Owlkids Books Spring 2019 Frontlist

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    Series: You Are
    You Are One (board book) Sara O'Leary Canada, Karen Klassen Canada
    9781771473552 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $11.95 CAD 7.25 x 7.25 x 0.56 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A whimsical celebration of baby’s first year, now available in board book format

      A baby’s first year is full of memorable milestones. Learning to crawl, taking first steps, tasting new foods, and forming first words are all exciting achievements. You Are One looks back on each of these universal moments and more, inviting little ones and their parents to celebrate how much they have grown and discovered in just one year, from playing peekaboo to first teeth.

      Narrated in the second person, You Are One is a charming read-aloud that addresses the baby directly. Supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations play with pattern and perspective and lend a hip, artistic feel to the book. The diverse babies pictured come to life on the page through the realism of the art, and add to the text’s warmth, sweetness and broad appeal. The first in a three-book series, You Are One is designed as a whimsical gift for new parents who will enjoy reflecting on their baby's first year and expressing how much their
      little one is loved.
      Bio
      Sara O'Leary is a writer for both children and adults. Her picture books include Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet, A Family is a Family is a Family, and This is Sadie.

      Karen Klassen is an award-winning freelance illustrator and painter, specializing in fashion, lifestyle, and portrait illustration. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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      "Here's a rarity in children's literature... endearing... delightfully textured... features babies of varying skin colors and ethnicities; it's truly inclusive."

      "Both adults and children will enjoy sharing the books in this series to celebrate the milestones of early childhood."

      "A joyful picture book... Babies and young toddlers will enjoy both the simple, respectful observations of their activities and the captivating illustrations of babies' faces throughout. Recommended."
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    Series: You Are
    You Are Two (board book) Sara O'Leary Canada, Karen Klassen Canada
    9781771473569 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $11.95 CAD 7.25 x 7.25 x 0.56 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A whimsical celebration of a baby’s second year, now available in board book format

      A baby’s second year is full of memorable milestones. Walking, running, understanding more words, speaking their names, and forming first memories are all exciting achievements. You Are Two picks up where You Are One left off and looks back on each of these moments and more, inviting little ones and their parents to celebrate how much they have grown and discovered.

      Narrated in the second person, You Are Two is a charming read-aloud that addresses the baby directly. Supersaturated ink-and-wash illustrations play with pattern and perspective and lend a contemporary, artistic feel to the book. The diverse group of babies pictured comes to life on the page and adds to the text’s warmth and broad appeal. The second in a three-book series, You Are Two is designed as a whimsical gift for toddlers or parents who will enjoy reflecting on all the highlights of the second year and expressing how much their little one is loved.

      Bio
      Sara O'Leary is a writer for both children and adults. Her picture books include Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet, A Family is a Family is a Family, and This is Sadie.

      Karen Klassen
      is an award-winning freelance illustrator and painter, specializing in fashion, lifestyle, and portrait illustration. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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      Awards
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      "Both adults and children will enjoy sharing the books in this series to celebrate the milestones of early childhood."

      "Elegant in its simplicity."

      "Two is human in this picture book, and the narration's direct address provides affirmation of toddlers' human complexity and dignity."
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    Series: Baby Animals
    Baby Animals with Their Families Suzi Eszterhas
    9781771473224 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: March 15, 2019
    $16.95 CAD 8.25 x 9 x 0.44 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      See what a baby animal’s family looks like in the final book of this nonfiction series

      Around the world, baby animals grow up in all kinds of families. Whether it’s albatrosses raising babies in big colonies or sibling pairs of polar bears, baby animals with their families are not only adorable—they can teach us about animal behavior, too.

      The fourth and final book in the Baby Animals series, Baby Animals with Their Families showcases more than ten species from around the world in different family behaviors and arrangements. Stunning, intimate, full-color photographs by Suzi Eszterhas are each paired with a short sentence highlighting information about the animal. Designed both to be read aloud and for young children to explore independently, this book will encourage readers to make connections between their own families and the animals. Back matter gives further information about Suzi Eszterhas and some behind-the-scenes detail.
      Bio
      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 Moto and Me and the Wildlife Rescue series of children's books. When not in the field, she lives in Petaluma, California.
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      "For readers and listeners alike, an appealing connection to the natural world."

      "Beautiful...authentic... Best suited for group sharing and also ideal for newly independent readers who delight in nonfiction."

      Praise for the Baby Animals series:
      "Utterly adorable...irresistible."
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    You Are Never Alone Elin Kelsey Canada, Soyeon Kim Canada
    9781771473156 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 12 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      From the creators of You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas comes a new picture book that explores how humans are inextricably connected to nature. This book draws examples from the clouds and the cosmos, the seafloor and the surface of our skin, to show how we are never alone: we are always surrounded and supported by nature. Whether it’s gravity holding us tight; our lungs breathing oxygen synthesized by plants; the countless microorganisms that build our immunity; or the whales whose waste fertilizes the plankton that feed the fish we eat: nature touches every aspect of how we live.

      Using lyrical text grounded in current science alongside detailed diorama art, this informational picture book presents the idea that we thrive through connections to the land and sea and sky, and togetherness is key to nature. It encourages inquiry-based learning, inviting readers to wonder, ask questions, observe the natural world, and engage with big ideas. An author’s note at the end offers more insight into the research behind the text.
      Bio
      Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an award-winning author and a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source and share ocean conservation successes which has reached 90 million users to date. She frequently works on projects with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University and the University of Victoria and is passionate about engaging kids in hopeful, science-based, environmental solutions. See more at www.elinkelseyandcompany.com.

      Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in fine sketching and painting techniques to create three-dimensional dioramas. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts and Education programs at York University.
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      "it is all elegantly presented in soaring, vivid language...breathtakingly beautiful."
      “[This] book could serve as a springboard for further scientific investigation.”
      “A captivating array of mixed-media artwork illustrates the often intangible emotional and physical bonds that exist throughout nature.”
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    9781771473514 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 11 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A funny, surprising, and heartwarming look at nontraditional families

      New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it.

      Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family—especially the striking similarities between Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing.

      A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book. Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.

      Bio
      Thao Lam is the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Awards
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      Praise for Wallpaper:
      "A unique and visually stunning approach to the classic dilemma of making new friends."
      – Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

      "Lam’s rich visual storytelling illuminates the way that children’s internal lives help them move through loss and anxiety."
      – Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

      Praise for Skunk on a String:
      "There are multiple reasons to return to the beginning."
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    9781771473040 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3 Publication Date: March 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 8 x 0.31 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      An endearing read-aloud that compares babies to other newborn animals

      Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, Love You Head to Toe is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks.

      Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby’s day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.
      Bio
      Ashley Barron graduated from OCAD’s illustration program. Her award-winning cut-paper collage illustrations have appeared in magazines, children’s publications, websites, posters, animations, store windows, and set designs. Ashley is the illustrator of Up!Kyle Goes Alone, and the Math in Nature series. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.   
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      Praise for Up!:
      "Inclusivity is a hallmark of this book... A celebration of baby love as it's carried out all over the world."
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    Sprout, Seed, Sprout! Annika Dunklee Canada, Carey Sookocheff Canada
    9781771473088 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: March 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      One day, when a boy sees his dad cut an avocado in half, he decides to plant the fruit’s seed and grow it into…an avocado tree! One glass of water, two careful hands, and three pointy toothpicks later, it’s time to wait…and wait…and wait…for it to grow.

      At long last, the boy and his faithful pet cat see one root, two roots, three roots emerge! Three scoops of soil, three sprinkles of water, and a lot more waiting…lead to one sturdy stem, two clapping hands, and three grateful cheers. The avocado tree starts to appear! One, two, and three years later, the tree grows taller still.

      This charming story is told with lots of rhythm and repetition, paired with playful illustrations full of funny details about the trials of coaxing a seed into a plant. Readers will come away with a sense that the struggle to be patient and stick it out can be worthwhile, even when a result seems impossible.
      Bio
      ANNIKA DUNKLEE is the award-winning author of many books, including A Fire Truck for Chuck. She has eaten plenty of avocado, in hopes of getting a seed which would finally sprout. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario with her family.

      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series and What Happens Next, and the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. Her illustrations have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their dog.
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      Awards
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      "This quiet book effectively describes the meditative, sometimes-frustrating process that growing a plant entails."
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    When You're Scared Andrée Poulin Canada, Véronique Joffre
    9781771473651 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: March 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A sweet story about facing your fears, even when you’re scared

      It’s a bright and beautiful day at the lake where a boy and his mother are camping. The boy is just a little scared of jumping into the water. At the same time, not too far away, a hungry bear cub is a little scared of diving deep into a dumpster, where tasty snacks await.

      Later, when the boy encounters a distraught mama bear sniffing around the dumpster, he’s very scared. But so is her bear cub, who is trapped inside! Bold, graphic artwork moves the narrative along in this mostly-wordless book full of sound effects and simple variations on a single phrase full of so many meanings (“He was scared”). Parallel stories of the mother and son, and mama and cub, come together when the campers, despite being scared, help rescue the cub from the dumpster.

      This simple, moving story invites readers to observe expressions, body language, and details hidden in the illustrations to follow the narrative. It’s a sweet summer read that normalizes fear and encourages acting with courage and compassion—even when you’re scared.

      Bio
      Andrée Poulin has written over 30 picture books, many of which have won or been nominated for prizes. As a journalist, she was passionate about telling true stories. Now an author, she delights in
      inventing them. She has published picture books, early readers, and middle grade fiction, as well as two YA novels. She lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

      Véronique Joffre
      is a French illustrator based in London. She studied illustration and graduated from École Estienne in Paris and École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg.
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      "Conquering fears, helping others, and perhaps a message about wild animals and human garbage—though almost wordless, this book certainly says a lot."
      “Relevant issues, such as emotional resilience, good stewardship, and challenging oneself, together with the thoughtful illustrations, make this a worthy purchase for libraries.”
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    9781771473446 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5 - 8 Publication Date: March 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 7.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A doctor of crocodiles meets her most challenging patient yet

      Crocodiles come from far and wide to seek Little Doctor’s care. She treats each one with skill and kindness—even the toughest crocs with thick skins and large, powerful jaws. Little Doctor marvels at these fearless beasts, listening to their stories, while she diagnoses and cures what ails them. But when she meets Big Mean, the largest crocodile in the land with jaws clamped tightly shut, Little Doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong. And she might be just a little bit afraid.

      When one creative idea lands Little Doctor right inside Big Mean’s tremendous jaws, she is sure she’ll be munched or crunched—until she sees that Big Mean isn’t so horrible, after all. As it turns out, the crocodile is only protecting her hatchlings, all tangled in plastic, inside her mouth.

      Watercolor illustrations create a richly imagined world in this awe-inspiring story about how even little kids can be fearless, and even big, mean creatures sometimes need help.
      Bio
      Sophie Gilmore is an author and illustrator who, until recently, was based in London, but can now be found in Pisa, Italy. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and works with watercolor, gouache and pen, though a little coloring pencil and the occasional monochromatic linocuts find their way in. Much of her work stems from the curiousness of human nature and the wordless magic in a friendship between children and animals.
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      Awards
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      "Gilmore’s breezy tone keeps scariness at bay... and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school–aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor’s bravery comes from wisdom and kindness."
      "A young girl must figure out a way to help a sharp-toothed and fearsome creature many times her size... A rousing, toothy adventure."
      "An enthralling demonstration of kindness in action, helmed by a confident, brown-skinned girl in a doctor’s coat."
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    Dog vs. Ultra Dog Troy Wilson Canada, Clayton Hanmer Canada
    9781771473187 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Superheroes Age (years) from 4 - 7 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books
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      A beloved pet tries everything to be top dog when pitted against a canine superhero

      Tim loves his pet dog, Tuffy, and Tuffy adores his boy. Tim also happens to be an überfan of the TV superhero Ultra Dog: he watches the shows, reads the books, plays the video games, wears the cape, and even sports Ultra Dog underwear. Despite cajoling from the neighboring cat, Tuffy has absolutely no fear that Ultra Dog is stealing his boy. Ultra Dog is too famous to want a regular boy…right?

      Just in case, Tuffy tries extra hard to be super obedient and to outdo Ultra Dog with his love for Tim. But when Tuffy hears about Tim’s upcoming trip to Ultra Land, the faithful pup is officially afraid of losing his boy. What’s a dog to do? Fight back, of course! Tuffy enacts a plan to beat Ultra Dog once and for all, and the reward is unexpected—but awesome. Packed with comics-style storytelling, visual cues, and action, this is a great pick for reluctant readers, dog lovers, and superhero fans alike.
      Bio
      Troy Wilson is the author of The Sinking of Captain Otter, Liam Takes a Stand, and other picture books. Dog vs. Ultra Dog began as a Chickadee magazine story, and is Troy's first superhero book since the highly acclaimed Perfect Man. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

      Clayton Hanmer is also the illustrator of Half-Truths and Brazen Lies, The Secret Life of Money, and Not Your Typical Book About the Environment. He lives with his family in Toronto, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      A Junior Library Guild Selection 2019
      Reviews


      Praise for Liam Takes a Stand:
      "A winning combination of both smart and funny."

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