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    A Family Is a Family Is a Family Sara O'Leary Canada, Qin Leng Canada
    9781554987948 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 9.5 x 0.4 in | 0.97 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      When a teacher asks her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different, but the same in one important way ...

      When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

      One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

      As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

      A warm and whimsical look at many types of families, written by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, with quirky and sweet illustrations by Qin Leng.

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
      With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
      Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

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

      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

      SARA O'LEARY is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. Her highly acclaimed picture books include Percy’s Museum, illustrated by Carmen Mok; Night Walk, illustrated by Ellie Arscott; A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng (USBBY Outstanding International Books); and Maud and Grand-Maud, illustrated by Kenard Pak. She has also written This Is Sadie (adapted for the stage for New York City Children’s Theater) and the award-winning series of Henry books, all illustrated by Julie Morstad. Sara writes for children’s animation and teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.



      QIN LENG lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Her picture books include Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (APALA Award, Governor General’s Literary Award finalist); Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (both USBBY Outstanding International Books); When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist) and I Am Small, which Qin has written and illustrated.

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      Awards
      Toronto Public Library's First and Best List 2016, Commended
      CBC Best Books of 2016 2016, Commended
      USBBY's Outstanding International Books List 2017, Commended
      OLA Best Bets Top Ten 2016, Commended
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing . . . A-plus fabulous.
      Leng's drawings of domestic life are, like O'Leary's writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life.
      A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.

      [R]aucous and relatable.

  • 2
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    Africville Shauntay Grant Canada, Eva Campbell Canada
    9781773060439 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2018
    $19.99 CAD 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.3 in | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
      Finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books
      Finalist for a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Books Award

      When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother’s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

      Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing.

      Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

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      historical context
      references

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
      With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      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.

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      SHAUNTAY GRANT is a descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons and Black Refugees who migrated to Canada some two hundred years ago. A writer and performance artist, she has won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize, and she has published several picture books. Shauntay also lectures in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University. Her professional degrees and training include the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of British Columbia, and the Bachelor of Journalism program at the University of King’s College. She lives in Halifax.



      EVA CAMPBELL is an artist and illustrator who teaches visual art. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, the UK, Barbados and Ghana. Eva won the Children’s Africana Book Award for her illustrations in The Matatu by Eric Walters. She also illustrated Africville by Shauntay Grant, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, and a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist. Eva lives in Victoria.

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      Awards
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2019, Winner
      Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration 2019, Winner
      Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books 2019, Short-listed
      Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Award 2018, Short-listed
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award 2019, Short-listed
      CBC Books Best Canadian YA and Children's Literature 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      This story celebrates the beauty and joy of the community seen through a child’s eyes. . . . There is both pride and longing expressed in the lyrical text, and the vibrant colors and friendly compositions of the oil and pastel illustrations immerse readers in this community.
      Shauntay Grant’s writing is graceful ... She reaches out to young readers and invites them in ... Visually, Africville is gorgeous. Eva Campbell’s illustrations are arresting; the colours are warm and inviting, and her painterly style enhances the dreamlike quality of the story.
      Through the poem, readers visit this sparkling seaside community . . .. Grant's evocative descriptions are perfectly matched in tone and timbre with Campbell's vibrant oil-and-pastel renderings of the town and its residents.
      The writing is spare but emotional, and the art brings the community to life. A loving tribute to a history that should not be forgotten.
      [Shauntay] Grant’s perfectly paced free verse poetry has a gentle, hypnotic quality that flows through the narrative and invites the reader to savour each word and the myriad images the words evoke. Eva Campbell’s illustrations are bold, bright and filled with energy and motion. . . . [A] vivid portrait of what Africville once was.
      The simplicity of [Shauntay Grant’s] story engages readers of all ages and backgrounds, and it brings to light a dark period in history in a completely accessible and very beautiful way. There is a melody to Grant’s poetry that entrances, and, when paired with Eva Campbell’s vivid illustrations, the former thriving community comes to life. . . . Africville is destined to become a picture book classic . . .
      The reader travels on a special journey in both text and visual memories in Africville. . . . Africville is a delightful book for classrooms and public libraries looking for a gentle storybook as well a tribute to the history of a place that should not be forgotten.

      [A] gorgeous and radiant ode.

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    Any Questions? Marie-Louise Gay Canada, Marie-Louise Gay Canada
    9781554983827 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:August 11, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.42 in | 1.58 lb | 60 pages Carton Quantity:25 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Where does the story start? Marie-Louise Gay explains the creative process with typical fun and whimsy.

      Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.

      Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere asking to be written.

      Any Questions? presents a world inhabited by lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, talking trees and spotted snails, with cameo appearances by some of Marie-Louise’s favorite characters — a world where kids can become part of the story and let their imaginations run wild… and just maybe they will be inspired to create stories of their own.

      At the end of the book, Marie-Louise provides answers to many of the questions children have asked her over the years, such as “Are you Stella?” “How did you learn to draw?” “Can your cat fly?” “How many books do you make in one day?”

      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.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1
      Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

      Bio

      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration 2014, Short-listed
      Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature 2014, Short-listed
      School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Globe 100 Best Books 2014, Commended
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2015, Commended
      Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2015, Commended
      Vancouver Children's Roundtable Information Book Award 2015, Short-listed
      Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2015, Winner
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2015, Short-listed
      White Ravens 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children.
      The sideline commentary from some talkative cats and opinionated children contribute a light touch of humor, and the overall message—that creativity is messy and fun!—is empowering.
      Marie-Louise Gay has the extraordinary ability to inhabit the mind and voice of a young child. . . . Lovingly illustrated in watercolour, coloured pencil, pastel, and collage, Gay’s cartoon-like drawings convey the exuberance of the young.
      Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay's mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries.
      A smart, slightly meta exploration of creativity and the art of storytelling.
      A multicultural cast of curious children barrage the unseen author with dozens of questions . . . Revisit this one often!
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    Me and You and the Red Canoe Jean E. Pendziwol Canada, Phil Canada
    9781554988471 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 5, Grade (CAN) from K, Grade (US) from K On Sale Date:August 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 8.75 x 8.75 x 0.25 in | 0.84 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      “A true gem that invites contemplation and reflection in children, who are often too busy to notice the beauty of everyday life.” — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

      In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.

      The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure through the blue-green depths, the siblings paddle around a point, spotting a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming towards its home and an eagle returning to its nest. Suddenly there is a sharp tug and the rod bends to meet the water. A few heart-stopping moments later, the pair pull a silvery trout from the water, then paddle back to the campsite to fry up a delicious breakfast.

      The poetic text is accompanied by stunningly beautiful paintings rendered on wood panels that give a nostalgic feeling to the story.

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

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
      Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

      Bio

      JEAN E. PENDZIWOL’s highly acclaimed picture books include I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree, illustrated by Nathalie Dion; Me and You and the Red Canoe, illustrated by Phil; and Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award). Jean’s adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, has been published in more than thirteen languages. She lives in Northwestern Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior.



      PHIL studied painting, printmaking, photography and design at the Alberta College of Art and the Ontario College of Art and Design. His paintings evoke memories as well as images and feelings from the past. This is his first picture book. He lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      A true gem that invites contemplation and reflection in children, who are often too busy to notice the beauty of everyday life.
      Free-verse poetry full of sensory details, evocative language, and repetition pair with scratchy illustrations in the greens, browns, and blues of the natural world to capture a morning of fishing from a red canoe. … Evocative, lyrical, perfect.
      The calm, distempered pictures and cool prose of Me and You and the Red Canoe seem to distill the essence of lakeside summertime.
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    Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress Christine Baldacchino Canada, Isabelle Malenfant Canada
    9781554983476 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:May 01, 2014
    $17.99 CAD 7.88 x 10.5 x 0.25 in | 0.76 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center and its tangerine dress.

      Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

      But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.

      One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

      Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.

      With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      Bio

      CHRISTINE BALDACCHINO is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. Her picture book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress was a Stonewall Honor recipient and the winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book. She lives with her husband in Toronto.



      ISABELLE MALENFANT was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal, then fell in love with illustration. Since then, Isabelle has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, including the highly acclaimed Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino. She lives with her family in Montreal.

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      Awards
      Blue Spruce Award 2015, Short-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014, Commended
      Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young People 2014, Commended
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Kirkus Best Picture Books Celebrating Diversity 2014, Commended
      Today's Parent Top Picture Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Most Touching/Heartwarming 2014, Commended
      Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature 2015, Commended
      American Library Association Rainbow List 2015, Commended
      CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book 2015, Winner
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2015, Commended
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2015, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      [R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse at a boy who simply likes to dress up.
      Baldacchino doesn’t sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures. . . . Malenfant showcases Morris’s full emotional spectrum.
      Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine. . . . Sensitive and reassuring.
      [A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relateable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar.
      Unlike some more messagey titles on the subject, this one provides Morris with a personality beyond his dress-loving nature, making him enjoyable literary company.
      First-time author Christine Baldacchino debunks all the shoulds and shouldn’ts of children’s behavior merely based on the number of x-chromosomes. . . . Veteran illustrator Isabelle Malenfant imbues young Morris with such expressiveness, from his curious joy to hurt silence to cruel rejection to hopeful triumph.
      Christine Baldacchino's story and Isabelle Malenfant's delightful illustrations show how being different is sometimes the bravest thing you can be.
      Baldacchino’s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept.
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    Mustafa Marie-Louise Gay Canada, Marie-Louise Gay Canada
    9781773061382 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 3, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:August 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 10.5 x 0.4 in | 0.97 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Boston Globe, Best 2018 Books for Children
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Finalist

      Mustafa and his family traveled a long way to reach their new home. Some nights Mustafa dreams about the country he used to live in, and he wakes up not knowing where he is. Then his mother takes him out to the balcony to see the moon — the same moon as in their old country. In the park, Mustafa sees ants and caterpillars and bees — they are the same, too. He encounters a “girl-with-a-cat,” who says something in a language that he can’t understand. He watches an old lady feeding birds and other children playing, but he is always looking in from the outside and he feels that he is invisible. But one day, the girl-with-the-cat beckons to him, and Mustafa begins to become part of his new world.

      Marie-Louise Gay’s remarkable ability to write and illustrate from the perspective of a young child is movingly exhibited in this gentle, thoughtful story about coming to feel at home in a new country.

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

      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.2.5
      Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

      Bio

      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Awards
      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2019, Short-listed
      Boston Globe Best Books for Children 2018, Commended
      Blue Spruce Award 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews
      A touching story about adjustment, recovery, love, and friendship, told of a boy whose family moves to a new country due to war. . . . An invaluable resource for those working with children from resettled refugee families as well as host communities.
      The story of a young boy moving to an unfamiliar place and finding his way, even when another language is spoken, is one that all children should hear . . . One for the must-be-purchased list.
      Perfectly pitched to help young children explore empathy in a thoughtful, nonthreatening manner.
      [T]ouching . . . This nuanced book shows the necessity of friendship for those who carry unseen emotional scars from war.
      This gentle, heartwarming story features Marie-Louise Gay’s distinct and delightful watercolour illustrations. … A timely tale that is told in prose that is gentle and spare and lovely.
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    Shi-shi-etko Nicola Campbell Canada, Kim Lafave Canada
    9780888996596 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 08, 2005
    $18.95 CAD 8.4 x 8.1 x 1.4 in | 0.68 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award. Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

      In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.

      She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world -- the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather's paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.

      Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss -- a loss that Indigenous Peoples have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
      With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
      Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

      Bio

      NICOLA I. CAMPBELL is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.



      KIM LAFAVE has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.

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      Awards
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2006, Short-listed
      Chocolate Lily Award 2006, Long-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2006, Short-listed
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2006, Short-listed
      Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year (Co-Winner) 2006, Winner
      CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) 2006, Commended
      Reviews
      ...a timely publication...Campbell has written the story in a gentle poetic style.
      LaFave places a child in modern dress...within landscapes whose strong, curving lines evoke subdued but intense feelings underlying this poignant tale of taking leave.
      The text is poetic and the story is gentle.
      This is a gorgeously illustrated story...The lyricism of Nicola Campbell's prose makes the point that such pristine experiences can and should be held in memory.
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    Shin-chi's Canoe Nicola Campbell Canada, Kim Lafave Canada
    9780888998576 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2008
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.13 x 0.41 in | 0.72 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration

      This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too.

      As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko tells her brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the salmon. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime. When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father.

      The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.

      Bio

      NICOLA I. CAMPBELL is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.



      KIM LAFAVE has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.

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      Awards
      Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book 2008, Short-listed
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2009, Winner
      Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 2008, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2009, Short-listed
      OLA Silver Birch Express 2009, Long-listed
      Reviews
      LaFave's digitally colored pencil sketches contrast the austerity of boarding-school life with the natural beauty of the children's home.
      Kim LaFave's illustrations for this book are...bold and beautiful...an evocative accompaniment to a powerful text.
      LaFave's striking yet soft digital illustrations are appropriately somber and deftly capture the mood with subtle earth tones on each page...This realistic, tender story [is] an accessible and important contribution to Native literature.
      This book is an important addition to this literature with its intertwining of historical fact with an engaging narrative and evocative illustrations.
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    Short Stories for Little Monsters Marie-Louise Gay Canada, Marie-Louise Gay Canada
    9781554988969 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:March 01, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.3 in | 1.24 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Description

      The internationally acclaimed author of the Stella and Sam series has created a collection of short, funny illustrated stories.

      This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.

      What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares?

      These short stories are illustrated in vibrant watercolor and collage in cartoon style. They are rich in detail and tiny humorous subplots that will delight all little sharp-eyed monsters.

      Key Text Features
      humour
      speech bubbles
      panels

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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5
      Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
      With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
      Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
      Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
      Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

      Bio

      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books 2017, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books 2017, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      This volume is worth reading multiple times to enjoy the humor and to revisit the witty illustrations and snappy dialogue.
      Original, inventive, pore-overable, and child-pleasing; it's well worth being deemed a "little monster" to be the audience for this book.
      Silly and funny and unique, graced with the fabulous illustrations by Marie-Louise Gay.
      Gay's whimsical artwork is always a treat.… Little ones will appreciate the bite-size nature of these playful stories and gentle jokes, as well as the riotous spreads packed with lively details.
      Fans of Louis Sachar's Wayside School stories and Shel Silverstein's repertoire of drawings will delight as this picture book joins their ranks.
      In these comics-style snapshots of whimsy, Gay lets children and other creatures break the rules of ordinary life. … Imagination makes the strangest things possible.
      Don’t be surprised if this one becomes a dog-eared favorite in your child’s bedroom or your school library or classroom. It’s smart, funny, entertaining, and eminently browse-able. More picture books like this, please.
      A whimsical, attractive, and unique book.
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    Sidewalk Flowers JonArno Lawson Canada, Sydney Smith Canada
    9781554984312 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 01, 2015
    $17.99 CAD 8.75 x 8.75 x 0.37 in | 0.49 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Book

      A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

      In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

      “Written” by award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and brought to life by illustrator Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.


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

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

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

      Bio

      JONARNO LAWSON’S internationally acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, among many other accolades. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry and the author of numerous books for children and adults. JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.



      SYDNEY SMITH was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustrated Books 2015, Winner
      New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book 2015, Long-listed
      Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      School Library Journal Best Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      Horn Book Fanfare 2015, Commended
      49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended Book 2015, Commended
      National Post Best Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      Globe 100 Best Books 2015, Commended
      A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2016, Commended
      New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015, Commended
      Booksource Scout Award, Favorite Picture Book 2015, Winner
      ALA Notable Children's Book 2016, Commended
      USBBY Outstanding International Books 2016, Commended
      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2016, Winner
      Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Book 2015, Winner
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 2016, Winner
      National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Book Illustration 2016, Winner
      CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016, Short-listed
      TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016, Commended
      Michigan Library Association Mitten Award 2016, Winner
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2017, Commended
      Andersen Prize — Best Book With No Words 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      A poignant, wordless storyline . . . this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.
      A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.
      An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. . . . A book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.
      Sidewalk Flowers wraps readers in kindness, tenderness, generosity and wonder.
      A quiet, graceful book about the perspective-changing wonder of humble, everyday pleasures.
      Affecting, efficient, moving, kind. Lawson’s done the impossible. He wrote poetry into a book without a single word, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.
      I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children.

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