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JAG - Barefoot Books Spring 2023 Catalogue

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    Whatever Comes Tomorrow Rebecca Gardyn Levington, Mariona Cabassa
    9781646868414 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 9, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:March 07, 2023
    $22.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 8.64 mm | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Empower kids to manage anxiety! We might not know what the future holds, but the lyrical rhyming text in this beautiful book reassures readers that they have the resilience and strength to face whatever comes their way. Whimsical illustrations make for a captivating read-aloud or bedtime story. Inspired by the author’s own experience with anxiety, this book offers gentle wisdom applicable to both children and adults. End matter includes a discussion guide and activity ideas for managing worries.

      Bio
      Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. Rebecca’s award-winning poems and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, newspapers and magazines. She lives in the suburban jungles of New Jersey, USA, with her husband and two boisterous boys. RebeccaGardynLevington.com

      Mariona Cabassa is a native of Catalonia, Spain, who has illustrated over 80 children’s books. She studied at art school in Barcelona, followed by further research in Strasbourg, France. Her many subsequent years of working as an illustrator, painter, installation maker and tattoo artist reflect her fascination with form and her desire to explore different palettes. Mariona’s technique combines water-based paints, pencils and a digital touch to create rich and detailed illustrations, bursting with color and movement.
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      “Great book, beautifully illustrated with a variety of characters for students to relate to. Perfect for helping students calm their worries and putting these worries into perspective” – Christy Stock, library media specialist
      “What a beautiful, lyrical, inclusive way to empower and encourage children to face what may come with calm confidence that they can overcome challenges and look forward to tomorrow” – Kit Little, executive administrator of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA)

      “In rhymes that first acknowledge and then reassure, Gardyn Levington counsels fortitude in the face of the unknown” – Publishers Weekly
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    Whatever Comes Tomorrow Rebecca Gardyn Levington, Mariona Cabassa
    9781646868421 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 9, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:March 07, 2023
    $12.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 3.51 mm | 0.37 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Empower kids to manage anxiety! We might not know what the future holds, but the lyrical rhyming text in this beautiful book reassures readers that they have the resilience and strength to face whatever comes their way. Whimsical illustrations make for a captivating read-aloud or bedtime story. Inspired by the author’s own experience with anxiety, this book offers gentle wisdom applicable to both children and adults. End matter includes a discussion guide and activity ideas for managing worries.

      Bio
      Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. Rebecca’s award-winning poems and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, newspapers and magazines. She lives in the suburban jungles of New Jersey, USA, with her husband and two boisterous boys. RebeccaGardynLevington.com

      Mariona Cabassa is a native of Catalonia, Spain, who has illustrated over 80 children’s books. She studied at art school in Barcelona, followed by further research in Strasbourg, France. Her many subsequent years of working as an illustrator, painter, installation maker and tattoo artist reflect her fascination with form and her desire to explore different palettes. Mariona’s technique combines water-based paints, pencils and a digital touch to create rich and detailed illustrations, bursting with color and movement.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “An inspiring, visually appealing read filled with tools to help manage uncertainty” – Kirkus Reviews

      “In rhymes that first acknowledge and then reassure, Gardyn Levington counsels fortitude in the face of the unknown” – Publishers Weekly


      “It’s a book I have read over and over, and each time I do it feels brand new. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful” – Matthew Winner, podcaster & reviewer


      “What a beautiful, lyrical, inclusive way to empower and encourage children to face what may come with calm confidence that they can overcome challenges and look forward to tomorrow” – Kit Little, executive administrator of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA)


      Whatever Comes Tomorrow belongs in the offices of every school counselor and child therapist” – Donna Cangelosi, Psy.D. Child Psychologist


      “As a psychotherapist, I cannot recommend this book highly enough” – Lisa Perron, LICSW., psychotherapist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, particularly in the treatment of anxiety


      Whatever Comes Tomorrow is a timely addition to children’s literature given the critical need to increase focus on children’s mental health” – Carrie Spindel Bashoff, PsyD


      “This beautifully illustrated book offers a reminder that it is okay to feel worried, scared, or unsure while fostering resilience and gently encouraging young children to face their fears” – Rachel Merson, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    The Perfect Sushi Mique Moriuchi, Emily Satoko Seo Canada
    9781646868377 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 9, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $21.99 CAD 215.9 x 273.05 x 7.87 mm | 0.82 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Miko likes things to be perfect. When she makes lopsided sushi for her grandmother’s birthday, she replaces it with perfectly formed sushi created by a restaurant robot. Upon delivering her gift, Miko discovers that kokoro (heart) – not impeccability – is the key ingredient to the perfect present. Sprinkled with engaging onomatopoeia, this unique title is infused with Japanese culture and delivers a universal message about the value of intention. A do-it-yourself sushi recipe is included.
      Bio

      Emily Satoko Seo, a Japanese Canadian chemist turned children’s book author, writes about food, culture, science and nature. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two young children and enjoys making homemade sushi with her family. Emily has also written The Science of Boys and Our World: Japan.

      Mique Moriuchi spent her most memorable childhood years in Japan between the ages of seven and ten. Mique currently works as a primary school librarian, children’s book illustrator and occasional lopsided sushi maker with her partner and their two children in Bedford, UK. Her illustrations are created by hand, using collage and acrylic paint.

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    The Perfect Sushi Mique Moriuchi, Emily Satoko Seo Canada
    9781646868384 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 4 - 9, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $10.99 CAD 215.9 x 273.05 x 3.05 mm | 0.33 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Miko likes things to be perfect. When she makes lopsided sushi for her grandmother’s birthday, she replaces it with perfectly formed sushi created by a restaurant robot. Upon delivering her gift, Miko discovers that kokoro (heart) – not impeccability – is the key ingredient to the perfect present. Sprinkled with engaging onomatopoeia, this unique title is infused with Japanese culture and delivers a universal message about the value of intention. A do-it-yourself sushi recipe is included.
      Bio

      Emily Satoko Seo, a Japanese Canadian chemist turned children’s book author, writes about food, culture, science and nature. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two young children and enjoys making homemade sushi with her family. Emily has also written The Science of Boys and Our World: Japan.

      Mique Moriuchi spent her most memorable childhood years in Japan between the ages of seven and ten. Mique currently works as a primary school librarian, children’s book illustrator and occasional lopsided sushi maker with her partner and their two children in Bedford, UK. Her illustrations are created by hand, using collage and acrylic paint.

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    Food for the Future Sustainable Farms Around the World Mia Wenjen, Robert Sae-Heng
    9781646868391 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:May 23, 2023
    $22.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 9.91 mm | 0.95 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Go on a tour of eco-friendly farms around the globe! From urban gardens to farms under the sea, discover the many different sustainable ways people have been growing food for centuries, and new innovations that are battling the effects of climate change on farming. Rhyming text and inset boxes with definitions for new vocabulary words make the topic accessible to young learners. End matter includes detailed information about each country's farming practice, sustainable farming and more.
      Bio

      Mia Wenjen enjoys boxing, gardening and yoga. Because Japanese cucumbers are not available where she lives, she sprouted them from seed and convinced her boxing gym friends to grow them as well. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband, three children and Golden Retriever. She blogs on parenting, education and children’s books at PragmaticMom.com and runs the nonprofit Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

      Robert Sae-Heng is an illustrator and artist living in London, UK, with his fantastically large cheese plant, Elvis. He has Mexican and Thai origins, and spent his childhood on a tiny farm in Mexico. He first began using imagery to communicate because he spent his early years unable to hear. Robert now works with mixed media, combining hand-drawn elements with a digital finish.

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    Food for the Future Sustainable Farms Around the World Mia Wenjen, Robert Sae-Heng
    9781646868407 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:May 23, 2023
    $12.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 4.06 mm | 0.45 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Go on a tour of eco-friendly farms around the globe! From urban gardens to farms under the sea, discover the many different sustainable ways people have been growing food for centuries, and new innovations that are battling the effects of climate change on farming. Rhyming text and inset boxes with definitions for new vocabulary words make the topic accessible to young learners. End matter includes detailed information about each country's farming practice, sustainable farming and more.
      Bio

      Mia Wenjen enjoys boxing, gardening and yoga. Because Japanese cucumbers are not available where she lives, she sprouted them from seed and convinced her boxing gym friends to grow them as well. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband, three children and Golden Retriever. She blogs on parenting, education and children’s books at PragmaticMom.com and runs the nonprofit Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

      Robert Sae-Heng is an illustrator and artist living in London, UK, with his fantastically large cheese plant, Elvis. He has Mexican and Thai origins, and spent his childhood on a tiny farm in Mexico. He first began using imagery to communicate because he spent his early years unable to hear. Robert now works with mixed media, combining hand-drawn elements with a digital finish.

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    Twice as Many Friends / El doble de amigos Brian Amador, Vanina Starkoff, Sol y Canto
    9781646868452 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $21.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 7.87 mm | 0.85 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Set to a tune with both English and Spanish lyrics, this uplifting singalong shows kids that learning a new language means connecting with new people and making more friends! Call-and-response phrases reinforce language learning, and the end matter includes a list of English and Spanish phrases and pronunciations. Bright illustrations reflect the warmth and joy of the song. Includes an online access link to audio and video animation.
      Bio

      Brian Amador is a guitarist, composer, songwriter, singer and voice actor originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and now residing in the Boston area. Brian has written countless songs for adults and children of all ages – in Spanish, English and both languages combined. Brian and his wife Rosi are the proud parents of adult twins and a scruffy little dog.

      Vanina Starkoff was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires and she graduated with the Colombian illustrator José Sanabria. Since completing her first picture book in 2010, she has gained international recognition for her vivid landscape illustrations. She lives in Buzios, Brazil.

      Sol y Canto is the award-winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and percussionist Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice and Brian’s lush Spanish guitar and inventive compositions, Sol y Canto is known for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish speaking audiences of all ages.

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    Twice as Many Friends / El doble de amigos Brian Amador, Vanina Starkoff, Sol y Canto
    9781646868469 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $12.99 CAD 254 x 247.65 x 3.05 mm | 0.3 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Set to a tune with both English and Spanish lyrics, this uplifting singalong shows kids that learning a new language means connecting with new people and making more friends! Call-and-response phrases reinforce language learning, and the end matter includes a list of English and Spanish phrases and pronunciations. Bright illustrations reflect the warmth and joy of the song. Includes an online access link to audio and video animation.
      Bio

      Brian Amador is a guitarist, composer, songwriter, singer and voice actor originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and now residing in the Boston area. Brian has written countless songs for adults and children of all ages – in Spanish, English and both languages combined. Brian and his wife Rosi are the proud parents of adult twins and a scruffy little dog.

      Vanina Starkoff was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires and she graduated with the Colombian illustrator José Sanabria. Since completing her first picture book in 2010, she has gained international recognition for her vivid landscape illustrations. She lives in Buzios, Brazil.

      Sol y Canto is the award-winning Pan-Latin ensemble led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and percussionist Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice and Brian’s lush Spanish guitar and inventive compositions, Sol y Canto is known for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish speaking audiences of all ages.

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    Series: Our World
    Our World: Brazil Ana Siqueira, Ana Matsusaki
    9781646866304 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 0 - 4, Grade (US) from P - P Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $12.99 CAD 170.18 x 165.1 x 17.02 mm | 0.98 lb | 20 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Let's spend a day in Brazil! Ride the ônibus to the beach, drink sugar cane juice at the feira and play capoeira. Brazilian author Ana Siquiera and illustrator Magda Azab draw on their personal experiences living in Brazil to create this appealing board book as part of the Our World Series for very young readers.
      Bio

      Ana Siqueira is a Spanish-language elementary teacher, an award-winning Brazilian children’s author and a published author in the foreign language educational market. She loves dancing frevo and drinking mate at the beach. Ana was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She now lives in Tampa, USA with her Cuban husband. www.anafiction.com

      Ana Matsusaki was born in São Paulo and now lives in Curitiba, in the south of Brazil. Each week, she goes to the feira with her dog, Xumica, to choose delicious street food. She loves to travel around Brazil; there is always more to learn about her own country. Ana has illustrated several children's books in Brazil. www.anamatsusaki.com

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    Series: Our World
    Our World: India Meera Sriram, Neethi
    9781646866281 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 0 - 4, Grade (US) from P - P Publication Date:April 04, 2023
    $12.99 CAD 170.18 x 165.1 x 17.02 mm | 0.98 lb | 20 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Barefoot Books
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      Come along for a day in India! Wake to a myna bird's song, dine on dal, count mango trees and more. Author Meera Sriram (A Gift for Amma, Dumpling Day) and illustrator Neethi draw on their personal experience of life in India to create this appealing board book as part of the Our World Series for very young readers.
      Bio

      Meera Sriram grew up in Chennai, India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing, leading early literacy programs and advocating for diverse bookshelves. She has also written A Gift for Amma and Dumpling Day for Barefoot Books, and contributed a story to Water: A Deep Dive of Discovery. Learn more at www.meerasriram.com.

      Neethi is an illustrator and muralist based out of Bangalore, India. Bright pattern-infused scenes, with a touch of fantasy, are a recurring theme in her work.
      She once won first place for her rendition of "The Monkey and the Cap Seller" in kindergarten. Neethi has an irrational fear of ellipses. For more information, visit www.neethi.co.in.

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