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    Bagel King, The Andrew Larsen Canada, Sandy Nichols Canada
    9781771385749 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:May 01, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.45 in | 0.8 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Every Sunday morning, no matter the weather, Eli could count on Zaida to bring bagels from Merv's Bakery. Eli loved the time they spent together enjoying their favorite treats. “Warm. Chewy. Salty,” Eli thought. “Bagels were the best thing about Sunday.” But one Sunday, Zaida didn't come. He had fallen at Merv's and “hurt his tuches,” and the doctor said Zaida had to rest at home for two whole weeks. This meant Eli had no Sunday morning bagels. And neither did Zaida's friends, who had been receiving their own weekly deliveries from Zaida. Will they all go hungry for bagels on Sunday? Or is there something Eli can do? Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's picture book story offers a gently humorous take on the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and the simple ritual that looms so large in their lives. It also highlights a terrific character education lesson about how a young child can take responsibility and, with a little initiative, help a family member in need. With a blend of retro and contemporary styles, Sandy Nichols's softly colored illustrations cleverly convey the story's timelessness and capture Eli's diverse neighborhood. This book will spark wonderful discussions about family traditions and community. A mini glossary and pronunciation guide for the Yiddish words that are sprinkled throughout the story (like mensch and oy) provides an opportunity to learn about the many words we use in English that come from other languages, and to explore the connections between culture and language.
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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.

      Sandy Nichols is the illustrator of Starring Lorenzo, and Einstein Too, and the 40th anniversary board book editions of Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight. She also illustrates for magazines and advertising clients. Sandy and her family live in Calgary, Alberta.

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    Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team, The Maureen Fergus Canada, Mike Lowery
    9781771386548 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 03, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.95 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A soccer dad misunderstands when he hears that his son's team needs his help. Instead of taking care of halftime snacks, the dad grabs a jersey and runs onto the field to play! And what an embarrassment he is: he hogs the ball, complains about his teammates and throws a hairy fit when the referee doesn't call a play his way! Can the boy find a way to teach his dad how to be a good sport before he drives the whole team crazy? Maureen Fergus, a Blue Spruce Award winner, has the perfect touch in crafting comic role-reversal stories. The boy gets to prove he knows more than his father --- always a hit --- but the two maintain a close and loving relationship throughout. The simple lines of Mike Lowery's art reflect the story's offbeat premise and child's point of view. With hilarious lessons on being a good sport, following the rules and having patience with others, this picture book could spark conversations about self-awareness and managing relationships. It also works for character education lessons on empathy, compassion and perseverance, and is a terrific resource for coaches of all kinds.
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      Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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

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    Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest Sarah Hampson, Kass Reich
    9781771383615 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 03, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.5 in | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Dr. Archibald Coo, an erudite big-city pigeon, is tired of the way people treat him and the other pigeons. They're always being shooed and swatted, and they're never admired the way the other birds are. As Dr. Coo tells his pigeon friends: “It wasn't always this way.” In ancient times, pigeons were known to accompany the gods. They brought news of the Olympic Games to all of ancient Greece. And more recently, they delivered messages and medicine to soldiers on battlefields. They were heroes! Surely, Dr. Coo reasons, pigeons can find a way to earn the admiration of people once again. And he's got just the bold plan to do it. Award-winning journalist Sarah Hampson's picture book debut is a celebration of the diversity inherent in a big city and a lesson on how looking for the good in others is the best way to get along with them. Through her activist pigeons, she offers a child-friendly example of how to affect change, and shows how cooperation and compromise are the keys for diverse groups to harmoniously coexist --- a topical subject. With soft lines and a warm palette, Kass Reich's illustrations bring a fresh pigeon's-eye perspective to New York's inhabitants and cityscapes. This book could be used to spark classroom discussions on respecting differences, working out disagreements, or stepping up to counter injustice, all important subjects for the budding self-awareness and personal development of young children. It also aligns with character education lessons on self-respect, initiative and inclusiveness.
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      Sarah Hampson is an award-winning journalist with the Globe and Mail. This is her first foray into the world of writing for children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Kass Reich worked for three years in Beijing as an early childhood educator --- and that's what inspired her to start making picture books. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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    My Teacher's Not Here! Lana Button Canada, Christine Battuz Canada
    9781771383561 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 03, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 0.84 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      As soon as she arrives at school, Kitty knows there's trouble. “Smiling Miss Seabrooke should be here to meet me. But my teacher is missing and NOT here to greet me.” With no Miss Seabrooke, everyone should be sent home, right? But no! Kitty and her classmates line up as usual and walk into the school building. Kitty's worries build as she wonders how she will get through the day without her teacher. What will she do when her Thermos gets stuck or her jacket won't zip? Miss Seabrooke is the only one who can fix these things. Or is she? Author Lana Button perfectly captures the fears and uncertainties of a kindergartner dealing with her first substitute teacher. She also models a way to cope, as Kitty steps up to help the substitute --- a “ginormously tall” giraffe named Mr. Omar --- and discovers that sometimes change can be good. Button's playful and lively cadenced rhyming text, together with Christine Battuz's friendly illustrations of a full cast of animal characters at school, make this a terrific picture book for story time. It provides an excellent lead-in to prepare a class for their first substitute, or for a discussion about how it feels when life doesn't go as expected. A celebration of self-discovery and personal development, this book also makes a wonderful choice for character education lessons on kindness, empathy and perseverance. Educators will appreciate the heartfelt depiction of a young child's warm feelings for her teachers.
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      Lana Button works in early childhood education. Her writing has been published in Lady Bug magazine and Today's Parent. Willow's Whispers is Lana's first book for Kids Can Press.

      Christine Battuz has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Wade's Wiggly Antlers, and has taught art to children of all ages. She lives in Bromont, Quebec.

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    Nothing Happens in This Book Judy Ann Sadler Canada, Vigg Vigg Canada
    9781771387378 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:May 01, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 11 x 6.75 x 0.5 in | 0.81 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Reader, don't waste your time with this book. “You might as well stick it back on the shelf,” the narrator warns. “Or toss it under your bed. You don't need to read it because it looks like nothing happens in this book.” But, wait, he's spotted something. There's a trumpet without a trumpeter. And there's a tiny car without a driver. And a baton without a twirler. Maybe if you keep turning the pages, you'll find out who is missing these items. Maybe they are all together, getting ready to do something awesome. Maybe something amazing does happen in this book after all! The text and visual narrative work hand in hand in this playful, page-turning meta picture book, encouraging children to join in on the quest to find the seemingly missing story. By speaking directly to readers, Judy Ann Sadler's intriguing story piques their curiosity, and award-winning Vigg's quirky, humorous illustrations slowly reveal hints about the story that allow readers to piece together the mystery before the narrator does. This book makes for an engaging read-aloud that invites enthusiastic audience participation. The question underlying all the fun --- what elements are needed for a story? --- couples nicely with classroom story-building and writing exercises. In a special touch, the busy parade at the end of the book appears on a gatefold spread.
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      Judy Ann Sadler is the best-selling author of over twenty craft books for children. Judy Ann lives in London, Ontario.

      Vigg is an award-winning editorial illustrator whose work has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Vigg is also part of the creative duo Bellebrute. He lives in Longueuil, Quebec.

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    Old Misery James Sage, Russell Ayto
    9781771388238 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 5 - 9, Grade (US) from K - 4 On Sale Date:May 01, 2018
    $18.99 CAD 10 x 7 x 0.63 in | 0.76 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Poor Old Misery. She and her old cat, Rutterkin, “ain't got two pennies to rub together.” And the one thing of value she does have ---a tree, filled with good eating apples --- is regularly ransacked by humans and animals of all kinds who make off with armloads of apples! So, one day, when a surprise visitor grants her a wish, Old Misery tells him, “There's but one wish for me, mister, and it's this here: whoever I catch stealing apples off my tree will get stuck to it until I decide to let them go!” At first, it seems like her wish was a terrific idea, as she catches all the apple thieves and sends them on their way for good. But then Old Misery decides to use her new power on another surprise visitor. And she learns what may be the most miserable lesson of all: be careful what you wish for! Author James Sage has created a playful allegory about why misery exists in the world, and always will. Award-winning Russell Ayto's two-color, pen-and-ink illustrations do a superb job of evoking the eccentric and slightly macabre feel of the book, perfectly complementing the original voice of the storytelling. The dark humor and a vintage feel will make this picture book a hit with fans of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
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      James Sage is the author of over a dozen books for children. His first book, illustrated with photographs by Robert Doisneau, was awarded a Prix d'Arles. He lives in Lincolnshire, England.

      Russell Ayto has illustrated many picture books, including Whoops! and The Witch's Children series. Among his many honors are a Roald Dahl Funny Prize and two Kate Greenaway Medal nominations. Russell lives in Cornwall, England.

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    Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star Chris Tougas Canada, Chris Tougas Canada
    9781771388399 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 2 - 4, Grade (US) from P - P On Sale Date:April 03, 2018
    $10.99 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.62 in | 0.83 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Simple rhymes offer gentle reminders to Little Star about where not to tinkle: not in the car, not on a train, not a plane. Not in a sandbox, not on a slide --- and certainly not on Grandpa's knee! And then, of course, there's the golden rule: never tinkle in the pool! While trying so hard not to have an accident, Little Star's mounting distress is evident. Until, finally, relief arrives: the potty. “Good for you! You've come so far ... Now tinkle, tinkle, Little Star.” Chris Tougas's offbeat, gender-neutral potty-training book is based on the popular nursery rhyme and can be read or sung. Tougas's background in animation for kids is apparent in the laugh-out-loud illustrations that feature Little Star's hilarious facial expressions as the toddler tries desperately to have fun while not tinkling. This somewhat irreverent but absolutely charming picture book brings hilarity and silliness to what can be a stressful time in a child's life. It makes a perfect gift for potty-training children or parents.
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      Chris Tougas is a writer and illustrator whose picture books include Mechanimals and Dojo Daycare. Chris lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

      Chris Tougas is a writer and illustrator whose picture books include Mechanimals and Dojo Daycare. Chris lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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    Series: Zoom Along
    Zoom Along Jessica Phillips Canada
    9781771387972 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from P - P On Sale Date:May 01, 2018
    $16.99 CAD 9 x 11 x 0.5 in | 0.88 lb | 16 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      An engineer conducting a train (Choo! Choo!). A cyclist pedaling a bike (Brrring! Brrring!). An adventurer flying a hot air balloon (Whee!). There are lots of ways for young children to play driver in this unique interactive board book. For each illustration --- one per page --- a large die-cut hole takes the place of the driver's head, inviting children to insert their own faces and pretend to be driving their favorite vehicles. Mirrors, which can be seen through each hole, enhance the make-believe. There are fourteen popular ways to zoom in all, including in a dump truck, tractor and rocket ship (there's even a mountain climber, traveling by foot!). Jessica Phillips's simply drawn illustrations capture the energy of movement with bright primary colors and easy to recognize surroundings. Vehicles of every kind are an ever-popular subject with toddlers. By allowing them to get in on the action, this book offers a delightful read-aloud experience that encourages imaginative play. Children also learn the term for each driver: a captain sails a boat, a farmer drives a tractor, a conductor drives a trolley. The easy to mimic, catchy vehicle sounds on each spread add to the enjoyment and appeal. And the two vehicles on each spread have sounds that rhyme: Whoosh! / Swoosh!
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      Jessica Phillips holds a bachelor's degree in design from the Alberta College of Art and Design and is a freelance illustrator. Jessica lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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    9781771389853 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:May 01, 2018
    $12.99 CAD 7 x 9 x 0.25 in | 0.38 lb | 56 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      All twins Josh and Emma want to do is get out of the creepy Good Times Travel Agency where their little sister, Libby, has led them. But the peculiar shop owner encourages them to open one of his guidebooks first --- and they suddenly find themselves transported to ancient Egypt! They've barely had time to figure out where they are before Josh is carried away to help build a pyramid for the king. Emma and Libby search everywhere for their brother --- including a crowded market, a banquet and a temple --- until, at last, they're reunited. But after an unlucky encounter with the king's guards, they're accused of being tomb robbers! Will the children manage to finish reading the entire guidebook --- their only way back home --- before they are arrested? In this re-issue from an award-winning and critically acclaimed series of graphic novels, Linda Bailey has crafted a fast-paced adventure story that doubles as a thoroughly researched historical overview of ancient Egypt. The unique perspective of modern children experiencing and interacting with people and events from the past brings history to life, while the factual information, presented as pages from the guidebook, fleshes the story out. Many important themes of ancient Egyptian culture and life are touched on: politics and government, philosophy, women's roles, activities of daily life and celebrations. Bill Slavin's engaging and detailed illustrations are full of physical comedy and fun. There's also a bibliography and three pages of further background about ancient Egypt.
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      Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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    Nick the Sidekick Dave Whamond Canada, Dave Whamond Canada
    9781771383554 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:April 03, 2018
    $15.99 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 0.62 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      When Nick signed up to be a superhero, it seemed like a terrific idea. He was flattered to be chosen by Super Fantastic Guy --- picked for his intelligence, his investigative skills and his super-amazing hearing abilities. But as Super Fantastic Guy's assistant, Nick (who, by the way, hates being called a sidekick) didn't realize that he would have to do all of the work --- and get none of the credit. All Nick wants is an opportunity to prove himself. So, when he overhears a group of criminals planning an enormous bank heist, he knows his big chance to save the day has finally arrived. Or has it? With a fresh take on the ever-popular theme of superheroes, award-winning author and illustrator Dave Whamond's graphic novel is the perfect adventure for emerging readers. Whamond's wacky sense of humor and illustrative talent are on full display in this book's laugh-out-loud, comically irreverent tale, while the twists and intrigues of the plot keep the pages turning --- fast. Nick is a sympathetic character whose situation will resonate with any child who knows someone who likes to steal the limelight or take credit for the work of others. Nick's approach and coping style, along with the support of his best friend, Tess, speak to young children's budding self-awareness and social development. This book also works for character education lessons on initiative, empathy and perseverance.
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      Dave Whamond is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. His syndicated cartoon, Reality Check, can be found in newspapers around the world. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

      Dave Whamond is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. His syndicated cartoon, Reality Check, can be found in newspapers around the world. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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