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    Birthdays Around the World Margriet Ruurs Canada, Ashley Barron Canada
    9781771386241 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.38 in | 1.18 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Everyone in the world has a birthday. But birthdays are not celebrated in the same way everywhere. Meet Mercedes in Peru, who eats a cake and a purple pudding called mazamorra morada. Ieva in Latvia is raised in the birthday chair, one lift for each year. And rather than celebrating his own birthday, Phúc Khang in Vietnam joins in the festivities during Tet, when everyone in the country turns one year older. Based on interviews with real people, award-winning author Margriet Ruurs tells the unique stories of how seventeen children from all around the globe celebrate a birthday, including how they each say happy birthday in their native language. Following the memorable stories, children are invited to compare their own birthday traditions with the ones they've learned about in the book. Birthdays can be a yearly highlight and a shared experience for children, which make them a perfect subject for introducing different customs around the world. As with all the titles in the bestselling Around the World series, this fascinating book provides cross-curricular applications in language arts, global studies and geography. Ashley Barron's beautiful cut-paper collage artwork adds a contemporary, stylized feel to the pages. Enriching the reading experience are a world map that pinpoints all the locations of the children in the book; a two-page spread containing six activities that facilitate a closer reading of the text; and a glossary containing translations, pronunciations and foreign scripts for the foreign words and phrases in the book.
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      Margriet Ruurs is an avid traveler and has shared her 35 books with children all over the world. She lives in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

      Ashley Barron is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in cut- paper collage. Her creations can be found in children's books, newspapers, set designs and shop windows. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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      An easy, enjoyable way to start thinking about similarities and differences around the world.
      ... a good choice for introductory conversations about cultural differences.
      ... a cheerful, inviting introduction to birthdays.
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    Series: Head to Tail
    Bugs from Head to Tail Stacey Roderick Canada, Kwanchai Moriya
    9781771387293 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:October 03, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.86 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In the latest addition to the popular Head to Tail series, author Stacey Roderick focuses on bugs --- a kid favorite! --- and challenges readers to guess which bug each of eight different body parts belongs to. A full spread asks a question about a body part, “What bug has eyes like this?” with an illustrated close-up of that part. The following spread provides the answer to the question, “A grasshopper!” along with a full illustration of the creature in its habitat and a paragraph of text about the highlighted body part, in this case the grasshopper's eyes. Children learn about the bugs' habitats, diets, behaviors and standout skills. There's even a trick question: “What bug has a tail like this?” The answer is “None.” Bugs don't have tails! The interactive guessing-game of the text --- with just the right amount of repetition --- makes this an ideal choice for reading aloud. The bright, eye-catching cut-paper collage illustrations by Kwanchai Moriya have a playful charm and invite young children to study the details up close. Besides the eight featured bugs, there is an additional spread that includes seven other bugs and their unusual body parts, as well as text that explores which animals are categorized as bugs, or “arthropods.” This nonfiction book has direct applications to the life science curriculum in the early grades, which covers the physical characteristics and habitats of living things.
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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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      Attractive, informative, and beautifully designed.
      A successful example of read-aloud nonfiction that would be a welcome addition to most library collections.
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    Captain Monty Takes the Plunge Jennifer Mook-Sang Canada, Liz Starin
    9781771386265 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:October 03, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.94 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Monty the Malodorous is a daring pirate. He is brave. He is bold. He is feared by all who sail the six or seven seas. But Monty has a secret: he can't swim. He never goes into the ocean --- and he never takes a bath. “Real pirates don't bathe. Yar-har-har!” he says. But things change when he meets a mermaid named Meg. “Monty's heart went ka-thunk. He tumbled head over boot heels in love.” And, one day, when Meg's life is put into peril, Monty realizes he's the only one who can jump into the ocean to save her. Monty is faced with a terrible dilemma: is his love strong enough to overcome his fear? This is engaging, heartwarming and funny picture book tale is told with originality by Jennifer Mook-Sang. Children will love Monty the pirate (who's actually a dog!), and readers with their own fears of learning to swim will relate to his difficulties. Young children will also be delighted by the idea of not having to take a bath! The childlike style of Liz Starin's illustrations add a freshness to the story, as does the non-conformist mermaid she's created --- perfect for her character. Meg is a voracious reader who knows all the best fishing spots and teaches Monty how to set course by the constellations. This playful book is an excellent choice for story time, reinforcing themes of self-discovery and personal development, as well as character education lessons on courage.
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      Jennifer Mook-sang grew up in Guyana and moved to Canada when she was fourteen. She lived an ordinary life searching for treasure until her first novel, Speechless, was published in 2015. Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario.

      Liz Starin is an illustrator, writer, programmer and former swim instructor. She has swum in mountain streams, in a lake that used to be a coal mine and in the Atlantic on New Year's Day. She lives with her partner in Brooklyn, New York, just a short bike ride from the ocean.

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      Above-parrrrrr imaginings.
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    Series: CitizenKid
    Elephant Keeper, The Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia Margriet Ruurs Canada, Pedro Covo
    9781771385619 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:October 03, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.38 in | 0.94 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When teenaged Aaron discovers a baby elephant nearly drowning in the swimming pool at the guest lodge where he works, he acts quickly and manages to save the animal just in time. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage for care, and given the name Zambezi. Though Aaron has been raised to think of elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, on a visit to the orphanage, he learns that illegal poaching of these animals is threatening them with extinction, and the orphanage is trying to prevent that from happening. And when Aaron is offered a job at the orphanage, his life is suddenly transformed, as he discovers a bond of friendship with Zambezi and his lifelong vocation as an elephant keeper. Inspired by the real-life Aaron and Zambezi at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia, author Margriet Ruurs has created a moving story that powerfully demonstrates the plight of endangered animals everywhere. Pedro Covo's stunning illustrations add a level of depth and haunting beauty to the story and the animals. Three nonfiction spreads interspersed throughout the story explore facts about elephants, ivory poaching and elephant orphanages. The back of the book contains ways children can help endangered wildlife. Useful tools include a table of contents and a glossary. This beautifully illustrated nonfiction book spans the curriculum, from life sciences to global awareness to environmental stewardship. It also offers a unique perspective for character education lessons on empathy, caring and responsibility on a larger scale.
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      Margriet Ruurs is an avid traveler and has shared her 35 books with children all over the world. She lives in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

      Pedro Covo is a painter and illustrator whose work has been featured in several magazines and other publications. The Elephant Keeper is his first book. He lives in Cartagena, Colombia.

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      A moving and unforgettable true story ...
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    Engineered! Engineering Design at Work Shannon Hunt, James Gulliver Hancock
    9781771385602 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 1.02 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! Author Shannon Hunt presents nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions. Each was solved using a different field of engineering --- from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics. A helpful seven-step flowchart of the engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, investigate the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. These steps are highlighted in each chapter with helpful icons that refer back to the flowchart. Sidebars, biographies of the engineers and fun detailed illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock help flesh out the stories and bring them to life. This terrific introduction to some fascinating practical applications of engineering is sure to inspire the natural engineer in every child. With its emphasis on real-world connections to the math, science and technology skills applied with critical thinking and creative problem solving, this book is a natural for encouraging STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math). With so many direct curriculum applications for grades three to seven, and in following with the guidelines in the Next Generation Science Standards, this book is a perfect resource for classrooms and libraries, as well as anywhere a makerspace is found. Includes a table of contents, glossary and index.
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      Shannon Hunt is the bestselling co-author of Fantastic Feats and Failures and The Amazing International Space Station. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

      James Gulliver Hancock is an illustrator whose books include Underworld, How Cities Work and All the Buildings in New York. He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Sydney, Australia.

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      Eye-opening, encouraging, and attractive ...
      With energetic, colorful visuals and layouts, plus real-world problem-solving applications, this offers an engaging, accessible introduction to engineering ...
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    Goodnight, Hockey Fans Andrew Larsen Canada, Jacqui Lee Canada
    9781771381055 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:October 03, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 8.13 x 9.75 x 0.5 in | 0.82 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A young boy doesn't want to go to bed. The hockey game is on! “What if I can't fall asleep?” the boy says. “Don't worry,” says his dad. “You will.” After his parents have tucked him in and turned out the light, he shines a flashlight on his prized hockey possessions around his room: the posters of his favorite players, the pennant for his favorite team, the puck. Then he decides to listen to the game on his bedside radio, which he places under his pillow. With the familiar drone of the announcer's voice for company, the boy drifts off to sleep. He dreams he has joined his favorite team on the ice --- where he scores the winning goal! And the boy smiles as the announcer exclaims, “What a play! What a goal! What a game!” Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's simple yet evocative story sets just the right tone for the youngest children, who can relate to the boy's disappointment about missing the exciting nighttime game and his fears that he won't be able to fall asleep. Jacqui Lee's illustrations in soothing greens and blues are done in a wonderful blend of nostalgic and contemporary styles that suit the story's timelessness. This book provides all of the appeal of the perfect bedtime story: the reassurance of caring parents tucking the boy in and then coming back later to check on him, the bedtime routine, the atmospheric winter night outside while it's cozy and snug inside, and the promise of dreams come true.
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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.

      Jacqui Lee is a graphic designer and the illustrator of I Am Josephine (And I Am a Living Thing), Taffy Time and the Murilla Gorilla series for young readers. Jacqui currently lives in London, England.

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      A satisfying slice of life that is all the more valuable for helping libraries fill the ongoing demand for sports stories in picture-book collections.
      Larsen evocatively captures a lovely childhood moment.
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    9781771386203 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 5.25 x 7.88 x 1 in | 1.08 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Cut from AAA hockey last season, seventh-grader Hudson Pickle needs to make the basketball team this year. But, after having an asthma attack at the first tryout, his chances aren't looking good. His former best friend, Trevor, is also trying out. But he won't even speak to Hudson since Hudson had all but ignored him while concentrating on hockey. And as if that wasn't bad enough, now his uncle Vic --- who's been staying with him and his mom since a suspicious fire at his house ---has been diagnosed with a genetic respiratory illness. Could this mean Hudson has something worse than asthma? And while this DNA mystery is being unraveled, will the truth about what happened to his father finally be revealed as well? Yolanda Ridge's compelling coming-of-age novel for middle-graders combines humor, action and mystery --- with a dose of genetic science to keep things interesting. It offers a rich reading experience with complex characters and a multilayered story. Thoughtful, authentic and likeable Hudson will inspire readers with the grit and perseverance he relies on to get through his difficulties, and the self-deprecating wit he uses to manage middle-school social dynamics, evolving friendships and a changing family structure. There are also multiple mysteries running throughout the story --- involving Hudson's father, his uncle and his own health --- that are sure to keep the pages turning.
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      Yolanda Ridge worked as a genetic counselor before becoming a writer --- a background which helped to inform and enrich Hudson Pickle's character and story. She is also the author of two previous middle grade novels, Trouble in the Trees and Road Block. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.
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      Fans of novels about sports and family drama, such as Kwame Alexander's The Crossover, will appreciate this realistic tale.
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    Leap! JonArno Lawson Canada, Josée Bisaillon
    9781771386784 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 8 x 10.75 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      “A flea asleep / in the deep green moss / nettled by midges / wakes up cross, / starts to fidget / and turn and toss.” Then his “lever-legs twitch” and he LEAPS into the path of a grasshopper. Which so startles the grasshopper that, she, in turn, LEAPS onto a bunny. And so it goes, dog, fish, bullfrog, horse and dog again, each leaping and upsetting the next. Until the dog finds herself in that same deep green moss. The flea sees his chance and leaps onto the dog. And, at last, they both fall asleep! Award-winning JonArno Lawson's delightful circular story poem is a playful romp, much like a game of tag. With its rollicking rhythm and a rich array of action words --- besides leaping, the animals lunge, plunge, bound, gambol and lurch, for example --- this book will inspire and encourage children to move, making this an excellent introduction to the power of language. Award-winning Josée Bisaillon's beautiful mixed-media collage art provides visual motion and energy in tune with the rhyming narrative. This is a perfect book for a dynamic read-aloud sure to invite active listening. It's also just the right combination of engaging story and art that will encourage pre-readers to repeat the fun and silly story all on their own. Small children are fascinated by leaping creatures, making this an enjoyable exploration of animal behaviors and habitats from pond to field, with seven different leaping animals in all.
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      JonArno Lawson lives in Toronto with his wife and children. In addition to Think Again, he is the author of several other books of poetry for children and adults, and has twice won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.

      As a young girl, Josée loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell (and, of course, to draw!). She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with the occupation of illustrator.

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      ... not to be missed.
      Expect children to show off their own joyful jumps after hearing this one.
      A playful story with lyrical text and charming illustrations ...
      Bursting with energy and fun, Leap! will undoubtedly get the story-time crowd moving and shaking.
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    Me, Me, Me Annika Dunklee Canada, Lori Joy Smith Canada
    9781771386609 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 05, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 8 x 11 x 0.5 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When best friends Annie, Lillemor and Lilianne learn their school will be having a talent show, Annie says they should enter as an all-girl singing group. Her friends are all in --- until Annie tries to force everyone to go along with her choice of song, costumes, band name and lead singer. When Lillemor and Liliane tell Annie they've had enough of her “me, me, me” attitude, the band splits up, with Annie intent on performing solo. But it doesn't take long for her to realize it's just not the same without her friends. Can Annie find a way to make things right before it's too late? Annika Dunklee's trio of multicultural friends will charm and delight young children with their true-to-life relationships and spot-on dialogue, while Lori Joy Smith's irresistible art brings a playful humor to the girls and their enthusiasm. Annie, the lovable, perfectly imperfect girl, will have readers rooting for her as she struggles to find her way to doing the right thing. With its positive, non-preachy approach, this book could easily spark conversations about friendships and dealing with hurt feelings. With select words in French and Swedish included in the story (with translations) as well as other details sprinkled throughout that illustrate the girls' different backgrounds, this makes a terrific title for exploring other cultures in social studies classes. And the intriguing idea of a talent show shines a light on the performing arts and creativity within a school setting.
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      Annika Dunklee was born in Uppsala, Sweden, to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother. She bases a lot of her stories on her own childhood memories. My Name Is Elizabeth! was inspired by anyone who dislikes having his or her name shortened, lengthened, mispronounced or mangled in some way.

      Lori Joy Smith is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today's Parent magazines, among other places. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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      A pleasing morality tale on the importance of friendship and teamwork.
      This title will resonate with kids and encourage them to embrace teamwork and inclusiveness in their daily lives.
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    Middle Bear Susanna Isern, Manon Gauthier
    9781771388429 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:October 03, 2017
    $18.99 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.9 lb | 34 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      He was the second of three brothers. “He was not big, but he was not small, either. Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little ... He was the middle one.” Everything about life with his brothers was middle-sized. And when you're always in the middle, sometimes it's hard to feel special. But then, one day the cubs' parents fell ill, and their mother asked them to fetch some medicinal bark from a willow tree on the top of a mountain. When it turned out that this very important task could only be done by a cub of his middle size, he finally realized how special it was to be the middle one. Author Susanna Isern's lovely, melodic picture book tale --- with a delightful use of repetition throughout --- offers an upbeat and positive message to middle children everywhere. It's a subject that is not often addressed in this format. With its hero's quest theme, the story has the feel of a modern-day fairy tale. Manon Gauthier's spare artwork and understated palette perfectly capture the poignancy of the bear cub's emotional journey. Though the book focuses on the role of middle children, it really celebrates every child's efforts toward self-discovery, as they seek out their own special place in the world. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the character education subject of perseverance or a lesson on empathy.
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      Susanna Isern is an award-winning Spanish writer who is also a child psychologist. Her many works have been translated into over a dozen languages. Susanna grew up surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains.

      Manon Gauthier has been nominated for two Governor General's Awards and has illustrated dozens of books for both Canadian and European publishers. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      A solid tale about birth order and finding one's own strengths rather than worrying about measuring up when compared with others.
      A neatly pitched lesson for the middle child.

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