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    Baby Drag Queen C.A. Tanaka Canada
    9781459835320 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:April 11, 2023 Print Run:5000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Transgender teen Ichiro enters a drag contest in hopes of earning enough money to live off the grid.

      Ichiro is a transgender youth in his final year of high school. He has a job as a dishwasher to earn money to help support his single mother. But it's not enough. Ichiro dreams of buying a camper van for the two of them so they can escape and live off the grid and not have to worry about money anymore. A budding drag queen, he takes a second job performing drag at a local club and learns of an upcoming contest where the prize money would be enough to pay for a camper van. But nobody knows he does drag. So when some of his friends find out what he’s really doing in the evenings, Ichiro is worried about what they will think of him. Will they still accept him?

      Bio

      C.A. Tanaka is a trans masculine multiracial writer of Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Scottish descent. A graduate of The Writer’s Studio program at Simon Fraser University, they have a BFA in intermedia from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and, in 2017, were awarded a fully funded literary residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. C.A. is the executive director for the Storytelling with Drag Queens Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mandate to promote diversity and inclusion in literacy for children, teens and adults. They live in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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      “Offers an ethnically diverse cast of queer characters navigating identity and emerging adulthood...Dramatic, optimistic, and emotionally engaging.”
      “With contemporary themes, relatable characters, and plenty of high school drama, this title is recommended for high school libraries.”
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    Waking Ben Doldrums Heather Smith Canada, Byron Eggenschwiler Canada
    9781459833913 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 14, 2023 Print Run:8000
    $21.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 400 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      “Ben Doldrums, are you sad? Are you mad? Are you confused?"

      Frida Bellows lives in a big house made up of four apartments. Every morning, she gets on her father’s shoulders and taps on the ceiling with a broomstick. This wakes her neighbor, a student named Ben Doldrums who knocks on the wall to wake the Mercredis, who in turn knock on the floor to wake the Reynolds. Frida likes this morning tradition. It makes her feel like she’s part of something big. Things change, however, when Ben stops getting out of bed to wake the Mercredis, which throws off the whole routine. Frida notices that Ben Doldrums is not himself and she wants to help. But how?

      Waking Ben Doldrums is a story of community, compassion and hope. It is a reminder that, while we can’t always fix another person’s problems, a simple act of kindness can go a long way.

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      Heather Smith is the author of several picture books, including the award-winning The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family.



      Byron Eggenschwiler is an award-winning illustrator whose recent books include Song for the Snow, The Strangest Thing in the Sea, The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt and Operatic. Byron's work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Walrus and GQ. He lives in Calgary.

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      “A charming little community...The illustrative format of depicting the various apartments and people with details that demonstrate their diversity draws the eye.”
      “The hopeful tone and compassion the diverse group of neighbors show for one another will resonate with young readers...A highly recommended title.”
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    I Got You Babe Paul Coccia Canada
    9781459834705 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 14, 2023 Print Run:6000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.31 in | 140 gr | 120 pages Carton Quantity:92 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      This year’s fun fair will have a Pride Carnival theme and twelve-year-old Mac couldn’t be more excited.

      Mac convinces his best friend, Amy, to do a Sonny and Cher drag number. He has their outfits all planned out, right down to the bellbottoms and fur vests. And he wants their performance to be perfect too so he pushes Amy to rehearse every day. Every step, every wave of the hand, every lyric has to be spot on. But Amy has had enough—the day before the event, she reveals that she never wanted to be Sonny. Why can’t she be Cher? Mac refuses to even consider it. There can only be one diva! With no time to recast, Mac plans to go solo. But he's miserable without his best friend. Can the two of them patch things up in time?

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      Paul Coccia is the author of the bestselling Orca Soundings title Cub, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, and The Player. His most recent book, On The Line, was co-authored with Eric Walters. Paul has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Toronto with his family.

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      “A sweet, retro-infused text that deftly holds space for all. Ideal for bored theater kids or shy students who desire to shine.”
      “A nicely-paced middle-grade novel, [with] characters who are exaggerated enough to make them likeable and amusing. Highly Recommend.”
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    Like a Hurricane Jonathan Bécotte Canada, Jonathan Kaplansky Canada
    9781459835238 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 14, 2023 Print Run:6000
    $12.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 140 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      “Immediately takes one’s breath away with its poetry and power…Deeply affecting. An ideal tool to illustrate poetic elements or emphasize stories of sharing scary yet necessary truths.”—School Library Journal, starred review

      A young teen's secret is tearing him apart.

      He knows he is gay but is afraid to share this knowledge with his parents or his friends. What if they reject him? And what can he do with the feelings he has for his childhood friend when he knows his friend does not feel the same way? The turmoil continues to rise with the force of a hurricane—total destruction seems almost certain.

      Told in beautiful, evocative prose with its unique design, Like A Hurricane is a visually stunning exploration of what it means to be true to one's self.

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      Jonathan Bécotte is the author of a number of works for young people. The French edition of Like A Hurricane, Comme un ouragan, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2021, as was his earlier young adult novel in verse, Maman veut partir (2018). Jonathan has won the Prix Cécile-Gagnon and the Prix Alvine-Bélisle. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches elementary school.



      Jonathan Kaplansky received his BA from Tufts University and an MA in French language and literature at McGill University, as well as an MA in translation at the University of Ottawa. He has translated works by Annie Ernaux, Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Lise Tremblay, John Porter, Hélène Dorion, Hélène Rioux, Étienne Beaulieu and Simon Brault. He lives in Montreal.

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      ★“Immediately takes one’s breath away with its poetry and power…The kind of book readers can pore over. The more time spent with it, the better it gets…Deeply affecting. An ideal tool to illustrate poetic elements or emphasize stories of sharing scary yet necessary truths.”
      “Succinct, highly emotive text sensitively conveys the protagonist’s shifting worldview and his developing courage in owning who he is and allowing his family and friends, who are minimally characterized, to act as a support system amid his internal storm.”
      “Beautiful, heart-warming, heart-rending, exquisitely realized in verse with minimal text, each word powerful and poignant...A text one will want to read and reread and reread. Highly Recommended.”
      “Utilizes different layouts for the boy's words, allowing them to flow along and around the pages…An engaging and direct piece for this age group. It is a page-turning novel in verse that pulls at the reader’s heartstrings…A very worthwhile addition to any collection serving middle-school-age kids. Highly Recommended.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Jordan and Max, Field Trip! Suzanne Sutherland Canada, Michelle Simpson Canada
    9781459831995 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:September 13, 2022 Print Run:5000
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.31 in | 120 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      It’s everyone’s favorite day of winter semester: the class field trip to the museum!

      Jordan is excited to see the mummies and Max can’t wait for his first trip to the big city without his big sisters watching over him. But when Jordan gets distracted by an extraordinary costume display and Max flies off to the depths of the Bat Cave, the group carries on to lunch without them. Before the two friends know it, their class has left the museum and they’re all alone downtown!

      Jordan knows they should find their classmates, but it’s hard to do the responsible thing when there is so much to do in the city. With Max at his side, the pair run wild: dancing alongside street musicians and tasting food from every single vendor they can find. Just when they think the day couldn’t get any more interesting, Jordan and Max find themselves in a strange neighborhood after dark where an even stranger ceremony is getting underway…a winter solstice celebration!

      This is the second book from Suzanne Sutherland featuring Jordan and Max, following Jordan and Max: Showtime!

      Bio

      Suzanne Sutherland is an author and editor of books for young people who is passionate about inclusive and engaging storytelling. Her debut novel, When We Were Good, was selected for ALA’s Rainbow Book List and Under the Dusty Moon was a Toronto Public Library Top Ten Recommended Read for Teens. Suzanne lives in Toronto.



      Michelle Simpson grew up in the woods of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and still resides there today. She is a full-time freelance illustrator, focusing mainly on children's publications, and holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College. Michelle has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (Season 2) and Tee and Mo (Season 1). She is the author of Night Festival: A Silent Picture Book and Monsters In My House, which was shortlisted for Canada's Self-Publishing Awards in 2014. Michelle has also illustrated Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater and Back Home by Shaista Kaba Fatehali. Michelle draws her inspiration for her artwork from nature, animals and folklore.

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      “Jordan and Max demonstrate endearing levels of empathy and generosity toward the people they encounter...A chapter book with strengths in terms of diversity and social emotional learning.”
      “Takes a gentle approach to the topics of gender identity, friendship, and acceptance.”
      “The themes of friendship and inclusion are lightly handled but elevate the story over many other less substantial early chapter books. I can’t wait to see what Jordan and Max get up to next!”
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    9781459834248 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:August 16, 2022 Print Run:6000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 180 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:68 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Elsie Rose-Miller loves celebrating the Purim holiday and can't wait for the annual costume party at her local synagogue.

      Elsie plans to dress up as the fierce and smart Queen Esther, who saved all the Jewish people. But when financial hardship and a terrible incident of hate-inspired vandalism threaten not only the party but the synagogue too, Elsie, like Queen Esther, takes action to bring her entire community—Jewish and non-Jewish alike—together.

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      Joanne Levy is the award-winning author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble, Fish Out of Water and The Book of Elsie in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels The Sun Will Come Out, Small Medium At Large and Sorry For Your Loss, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Canadian Jewish Literature Award. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.

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      Awards
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      “Strong first-person narration thoughtfully explores experiences of antisemitism and prejudice…Levy presents a realistic, gutsy, problemsolving youth navigating difficult situations with the love and support of community, friends, and family.”
      “Both Jew­ish and non-Jew­ish read­ers will be inspired by Elsie’s brav­ery while learn­ing about Jew­ish hol­i­days and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port. This book would make a per­fect gift for a young Jew­ish [reader].”
      “Allows readers to find the space to ask questions and have conversations about racism and antisemitism in society. Recommended.”
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    Naked Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia Myriam Daguzan Bernier Canada, Cécile Gariépy Canada, Charles Simard Canada
    9781459831018 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:May 17, 2022
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 200 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      ★ “What makes this sex-ed title stand out is the up-to-the-minute dialogue around age-old concerns combined with discussions about broader concepts…Gariépy’s radiant, curvy, stylized digital graphics are a perfect fit for the body-positive text…Non-judgemental, trustworthy, and savvy, Bernier is the counsellor we all wished we had access to in high school.”—Quill & Quire, starred review


      From A to Z, Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia is an inclusive guide to sexuality for teens.

      The 150 entries cover key ideas about identity, relationships, self-image, sex and body positivity—and no topic is taboo. From bisexuality to Kamasutra to #MeToo, Naked offers answers to questions about sexuality that teens have always had but have been afraid to ask. What is consent? What does gender fluid mean? What kind of contraception should I use? With contemporary examples, vibrant illustrations and additional information and resources for young readers with more questions, Naked is essential reading for today's teens.

      Bio

      Myriam Daguzan Bernier is the author of the blog La tête dans le cul and a regular columnist for ICI Radio-Canada Première’s radio show Moteur de recherche. She is also a communication specialist and instructor at L’inis, Québec’s national institute of sound and image. Myriam is currently studying sexology at Université du Québec à Montréal and plans to become a sexologist focusing on a feminist and inclusive approach.



      Cécile Gariépy is a Montreal-based illustrator. She has illustrated in many different media for clients such as the New York Times, Google and Esquire UK. Cécile loves images that tell stories, and her playful art puts an emphasis on color, composition and character design.



      Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtià꞉ke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked!. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

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      Awards
      OLA Best Bets Top Ten 2022, Commended
      Reviews
      “Lives up to its name and also doesn’t speak down to its audience. I whole-heartedly recommend this title for the inquisitive and curious teens in your life, and for adults as well if they want to learn about concepts that are not often covered in other resources for teens. Highly Recommended.”
      “Attractive, lighthearted...A validating tome that will spark an interest in further learning.”
      “Spunky…Filled with encouraging language and imagery to reassure teens that there is no such thing as normal, right, or wrong when it comes to consensual human interactions.”
      ★ “What makes this sex-ed title stand out is the up-to-the-minute dialogue around age-old concerns combined with discussions about broader concepts…Gariépy’s radiant, curvy, stylized digital graphics are a perfect fit for the body-positive text…Non-judgemental, trustworthy, and savvy, Bernier is the counsellor we all wished we had access to in high school.”
      “This eye-opening encyclopedia is destined to become a staple of every middle school and high school library...Thoughtful and informative, consistently reminding the readers that their lived experiences are valid and completely normal..I would encourage all readers to pick up a copy of Naked.”
      “The perfect compendium of sex/sexuality for curious teens during a heightened time of misinformation.”
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    On the Line Eric Walters Canada, Paul Coccia Canada
    9781459827134 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from 4 - 8, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 15, 2022 Print Run:10000
    $12.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.75 in | 320 gr | 312 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Thirteen-year-old basketball star Jordan Ryker feels like his life is falling apart.

      All Jordie wanted was for his parents to stop fighting. Soon, he gets his wish. His parents separate and then his dad announces he’s gay. Shocked, Jordie struggles with how to process all this. His dad taught him everything he knows about basketball, and there’s an important championship game coming up. He needs him more than ever. But Jordie feels like his dad has abandoned his family. He doesn’t want anything to do with him now and he definitely doesn't want to meet his dad’s new boyfriend. It takes a new girl with wicked basketball skills and a revelation from his best friend to help Jordie realize that while some things change, other things never do.

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      Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 125 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.



      Paul Coccia is the author of the bestselling Orca Soundings title Cub, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, and The Player. His most recent book, On The Line, was co-authored with Eric Walters. Paul has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Toronto with his family.

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      Awards
      Richard Allen Chase Memorial Award 2022, Winner
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2023, Short-listed
      Forest of Reading Red Maple Award 2023, Nominated
      Reviews
      “The pairing of superstar author Eric Walters with relative newcomer Paul Coccia is nothing short of brilliant. The result is a thoughtful, engaging story of basketball, cars, trucks, friends and family and what happens in a small town when it is revealed that someone is gay. This is a heartfelt story that is sure to appeal to Walters's fans and will propel Coccia to a wider audience. Very highly recommended.”
      “Readers will embrace the language and style of the book…This is a coming-of-age story with a real-life scenario that teenagers, or those they know, could face.”
      On the Line navigates emotionally charged themes with compassion and honesty. The dynamic basketball setting will appeal to its middle-grade audience along with its cast of well-drawn and endearing characters. A touching and refreshing story of a young teen learning what it means to love unconditionally.”
      On The Line is a heartwarming story about a 13-year-old boy named Jordan, who is put in a situation that requires great maturation. Jordan’s growth involves navigating around new obstacles surrounding homophobia, sexism and masculinity. Through all of the pain Jordan experiences, basketball is the guiding light that offers support when needed and catalyzes him to reflect when he’s ready. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of the book is the relationships between characters and how they develop. The friendships are immensely powerful and act as a great example of what to strive for. This story brought tears to my eyes because I can relate to how sport has the ability to be the space where one feels comfortable when everything around them seems to be falling apart. I was also really impacted by seeing the reality of how one’s actions have a ripple effect on those around them, including how quickly word can spread throughout a community. A must-read for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, allies, athletes or anyone with a beating heart!”
      “Beautifully and realistically rendered…Shines a light on the restorative power of best friends and caring family…Both straight and LGBTQ+ readers will love a work created by two outstanding writers who, as it turns out, are greater than the sum of their storytelling parts. Highly Recommended.”
      “A relationship-driven story.”
      “A story that challenges young readers to see beyond themselves and from different perspectives and with compassion for the struggles that others may be experiencing.”
      “An emotional, thought-provoking journey exploring identity, with a basketball backdrop.”
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    Series: Just Enough
    Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth Dr. Jillian Roberts Canada, Cindy Revell Canada
    9781459831865 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:March 15, 2022 Print Run:6000
    $14.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.13 in | 140 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      An engaging introduction for very young children to the basic facts of life in a way that is gentle, age-appropriate and accessible.

      Research shows that children are learning about sex at an increasingly young age and often from undesirable sources. The Q&A format, with questions posed in the child’s voice and answers starting simply and becoming gradually more in-depth, allows the adult to guide the conversation to a natural and satisfying conclusion. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.

      Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter. Other books in the series deal with diversity, death, separation and divorce.

      Bio

      Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC. She is the author of two bestselling and award-winning series of children’s books: the Just Enough series explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3–6, while the World Around Us series introduces kids ages 5–8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.



      Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards and wine bottles, and in magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. She has worked with clients like Disney, Penguin Putnam, the L.A. Times and Scholastic. Her illustration of Mallory and the Power Boy (Annick Press) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton.

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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "Offers young children just the right amount of information for their age level...the question and answer format reflects the questions children usually have about reproduction. The contemporary, colourful illustrations complement the text, showing couples embracing (while wearing pyjamas!) and people of different races. The illustrations also show humour...An adult would be well-served to read directly from the text to a child to make them understand what appears to be a mysterious process...A welcome, useful and soon well-worn addition to a home or school collection. Highly Recommended."
      "A child psychologist offers simple answers to a perennial question...This title in the Just Enough series for the very young is best as a conversation starter."
      "This picture book tackles the basics of reproduction. The text is presented in a question-and-answer format that will satisfy young children’s curiosity and that could provide a framework or a script for caregivers to work from. The art is colorful, gentle, and detailed...Revell includes characters of various ethnicities and represents different kinds of families. There is a single page in the back addressing other questions that kids may have; these take on same-sex families, adopted babies, and specifics about conception...A fine, age-appropriate option for exploring reproduction and pregnancy."
      "This no-nonsense guide is here to save the day with straightforward, age-appropriate information on the basics of conception and pregnancy. The author, a child psychologist, effectively uses a question-and-answer format to anticipate queries, and she responds in brief but thorough explanations. Technical vocabulary (womb, umbilical cord) is defined in context, and cheerful, expressive illustrations align closely with the text, reinforcing concepts. A last page addendum addresses very specific topics, such as in vitro fertilization, Cesarean sections, and same-sex unions. Some baby-themed selections concentrate on fears and feelings; this factual presentation, with its positive, accessible information, should be just as reassuring to expectant siblings."
      "A simple and relatively straightforward tool to begin discussions with primary aged children in regard to how a baby is created...Illustrations are bright, gentle, and engaging. They serve very well to help explain the concepts in the book in a more relatable way...Recommended as a beginning resource for children who are ready for more specific information about babies and childbirth."
      "Using honesty, plain language, and proper terminology, Roberts covers the basics, but also includes answers to a few common follow-up questions for kids who are curious or ready for more information. Cindy Revell’s bright illustrations highlight diversity and provide visual clarity that enhances the text. This is a great starting point for parents and caregivers who might need a bit of help knowing how much to tell little ones."
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    The Magic Shell Jillian Christmas Canada, Diana G. A. Mungaray
    9781999156244 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 01, 2022
    $18.95 CAD 10.75 x 8.25 x 0.25 in | 160 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Flamingo Rampant
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      Have you ever wanted to understand where your family comes from and how you got this way? When Pigeon Pea has a million questions about their family, Auntie gives them the magic key to go back in time and across continents to meet, celebrate, and feast with their ancestors and orisha.
      Bio

      Jillian Christmas is a queer, afro-Caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC). Jillian works as an artist, educator, curator and consultant, she is the long-time spoken word curator of the Vancouver Writers Fest, and former artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Christmas is the author of The Gospel of Breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press 2020), and the forthcoming children’s book, The Magic Shell (Flamingo Rampant Press 2021).



      Raised in Stoneville, North Carolina, Diana Mungaray grew up enthralled by the world around her. She would start her journey painting watercolor pine trees in her composition book, to getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Interactive Design. As an avid artist, her work comes from a place of whimsy- creating stylized work that amuses her, and hopefully her readers.

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