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    Squiggly Story, A Andrew Larsen Canada, Mike Lowery
    9781771380164 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 0.95 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child's process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy's story is shown both as he actually writes it --- with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols --- and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.
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      Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books as Goodnight, Hockey Fans, A Squiggly Story, The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, In the Tree House and The Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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

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      ... Larsen's text and Lowery's illustrations ... beautifully reveal the breadth and depth of meaning that even a few squiggles and swirls can have in a child's imagination.
      Canadian Children's Book News
      A Squiggly Story is a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms, let alone put a complete sentence together.
      New York Times
      A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion ...
      Kirkus Reviews - starred review
      A solid read-aloud for most any children's collection, but especially where writing is emphasized at an early age.
      School Library Journal
      This fun and playful celebration of the squiggly line will inspire kids to flex their own creative writing muscles.
      Quill & Quire
      This playful multilayered story about sparking the mind is loaded with opportunities for readers to consider different kinds of storytelling.
      Booklist
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    Iron Hand, The Scott Chantler Canada, Scott Chantler Canada
    9781771380522 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:October 01, 2016
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 126 pages Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

      Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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    Iron Hand, The Scott Chantler Canada, Scott Chantler Canada
    9781771380539 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:October 01, 2016
    $8.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 126 pages Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

      Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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    Monster Science Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World? Helaine Becker Canada, Phil McAndrew
    9781771380546 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.5 in | 1.32 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      ?What if the terrifying creatures of your nightmares were indeed prowling the big, wide world beyond your blankie?? begins the intriguing premise of this book. ?Could they really exist? And if so, how?? In a completely original approach to exploring science, award-winning author Helaine Becker places six different kinds of monsters --- Frankenstein, vampires, bigfoot, zombies, werewolves and sea monsters --- under her microscope to expose the proven scientific principles behind the legends. For example, the chapter on Frankenstein delves into how electricity and organ transplants work in the human body, and whether they could really bring someone back to life --- all presented in short, readable sections. There's also historical background on each monster, as well as trivia and jokes in sidebars, and fun quizzes at the end of every chapter for readers to test their knowledge. Becker uses the never-ending appetite for all things monster to engage the imaginations of children and get them excited about science. The just-ghoulish-and-icky-enough illustrations by Phil McAndrew are pitch-perfect, drenched with child-friendly humor. This is a book with tremendous cross-curricular applications in life, earth and physical sciences, as well as in literature (myths and legends), history and literacy skills. With its playful spirit, this is also a book children will happily pick up and devour on their own.
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      Helaine Becker is an award-winning children's author. She has written over seventy books, including the #1 Canadian National Bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      ... a worthwhile read for a wide range of readers.
      Resource Links
      ... an inspired idea ...
      Quill & Quire
      ... as intriguing as the weirdness of life itself.
      The Toronto Star
      ... this title will appeal to science educators as a supplemental resource for classroom activities.
      School Library Journal
      Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact.
      Kirkus Reviews
      Readers looking for a scare will not be disappointed, but will also find themselves laughing and learning something new along the way.
      School Library Connection
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    Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble Susan Hughes Canada, Brooke Kerrigan
    9781771382915 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:October 04, 2016 Print Run:6000
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 8 x 0.38 in | 0.83 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Unlike her neighbors, Maggie McGillicuddy has an eye for trouble. And while she's knitting on her porch swing, she manages to spot it --- everywhere! With the ?tickety, tickety, tack!? of her knitting needles, the elderly Maggie scares off a prowling tiger! And with the ?whickety, whickety, whack!? of her walking stick, there goes a slithering snake! Of course, readers can see the tiger is really just a cat and the snake is only a tree root, so they'll be as delighted as Maggie when Charlie, the boy who just moved next door, seems to have an eye for trouble of his own! With wit and great charm, author Susan Hughes has created a playful story about friendship and the joys of an active imagination. She uses direct questions ---?You see it there, don't you??--- as hints to help children recognize what's imagined and what's actually there, expanding visual literacy. Brooke Kerrigan uses soft colors and quirky details to beautifully illustrate a child's cozy yet expansive world. Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble will make a fun and involving read-aloud, as well as a starting point for talking about imagination. And when real trouble, in the form of a car coming down the road as Charlie is about to run into it, is spotted and averted, adults will find it a useful opportunity to discuss the difference between real and pretend danger with young readers.
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      Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Susan Hughes has written a charming story that unites generations and celebrates the unfettered possibilities of imagination.—CM Magazine
      The rollicking tale describes how much fun the imagination can be.—Resource Links
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    Series: CitizenKid
    On Our Way to Oyster Bay Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights Monica Kulling, Felicita Sala
    9781771383257 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 0.94 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Though eight-year-old Aidan and his friend Gussie want to go to school, like many other children in 1903, they work twelve hours, six days a week, at a cotton mill in Pennsylvania instead. So when the millworkers decide to go on strike, the two friends join the picket line. Maybe now life will change for them. But when a famous labor reformer named Mother Jones comes to hear of the millworkers' demands, she tells them they need to do more than just strike. “Troubled by all she had seen, Mother Jones wanted to end child labor. But what could she do? Why, organize a children's march and bring the message right to President Theodore Roosevelt at his summer home in Oyster Bay, of course!” Written by Monica Kulling, with vibrant illustrations by Felicita Sala, this nonfiction picture book uses an entertaining story about fictitious characters to bring a real event in history to vivid life. The actual march raised awareness across North America and contributed to the passage of the first child labor laws. It offers an excellent model for how ordinary people, including children, can make a difference by standing up for what's right. For lesson planning, there's more about Mother Jones, the march and child labor laws at the end of the book. There's also information about child labor today and concrete suggestions for getting involved and helping, making this book perfect for discussions about social justice, activism and citizenship.
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      Felicita is a self-taught illustrator. She studied philosophy and languages in Australia, but then decided she wanted to create pictures. Since moving to Italy, she has worked on a few stop-motion animation projects along with her husband, Gianluca, but her passion lies in making picture books. She gets inspired by nature, children, mid-century illustration, folk art and architecture. She lives in Rome with Gianluca and their daughter, Nina.

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      ... inspiring and beautifully illustrated ...
      Canadian Children's Book News
      ... this approachable title makes for a good entry point to a unique historical event.
      Booklist
      As a classroom read-aloud, combined with discussion, this can be used as an overview of social justice and activism.
      School Library Journal
      Introducing the story of someone fighting for social justice in this non-violent way will kindle awareness and inspire discussion.
      CM Magazine
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    Inside Your Insides A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home Claire Eamer, Marie-Eve Tremblay Canada
    9781771383325 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.87 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      “Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride,” this intriguing illustrated nonfiction book begins. “The hitchhikers are actually microbes --- tiny living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of these critters.” Six of the most common “critters” that live in and on our bodies are introduced here: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, protists and mites. Each one has its own preferred environment, and readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live, including the hair follicles on our faces, the folds of our tongues and the lengths of our guts. Just as surprising, only some of them are “bad guys” that cause disease, and many of them are actually “good guys” that keep us healthy. There's even research currently being done on ways to improve or fix our collection of microbes as a way to make us healthier. Author Claire Eamer's clear, well-organized and accessible writing --- augmented throughout with fun facts and silly microbe jokes in sidebars --- keeps the book interesting and enjoyable. Marie-Ève Tremblay's bright and cheerfully funny illustrations bring the details to delightful life. With its cutting-edge information about a topic children will find fascinating, this book makes an excellent complement to a life science lesson on the human body. It would also work well for a class on healthy living. A table of contents, glossary and index are included.
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      Marie-Ève Tremblay is a travel junkie who finds inspiration in her trips abroad, be it from nature or situations in everyday life. Her take on the world is full of affection and humor, and her images are set apart by their warm tones, curious candor and gentle whimsy. She has illustrated numerous children's books, as well as for magazines, TV series and much more. Marie-Éve is represented by Colagene, Creative Clinic.

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      ... children will pore over it with fascination, no doubt exclaiming, ?Ooh, gross!? at frequent intervals!
      Canadian Children's Book News
      ... this book has an agenda that's easy to get behind.
      Montreal Review of Books
      An excellent example of engaging science writing, this title would be a useful mentor text for young science writers and a fine addition to science programs dealing with the topic of the human body.
      School Library Journal - starred review
      Microbiology is an unlikely topic for a younger reader, however, this book describes in detail, and with much humour, the many microbes that live in, on and around us every day.
      Resource Links
      Microbiology might seem like a complex subject to broach with middle-graders, but in her new book, Claire Eamer succeeds in explaining the basics in terms that kids will understand.
      Quill & Quire
      Solid information presented in a sprightly manner that's sure to appeal.
      Kirkus Reviews
      The information presented is scientific, intensely personal, and fun to know.
      School Library Connection
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    Series: Head to Tail
    Ocean Animals from Head to Tail Stacey Roderick Canada, Kwanchai Moriya
    9781771383455 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.84 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This nonfiction picture book uses a playful guessing game to introduce eight different ocean animals and some unique aspects of their bodies. First, readers are shown a close-up illustration of an unusual part of an animal's body and asked to guess its owner: “What ocean animal has a head like this?” Then the following spread reveals the animal's name (e.g., “A hammerhead shark!”), along with an illustration of the whole animal in its habitat. There's also a brief description of the animal's traits with a special emphasis on the featured body part. For example, readers learn that a blue whale's mouth contains baleen, which help it capture krill to eat, and that the tail of a seahorse curls so it can hold on to sea plants for stability. Young children will recognize that every animal has its own distinctive features and body parts that help it survive. Author Stacey Roderick has created a perfect beginning exploration of the physical traits of ocean animals that's both engaging and informative. Paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya in bright, eye-catching colors bring the animals to vivid and appealing life. The fun, interactive nature of the guessing game makes this book ideal for a read-aloud. It would be a terrific addition to an early life-science class on the characteristics of living things or on types of ocean animals. A bonus spread includes information on eight more ocean animals.
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      Kwanchai Moriya is an illustrator and painter. He was born in New York and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He completed his education with a degree in History from the University of California and a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. Kwanchai lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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      ... an engaging undersea guessing game ...
      Publishers Weekly
      ... an inviting opportunity to swim into the underwater world.
      Kirkus Reviews
      ... this upbeat work is sure to satisfy.
      School Library Journal
      Bright paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya add to the intrigue of the guessing game.
      Resource Links
      It's a good introduction for curious young minds about the goofy and ferocious (and sometimes both!) creatures that live in the sea ...
      The Globe and Mail
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    Canada Year by Year Elizabeth MacLeod Canada, Sydney Smith
    9781771383974 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / History Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:October 04, 2016
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.5 in | 1.46 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod's year-by-year tour of Canada's fascinating history highlights a single milestone for every year from the country's founding in 1867 up to its 150th anniversary in 2017. Divided into ten distinct eras, coverage ranges from politics, sports, business and arts and culture, and includes significant events both at home and in world affairs. A few examples: *1881 --- A railway across Canada is begun. *1893 --- The Stanley Cup is first awarded in hockey. *1908 --- Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is published. *1947 --- Oil is discovered in Alberta. *2015 --- Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is elected prime minister. Along with the featured stories for each of the 150 years, the pages are filled with sidebars --- with content such as short biographies, quotes, important firsts and trivia --- that are linked to that year. There are also 39 capsule biographies of noteworthy Canadians at the back of the book. The topics chosen offer an inclusive historical perspective, incorporating women, Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities into Canada's rich and diverse narrative. Illustrations by awarding-winning artist Sydney Smith bring a contemporary feel to the stories of the past. This book is a perfect fit for lessons on Canadian history and geography. The accessible format also makes it a compelling choice for children to pick up and browse, or to search for a particular year. A table of contents and an index round out this engaging reference.
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      Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.
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      ... this book will be a hit with historians and trivia buffs alike.
      Resource Links
      ... this colorful book will be a useful addition to libraries on both sides of the border.
      Booklist
      An excellent overview of Canadian history and culture, perfect for browsing or for research.
      School Library Journal
      Both revelatory and entertaining ...
      Kirkus Reviews
      Interesting, educational and entertaining, Canada Year by Year has a place in every public school and library.
      CM Magazine
      With such rich information complemented by its appealing visuals, children, adults, residents of Canada --- old and new --- and non-residents, will each find Canada's unique story engaging.
      Canadian Children's Book News
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    Branch, The Mireille Messier Canada, Pierre Pratt Canada
    9781771385640 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 06, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a branch. But not to her! ?That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship . . .? Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has ?potential.? ?What's potential?? she asks. ?It means it's worth keeping.? And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure.

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

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

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

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      ... a gentle reminder that keeping an open mind can help turn problems into opportunities.
      Publishers Weekly
      ... a small but satisfying story of intergenerational friendship, cooperation, creativity, and the labor that goes into creating something worthwhile.
      The Horn Book Magazine
      ... a story of new life and the kindness of others.
      Quill & Quire
      ... refreshing ...
      New York Times
      A quiet but powerful tale supported by a strong blend of words and pictures.
      School Library Journal
      Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know.
      Kirkus Reviews, starred review
      The vibrantly coloured illustrations complement the story and the warm friendship that grows between the grandfatherly Mr. Frank and the girl.
      Resource Links
      What a marvellous writer Mireille Messier is! She introduces us to a most memorable character whose take on life is charming and refreshing.
      Canadian Children's Book News

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