Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers Fall 2019

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    Sergeant Billy The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War Mireille Messier Canada, Kass Reich
    9780735264427 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 17, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 9 x 11.25 x 0.42 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Tundra Books
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      A delightful tale inspired by the true story of a brave goat war hero. Perfect for fans of Finding Winnie and Rescue and Jessica.

      During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort.

      Billy…

      Trained with the soldiers

      Was smuggled across the ocean

      Got snuck into the frontlines in a box of oranges

      Ate some secret documents and was arrested for treason

      Got trench foot

      Head-butted soldiers into a trench and saved them from a shell

      Came back home a decorated war hero

      This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration. This unforgettable goat and the platoon that loved him will capture your heart!
      Bio
      MIREILLE MESSIER is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based author, freelance writer and voice-over artist. She has published over twenty children’s books—including The Branch, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award—several articles for youth magazines and has collaborated in the production of many family programs and interactive apps for CBC, TVO/TFO and Teletoon. Mireille enjoys reading graphic novels, swing music and, of course, goats.

      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: Montreal

      KASS REICH was born in Montreal, Quebec. She works as an artist and educator and has spent the majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. She now finds herself back in Canada, but this time in Toronto. Kass loves illustrating books for all ages, including Megabat, Carson Crosses Canada, Hamsters Holding Hands and Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest. This is her first book about a goat.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto

      Illustrator Hometown: Montreal
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: mireille.ca kassreich.com

        Author Social Media: instagram.com/kass_reich_illustration twitter.com/messier_et_cie
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      PRAISE FOR Megabat by Anna Humphrey and Kass Reich:

      “The miscommunications between humans and a fruit bat are ridiculous yet funny, and Reich’s soft illustrations add further, gentle humor…. A charming tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Megabat is a fast-paced novel that will have young readers wanting more…. [A] highly engaging read with hilarious capers, engaging characters, and gorgeous illustrations…. Recommended.”—CM Magazine

      “ A warm tale…augmented by amusing graphite illustrations from [Kass] Reich.”—Publishers Weekly

      PRAISE FOR The Branch by Mireille Messier:

      “Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

      “…a gentle reminder that keeping an open mind can help turn problems into opportunities.”—Publishers Weekly

      “A quiet but powerful tale supported by a strong blend of words and pictures.”—School Library Journal

      “…a small but satisfying story of intergenerational friendship, cooperation, creativity, and the labor that goes into creating something worthwhile.”—The Horn Book Magazine
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    Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink Sharon Hampson Canada, Lois Lillienstein Canada, Bram Morrison Canada, Qin Leng
    9780735264069 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 7.56 x 12.31 x 0.4 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      National bestseller

      Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.


      What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly - especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.

      Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.

      Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children’s entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.
      Bio
      SHARON HAMPSON, the late LOIS LILLENSTEIN (d. 2015) and BRAM MORRISON are some of Canada’s most famous children’s performers, with fans across North America and around the world. The trio, known simply as Sharon, Lois and Bram, formed in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, The Elephant Show (CBC/Nickelodeon, 1984-88) and Skinnamarink TV (CBC/TLC, 1997-98), and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). They have won countless awards and were appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002. In 1998 they performed at the UN General Assembly and in 1994 they performed at the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. They also performed a run at the renowned Palace Theater on Broadway. Most recently Sharon and Bram were invited to participate in Toronto’s 2017 Pride parade—parade goers were so moved to see them participate that the crowd broke into a spontaneous version of the song along the parade’s route.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Throughout her career, QIN LENG has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers around the world. Recent picture books include her author/illustrator debut I Am Small (to be published in fall 2018); Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson; and Family Is a Family Is a Family written by Sara O'Leary. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. She lives in Toronto, with her husband and her son.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario
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        Marketing: -Review mailing

        -Influencer mailing

        -Nation-wide #Skinnamarink Day

        -Promotional postcards

        -Bunting available for accounts

        -Paid social advertising

        -Google search/display ads

        -Consider Spotify advertising

        -Fall preview title

        -Gift Guide title

        -Holiday advertising

        -PRHC YR dedicated newsletter

        Publicity: -Major Canadian media

        -WOTS Toronto appearance

        -Telling Tales Festival headliner

        Feature Website: www.qinillustrations.com

        Author Website: www.sharonloisbram.com (unofficial)

        Author Social Media: Illustrator: qinleng.tumblr.com / twitter:@qinleng / instagram: qinillustrations
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      PRAISE FOR Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink:

      "A lighthearted frolic ready for a rousing singalong." --Kirkus Reviews

      "A joyful sing-aloud book that will have readers humming its tune long after its covers are closed." --Publishers Weekly

      “Skinnamarink is a superb avenue for sharing the concept and message of love created by these three very memorable children’s entertainers. It will be hard for readers to just ‘read’ the words and not want to break out in song.” --Resource Links
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    Frankie's Favorite Food Kelsey Garrity-Riley
    9780735264311 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: August 20, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 8.31 x 10.31 x 0.41 in | 36 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Tundra Books
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      A scrumptiously adorable story about a boy, a school play and his love for food. Featuring foods from all over the world, this debut picture book will make you hungry for more!

      Frankie has a problem: he has too many favorite foods. He can’t bring himself to choose just one to be for the school play, so on the day of the performance, he’s still without a costume. His teacher comes up with a delicious idea: what if Frankie becomes the Costume Manager? That way, he can parlay his love of all things culinary into the whole production. From adding some last-minute garnishes to helping the rice and beans into their costumes, Frankie shines backstage until he has a brilliant idea and decides to make his debut on the menu as something that combines his love for all his favorite foods…

      In this funny and scrumptiously adorable story, readers will delight in the variety of foods represented and the clever performances full of silly word play and sweet camaraderie. In Kelsey Garrity-Riley’s author-illustrator debut, she shows the joy of food and revels in celebrating the way food can bring people together and inspire creativity.
      Bio
      KELSEY GARRITY-RILEY is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, graduating in 2010. She has illustrated several books, including The Whirlpool: Stories by Laurel Croza (Groundwood) and the forthcoming Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face (Abrams). Frankie’s Favorite Food is her debut as both author and illustrator.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

      Author Hometown: Germany; Belgium
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: www.kgriley.com

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @kelseygarrityriley
    • Awards & Reviews

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      PRAISE FOR Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade, written by Barbara Krasner:

      “The softly colored gouache illustrations…create an inviting, nostalgic aesthetic that complements the setting. A solid addition to elementary school libraries.”—Starred Review, School Library Journal

      “[W]hat’s especially fun here is the artwork.” —Booklist

      “This is a lovely addition to the biography shelf for the youngest readers.”—Starred Review, Jewish Book World
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    Ho'onani: Hula Warrior Heather Gale Canada, Mika Song
    9780735264496 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 8.8 x 11.4 x 0.5 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school.

      Ho’onani feels in-between. She doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She’s happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way.

      When Ho’onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho’onani has to try…

      Based on a true story, Ho’onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is—and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her.

      Ho’onani’s story first appeared in the documentary A Place in the Middle by filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.


      Story Locale: Hawaii
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      HEATHER GALE is an orthotist and author originally from New Zealand. Heather loves stories of all kinds, but she especially loves those that feature real people like Ho’onani. She fell in love with the art of storytelling during long car rides, making up stories to go with the scenes flashing by. Heather lives in Toronto with her husband, Garry, and their two dogs, Molly and Cooper.

      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: New Zealand

      MIKA SONG grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii, before moving to New York to study at Pratt Institute. She studied animation and worked as an animator before getting into children's books. In 2015, she received the Portfolio Award at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference in NYC. An author and illustrator, Mika loves stories about sweetly funny outsiders, and recently illustrated the book Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation and wrote and illustrated Picnic with Oliver. Mika lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

      Illustrator Residence: Brooklyn, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: -Review mailing

        -Based on a True Story PRHC YR newsletter

        -Based on a True Story writing contest

        -Paid social advertising

        -Indigenous round-ups

        -Fall preview title

        Publicity: -Local events for Brittany Luby (Guelph)

        -Pitch for GTA media

        Author Website: mikasongdraws.com/

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/mikasongdraws www.instagram.com/mika.song/ twitter.com/writergale
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      “Heather Gale’s prose is buttressed by Mika Song’s lovely drawings to make this a wonderfully feel-good story about tradition and difference.” -- New York Times

      “Boldly outlined watercolor and ink artwork . . . convey visual information with strength that suggests Ho‘onani’s own. And Gale grounds the child’s experience, based on a true story, in Hawaiian traditions, modeling showing ‘every person the same unconditional acceptance and respect’.” -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

      “Ho'onani’s courage to be true to herself and her place in the middle is empowering. Hawaiian words are intermixed, and Song’s illustrations are full of emotion and determination.” -- Kirkus Reviews

      “An entertaining, illuminating, and empowering read, Ho’onani: Hula Warrior will make a welcome addition to classrooms, libraries, and story times!” -- CM Magazine

      “This is a book that delicately tackles a difficult but important subject with sensitivity and without fuss at an age-appropriate level.” --Resource Links
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    You're in Good Paws Maureen Fergus Canada, Kathryn Durst
    9780735264663 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 10.31 x 12.13 x 0.4 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Tundra Books
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      When Leo arrives at the hospital, he is surprised to find it run by animals! A hilarious story featuring animals in human situations, perfect for fans of Zootopia and A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

      Slightly distracted parents accidentally take their son, Leo, to the animal hospital to get his tonsils out.

      Luckily, taking care of a human doesn’t ruffle any feathers among the hospital staff. The chicken at the admissions desk is welcoming, the bear orderly is friendly and wise Dr. Stan inspires tremendous confidence despite being a mouse. Is the plastic cone really necessary, though?

      In this sweet and hilarious story, a child discovers that a trip to the hospital can be a positive experience—even when the hospital isn’t quite up to code…
      Bio
      Maureen is an award winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, optioned for film and adapted for stage. Her picture books include Invisibill and The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold; her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy. When not writing, Maureen runs, reads, bikes, bakes, works and hangs out with her husband, three kids and Buddy the Wonder Dog.

      Author Residence: Winnipeg

      Author Hometown: Regina

      KATHRYN DURST is a graduate of Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. With a background in animation, she has interned with Pixar Animation Studios in addition to working with various children's book publishers. When she is not illustrating books like Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas and Vlad the World's Worst Vampire, she may be found playing the accordion, growing vegetables, folk dancing, or putting on shadow puppet shows. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her grumpy mini dachshund named Chili Dog.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto

      Illustrator Hometown: Toronto
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        Author Website: maureenfergus.com kathryndurst.com

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/maureenfergus facebook.com/artofkathryndurst twitter.com/kathryndurst instagram.com/kathryndurst
    • Awards & Reviews

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      PRAISE FOR The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus:

      “An amusing story with the welcome inclusion of a multiracial family.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “A fun story and a great antidote to holiday skepticism.”—School Library Journal

      “…deliciously fun.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Relatable and entertaining, this tongue-in-cheek picture book turns a child’s inevitable disbelief of Santa Claus on its head.”—Booklist

      “What kids will like: This extremely clever twist on ”Is there really a Santa Claus?“ anxiety will provoke jelly-belly laughs from kids and adults alike.”—USA Today

      PRAISE FOR Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas illustrated by Kathryn Durst:

      “Durst’s kinetic mixed-media cartoons convey the family’s over-the-top enthusiasm with humor and understanding as Friedman makes the case that the best thing to do with abundance is to share it.” --Publishers Weekly
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    King Mouse Cary Fagan Canada, Dena Seiferling
    9780735264045 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 24, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 8.13 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      Description
      King Mouse finds his authority in question when his subjects find crowns of their own. A gentle and humorous modern fable about imaginative play and kindness in the tradition of classics like Little Bear and Frog and Toad.

      A sweet, thoughtful tale of friendship, sharing and play, King Mouse begins when a mouse comes upon a tiny crown in the grass. The mouse puts the crown on his head, and when a bear subsequently comes upon him and asks if he’s king, the mouse responds “Yes.”

      This diminutive monarch settles into his new role very comfortably…until a snake comes upon a crown and claims she is queen. The mouse is not amused, especially when one by one the other animals find crowns and claim they are kings too. But when the bear can’t find a crown, King Mouse make a most surprising decision.

      This inspired collaboration between an award-winning author and debut picture book illustrator Dena Seiferling is quietly profound in its simplicity and has the feeling of a modern classic.
      Bio
      CARY FAGAN’s numerous kids’ books include the Kaspar Snit novels, the Wolfie & Fly chapter books, Mort Ziff Is Not Dead and the picture books Little Blue Chair and the forthcoming What Are You Doing, Benny?, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Mr. Zinger’s Hat, another of his picture books, was awarded the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Award, and he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for his body of work. Cary is also the author of six novels and three story collections for adults. He was born and raised in Toronto, where he continues to live with his family.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

      DENA SEIFERLING graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1999. She works as an instructor at ACAD while pursuing her illustration and needle-felted art. Dena lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband and two children. King Mouse is her first picture book.

      Illustrator Residence: Calgary, Alberta
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: Dena: www.pickleandfrancois.com | Cary: www.caryfagan.com

        Author Social Media: Dena: @pickleandfrancois (Instagram)
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Awards - Children's Literature - Illustration 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      “Graceful and perceptive in both illustration and text, the timeless theme is particularly pertinent today.” --starred review, Kirkus Reviews

      “In addition to being a quiet browsing book or a one-on-one reading experience, King Mouse would make a lovely read-aloud for storytelling. Highly Recommended.” --CM Magazine

      “. . . Seiferling creates striking, silvery graphite spreads to illustrate this story. . . . Fagan develops with dry wit the story of the crowns and the way they skew the animals’ judgment, ending the tale on a wistful, affectionate note.” --Publishers Weekly

      "The quiet resolution is extremely satisfying [and the art] exude[s] an air of fantasy that perfectly complements this gentle, relatable story" -- School Library Journal

      “Highly recommended for classroom, public or personal libraries. This book would make an excellent read-aloud with many possibilities for follow-up projects and discussions.” --Resource Links
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    9780735263963 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 9 x 11.3 x 0.46 in | 44 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Tundra Books
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      Alma’s beautiful, hairy world is turned upside down by the arrival of a stranger. From the utterly original imagination of the author-illustrator of Ooko comes a story about celebrating differences and making new friends. For fans of Where the Wild Things Are and Wild.

      Alma lives happily in her hairy world, where she can braid the trees, comb the grass, pet the roof and feed her plumpooshkie butterfly. Until one day…a hairless, button-nosed beast appears in the garden! At first Alma is scared but when she realizes the beast is lost and misses her hairless home, Alma offers to help her find her way back. As the two take a fantastical journey through the red-headed woods and the bearded mushroom glen to the beast’s bald abode, they discover that they are much more alike than different.

      This quirky and charming story about friendship, empathy and perspective invites readers into a surreal, fantastical world that evokes Alice in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are and The Lorax.
      Bio
      ESMÉ SHAPIRO grew up in Laurel Canyon, California and Ontario, Canada. Currently she and her dog, Chebini Brown, split their time between Brooklyn and New York’s Hudson Valley. A graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, Esmé is a past recipient of both the Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship and The SILA West 53 Gold Award-Phillip Hayes Scholarship. She has previously written and illustrated Ooko, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016, and has illustrated Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton by Margaret McNamara. She has exhibited at The Society of Illustrators, and her work has been featured in Taproot and Plansponsor magazines. Connect with her online at esmeshapiroillustration.com, on Twitter and Instagram @esmeshapiro.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Toronto, ON
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: esmeshapiroillustration.com

        Author Social Media: @esmeshapiro
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      PRAISE FOR Yak and Dove (by Kyo Maclear):

      An Amazon “Best of the Month” pick (September 2017)

      A 2017 Quill & Quire Best Kids’ Book of the Year

      A Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of 2017 pick

      “Every page of Esmé Shapiro’s art is suitable for framing.”—Peter Reynolds, New York Times Book Review

      “The humor and whimsical nature of the entries are enhanced by the watercolor, gouache and colored pencil illustrations.”—School Library Journal

      “Shapiro’s watercolor illustrations [are enchanting].”—Globe and Mail

      PRAISE FOR Ooko:

      Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book (2016)

      “Playful, joyous and hip.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “There are some books that are almost not even worth reviewing, simply because their merits are too obvious that they’re primed to become a hit without any outside help…this is one of those books…Shapiro’s sugar-spun world that exists on these pages is an idyllic and compassionate place, where life lessons are learned at a softly rolling pace.”—Globe and Mail

      “Shapiro is onto something here: a hard to define ’Ooko-ness,’ that is lovely, invigorating and pure.”—Quill and Quire
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    Encounter Brittany Luby Canada, Michaela Goade
    9780735265813 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 10.63 x 0.41 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      Description
      Two people navigate their differences with curiosity and openness in this stunning picture book that imagines the first meeting between an Indigenous fisher and a European sailor.

      Based on an actual journal entry by French explorer Jacques Cartier from his first expedition to North America in July 1534, this story imagines the first encounter between a European sailor and a Stadaconan fisher. As the two navigate their differences (language, dress, food) with curiosity, the natural world around them notes their similarities. The seagull observes their like shadows, the mosquito notes their equally appealing blood, the mouse enjoys the crumbs both people leave behind.

      This story explores how encounters can create community and celebrates varying perspectives and the natural world. It is at once specific and universal. It’s a story based on a primary document and historical research, but it is in equal measure beautifully imagined. It makes room for us to recognize our differences while celebrating our shared humanity.

      Debut author Brittany Luby’s background in social justice and history brings a breathtaking depth of insight and understanding to this story and Michaela Goade’s expressive art brings equal life to the creatures and landscapes. An author’s note outlines the historical context as well as situates the story in the present day.
      Bio
      BRITTANY LUBY (Anishinaabe-kwe, atik totem) is the many-greats granddaughter of Chief Kawitaskung, an Anishinaabe leader who signed the North-West Angle Treaty of 1873. With a pen stroke, Kawitaskung agreed to share parts of what is now northwestern Ontario with settlers and their descendants. Because of her many-greats grandfather, Brittany believes that ink is a powerful tool. The words we write lay the foundation for our future. Brittany writes for social justice. She is also a history professor at the University of Guelph, specializing in Indigenous history in North America. This is her first picture book.

      Author Residence: Guelph, Ontario

      MICHAELA GOADE is a designer and illustrator living and working in Juneau, Alaska. Her childhood was spent in the forests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska and her artistic style is rooted in the depth and beauty of its landscapes. At the heart of her work is a love for nature, the beautiful region she calls home and a passion for evocative storytelling. Forever inspired by the coastal wilds of Southeast Alaska, she works to capture its magic and honor its vibrant cultures. Michaela, a Tlingit woman, has illustrated a few picture books for an Alaskan nonprofit organization, the Sealaska Heritage Institute; Encounter is her debut with a trade publisher.

      Illustrator Residence: Juneau, Alaska
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: michaelagoade.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @IndigenousLife; Instagram: @britt.luby | Instagram: @michaelagoade
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Encounter is less ahistoric than it is trying to imagine an alternative history. The illustrations are gorgeous and achingly rendered. . . . Together [the author and illustrator] have created a standout.” --New York Times

      “[Goade’s] stunning use of nature is a captivating reminder that point of view plays a significant role in what one sees (or doesn't see), noting that it's always worth looking from a new vantage point.” --Shelf Awareness

      “This [book] is highly recommended for school and classroom use. It would make an excellent read-aloud with prompts for further discussion and placement within the context of Canadian history.” --Resource Links
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    Series: Fairy Science
    Fairy Science Ashley Spires Canada
    9780735264250 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 10.25 x 10.45 x 0.42 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
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      Description
      The award-winning author of The Most Magnificent Thing introduces the value of science and inquiry to young readers with humor and heart. For fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Hidden Figures.

      Esther the fairy doesn’t believe in magic. But fairies are all about magic, despite Esther’s best efforts to reveal the science of their world. No matter how she and her bird, Albert, explain that rainbows are refracted light rather than a path to gold, or that mist is water evaporating rather than an evil omen, or the importance of the scientific method, her fairymates would rather just do magic. So when the other fairies’ solution to helping a dying tree is to do a mystical moonlight dance, Esther decides to take it upon herself to resuscitate the tree…with the scientific method, some hypothesizing, a few experiments and the heady conclusion that trees need sunlight to live! But while Esther manages to save the tree, she can’t quite change the minds of her misguided fairymates…or can she?

      Fairy Science, the first in a hilarious new picture book series, introduces a charming, determined heroine as she learns about the world and celebrates the joys of curiosity and exploring science.


      Series Overview: First in a two-book deal for a series (Fairy Science) featuring Esther that we hope to continue if sales are positive.
      Bio
      Author and illustrator ASHLEY SPIRES grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from B.C. again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels and the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing, soon to be an animated short film. When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or cuddling her growing brood of cats.

      Author Residence: Ladner, British Columbia

      Author Hometown: Tsawwassen, British Columbia
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint activity kit

        -Fairies vs Unicorns PRHC YR newsletter

        -Paid social advertising

        -Stickers

        -Poster

        -Fall preview title

        -Consider gift guide

        Publicity: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint events

        -Fairies vs Unicorns joint media

        Author Website: www.ashleyspires.com

        Author Social Media: @ashleyspires
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “A magical addition to the STEM shelf.” -- Kirkus Reviews

      Fairy Science is a very exciting, enticing, informative and imaginative book to introduce to young earthlings about the core concept of reason and logic: mixing magic and science with little sparkle!” --Resource Links
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    Unicorns 101 Cale Atkinson Canada
    9780735265431 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: September 03, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 8.88 x 11.25 x 0.34 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Contained within this picture book is everything you ever wanted to know about the science behind unicorns: biology, history, diet, habitat and more. Join renowned unicorn scientists to learn the facts about this elusive species.

      The unicorn is the most noble and beautiful of all the beasts. Colorful and shiny coats, luscious manes that smell of cinnamon, sparkly hooves. But not much was known about this fascinating species…until now.

      Top professors working in the field of Unicorn Science have come together for the first time to create this comprehensive guide to the unicorn: Dr. Glitter Pants, Grand Unistorian; Dr. Sprinkle Steed, Doctor of Magic; Dr. Star Hoof, Rainbowmetrics Specialist; and Dr. Sugar Beard, Certified Hornologist. These highly trained scientists will reveal all of the secrets you’ve been dying to find out: What is a unicorn’s horn made of? Why do I never see unicorns? What do unicorns like to eat? And what do unicorn homes look like? (Hint: there are guard’n gnomes, a ball pit and gummi bears growing on trees.)

      This book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about unicorns—and more. But please, handle with care, or you may be seeing sparkles for weeks.
      Bio
      CALE ATKINSON is an illustrator and animator living lakeside with his family in Kelowna, British Columbia. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. He is the illustrator of many children’s books, including If I Had a Gryphon, and he wrote and illustrated Where Oliver Fits and Sir Simon: Super Scarer and many more. His work can also be found in animated shorts, television and games. He has not met a unicorn…yet.

      Author Residence: Kelowna, BC
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint activity kit

        -Fairies vs Unicorns PRHC YR newsletter

        -Paid social advertising

        -Book trailer

        -Stickers

        -Fall preview title

        -Consider gift guide

        Publicity: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint events

        -Fairies vs Unicorns joint media

        Author Website: cale.ca

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/2dCale instagram.com/2dcale
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      PRAISE FOR Unicorns 101:

      “Enjoyably off-the-wall story.” --Publishers Weekly

      “[T]he illustrations . . . suit the contents perfectly . . . . unicorn fans will find plenty to love.” -- Kirkus Reviews

      “Each page is filled with bright unicorn drawings and cute details, ensuring that unicorn fans will chuckle or swoon with every page. . . . Children who want more from a picture book then a story will enjoy all the extra material about unicorns in this fun, informative picture book.” --Resource Links

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