Sea is a story about community and the people in our lives who are there for us, even when we may feel alone.


      A triumphant tale of found family and community bonds.

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    Last Week Bill Richardson Canada, Emilie Leduc Canada
    9781773065663 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:April 01, 2022
    $14.99 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 in | 0.23 kg | 64 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A child cherishes every second of their grandmother's last week of life in this sensitive portrayal of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

      “In this last week, there are seven days.” That's one hundred and sixty-eight hours. Or ten thousand and eighty minutes. Or six hundred four thousand and eight hundred seconds. A child counts every second because this is their grandmother’s last week of life.

      As friends and family come to call on Flippa—as Gran is fondly known—the child observes the strange mix of grief, humor, awkwardness, anger and nostalgia that attends these farewell visits. Especially precious are the times they have alone, just the two of them. Flippa, the child sees, has made up her mind. Like time, she is unstoppable. So as Sunday approaches, the child must find a way to come to terms with Flippa’s decision. What is the best way to say goodbye?

      Beautifully illustrated in black and white—with one unexpectedly joyful splash of color—Last Week is a nuanced look at what death with dignity can mean to a whole family, with an afterword and additional resources by MAiD expert Dr. Stefanie Green.


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      illustrations

      afterword

      explanation

      resources


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
      Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

      Bio

      BILL RICHARDSON, winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and former radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, winner of the Time to Read Award; After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award; and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff, named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Bill lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.



      EMILIE LEDUC graduated in graphic design from the Université du Québec à Montreal in 2010. She studied animation at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. She has worked as a graphic designer, animator and illustrator for various television series. In 2010, Emilie received the Michèle Lemieux Award for Illustration. All Year Round was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration in 2012.

      Emilie lives and works in Montreal.

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      Awards
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      Heartfelt … Black and white illustrations beautifully capture the range of emotions felt by each member of the family. STARRED REVIEW


      A sensitive look at what death with dignity can mean to a family.


      Truly compelling and unique.


      Assisted death is a subject seldom found in children’s literature, but this book handles the topic gently and sympathetically.


      An elegant dance of image and prose.


      Heartfelt … It certainly is a book about coming to terms with grief, but it is also very much a book about love.


      Told with marked sensitivity … [A] com­passionate story.


      A story of such elegance.


      Gentle … [and] might prove invaluable to some child in some family somewhere.

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    The Homesick Club Libby Martinez, Rebecca Gibbon
    9781773061641 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 10 x 0.5 in | 1.1 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A story about making new friends and missing home, wherever home may be.

      Mónica and Hannah are school kids in the big city. Together, they have formed the Homesick Club, since they are both from far away. Mónica misses the family of hummingbirds that she and her grandmother would feed in her backyard in Bolivia every day. Hannah misses the sunshine and the tiny tortoise that lived near her house in Israel.

      When a new teacher, Miss Shelby, arrives from Texas, the girls discover that she misses her home, too, especially the huge sky full of stars and a Southern treat known as Hummingbird Cake. The girls ask Miss Shelby to join their club, then Mónica decides she will bring a surprise for show and tell — a surprise that brings Miss Shelby close to tears.

      Author Libby Martinez addresses a theme that many children can relate to — feeling homesick — especially when home is far away. Rebecca Gibbon’s charming illustrations bring an imaginative, light touch to the story.

      Key Text Features
      recipes
      diagrams
      Flags

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.9
      Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

      Bio
      Libby Martinez writes children’s books and poetry. She is also a lawyer and consultant. Libby lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. www.libbymartinez.com.

      REBECCA GIBBON grew up in South Wales, where her love of picture books inspired her dream of being an artist. She has an MA in illustration from the Royal College of Art, and works in editorial illustration as well as children’s publishing. She has illustrated several children’s books, including The Great Spruce by John Duval and Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book among other honors. Rebecca lives with her family in a small town in Herefordshire, England.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Choice 2021
      Mighty Village Spring Book Picks 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      Gibbon’s brightly colored illustrations look fresh and vivid. A supportive picture book for immigrants and an empathetic read-aloud choice for classroom discussion.
      This emotionally resonant and playfully illustrated picture book reveals the many ways our personal stories of home can unite and enrich a community. … Any child who has experienced the bitter sweet journey of moving far from home will find a heartwarming sense of belonging, as they discover how they have been and always will be, a part of the Homesick Club.
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    Weekend Dad Naseem Hrab Canada, Frank Viva Canada
    9781773061085 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 6.5 x 9.25 x 0.6 in | 0.7 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Description

      A little boy spends the weekend at his dad’s new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same.

      “This home is home because my dad is here, and it’s nothing like home because my mom isn’t here,” thinks the boy in this story when he enters his dad’s new apartment for the first time. His dad moved out on Monday and now it’s Friday night, the start of his weekend with his dad.

      The boy and his dad follow their normal weekend routine — they eat eggs for breakfast, play cards and spend time at the park. And then they do the same things on Sunday. It is hard to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but Dad gives his son a letter to remind him that, even if they can’t always be together, the boy is loved.

      Naseem Hrab has written a poignant yet hopeful story, strikingly illustrated in Frank Viva’s signature style, about what happens when parents separate, and the new reality of having two homes.

      Key Text Features
      author’s note
      writing inspiration

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
      Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

      Bio

      Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller. She is the author of Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend and Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children’s publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.



      Frank Viva is an award-winning illustrator and designer living and working in Toronto, Ontario. His first picture book, Along a Long Road, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books. His other books for children include Sea Change, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, Outstanding in the Rain and Young Frank, Architect. His art has appeared in the New York Times and on the cover of the New Yorker. He is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.

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      Awards
      Toronto Public Library First and Best 2020, Winner
      Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books 2020, Nominated
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      CCBC Choices 2021, Commended
      A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year 2021, Commended
      Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      Viva’s illustrations capture the abundant emotional subtext with simple but effective lines. Unsparingly compassionate; an excellent addition to the collection of books about separation and divorce.
      Hrab uses repetition … to simply yet powerfully establish the family’s new routine, while Viva’s line drawings, in shades of green, yellow, and rose, gently twine the child’s newly separate experiences of family.
      Separation and divorce are common, and this book is a great recommendation for any family dealing with them.
      The sketchy cartoon illustrations are as simple as the story, which they reflect in this affecting story of a child of divorce.
      Truthful and touching, this picture book sends the reassuring message that children can be deeply loved even when parents separate.
      Frank Viva’s restrained hand-inked illustrations match Hrab’s prose perfectly … [F]or children – and parents – who find themselves navigating post-divorce realities, [Weekend Dad] will feel essential.
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    Holiday! Natalie Nelson, Natalie Nelson
    9781773062006 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 10 x 0.5 in | 0.97 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A funny, offbeat story about how disruptive change can be — even if it’s a holiday!

      Early one morning, a strange visitor arrives — a visitor whose name is Holiday. “I’ll be taking over for you today!” Holiday tells Monday. And before long, Holiday has met the other days, even Saturday and Sunday, who usually sleep all week.

      With each introduction, Monday becomes more and more upset. She is used to starting the week, and she’d like to keep it that way. When Holiday announces how much fun he’s having, and that he’d like to stay, Wednesday and Friday admit that they are a little worried, too. Meanwhile, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are completely smitten by this exciting new day.

      Finally, Monday (with Wednesday and Friday in tow), asks Holiday to kindly pack his things and go. Then just in time, Tuesday comes up with a solution that will work for everyone.

      Natalie Nelson’s ingenious characterizations of the days of the week will delight readers young and old, as will her story that pokes fun at how set in our ways we can be and how we might instead choose to be open to change and embrace the unexpected.

      Key Text Features
      speech bubbles
      illustrations
      labels

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
      Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

      Bio

      NATALIE NELSON’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the illustrator of The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, which Booklist proclaimed “nothing short of charming.” She has also illustrated A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Foreword, and Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, described by School Library Journal as “sophisticated yet playful.” Natalie lives in Atlanta.



      NATALIE NELSON’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the illustrator of The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, which Booklist proclaimed “nothing short of charming.” She has also illustrated A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Foreword, and Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, described by School Library Journal as “sophisticated yet playful.” Natalie lives in Atlanta.

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      Awards
      Reviews
      A unique and enjoyable story about conflict resolution.
      The teacher-friendly theme of cooperation and emotive characters suggest a good fit for all settings.
      Natalie Nelson's ingenious characterizations of the days of the week will delight children ages 3-7 … Charmingly illustrated throughout, Holiday! is especially recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

      Holiday! makes for quietly kooky and witty reading.

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    My Friend Elisa Amado Canada, Alfonso Ruano
    9781554989393 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 3, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:October 01, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 9.75 x 8.75 x 0.45 in | 0.93 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      From acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado and award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano, My Friend is the story of the meaning of friendship in the life of an immigrant child.

      Friendship — to be known, to be accepted as you are, to feel safe, especially when you are vulnerable. The girl in this story has recently arrived in Brooklyn with her family. On her very first day at school she meets a girl who almost instantly becomes her very best friend. She feels known, loved and accepted by her. But when she invites her friend to come for dinner with her family — a family that feels free to eat weird food and, even worse, burst into song with their version of a sentimental classic of longing and homesickness — something shifts and she no longer feels safe at all. What will it be like tomorrow at school?

      Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art beautifully depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience in this story from acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado, about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make.

      Key Text Features
      song lyrics

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
      Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
      Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
      Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

      Bio

      ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; and Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She lives in Toronto.



      Alfonso Ruano is an illustrator and the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
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      Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art beautifully depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience in this story from acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado, about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make.
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    Mi amiga Elisa Amado Canada, Alfonso Ruano
    9781773063928 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 3, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:August 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 9.75 x 8.75 x 0.6 in | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Description

      Una historia sobre la importancia de la amistad en la vida de una niña inmigrante.

      La niña de este relato se ha mudado hace poco, con su familia, de México a Brooklyn. El primer día en su nuevo colegio, conoce a una chica norteamericana con la que se entiende de maravilla. Se vuelven mejores amigas. Pero cuando invita a su nueva amiga a cenar en casa con su familia mexicana, le da la impresión de que la chica se siente incómoda. Tal vez no le gusta la comida. O peor aún, tal vez la canción preferida de la familia —una melodía llena de añoranza y nostalgia— le parece demasiado extraña. Algo parece haber cambiado y ella ya no se siente segura como antes. ¿Cómo será el día siguiente en la escuela?

      La renombrada autora Elisa Amado cuenta lo difícil que es venir de otro país y lo importante que es sentirse apreciado por lo que uno verdaderamente es. El galardonado ilustrador Alfonso Ruano representa de manera hermosa los profundos sentimientos de las amigas.

      Key Text Features
      song lyrics

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
      Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
      Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

      Bio

      ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; and Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She lives in Toronto.



      Alfonso Ruano is an illustrator and the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Los mejores libros para edades 0–12, New York Public Library 2020, Commended
      Reviews
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    Helen’s Birds Sara Cassidy Canada, Sophie Casson Canada
    9781773060385 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:September 01, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.25 x 9.75 x 0.5 in | 0.88 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Description

      From Sara Cassidy, acclaimed author of A Boy Named Queen, comes a stunning wordless graphic novel about friendship, loss and hope.

      For as long as Saanvi can remember, she has been friends with her elderly neighbor Helen. They play cards and garden together and, especially, care for the wild birds that visit Helen’s yard. When Helen dies suddenly, a “For Sale” sign goes up, and movers arrive, emptying the house of its furniture and stripping the yard of its birdfeeders. The sparrows and hummingbirds disappear.

      Soon a bulldozer tears down Helen’s house. All winter, Saanvi walks numbly past the property as developers begin to build condos. Then one spring day, amid the dust and turmoil of construction, she finds a weathered playing card wedged between two rocks. She holds it to her chest, and finally sobs.

      After a tearful night, Saanvi wakes inspired. She slathers peanut butter on pinecones to hang from tree branches, hammers together a birdhouse from scrap wood and drags a kitchen stool outside to hold a bowl of water. Finally, she retrieves a nest that has been unraveling on Helen’s old property and places it in a tree in her own yard. Saanvi’s yard soon fills with Helen’s birds. They have a home again.

      This beautifully illustrated, wordless graphic novel shows Saanvi’s journey through close friendship, then hollowing loss and change, until she finally finds hope.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
      Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

      Bio

      SARA CASSIDY is a journalist, editor and the author of twenty children’s books. Her books have won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and been Junior Library Guild selections. They have been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in Young People's Literature, Chocolate Lily Award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Diamond Willow Award, Silver Birch Express Award and the Sunburst Award. Sara lives in Victoria, British Columbia.



      SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Helen’s Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II–era posters. Sophie’s award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Globe 100 List 2019, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      A moving testimony to the process of navigating abrupt, painful change—and the life-altering impact of true friendship
      [The graphic novel format] creates a comforting clarity and clear path for readers, even in the midst of a shocking and unexpected loss.
      This story of intergenerational friendship [is] told with warmth and realism …
      Equally heartbreaking and encouraging, this moving look at meaningful friendship offers valuable honesty and insight.

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