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  • 1
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    9781771474030 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3 Publication Date:March 15, 2020
    $11.95 CAD 6.5 x 6 x 0.63 in | 269 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      An endearing read-aloud that compares babies to other newborn animals 

      • Authorial debut by award-winning illustrator Ashley Barron
      • Features a comparison to a different newborn animal on each page
      • Sequence of the story follows the course of a day

        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 awide 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 studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has since illustrated a number of books with Owlkids and Kids Can Press. Ashley shares a studio with her partner and two cats in Toronto, Ontario.
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      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020, Commended
      Best Books for Babies 2020, Commended
      A Bookstagang Best Board Book of 2020 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      “A wonderful read-aloud for parents and children to share.”



        “A sweet read-aloud for little ones.”

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    A Last Goodbye Elin Kelsey Canada, Soyeon Kim Canada
    9781771473644 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 4 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 8.25 x 10.25 x 0.31 in | 396 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   A gentle and accessible look at the idea of death

      ·   Reinforces our connection to nature and the animal kingdom

      How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die? This book broaches a difficult topic in a heartfelt way by exploring the beauty in how animals mourn. From elephants to whales, parrots to bonobos, and lemurs to humans, we all have rituals to commemorate our loved ones and to lift each other up in difficult times.

      New from the award-winning team behind You Are Stardust, Wild Ideas, and You Are Never Alone, this book gently recognizes death as a natural part of life for humans and all animals. Written in spare, poetic language and illustrated with stunning dioramas, it draws out our similarities with other animals as it honors the universal experience of mourning. The touching and uplifting book ends on a hopeful note, showing how we live on both in memories and on the planet, our bodies nourishing new life in the Earth and the oceans.










      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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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2021, Short-listed
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020 2021, Commended
      Texas Topaz Reading List selection 2021, Commended
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Praise for You Are Stardust:
      "Perfect for sparking adult and child conversations about our place in the universe. A remarkable achievement."
      Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW and Best of 2012 selection

      Praise for Wild Ideas:
      "This is a work that will be read and examined again and again, with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful."
      Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW and Best of 2015 selection

      Praise for You Are Never Alone:
      "Elegantly presented in soaring, vivid language...breathtakingly beautiful."
      Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
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    9781771473811 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 7.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 399 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      New from Sophie Gilmore, whose debut picture book, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, was named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start"

      ·   New from the critically acclaimed author of Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast

      ·   Features a strong female character making her voice heard

      ·   Themes of empathy, social-emotional learning, and justice

      Freda lives in a town where people are always telling her to be more careful. But Freda loves to explore—which is how, one day, she discovers an injured beetle. She names him Ernest, feeds him, and befriends him. They become inseparable as Ernest grows ever bigger and stronger.

      Noticing Ernest’s now-enormous size, the townspeople put him to work. But Ernest is strange, and has a strong appetite, and when a prize ewe goes missing, people start to talk. Freda listens to their appeals and sends her beloved friend away. But when a terrible storm puts the villagers in real danger, Freda knows who can help—and she stands up and says so. After Ernest uses his unique strength to save the day, everyone wants him to stay. But maybe this time, Freda and Ernest choose to listen to their hearts.  

      Illustrated in watercolor and gouache, this is a fantastical modern fable about the value of listening to your heart, not always listening to others, and making your own voice heard.











      Bio
      SOPHIE GILMORE is a writer and illustrator living in Italy. She works with watercolour and pen and illustrates friend, foe, and ordinary girls quietly doing extraordinary things. Sometimes all in one book.




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      Awards
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      Praise for Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, also by Sophie Gilmore:

      Named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" of Spring 2019

      "With its softly detailed, virtuoso art and a perfectly wrought story full of heart and respect for the imaginative rules of children’s play, this debut shines."
      The New York Times

      "An enthralling demonstration of kindness in action, helmed by a confident, brown-skinned girl in a doctor’s coat."
      Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

      "A rousing, toothy adventure."
      Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

      "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."
      Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW



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    Don't Let Go! Élisabeth Eudes-Pascal Canada
    9781771473590 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 6 x 0.31 in | 214 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   A gentle, funny story about separation anxiety

      ·   Whimsical setting with humor in the details

      ·   Speech bubbles introduce graphic storytelling

      It’s a frosty day at the beach, and a polar bear family is at play among the ice floes. The cubs splash around, all except the youngest, who’s nervously hanging onto his dad in the water. He’s just not ready to swim on his own. Despite encouragement from Dad, the cub is insistent: “Don’t let go!”

      Maybe a flotation device would help? One by one, the little bear adds a lifesaver, a flutter board, a pool noodle, and a rubber ball to his body, all while clutching his dad. Eventually, the cub is so loaded down with large and colorful toys that his dad is able to sneak away unnoticed. But will he still be afraid to float on his own?

      This simple, funny story is told in speech bubbles and illustrations. Full of color, laughter, and polar bears in vibrant swimsuits, this is a playful and lighthearted exploration of the challenges of independence.








      Bio
      ÉLISABETH EUDES-PASCAL studied painting at Concordia University and illustration at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has lived around the world, including in France and India. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has published books in both English and French, and is the author and illustrator of 3 books for children.




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      Reviews
      “A watercolor landscape rooted in blues invites readers to an iceberg beach.”
      "There is chaos and fun going on at the same time, and the colorful illustrations perfectly portray it all. This is a great book for creating dialogue with younger children about learning to be independent."
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    You and Me Both Mahtab Narsimhan Canada, Lisa Cinar Canada
    9781771473668 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 5, Grade (US) from P - 5 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.31 in | 407 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   Inspired by a true story that went viral online

      ·   An uplifting book that celebrates diversity

      ·   Embraces the joys and innocence of childhood

      This is the story of two classmates who love all the same things: building tall block towers and knocking them down; strawberry jam on toast; jumping into big puddles in their matching boots. The narrator and his best friend, Jamal, might as well be twins—they have so much in common! And they always stick together.

      When Jamal gets a haircut, his best friend gets his cut the same way. They’re sure their teacher will never be able to tell them apart. The vibrant, playful illustrations eventually reveal that the boys each have a different skin color.

      Inspired by a true story that went viral on social media, about two boys with different skin colors who got the same haircut thinking it would make them identical, this is a joyful story about friendship, diversity, and how the things we share are more than skin-deep.








      Bio
      MAHTAB NARSIMHAN is an award-winning author with numerous critically acclaimed books nominated for several awards, including The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Fiction Award in 2009. She is inspired by life, love, and the desire to make sense of the world through stories. Mahtab is deeply committed to representing diversity in her books. You can find out more at www.mahtabnarsimhan.com.

      LISA CINAR is an illustrator and owner of the online shop Draw Me a Lion. She has written and illustrated several picture books in addition to the Clara Humble series. Lisa lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.






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      Awards
      Reviews
      “The unnamed first-person narrator loves best friend Jamal, and Jamal loves the narrator, too. What is clear is that the pals like the same things, and they adore each other.”
      "[Illustrations] hint at the ever-changing, ever-lively nature of childhood friendships by continually shifting the duo’s skin colors... As the title subtly suggests, the ideal “twin” doesn’t have to be carbon copy—just thoroughly simpatico."
      "A classic tale of best friends right up until the end."
      "Written for little ones, the words are spare but the meaning is wonderfully clear. The bright and bold illustrations enhance every delightful page. This book is a standout!"
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    William's Getaway Annika Dunklee Canada, Yong Ling Kang
    9781771473378 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 8.13 x 10 x 0.31 in | 394 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   New from best-selling author Annika Dunklee

      ·   A loving approach to sibling dynamics

      ·   Highlights the power of imagination and play

      William’s little brother, Edgar, always wants to play. But today, William wants some time to himself. William has a big getaway planned: an escape up into his hot-air balloon. It’s the perfect place because Edgar is always afraid to join him. But Edgar decides that today, he wants to come. William is very surprised and extremely disappointed.

      Edgar over-prepares for the journey. What if he gets hungry, thirsty, cold, bored? What if he gets scared? So William gives up his grand plans for a solo getaway to help his little brother up, offering him encouraging words and an exciting adventure. In the end, William loves the shared adventure, too—even though the hot-air balloon is really only the top of their shared bunk bed, which careful readers will find hinted at through clues in the illustrations. This loving sibling story celebrates the bond between brothers, the wonders of an imaginary adventure, and the value of an occasional compromise.








      Bio
      ANNIKA DUNKLEE is the award-winning author of many books, including My Name Is Elizabeth!, which was was named to the 2011 New York Times Most Notable Children’s Book list. Annika lives with her husband and two teens in Toronto, Ontario. Her older sister – who, thankfully, took the top bunk – lives there, too!

      YONG LING KANG is an illustrator who grew up in Singapore and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys making art that highlights the small moments of everyday life. She also loves taking long walks.









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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      "Dunklee writes a story that will feel familiar to readers who have younger siblings and sometimes need a little alone time... A sweet sibling story."
      "This is a great story of love, courage, and family."
      "We can hardly think of a more believable and appealing story for... children trying and sometimes failing to be patient with each other."
      "Annika Dunklee’s storyline is a lovely description of the love between two young brothers."
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    Golden Threads Suzanne Del Rizzo Canada, Miki Sato Canada
    9781771473606 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 9 x 0.31 in | 349 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   New from New York Times Notable honoree Suzanne Del Rizzo, the critically acclaimed author of My Beautiful Birds and illustrator of Sun Dog

      ·   Inspired by the Japanese art form of kintsugi, or golden joinery, and the ancient philosophy of wabi-sabi, finding beauty in imperfect things. An author’s note explains more about these ideas

      ·   Mixed-media illustrations use fabric and golden threads

      When a storm sweeps Emi’s beloved stuffed fox away from their mountain home, he ends up tattered and alone on a distant shore. A kind old man finds the fox and gives it to his granddaughter, Kiko. As she recovers from an injury of her own, Kiko mends the fox lovingly with golden thread.

      As the seasons pass, Kiko cares for the fox as her own. But after discovering his origins, she sets out, with her grandfather’s help, to bring the fox back to its original home. Once together, Emi and Kiko piece together the fox’s journey and find delight in their newly forged connections.

      Golden Threads
      is inspired by the Japanese art form of kintsugi, or golden joinery, where broken pottery is repaired with resin painted gold. Kintsugi values repairing, rather than replacing, believing that the cracks give the broken item its story. This book is also a warm celebration of wabi-sabi, the Japanese idea that there is beauty in things that may be incomplete or imperfect.










      Bio
      SUZANNE DEL RIZZO began her career in picture books as the illustrator of the award-winning Skink on the Brink. She left scientific research to make children’s books, creating illustrations with polymer clay/mixed media. Suzanne’s author-illustrator debut, My Beautiful Birds, was a NYTimes Notable Book and Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature winner. Suzanne lives with her family in Oakville, Ontario.

      MIKI SATO is a Japanese-Canadian freelance illustrator who graduated with a degree in Illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She works with different papers, fabrics, and surfaces to create three-dimensional illustrations. Miki was born in Ottawa, and currently resides in Toronto. Her work has appeared in publications including Today’s Parent, The Walrus, and Reader’s Digest.












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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read 2022, Commended
      Reviews
      "A beautiful story of healing and strength."
      "An inspiring cross-cultural message showing that our experiences make us stronger."
      "Encourages children to find beauty in imperfections and strength in adversity."
      "The fox’s transformative adventure invites discussion about empathy, how to overcome difficulties, and the idea that one doesn’t need to be perfect to be loved... This book will find an eager audience with readers of all ages."
      "[Del Rizzo] reminds her readers that brokenness can lead to finding greater strength, and our imperfections are what make us even more beautiful."
      "Golden Threads is softly stunning, visually and in its storytelling...Sweet, kind, and loving, a lovely book about getting lost, healing, and coming home."
      "The little details are full of charm and delight. Readers will want to return to the book again and again."
      "With engaging onomatopoeia, lyrical text, and a universal story of enduring friendship, belonging, and the kindness of strangers, Golden Threads will appeal to many readers... Golden Threads is a sweet, tender tale to be pored over and cherished."
      "Here author and illustrator combine forces to effortlessly convey the Japanese art of kintsugi... Sato’s illustrations use cut paper to tell this delicate story and they are truly remarkable."
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    Clarence's Big Secret Roy MacGregor Canada, Christine MacGregor Cation Canada, Mathilde Cinq-Mars Canada
    9781771473316 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date:March 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 443 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   Inspired by the true story of Clarence Brazier, who learned to read at almost one hundred years old

      ·   New from acclaimed and bestselling Canadian author Roy MacGregor, along with his daughter, Christine MacGregor Cation

      ·   Strong curriculum ties to language arts and the value of literacy

      ·   Back matter includes facts and photos about Clarence’s life, including his work as a literacy advocate in Ontario

      Clarence Brazier kept a big secret for nearly one hundred years: he didn’t know how to
      read. This picture book tells the true story of his journey to learn—and then
      love—to read.

      As a young boy, Clarence cut class and took over the farm work when his father was blinded
      in an accident. Clarence worked as a logger, maintained his own successful farm, and became a father and a grandfather. All the while, he never learned to read. His wife was the only one who knew his secret. When she passed away, Clarence taught himself to read using junk mail. He was almost one hundred years old! Eventually, Clarence confessed to his daughter, a teacher, who helped him learn more. He went on to love reading and became a passionate literacy advocate until he died at age 105.

      This inspirational and empowering story highlights Clarence’s resourcefulness and the power of
      literacy. It illustrates the use of growth mindset to achieve difficult goals, and shows it’s never too late to learn a new skill.









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      ROY MACGREGOR is the best-selling author of more than 50 books and an award-winning journalist, author and screenwriter. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and he and Ellen live in Kanata, Ontario. MacGregor says that getting to know about Clarence and interviewing him was one of the great joys of his life.

      CHRISTINE MACGREGOR CATION is a high school teacher in the field of visual arts. Clarence’s Big Secret, co-written with her father, is her first picture book. Like Clarence, Christine was reluctant to read and write as a child. Today she loves to read, especially with her children. Christine lives in Kanata, Ontario, with her husband and two children

      MATHILDE CINQ-MARS illustrates picture books and graphic novels with pencils and watercolors, creates editorial art for magazines, and animation for television. She graduated from visual arts at Université de Strasbourg, and lives with her partner and daughter in Trois-Rivières, Québec. Mathilde could read by the time she was six, but has never cut down a tree or milked a cow! 












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      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read 2021, Commended
      Light Reads, Great Stories 2021, Commended
      Reviews
      "This is a well-written ode to motivation, perseverance, and the idea that it’s never too late."
      "The engaging text tells an unusual story with just enough detail to give it a period feel, bolstered by the well-composed drawings with washes of gentle color and plenty of understated charm. A memorable picture book."
      "Listeners will enjoy every moment of this inspirational and joyful book."
      "Tell[s] an interesting story and conveys important lessons about the value of reading and the fact that it is never too late to learn something new."
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    Usha and the Stolen Sun Bree Galbraith Canada, Josée Bisaillon Canada
    9781771472760 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:March 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.31 in | 429 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   New from Blue Spruce Award–nominated team, author Bree Galbraith and illustrator Josée Bisaillon

      ·   Inspired by a Rumi quotation: “Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”

      ·   Powerful message of civil discourse and compassion-based problem-solving  

      Usha lives in a town where the sun hasn’t shone for as long as anyone can remember. Only her grandfather remembers its brilliance and tells Usha stories about the time before other people took the sun away, building a wall to keep it all to themselves. So Usha decides to do something and sets off in search of the sun.

      When at last Usha reaches the wall, she tries to kick it down, climb it, yell her way through it—but the bricks don’t budge. It’s only after remembering her grandfather’s words and hearing voices on the other side of the wall that Usha changes her plan. She sings, shares her grandfather’s stories, and piques the curiosity of the people on the other side until they are inspired to remove the bricks, one by one to better hear what Usha has to say. Together, they bring the wall down.

      Inspired by the idea of civil discourse, this book offers a timely message of communication and compassion.








      Bio

      BREE GALBRAITH is a UBC Master of Creative Writing graduate and author of award winning titles, Once Upon a Balloon (Orca 2013), and Milo and Georgie (2017). Usha and the Stolen Sun is Bree’s third book, and several more follow in the coming years, including the Wednesday Wilson series (Kids Can Press 2020-22). She lives in the heart of Vancouver with her family, where when she’s not writing, she’s definitely outside enjoying the wonders of the west coast.

      JOSÉE BISAILLON obtained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustrates books using a mix of collage, drawing and digital montage. She has illustrated more than twenty picture books, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award for children’s book illustration. She lives near Montreal, Quebec with her husband and children.














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      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      "Center[s] a brave, dark-skinned, South Asian girl determined to right an injustice, all in simple and appealing prose."
      "Galbraith’s tale, inspired by a Rumi quote (“Raise your words, not your voice./ It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder”), calls for civil discourse over brash action."
      "The book offers a great opportunity to start a discussion about how to resolve conflicts, face bullies, and change the world."
      "A cheerful story, replete with vibrant illustrations and a message of optimism."
      "This story can make an impact on those that need to know that even their small voice can make a difference."
      "The message of overcoming prejudice and oppression through story is a worthy one."
      "This is a beautiful story that emphasizes the power of words over brute force."
      "Usha’s bravery and determination are a wonderful example for every young reader, as she demonstrates courage when speaking out and taking action for what is right, even when victory seems impossible."
      "Usha and the Stolen Sun highlights the good in people during a time when children need to be reminded that there is more that unites us than what may appear to divide... This story works on many levels."
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    Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! Story told half in French and half in English - great for both language learners Caroline Adderson Canada, Alice Carter Canada
    9781771473279 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 8 x 11 x 0.31 in | 394 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   Told half in French and half in English, switching continuously between both languages

      ·   Simple text and contextual clues make the story easy to understand for emergent readers in both languages

      ·   Excellent resource for French-immersion students

      ·   Next book in the series coming spring 2021

      Pierre and Paul are neighbors, friends, and explorers. Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing their adventures. The boys imagine everyday situations into grand exploits—today, they are climbing the Himalayas!

      To fuel their journey, they decide to make a mountainous sandwich. Pierre and Paul add ingredients until the sandwich staggers, topples, and…avalanche! Ham and fromage, laitue and cucumber jumble until they become a salad. The boys don’t really like salad…but explorers have to be brave.

      This story is told half in French and half in English, with simple phrasing and visual cues in the illustrations making the story easy for early readers to decode in both languages. Illustrations in a loose, colorful style make this vocabulary-learning tool also an engaging story of friendship and imagination.









      Bio
      CAROLINE ADDERSON is an internationally published, award-winning author of books for readers of all ages. Her children’s books have won the Diamond Willow Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Her books have been nominated for various awards, including the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

      ALICE CARTER is an Ottawa based illustrator and writer. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Alice is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and CANSCAIP. She is inspired by people watching, music and nature. You can visit Alice’s imagination at www.alicecarter.com










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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      "I love the book. It strikes a great balance between French and English, and the simple, colourful, and eye catching illustrations reinforce the context. I think this book will appeal to parents who have put their children in French Immersion but who don't speak French because the dialogue is simple enough that a non-French speaker can comprehend it. I think it will help students succeed in French whether immersion or core. The timing is right for a series like this. I will recommend this book.”
      "The story of two friends, one adventure, and two languages! In a perfect blend of French & English, this gorgeous picture book is accessible to readers of any language! The perfect bilingual book to ease listeners into learning a new language - or just grow those inference skills!"
      "Colorful illustrations, field notes, and cleverly integrated word keys promote comprehension whether readers are fluent in English, French, both, or neither."
      "Adderson’s lively and humorous blending of French and English vocabulary offers a unique invitation to play in two languages – an exploration that young readers et ses parents should find hard to resist."
      "Very silly and very smart, this distinctive find is worth checking out."
      "An excellent ­bilingual story for children learning French and ­English."
      “Pierre & Paul is a truly delightful story about two friends and their imaginary adventures. Fully bilingual, it tells the tale in two languages, relying on context cues and images to help the reader along. The result is a fresh and playful cross-cultural exchange!”
      "This exciting book weaves a single story, with dialogue, lists, and narration in alternating languages, often depending on who is speaking. The effect is wondrous."
      "Alice Carter’s vivacious illustrations are integral to Adderson’s quirky narratives... They explain, complement, and reinforce the action of the plot."

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