Orca Loan Stars Jr. through June 2019

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    My Love is For You Susan Musgrave Canada, Marilyn Faucher Canada
    9781459818460 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 26, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Celebrated poet Susan Musgrave weaves the purity, strength and sweetness of love with simple joys from nature experienced through the seasons. Marilyn Faucher's vibrant illustrations are a lovely complement to Musgrave's prose, and together these elements introduce babies and toddlers to the delight of cold summer plums, a shower of cherry blossom petals and the endlessness of love. A perfect read-aloud, this poetic board book will foster warmth and closeness with the littlest ones in your life
      Bio
      Susan Musgrave has been nominated for and has received awards in five different categories of writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, children's writing—and for her work as an editor. She has published many books, including Love You More, More Blueberries and Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug. Susan lives on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and teaches poetry in the Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. For more information, visit susanmusgrave.com.

      Born and raised in Montreal, Marilyn Faucher is an honors graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal's graphic design program, specializing in illustration. Her contemporary style brings a fresh perspective to traditional techniques, resulting in sensitive yet vibrant illustrations. Marilyn lives in a small town not far from Montreal with a cat named Feta.
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        Key Selling Points

        A perfect read-aloud, this poetic board book portrays the sweetness of love with the joys from nature experienced through the seasons.

        Themes include love, dedication, seasons, natural world, toddlers, babies.

        Susan Musgrave has written multiple books for children including More Blueberries! (2015) and Love You More (2014).

        Susan Musgrave is an award winning writer who has been nominated multiple times for the Governor General's Award including for her book Oragami Dove (2011).

        Marilyn Faucher’s book Animals Can Do Too (2017) was a Best Books for Kids and Teens
        selection.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "An ode to maternal love. Excellent."
      "The message of unconditional parental love cannot be missed...If your love is sweet like honey, share this with a child your love is for."
      "This is a lyrical story with lovely illustrations."
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    One Patch of Blue Marthe Jocelyn Canada
    9781459820739 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 12, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      One patch of denim escapes from a pair of pants and becomes a stained-glass window, an ice-cream truck, a Ferris wheel, a fish tank and many other square surprises in this delightful board book by celebrated paper artist Marthe Jocelyn.

      Jocelyn's paper collages in this wordless search-and-find adventure will encourage little ones to look closely at the world around them and explore what they see.
      Bio
      Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        A wordless board book that follows the journey of one patch of denim as it escapes from a pair of pants and transforms into many other objects.

        Themes include search-and-find, collage, shape primer, early learning.

        Because it is wordless it is ideal not just for English speakers/readers, can be enjoyed by non-English speakers/readers.

        Marthe's llustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary
        Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Her title Sam Sorts (Penguin Random House) was a 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books selection.

        Great for projects in the classroom.       

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Jocelyn's collages continue to be alive with colour and textures, and they invite their young viewers to not just locate the repurposed ribbon or patch but to explore the pages' details…Art teachers in schools might want to acquire One Yellow Ribbon and One Patch of Blue to use as exemplars for divergent artistic thinking."
      "Enchanting…Readers will enjoy composing their own stories as the blue patch travels from page to page."
      "The illustrations are beautifully designed using a variety of cloth and paper to achieve the rich textures and details that are evident on every page…Caregivers and teachers can use this book to promote observation skills in the very young."
      "This is a cute idea executed in a clean and playful fashion."
      "This clever wordless board book is a fun spot the piece activity."

      “An adventure where the reader is delightfully included… This book is a must have for early learning centers and Kindergarten classroom libraries and well as home libraries.”

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    One Yellow Ribbon Marthe Jocelyn Canada
    9781459820760 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 12, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      One yellow ribbon unties itself from a child's hair and transforms into a winter scarf, a farmer's field and a lion's mane, among many other magical things, in this delightful board book by celebrated pa-per artist Marthe Jocelyn.

      Jocelyn's paper collages in this wordless search-and-find adventure will encourage little ones to look closely at the world around them and explore what they see.
      Bio
      Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        A wordless board book that follows the journey of one yellow ribbon as it transforms into many other objects.

        Themes include search-and-find, collage, shape primer, early learning, found material.

        Because it is wordless it is ideal not just for English speakers/readers, can be enjoyed by non-English speakers/readers.

        Marthe's llustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary
        Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. Her title Sam Sorts (Penguin Random House) was a 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books selection.

        Great for projects in the classroom.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

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        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Jocelyn's collages continue to be alive with colour and textures, and they invite their young viewers to not just locate the repurposed ribbon or patch but to explore the pages' details…Art teachers in schools might want to acquire One Yellow Ribbon and One Patch of Blue to use as exemplars for divergent artistic thinking."
      "Children will enjoy discovering where the yellow ribbon is hidden on each page. Once again, Marthe Jocelyn uses fabric and paper to meticulously create the collage illustrations. Her attention to detail is precise…All of the pages are a rich resource for developing vocabulary."
      "This wordless board book from the creator of One Patch of Blue is a visual treat…A lovely board book that is a bit out of the box."
      "This is a cute idea executed in a clean and playful fashion."
      "A cleverly illustrated wordless outing that is a natural progression for readers of Jocelyn's previous board books."
      "Beautifully illustrated in mixed media (and one yellow ribbon) this will encourage the reader to look carefully at the pictures and find the matching piece."

      “The pictures are each singularly creative, and with the tie that binds, a yellow ribbon, unique. As a board book, this book will have many lives, and as a book without text, it will have many stories.”

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    Pride Colors Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459820708 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 12, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.56 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Through gentle rhymes and colorful photographs of adorable children, Pride Colors is a celebration of the deep unconditional love of a parent or caregiver for a young child. The profound message of this delightful board book is you are free to be whoever you choose to be; you'll always be loved.

      Celebrated author Robin Stevenson ends her purposeful prose by explaining the meaning behind each color in the Pride flag: red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, blue = peace and harmony, and violet = spirit.
      Bio
      Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points

        Babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.

        Images show diverse babies and family structures: LGBTQIA+.

        Photographic color concept book explores the meaning behind each color of the PRIDE flag ie. red = life, orange = healing.

        Award winning author of the 2017 Stonewall Honor book, USBBY Outstanding International Books selection, and BC Book Prizes Honor Book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016).

        Robin Stevenson's YA book, A Thousand Shades of Blue (2008), was nominated for the
        Governor General's Award.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Affirming phrases remind adults reading the text (and ensure those listening) that no matter what, they are loved and accepted and are recognized within the open-ended nature of the flag. Along with Richard Van Camp's Welcome Song for Baby and Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang's Toesy Toes Pride Colors is a declaration of human difference and resilience in the face of so much adversity seen around the world today."
      ★ "Awash in messages of love and the celebration of individuality, this dual concept book highlights LGBTQIA+ families in a positive, glittery light. A rare treat for both Pride Day and everyday sharing. Essential for all libraries serving young children and their caregivers."
      "Parents will enjoy reading Stevenson's loving words as much as children will enjoy the uplifting statements, gentle rhythms, and bright photos of children (and a few parents) on the pages…A delightful addition to the small number of LGBTQ-inclusive board books and to young children's books celebrating LGBTQ history and Pride."
      ★ "A good thing comes in a small, rainbow package...A joyful, affirming, pride-filled read."
      "Stevenson captures the essence of Pride...an expansive celebration with room for all who love and cherish others."

      “Parents and educators will want a copy of this book for their library. Both the text and photographs show the beauty of all people of this world and the importance of sharing our love with everyone.”

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    The Magic Boat Kit Pearson Canada, Katherine Farris Canada, Gabrielle Grimard Canada
    9781459814325 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: March 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discovers she has her own vivid imagination.
      Bio
      Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up there and in Vancouver, British Columbia. After attending the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, Kit worked for ten years as a children's librarian in Ontario and BC. She became inspired to write for children after attending Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature. Her books have been published in several different countries and have won many awards, including the Governor General's Award and the BC Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with partner Katherine Farris and their two dogs, Piper and Brio. For more information, visit kitpearson.com.

      Katherine Farris was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and after university moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked at Toronto Life Magazine, Greey de Pencier Books and OWL Magazine, researching and editing a wide variety of projects, from rail guides to western and eastern Canada for Greey de Pencier to kids' question-and-answer books for OWL. During that time she began painting, and now, living in Victoria, British Columbia, her focus is primarily on art and playing the alto sax.

      Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She moved from Montreal to Waterville, Quebec, where she now lives with her two children, several chickens and her husband, who builds wooden boats. They share an old barn as their artists' studio. For more information, visit gabriellegrimard.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        A young child overcomes her shyness to make a new friend, and together they go on adventures in an abandoned blue boat on the beach.

        Diverse characters (main character's friend is POC).

        Themes include imagination, adventure, new friends, summer vacation.

        Kit Pearson won the Governor General's Award for her book Awake and Dreaming (1996).

        Also available in French: Le bateau magique.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize 2019, Short-listed
      Blue Spruce Award 2020, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Sensitive and imaginative...Grimard’s bright and exuberant illustrations give life to Pearson and Farris’s gentle text."
      "Can be used by parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers to plant the idea in the minds of shy children that they can venture forth in life, because life is an adventure. Recommended"
      "Pearson and Farris' prose moves seamlessly from the easy unhurriedness of summer play to the weightier awe of discovery. Grimard keeps visual pace with warm watercolors and pencil-sketched shading and lines that feel light but never fluffy, capturing the dynamic fluidity between real and pretend…Infectiously delightful."

      “A beautiful voyage into the imagination…Schools and homes with pre-school children will find this to be a favorite read.”


      “Pearson and Farris’s text is engaging, moving us seamlessly between reality and imagination…Grimard’s pencil and watercolour illustrations are lovely.”

      “The message of reaching out past one’s shyness works well.”


      “This heartwarming tale encapsulates the childlike happiness of being at the beach.”

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    The Invisible Garden Valérie Picard Canada, Marianne Ferrer Canada
    9781459822115 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: April 09, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.

      With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.
      Bio
      Valérie Picard is the artistic director at the Quebec publishing house Monsieur Ed. After obtaining a diploma in visual arts and a degree in anthropology, she fell in love with children's literature. She draws, reads, buys way too many books (ignoring the fact that she has no more space for them) and entertains herself with online Harry Potter questionnaires in order to discover in which house the Sorting Hat would place her. Valerie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, for illustration and design, she completed her education in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her style is characterized by its charm, delicacy and depth. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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        Key Selling Points

        A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates imagination. As the only child at an adult party, someone suggests that Arianne might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. She follows her imagination into nature and then the cosmos.

        A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates
        imagination.

        Long picture book of 64 pages, but minimal words. About 70% of pages don’t have text, leaving much to the reader’s imagination.

        Gorgeous full color illustrations and hand lettering throughout.

        Author is the publisher of the new darling literary publisher Monsieur Ed based in Quebec

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Prix Lux 2018, Winner
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      ★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel."
      "Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead."
      "There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story."
      "Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling"
      "Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder."
      “This book is perfectly delightful.”

      “A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”


      ★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”
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    A Plan for Pops Heather Smith Canada, Brooke Kerrigan Canada
    9781459816145 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in ?hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.
      Bio
      Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was short-listed 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 and was short-listed for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

      Brooke Kerrigan has loved to draw ever since she was a little girl, so it seemed only natural that she would grow up to be an artist. Of all her creative endeavors, illustrating children's books is her favorite. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she currently lives with her husband in the French Alps, in a little town that inspires her every day. For more information, visit brookekerrigan.com.
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        Key Selling Points

        Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. But when Pops has a fall, Lou and Grandad come up with a plan to make Pops smile.

        Themes of multigenerational relationships, imagination and play, depression.

        LGBTQ+ content: Lou has two grandfathers--Lou's gender is never specified.

        Heather Smith's previous picture book, Angus All Aglow, was purchased by Scholastic.

        Also available in French: Une idee for Papi.

        Includes STEM content: Lou and grandparents build a Rube Goldberg machine.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce Award 2020, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "
      "Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."
      "A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."
      "A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."
      "The bond between Lou and his loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."
      "Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."
      "A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children’s librarians you know."
      "Add this one to your go-to list."
      "[Children] will be instantly drawn in by the warmth and love that binds these three characters together."

      “Smith’s characters are real and honest…Kerrigan’s digital artwork…is both engaging and touching.”


      “Whatever message a young child gets out of this book, it will be a powerful one… This book is an excellent choice for the pre-school land the early elementary-aged child.”
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    The Silence Slips In Alison Hughes Canada, Ninon Pelletier Canada
    9781459817067 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: March 05, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

      With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you.
      Bio
      Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hide and Shriek in the Orca Soundings collection. Alison volunteers for children and literacy and gives frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton with her family.

      As a child, Ninon Pelletier wanted to become an astronaut in order to see the world differently. Instead, thanks to her great imagination, she became an illustrator. She studied photography and graphic design, and has illustrated over thirty children's books. She was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in 2016. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, surrounded by her pencils, charcoals and friends. For more information, visit ninonpelletier.blogspot.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        A young child learns to find comfort in silence when the world becomes too noisy.

        Soothing and calming illustrations help tell a story that emphasizes mindfulness for children.

        Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for her YA novel Hit the Ground Running (2017).

        Ninon Pelletier has studied photography and graphic design, and has illustrated over thirty children’s books. Her book, Le mystère des billes d'or, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Gently alludes to the benefits of finding contentment in quietude and how learning to do so might benefit readers for years to come."
      "This ode to mindfulness, with its poetic text, offers reassurance to children often overwhelmed by their busy days so that they can find their own way back to calm and steady waters…Just right for busy families who seek balance and mindfulness.
      The French edition, Le Silence se glisse près de toi, is beautifully translated by Rachel Martinez and has its own lyricism and lilt, perfect for Francophone parents and caregivers wanting bilingual options for their children. "
      "This thoughtful story focusing on mindfulness…will provide an important viewpoint for adults to share with young children."
      "A lovely book about finding the silence and calm in life…Fits well when discussing self-regulation and mindfulness with children. Highly Recommended."
      "A needed edition in our world today where children rush from one activity to the next, an environment where children with sensory overload issues may need calming and simply a pleasant story for the end of a long day. It will leave a child feeling protected and ready to rest."
      "Such a nice reminder of the joy that is find in quiet moments. A nice introduction to or supplement of mindfulness. Pelletier’s illustrations add to the dreamy atmosphere every time Silence makes an appearance."
      "As a bedtime book, this book will calm the most rambunctious after a long day. A lovely topic that promotes both the beauty of language and the power of symbolism has a wonderful message for children. Excellent Book of Note."
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    Through the Elephant's Door Hélène De Blois Canada, France Cormier Canada
    9781459821934 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 02, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

      Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?
      Bio
      Hélène de Blois did her BA in French at the University of Montreal and in dramatic arts at the Université du Québèc à Montréal. In 1999 she published her first book for children, Un train pour Kénogami, which was a finalist for the Prix Cécile-Gagnon. Ever since, she's been writing and visiting students, encouraging the imaginations of young readers through reading, writing and art. For more information, visit helenedeblois.com. Hélène lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      France Cormier has been drawing forever. In elementary school she used to wear out her crayons and refused to play with dolls. After a first career as a landscaper, she now devotes herself completely to illustrating playful, lightly twisted worlds full of humor. France lives in Gatineau, Quebec.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        One day, a boy and his elephant, Emile, decide to visit the museum. The suspicious guard doesn’t trust them. He’s worried about the giant pachyderm walking among his delicate works of art. But then, in a flash, something happens to change the guards’ mind about this oversized patron.

        Amusing, illustrated mini-novel about not judging a book by its cover.

        Enhanced illustrated picture book at 48-pages and text-heavy.

        Hélène de Blois has written 11 books in French, this is her first book translated into English.

        France Cormier has illustrated nine children’s books. This is her first book published in English.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

        Blog and social media promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "The underlying, serious message is well-balanced by the humorous premise and continued humor in art and text…This quirky French-Canadian import stands out—rather like an elephant at an art museum."
      "In a simple, gentle way, the author describes what it is like to be misjudged based on one's appearance and misinformation."
      “This quirky book humorously demonstrates the danger in judging others by their outward appearances.”
      “A story of acceptance and friendship, between a boy, his elephant, and their love for the museum.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Badir and the Beaver Shannon Stewart Canada, Sabrina Gendron Canada
    9781459817272 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 16, 2019
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.31 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 92 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a rat. A very, very large rat. He soon learns it’s actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. It turns out that some of the neighbors who enjoy the park think this beaver is a bit of a pest, but Badir thinks it's wonderful and learns everything he can about the iconic Canadian animal. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, Badir, who knows firsthand how difficult it is to leave your home behind, rallies his classmates to save it. And with a little help from new friends, the kids learn that collaboration and faith can change the way we think about the world.
      Bio
      Shannon Stewart teaches in a francophone school in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has had the opportunity to meet and learn from students all over the world. She is the author of Sea Crow (Orca, 2004), Alphabad: An Alphabet Book for Wicked Children! (Key Porter Books, 2005) and Captain Jake (Orca, 2008). She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

      Sabrina Gendron has a degree in visual arts from Cégep de Ste-Foy, as well as 2D/3D animation from Collège Bart. She loves to work on animation and visual arts projects and has illustrated a number of French-language books. Her art is colorful and lively and will make you want to dive into the worlds she has created. Sabrina lives in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. For more information, visit sabrinagendron.blogspot.com or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @sab.gendron.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Key Selling Points

        Badir and his brother, Anis are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park, Badir sees a very very large rat. He soon learns it’s a beaver, an animal that doesn’t live in Tunisia, where Badir and his family have immigrated from. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, he rallies his classmates to save it.

        Badir does research at school to see how park can be protected, because he knows how hard it is to leave your home.

        The story is set during Ramadan and features a young Muslim protagonist who is a recent immigrant to Canada

        Orca Echoes are at-level early chapters books for ages 7 to 9 with b/w illustrations

        Inspired by a real-life event at Hinge Park in Vancouver’s Olympic Village


        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
        conferences

        Digital and print ARCs available

        Blog and social media promotion




    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      ★ "With her gentle tale, Stewart does an excellent job at promoting cultural understanding…A beautifully written page-turner about belonging."
      "The story empowers children to make a difference in their communities and promotes females in science…A versatile book that is enjoyable and can be used for multiple educational purposes."
      "Badir's boisterous personality and good nature make him a fun character to follow, and his family's observance of Ramadan adds an extra layer of interest to the story. This upbeat early chapter book is engagingly illustrated, filled with beaver facts, and delivers a positive message about protecting the environment."

      “This was a wonderful early chapter book and the characters solved a realistic problem in a natural way.”

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