9781771472890HardcoverJUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2Publication Date: August 15, 2017
$16.95 CAD9.5 x 9.5 x 0.31 in | 24 pagesCarton Quantity: 44Canadian Rights: YOwlkids
Count to ten with Canadian wildlife in this playful counting book.
Here they come… one bighorn sheep jumping, two grebes dancing, three mantids hunting, and many more Canadian critters to count! Each spread presents a number from 1 to 10, along with a playful depiction of the corresponding amount of Canadian wildlife. Each number is shown as a figure, a word, and a quantity of dots to support comprehension. Every spread also includes a lively phrase with an action verb and one other element to count.
Featured wildlife includes mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and fish — creatures from diverse environments across Canada. Geraldo Valério’s signature paper collage illustrations are simple yet sophisticated, full of color and movement, and make counting fun! An informational spread at the end includes spot art and facts about the featured wildlife.
GERALDO VALÉRIO is a Brazillian-Canadian children's book author and illustrator whose books have been published in Canada, the United States, Portugal and Brazil. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"Lovely... A gentle charmer for the youngest animal lovers." "All eyes will be on the boldly colored visual tributes to each animal." "Original, unique, fun and factual, 'Jump, Leap, Count Sheep!' is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections." " Jump, Leap, Count Sheep! would be a wonderful addition to any daycare or preschool library as it can be used to teach counting. The beautiful illustrations make this book a great addition to any family home."
9781771472975HardcoverJUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2Publication Date: October 15, 2017
$16.95 CAD8.25 x 9 x 0.38 in | 24 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
See baby animals at play in the first book of a new series.
Around the world, baby animals use play to learn and practice important skills. Whether it’s baby lemurs climbing trees, giraffe calves galloping in the grass, or cheetah brothers wrestling, baby animals at play are not only adorable — they can teach us about animal behavior, too.
The first in a new series, this book showcases ten species from three continents, each engaged in different forms of play. Stunning, intimate, full-color photographs by Suzi Eszterhas are each paired with a short sentence highlighting information about the animal. Designed both as a read-aloud and for young children to explore independently, this book will encourage readers to make connections between themselves and the animals. Back matter gives further information about Suzi Eszterhas and her wildlife photography work.
SUZI ESZTERHAS is an award-winning wildlife photographer who is passionate about saving wildlife and works to raise funds and awareness for many conservation organizations. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories in publications around the world, including National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, and TIME. Suzi is also the author and photographer behind the Wildlife Rescue series of children's books. When not in the field, she lives in Petaluma, California.
"Irresistible... Even toddlers can easily associate these animal activities with their own running, jumping, swinging, and dancing experiences. For readers and listeners alike, an appealing connection to the natural world." "Utterly adorable...irresistible." "Beautiful...authentic... Best suited for group sharing and also ideal for newly independent readers who delight in nonfiction." "This nonfiction, easy picture book will be appreciated by animal lovers and nonfiction readers."
9781771472036HardcoverJUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 5, Grade (US) from P - 5Publication Date: September 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD10.5 x 8.5 x 0.44 in | 40 pagesCarton Quantity: 32Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
The story of planet Earth's evolution: 4.5 billion years in 40 pages
It has taken billions of years for Earth to become the planet it is today. When Planet Earth Was New looks back to the very beginning, using a poetic approach grounded in scientific fact to give an overview of how the planet has changed over time: from hot lava to the formation of oceans to the evolution of living things in water and on land. The book also includes the relatively recent evolution of humans — who are just a tiny speck in the sweep of Earth’s history.
This broad look at the Earth is designed to inspire awe and inquiry. With STEM connections to biology, geology, evolution, and more, it is a springboard for discovery, discussion, and research. A striking design with full-spread, digitally enhanced watercolor art gives the book a rich, atmospheric feel. Back matter includes informational notes about each spread, as well as sources, an author’s note, and a glossary.
JAMES GLADSTONE is an editor and writer of school and trade books for children. When Planet Earth Was New is his first book with Owlkids. James lives in Toronto, Ontario.
KATHERINE DIEMERT lives with her grumpy cat in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Illustration program, she creates images for editorial and interactive media. She uses a combination of analog and digital tools to create her work, which has been included in several shows and garnered awards. She especially loved drawing the weird and wonderful creatures in this book. When Planet Earth Was New is Katherine’s first picture book.
Quill and Quire's Kids Books of the Year 2017, Short-listed Canadian Children's Book Centre Norma Fleck Award 2018, Short-listed
"Diemert's images are allusive and striking... A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners." "Beautiful and thought-provoking, this nonfiction picture book has a great deal to offer." "Striking, slightly surreal illustrations complement the prose and offer much to contemplate...a fine addition to science collections." "Will start a discussion of the Earth's development and future and spark interest in biology, geology, and evolutionary connections." "Fusing art and science... Striking, otherworldly illustrations from Katherine Diemert show the constantly evolving landscapes in fantasy-rich hues in this beautifully unique journey through space and time." "An epic retelling of our planet's origin story... When Planet Earth Was New nails the sense of majesty and mystery that ought to accompany any look at the planet's beginnings." "Evocative...bold...poetic...will spark readers' imaginings of a nascent Earth." "This perfect union of words and images telling the story of their awesome planet will mesmerize children and adults alike." "This book is beautiful. It provides a great entry point to discussing evolution and the history of our planet, and it serves as a good launching point for further research." "When Planet Earth Was New works well on two levels: as a picture book with appeal for curious visual learners, there is plenty of striking detail, color and animation. Secondly, the extra science facts will satisfy stronger readers."
9781771472005HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3Publication Date: October 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pagesCarton Quantity: 50Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
If Cliffy had his way—and he just may—every day would be jammie day!
Cliffy is a middle child: a little less loud, a little less messy, and a little less conspicuous than his four siblings. One cold, winter morning, Cliffy doesn’t feel like getting dressed. So he tells his mom it’s jammie day and heads to school in his favorite footy pajamas.
His mom might not have been paying attention. His teacher and his dad are distracted, too. So Cliffy gets away with it for a day… then a week… then a month. The other kids at school catch on quickly and start making every day jammie day, too! This playful read-aloud pokes fun at preoccupied adults and lets the kids win. Adorable, nuanced artwork elevates the story with a true-to-life depiction of family chaos, emotion, and warmth. The illustrations especially show off Cliffy’s jammies, which become more worn, torn, and beloved as the months go by.
CARRIE SNYDER is the acclaimed author of three books for adults. Her 2014 novel, Girl Runner, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and has been translated into ten languages. She is the author of two books for children: The Candy Conspiracy and Jammie Day! Carrie lives with her family in Waterloo, Ontario.
BROOKE KERRIGAN has six picture books to her credit, including Jammie Day! Born and raised in Toronto in a household steeped in creativity and books, Brooke now lives in France.
Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever
Aug 26, 2014
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Awards & Reviews
"What sets Jammie Day! apart from almost all other books about being stuck in the middle is that the protagonist, Cliffy, isn't bothered by the situation...wonderful details." "Clever... This fun book is a perfect choice for pajama storytimes, or to be read during Jammie Day at school." "A diverting read at an evening storytime... a salute to the kids who like what they like when it comes to apparel." "This book is a great representation of how kids often get stuck on one piece of clothing and wear it down to nothing...Readers will relate to Cliffy’s Jammie Day desires." "Carrie Snyder, better known as an adult novelist, has written an amusing story about daily life that will have children smiling and perhaps hoping for a break in the routine of their own lives, one like this one."
9781771471718HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4Publication Date: August 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 32 pagesCarton Quantity: 18Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
A comical story about a new kid who really, really wants to make friends.
Meet Ira Crumb. He’s the new kid in town. He knows what that means: when the new school year starts, he’ll play alone at recess, eat alone at lunch, and walk home alone at the end of the day. So Ira launches a whole-hearted campaign to befriend neighborhood kids before the first day. But his best-laid plans — A sandwich stand! A dance-off! — fall flat, and playing it cool doesn’t seem to work either.
Just as Ira decides school will be HORRIBLE, a comical misunderstanding connects him with Malcolm, who was the new kid last year and totally gets it — and who, it turns out, will make a pretty good friend.
Full of comedic touches, comics-style storytelling, and a diverse cast of quirky characters, this hilarious debut picture book puts an endearing spin on the anxiety that accompanies change and making friends.
NASEEM HRAB is a writer, a storyteller and a pretty good friend. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children's publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
JOSH HOLINATY is an illustrator whose works include public art commissions and book, magazine and newspaper illustrations. His previous books include the Norma Fleck Award finalist A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars. Originally from Alberta, Josh now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife Genevieve and their dog, Jack, eater of socks.
Bank Street College of Education's list of Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended
"Packed with wry whimsy... A valuable lesson in friendship."
"Hrab, a former librarian, knows what makes kids laugh... But amid the laughter are some very good lessons about making friends that will undoubtedly help soothe the anxieties of many children." "Will have young readers giggling... A fast-moving text that speaks to the fear children have about being the new kid anywhere in life, this title will be especially welcome on the shelves for back-to-school storytimes and shared readings." "This story of a boy's anxiety about making friends will show readers that, many times, the best way to make a friend is to be yourself! A fast and fun read." "Ira Crumb would be an appropriate selection for five-to-eight-year-olds during the first week of school or when a new face appears in class." "This story is perfect to be read to (or by) any young student entering a new town, school, or club." “A hilarious comic that presents the quest of finding a friend like it were an adventure.”
9781771472524HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4Publication Date: October 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD10 x 8 x 0.38 in | 40 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
An old dog learns new tricks in this story about righting wrongs.
The Duke and his dog, Tricky, spend their days making trouble. They cheat, steal, and play cruel-hearted pranks on their neighbors, just for fun. But one day, somebody new comes to town and gives Tricky a treat that melts his mischievous heart — and sets him thinking about the effect his actions have on others.
Inspired to change his ways, Tricky decides to set things right the only way he knows how… with tricks! Tricky’s ploy might just lead The Duke to reconsider his ways. Stylized cartoon-inspired art adds a distinctive mood and humor to this fun debut picture book about empathy, revenge, and reform.
KARI RUST is a debut book author/illustrator with a background in character animation and design. Her hand-drawn, limited palette, digitally-colored images are full of warmth, style, and humor. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kari lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"The animated illustrations are especially deft at showing small shifts in body language, making even the nasty Duke somewhat endearing....promising." "Despite the clear demarcation of good and evil, debut talent Rust avoids smarminess with lots of slapstick energy, and by not insisting on Duke's conversion at the end (although she does hint at reform)." "Their story is ultimately one of kindness and reform, so hilariously told that kids won't realize they've absorbed a behaviour lesson. Now that's a good trick." "This powerful story about kindness versus unkindness is a must-have for all libraries." "This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that eloquently teaches a valuable lesson... Recommended." "This book is a delight to read, with a fast-paced and amusing story. An added advantage is that it presents a life lesson in a light-hearted manner. Tricky is a book for all children's collections." "Heartwarming and humorous, kids are going to love hearing this debut picture book. It is fun to read out loud, and its illustrations will have little ones giggling as it is shared."
9781771473019HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3Publication Date: October 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 36 pagesCarton Quantity: 30Canadian Rights: YOwlkids
A hide-and-seek story about how we each see things differently.
A small gray rat and her large gray friend, Wilbert, are playing hide-and-seek. Wilbert is tough to find, so the rat asks a passing crocodile for help. Together, they hunt behind every tree they can see, and finally, the rat spots Wilbert. But the crocodile can’t see Wilbert — even when he’s standing right in front of them. Why not?
With minimal text, spare design, and deadpan delivery, this charming story introduces a big idea: that we all see the world differently, and sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us. It’s a quietly funny, insightful meditation on the world around us. This simple but deeply felt book will provoke thought about perspective, point of view, and blind spots.
BARDUR OSKARSSON is a Faroese children’s writer, illustrator, and artist and the creator of The Flat Rabbit. He has won several literary awards, and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English.
"Playfully explores the relationship between perception and expectations...funny and thought-provoking." "Oskarsson explores perspective and the slippery boundary between the real and the imagined in this existential play date... A distinctly different approach to storytelling." "Some wonderful discussion will ensue with even the youngest of children."
9781771472678HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 5, Grade (US) from 1 - 5Publication Date: August 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD8.25 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 32 pagesCarton Quantity: 18Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
A picture book biography of American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time.
Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and one of the ways he did this was by funding the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time.
Told in simple, lyrical text, the story unfolds against striking, stylized illustrations that transport readers to the bustle and boom of the Industrial Revolution. An informational spread explains more about Carnegie’s life and work.
ANDREW LARSEN is a father, homemaker and author. His books include A Squiggly Story, In the Tree House, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and See You Next Year, which received wide critical acclaim. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario. His local library just happens to be a Carnegie Library.
KATTY MAUREY is a designer and illustrator. She was born in Paris, lived in Hong Kong, and now makes her home in Montréal. She has a degree in graphic design from the Université de Québec à Montréal, and is the illustrator of several other children's books, including Francis the Little Fox and The Specific Ocean.
"Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie... we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back." "Straightforward and accessible... An effective and quite pleasing showcase of an important literary figure." "Lyrical...will appeal to young elementary school students." "An accessible, admiring portrait." "Simply and chronologically presented, it is a clear message that we can make a difference when we give back in whatever way possible and meaningful." "The Man Who Loved Libraries can be a valuable addition to a school library collection."
9781771472517HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5, Grade (CAN) from 4, Grade (US) from 4Publication Date: September 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD7 x 9 x 0.38 in | 48 pagesCarton Quantity: 30Canadian Rights: YOwlkids
A wordless story about the power of words.
Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired by Amnesty International’s letter-writing campaigns to help free people who have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he begins to despair—until a bird delivers a letter of support written by somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner escapes his fate on wings made of letters.
Simple illustrations convey plenty of rich symbolism to provoke thought and discussion. A letter from the author provides more information about Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign.
JACQUES GOLDSTYN has earned a high profile in Quebec- and French-language media as an illustrator and political cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to Les Débrouillards and has twice won Le Grand Prix du Journalisme Indépendant for editorial illustration. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Kirkus Best of 2017 2017 Notable Books for a Global Society 2018, Commended Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts 2018, Commended Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2018, Commended TD Summer Reading Club top 10 list 2018, Commended Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award 2019, Commended Silent Books Collection 2018, Commended
"Goldstyn was inspired by the letter-writing campaigns of human rights organization Amnesty International. His book is an accessible and inspiring tribute. "The pen is mightier than the sword" lives on." "This deserves to be everywhere children are learning about the wider world." "Universal... An elegant picture book tribute to the power of organizing and the plight of political prisoners, best suited for older readers. A first purchase." "An inspiring, thought-provoking story about the power of the written word, especially fitting for anyone addressing social justice issues with children." "Powerful...an inspiration for all ages." "This book could be used in classrooms as a strong starting point to conversations and the important issues brought to light will tug on all readers’ heart strings." "This is sure to spark discussions of human rights and social justice." "Children who follow the story in this book will see how many voices can indeed bring about change. They will come to appreciate that everyone, anyone, can make the world a better place if they try." "Originally published in French...and dedicated to imprisoned Saudi activist Raif Badawi, this is sure to spark discussions of human rights and social justice." "There is a great deal of sadness expressed in these wordless pages; at the same time, the author injects slight touches of humor that allow the book to make just the right impression for those children who will hold it in their hands. " "A stunning wordless ode to those whose voices have been unjustly silenced, Letters to a Prisoner is a compelling reminder of the combined, collective strength of many, united in a single cause." "This is an absolutely incredible book. A moving tale about what can happen when people band together and use the power of words."
9781771472159HardcoverJUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 5, Grade (US) from 1 - 5Publication Date: September 15, 2017
$17.95 CAD5.5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 240 pagesCarton Quantity: 40Canadian Rights: YOwlkids Books Inc.
Clara and Bradley's friendship is put to the test when they compete on a game show.
Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident fourth-grader who’s been described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure” is back for a second adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, discover their favorite game show, Smarty Pants —a mix of trivia and obstacle course stunts — is recruiting in their area, Clara is sure she’ll be chosen. Fame and game-show glory will be hers… with Bradley’s help, of course.
Things get complicated when Bradley also earns a contestant spot on the show, and the friends are pitted against each other. It escalates into an epic schoolyard battle between boys and girls, and not everyone is playing fair. Will Clara and Bradley’s friendship survive? Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, this is a flat-out funny, fast-paced read.
ANNA HUMPHREY dreamt of being a writer since she was a teenager, and those dreams came true with the publication of her first YA novel, Mission (Un)Popular. Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz is the second in the Clara Humble series and Anna's fifth book. Anna lives with her family in Kitchener, Ontario.
LISA CINAR is an illustrator, educator, picture book enthusiast, pattern lover, and owner of the online shop Draw Me a Lion. She has written and illustrated two picture books in addition to illustrating the Clara Humble series. Lisa teaches in the Continuing Studies department at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"Beautiful and fun... A worthy addition to the growing field of doodle-illustrated middle-grade novels." — Booklist
"A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths." — Kirkus Reviews
"Humphrey succeeds in establishing a likable heroine, a spunky comic book fan with a wild imagination... A solid start to a new series." — School Library Journal
"Subtly thought-provoking... Humphrey - and Clara - have staked out their own comic territory." — Quill & Quire
“Spunky Clara Humble and her clever cartoon drawings about her feline heroine @Cat are bound to delight kids who love a school story filled with mischief, mystery and real-life problems. Kids who have graduated from the Just Grace series and are looking for more will love following Clara’s misadventures as she battles her nemesis, Bossy Becky, and deals with all kinds of challenges in her life. Can’t wait for book two!” — Phyllis Simon, Vancouver Kidsbooks
“You'll love Clara Humble. She has a vibrant imagination, a wild spirit, and a tender heart. Fans of the Ramona Quimby books and Ivy and Bean series will delight in Clara's passionate yet hare-brained plans to save her school from the mean kids, to stop her best friend from moving away, and to bring super hero-style justice to her elementary school.” — Erica Nikolaus, Words Worth Books
"Clever and creative—this book has the perfect mix of 'comic' relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings." — Arthur Slade, Author, The Hunchback Assignments series
“You’re going to fall in love with Clara’s zest and energy and amazingly fun approach to life. Add a memorable story to a memorable character, and you have the perfect ingredients for a wonderful read.” — Sigmund Brouwer, Author, Justine McKeen series and Seven series contributor
“Spirited and imaginative, Clara Humble’s true superpowers are found in her creative ability, the love and support of her family and friends, and her everlasting determination to right the wrongs of her fourth-grader life. Her memorable comic adventures show true heart.” — Amy Mathers, Amy’s Marathon of Books
“Whether defending her school from bitter rivals or scheming up ways to keep her friends happy, I couldn’t help rooting for Clara. Her imagination, adventurous spirit, and all-around charm drew me right in.” — Kristen Ciccarelli, Bookseller for Words Worth Books
"Author Anna Humphrey has done a wonderful job of telling a story that many children will be able to identify with: things happen that we have no control over and we need to learn how to cope. This book is sprinkled with adorable illustrations that depict Clara's comic strip and how she sees the world around her. This book will help students know they are not alone in how they feel and what they are dealing with. Recommended." — School Library Connection
"A funny and touching story through which young readers may explore their own feelings of helplessness and frustration." — Canadian Children's Book News
"Clara's supposed super powers make for quite an interesting storyline. The characters are well-developed, and the story is interesting... Recommended." — Canadian Review of Materials
"Humphrey's new series starring Clara Humble as a plucky young cartoonist tackles the big challenges facing kids like friendship, anger, competition, and change with honesty and humor...delightful...hilarious super hero hijinks that kids will love." — The Midwest Book Review