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    Calming Coloring De-Stress with these Peaceful Images to Color Tansy Willow
    9781398820326 Paperback GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Coloring Books Publication Date:October 01, 2022
    $9.95 CAD 6.02 x 9.21 in Canadian Rights: Y Sirius
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      Relax and unwind with the calming designs in this delightful coloring book, including over 60 images to complete.

      The designs in this collection included have been specially selected to inspire a feeling of joy and relaxation, including baby animals, stunning landscape scenes and intricate mandalas. Fill these images with serene blues, sunshine yellows and pretty pinks and let your stress melt away...

      Perfect for any coloring lover.

      ABOUT THE SERIES: The bestselling Sirius Creative Coloring series brings together delightful coloring books designed to relax the mind and inspire creativity. Printed on thick, high-quality paper, these bold and beautiful artworks present a wonderful coloring challenge.

      Bio
      Tansy Willow is a bestselling coloring book compiler with a taste for all things bold, beautiful and perfect for coloring. From intricate mandalas to stunning landscape scenes, she selects designs that inspire a sense of peace and wonder and tap into the mindful benefits of coloring. She is based in London, UK.
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    Wordsearch Eric Saunders
    9781398819641 Paperback GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Word & Word Search Publication Date:October 01, 2022
    $11.95 CAD 5.28 x 7.44 in Canadian Rights: Y Sirius
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      Arcturus has sold over 9 million Wordsearch books worldwide!

      Features a beautifully designed cover, making it an ideal gift for a wordsearch lover.

      Bio
      Eric Saunders is one of the world's leading puzzle compilers. An expert crossword clue creator, IQ puzzle manipulator and innovator of many new puzzles each year, he has supplied puzzles to newspapers including The Times and is the author of many puzzle compilations for publishers around the world.
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    9781223183770 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 5 - 8 Publication Date:October 04, 2022
    $13.95 CAD 10 x 10 in Canadian Rights: Y Paw Prints
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      Meet Baker and Taylor, two cat buddies (opposite in every way) who are about to leave the comfort of their cozy public library reading nook to embark on one epic literary road trip! After spending most of their time reading in the library, Baker and Taylor are encouraged by their friend Flora to get out and see the world. Their first stop? New York City. There, Flora tells them, they’ll meet another pair of cat besties eager to share their library—the 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library —with them. After they arrive in the city, Baker and Taylor are excited to meet these library cats but can’t seem to find them anywhere! With the help of Baker’s trusty guidebook, Taylor’s sense of adventure, and guidance from New York City’s own, these two book-loving cats are about to solve one big mystery and learn some cool things along the way.

      This is the first title in a newly independent reader series that combines fun storylines featuring two bookish cats, with factoids throughout to create an immersive reading experience for bibliophiles, cat-lovers, and learners of regional history and culture alike.

      Includes backmatter on New York Public Library and different New York City landmarks.
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      Formerly a journalist, Candy Rodó has been working in educational publishing for over two decades. She authored and edited the Everyday Learning Fun series, an Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award winner, and recently contributed to DSI Graphic Novels, a series of classic story retellings in graphic novel format, as well as a culturally informed Spanish-language series of picture books for young children. A native Spanish speaker, Candy is dedicated to the literacy skills of English Language Learners. She is based in New York City.
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      "Baker and Taylor bring a tourist’s-eye view to this earnest homage to the famous library. Concluding notes and boxes throughout offer engaging facts and figures about New York City." — PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
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    A Not so Lonely Day Deborah November, Weaverbird Interactive
    9781223183237 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:October 04, 2022
    $13.95 CAD 10 x 10 in Canadian Rights: Y Paw Prints
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      Thea has a broken arm and must spend a few days home from school, adjusting to her cast. She does not like feeling left behind from the happenings at school, so her daddy comes up with a brilliant plan: they’ll do all the things she and her friends would normally do in the classroom, but at home! Together, Thea, Daddy, and their doggy Rosie fill their day with learning, play, a snack, and even a nap! It may not be the same as what she’s used to, but Thea’s about to discover the joy of implementing everything she’s learned from her school friends (including tidbits on their individual cultures!) right in her very own home.

      In this sweet and informative story time book, one little girl with some big FOMO learns there are different ways to keep the things and people we love close to us. And that being absent from something doesn’t always mean you have to miss out.

      Written in partnership with an accomplished child therapist, A Not So Lonely Day combines playful art a relatable story to explore the CASEL standards of social emotional development and the concepts of loneliness and isolation in young children.

      This title is leveled using both the Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell reading level standards. Includes backmatter that cover tips for helping children cope with loneliness and isolation.

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      Deborah November specializes in writing for young children with an emphasis on social/emotional issues. For many years, she was the editorial director of Sesame Street Books, where she wrote many mass-market story and concept books based on the Sesame Street curriculum and starring the Sesame Street Muppets. Deborah lives in NYC.
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    A Smile in Your Pocket Jarrod Zayas, Weaverbird Interactive
    9781223183176 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:October 04, 2022
    $13.95 CAD 10 x 10 in Canadian Rights: Y Paw Prints
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      It’s the morning walk to school and it doesn’t feel right. The day has started gloomy, when it’s normally bright. And, so begins a series of change that turns young Miles’ day upside down. Once friendly and familiar, everything on that school walk now seems distant, sad, or stressed. The weather. The community workers. Even the neighbor’s dog, Daisy. At school, things don’t lighten up for Miles. There, he’s introduced to a series of new rules meant to help prevent the spread of germs, and all the change overwhelms him, translating into major anxiety and sadness of his own. But, with the help of his patient teacher, Ms. Franklin, Miles learns the value of embracing change and remaining positive. And, he also learns how sharing one little smile, even one you can keep in your pocket, can bring perspective and happiness to yourself and those around you.

      More relevant than ever before in our current “pandemic era,” A Smile in Your Pocket provides caregivers with a fun storytime read that provides a conversation primer about good hygiene, social distancing, and coping with emotions.

      Written in partnership with an accomplished child therapist, A Smile in Your Pocket combines sweet art and rhythmic text to tell a charming story that focuses on CASEL standards of social emotional development, and more specifically about combating negative emotions and the power of positivity.

      This title is leveled using both the Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell reading level standards. Includes backmatter that cover tips for helping children manage sress and anxiety.
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      After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, Jarrod Zayas spent years performing original theatrical productions across the United States with Birmingham Children’s Theatre. As a member of the theatre’s creative team, Jarrod adapted and wrote original scripts. After touring, Jarrod settled in New York, where he has taken his experience with writing and performing for children and applied it to the fi eld of educational publishing. Over the last decade, Jarrod has written for a number of educational programs for children, one of which was a fi nalist for Elon Musk’s 2018 Global Learning X Prize competition.
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    The Little Book of Birds of the World A Guide to the World's Most Fascinating Birds Christin Farley
    9781638190035 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 7 - 12 Publication Date:November 15, 2022
    $20.95 CAD 5.83 x 8.27 in Canadian Rights: Y Bushel & Peck Books
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      Take flight with some of the world's most unique birds in one gorgeous book!

      The Little Book of Birds of the World, part of My Little Library of Natural History, introduces kids to dozens of the world's most interesting birds with details on their habitats, diets, wingspan, and more.

      Gorgeous vintage illustrations by some of the world's most enduring nature illustrators accompany each entry along with charts and other illuminating graphics.

      Animals include:

      • Toco Toucan
      • Hornbill
      • Emu
      • Ostrich
      • Blue Peacock
      • Emperor Penguin
      • Golden Pheasant
      • Kea
      • Peregrine Falcon
      • Kiwi
      • Sri Lanka Frogmouth
      • Koatzin
      • Shoebill
      • Quetzal
      • and many more!

      The My Little Library of Natural History series is a growing set of books that explore the natural world. Titles include:

      • My Little Book of North American Animals
      • My Little Book of North American Birds
      • My Little Book of Shells
      • My Little Book of Insects
      • My Little Book of Arctic Animals
      • with more coming soon!
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      Christin is the author of several books for kids. She lives with her family in California, where she enjoys rollerblading, puzzles, and a good book.

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    The Little Book of Arctic Animals A Guide to the Resilient Creatures of the Extreme North Christin Farley
    9781638191445 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 10 Publication Date:November 15, 2022
    $21.95 CAD 5.83 x 8.27 in Canadian Rights: Y Bushel & Peck Books
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      Explore the snowy, breathtaking world of arctic animals in one gorgeous book!

      The Little Book of Arctic Animals, part of My Little Library of Natural History, introduces kids to dozens of the arctic's most fascinating creatures with details about their habitats, diets, and more. Hunt with the mighty polar bear. Dive with the mystic narwhal. Camouflage with the arctic fox. Adapt, hunt, and survive among some of the world's hardiest birds, mammals, and fish.

      Gorgeous vintage illustrations by some of the world's most enduring nature illustrators accompany each entry along with charts and other illuminating graphics.

      Animals include:

      • Polar bear
      • Narwhal
      • Arctic Fox
      • Walrus
      • Arctic Hair
      • Beluga Whale
      • Musk Ox
      • Reindeer
      • Arctic Wolf
      • Snowy Owl
      • Ringed Seal
      • Bearded Seal
      • Arctic Tern
      • and many more!

      The My Little Library of Natural History series is a growing set of books that explore the natural world. Titles include:

      • My Little Book of North American Animals
      • My Little Book of North American Birds
      • My Little Book of Shells
      • My Little Book of Insects
      • My Little Book of Birds of the World
      • with more coming soon!
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      Christin is the author of several books for kids. She lives with her family in California, where she enjoys rollerblading, puzzles, and a good book.

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    We All Stir the Pot To End Hunger! Misty Lee Coolidge
    9781223183350 Paperback Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:November 29, 2022
    $13.95 CAD 10 x 10 in Canadian Rights: Y Paw Prints
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      Set in and around the busyness of a food pantry and soup kitchen in a nameless town, the story lyrically describes each contribution to the lifeblood of the organization – from the farmers, who give their food to the volunteers who give their time to the recipients who give their thanks— showing how everyone can both literally and metaphorically “stir the pot” and contribute to the effort of ending hunger.

      Co-written by reigning Mrs. USA Worldwide and hunger activist– Misty Lee Coolidge—We All Stir the Pot —explores the interconnectivity of all people, centered around our common need for sustenance. Part of the proceeds from the sale of We All Stir the Pot will go to supporting the mission of Feeding America.

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      Misty Lee Coolidge is a mom, wife, and entrepreneur with a passion for volunteering and activism. As Mrs. Worldwide 2022 and formerly as Mrs. USA 2021, Misty travels around the country to help at local food banks and will not stop until hunger is a thing of the past. She lives in Maine with her husband and their three children.
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    McSweeney's Issue 68 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) Claire Boyle, Dave Eggers, Daniel Gumbiner
    9781952119415 Novelty book LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General Publication Date:October 06, 2022
    $33.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y McSweeney's Publishing
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      Coming this October, the 68th issue of our National Magazine Award-winning McSweeney’s Quarterly features stories of duplicity and deception, double lives and secret histories, waiting for you underneath a cover by Italian artist Daniele Castellano (inspired by the Roman god Janus depicting duality in its many forms). Inside, readers will find an essay by Alejandro Zambra on soccer sadness; an epic, time-bending short story from Carmen Maria Machado; and new work from National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko. Like all editions of McSweeney’s, this issue includes work from established contemporary talents (Catherine Lacey, Andrew Martin, Laura van den Berg) alongside fresh emerging voices (Stephanie Ullmann, Hallie Gayle). Readers will find new translations of Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo and Italian novelist Andrea Bajani, and a little diamond of flash fiction by James Yeh. Compiled by visiting editor Daniel Gumbiner, McSweeney’s Issue 68 offers a host of delights and surprises, from some of the world’s best writers.

      Always changing, each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned (there have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head), but always brings you the very best in new literary fiction.

      Bio
      McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted some of the finest writers in the world, from George Saunders and Lydia Davis, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Foster Wallace. Recent issues have featured work by Tommy Orange, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lisa Taddeo, Mimi Lok, and Lesley Nneka Arimah. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.
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      "A key barometer of the literary climate."
      The New York Times

      “An enduring literary presence.”
      Chicago Tribune

      “Ever shape-shifting and ambitious, McSweeney’s has redefined what a literary institution can be. Their commitment to publishing strong, strange voices and stories from the periphery has always been an inspiration and I’m always excited to see what they’ll do next.”
      Catherine Lacey, McSweeney’s contributor and author of Pew

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    A Woman's Place (Of the Diaspora) Erica Vital-Lazare, Marita Golden, Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs
    9781952119446 Hardcover FICTION / Literary Publication Date:October 18, 2022
    $30.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 in Canadian Rights: Y Of the Diaspora
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      It is 1968 and everything about being a Black woman in America is changing. A society once walled off has begun opening doors. Against this backdrop, three young women meet at a New England college and form a friendship that endures, heals, and dramatically shapes their lives. With backgrounds and temperaments symbolic of the many questions around attaining selfhood in the aftermath of freedom movements, Faith, Crystal and Serena struggle to exercise personal agency in an era when family history, along with race and gender identities, threaten to dictate their paths. As a poet-creative Crystal reaches for expression in language and in choosing who and how she loves. As a budding activist, Serena eschews conventions of marriage, and belonging, to become a global being, leaving the soil of America for Africa, where NGO work evolves into leading women toward an independence she herself maintains by remaining the mistress, never the bride, of a powerful man. Surprisingly, it is Faith, the most introverted, drawn into the self by a series of traumas, whose seemingly self-limiting choices will more directly affect a generation of women to come. The Philadelphia Tribune declared it, “a story of hope, a story of triumph and, above all, a testimony to resilience.”

      Published in 1986 after the award-winning autobiography Migrations of the Heart, A Woman’s Place is Marita Golden’s first novel. More than fourteen books in fiction and nonfiction, including Gumbo: An Anthology of African-American Writing co-edited with E. Lynn Harris, followed. Golden went on to create and helm the Hurston/Wright Foundation, which has become a literary rite of passage for such talents as Nicole Dennis-Benn, Brit Bennett and Tayari Jones. A Woman’s Place is reprinted here as an esteemed addition to McSweeney’s Of the Diaspora series, edited by Erica Vital-Lazare, and opens with a new introduction by the author, with foreword by Women’s March co-founder Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs.


      Bio

      Books by Marita Golden include the novels The Wide Circumference of Love, After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons and Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex and the anthology which she edited, Us Against Alzheimer’s Stories of Family Love and Faith. Her most recent work of nonfiction is The Strong Black Woman How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers, an award from the Authors Guild, and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She has lectured and read from her work internationally.

      Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation,

      Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing. As a teacher of writing, she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. She has served as Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of the District of Columbia. As a literary consultant, she offers writing workshops, coaching, and manuscript evaluation services.


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      “A book that should be bought, read, and cherished, because it is a story of hope, a story of triumph and, above all, a testimony to resilience.”
      The Philadelphia Tribune

      “A radical new talent … The poignancy invites comparison to The Color Purple.”
      New Woman

      A Woman’s Place is a wonder of a novel. Slim, spare, with beautiful simplicity, it manages to convey multitudes about friendship, ambition, desire, duty, inheritance, and especially womanhood. I loved the three Black women whose lives are imagined in these pages, each so different and compelling in their search for meaning and contentment yet united by their uncompromising intellects and humanity. Thirty-six years after its original publication, A Woman’s Place is all the more powerful for its enduring relevance and sense of urgency.”
      Bliss Broyard, author of My Father, Dancing

      “I first discovered Marita Golden’s novel, A Woman’s Place as a college student and young writer in the early 1990s. I was starved for literature that not only echoed my own search for belonging, for connection, but that also, eschewing restrictive/constrictive racial tropes, reflected the complexity and beauty of Black women creating lives, imperfect as they may be, on their own terms. In A Woman’s Place, Golden’s masterfully constructed protagonists fully inhabit and tell their own stories; discover and map their own geographies. I am overjoyed to see this new edition of A Woman’s Place. I hope that it will become a welcoming space; a source of affirmation and celebration of Black women, a beautiful exploration of friendship, forgiveness and the perpetual journey of self-discovery for generations to come.”
      Natasha Tarpley, author of Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion

      “The gift of a Black woman’s friendship lies in the revelation of its permission; a permission that gives its recipient the joy of unraveling and being seen, through and through, for who we really are. More than we might be with even our lovers or our children, Black women and femmes are committed to each other’s healing through the transformative act of unconditional love. We cultivate spaces in which each of us can break, bend, and grow into that much more divinely complex version of ourselves, the one that lies outside the peripheries of marriage, legislation, religion, and any other kind of moral confinement designed to deny us the autonomy of our bodies, minds, and spirits. With the re-release of Marita Golden’s A Woman’s Place, a new generation of Black women and femmes are brought back to this age old truth: your real ‘ride-and-dies’ will always be there for you—even when they aren’t.

      “An enthralling dive into the minds of ‘young, talented, and Black’ college-educated women, post the pivotal signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, A Women’s Place reflects on the fictional inner-lives and friendships of three women who represent our still beloved Black femme archetypes—the innocent, the poet, and the revolutionary—all of whom stepped out as the first generation to emotionally and spiritually navigate the underbelly of patriarchal institutions in North America and abroad. Presciently putting the contemporary issues of today into context, Golden turns an astute eye to the ongoing fight for liberation, beautifully exemplifying how collective change is and has always been manifested through personal acts of defiance.

      “From the inherited longing for land ownership to the need to be sexually emancipated, the communal yearning to grow away from the societal requirements of marriage and mothering and pursue with fervor our own unique intellectual passions is what drives Golden’s A Woman’s Place—a novel that reads as the beating heart of every Black woman still burning with wild intentions and the impulse to define themselves, for themselves.”
      Faylita Hicks, author of HoodWitch

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