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    The Most Amazing Bird Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak Canada, Andrew Qappik Canada
    9781773214184 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Interest age, years from 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range from P - 2, US school grade range from P - 2, Reading age, years from 4 - 7 Publication Date:November 10, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 9.75 x 7.15 x 0.4 in | 280 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      A young girl discovers nature’s surprising beauty in this tale from a renowned Inuit storyteller.

      When Aggataa goes for a cold winter walk with her grandmother, she’s surprised by a sudden CRAH! All the birds have flown south for the winter except one kind—the tulugarguat, the ravens. They’re the ugliest birds that Aggaataa has ever seen. They look like they slept in their coats—coats that don’t even fit! However, as the winter slowly moves towards spring, Aggataa connects with one small raven in particular.

      As the seasons change in full, the ravens leave and are replaced by seagulls, cranes, geese, ducks, and swans—all of them far more elegant than the “Ugly Bird.” But where Aggataa once thought the ravens odd for visiting during the harshest part of the year, she now finds herself watching the horizon, waiting for the return of the most amazing bird.

      This touching story by award-winning author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak reminds us of our lasting connection to nature, while art by celebrated illustrator Andrew Qappik, CM, illuminates the enduring magic of the changing seasons.

      Bio

      Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak is an Inuk storyteller who grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat, Nunavut). During his childhood, his family traveled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of many picture books, including Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award.

      He won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature in 2008. He lives in Valhalla, Manitoba.



      Andrew Qappik, CM has always been inspired by vivid memories of his respected Elders and their stories. He is a member of the Order of Canada and is well-known throughout the Canadian Arctic for his design of the flag for Nunavut, as well as the territory’s coat of arms and official logo. He lives in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Kirkus Best Books List 2020, Joint winner
      Top 10 Picture Books of the Year, The Globe and Mail 2020, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “The illustrations enrich the text and celebrate the heartwarming message that nature is a wonderful gift that we can connect to and relish.”


      “Sparse illustrations of arctic flora and fauna against the unforgiving snow and ice make this picture book immersive.”


      “Renowned Inuit storyteller Kusugak’s text is succinct yet lyrical . . . An engaging look at life in Canada’s North.”


      “The language is simple and direct and, at times, beautiful in its description. The text is perfectly complemented by the drawings . . . That both author and illustrator are Indigenous people helps to achieve a particularly unified vision for The Most Amazing Bird. Highly Recommended.”


      “This beautiful tale provides gentle hints as to Inuk life in a sparsely poetic landscape. Delicate watercolors . . . complement the hushed storytelling.”


      “Stunningly contemporary and amazingly timeless.”

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    Why Are You So Quiet? Jaclyn Desforges Canada, Risa Hugo Canada
    9781773214344 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Interest age, years from 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range from P - 2, US school grade range from P - 2, Reading age, years from 4 - 7 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 in | 280 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Into a world where it often seems nobody is listening comes a poignant story that celebrates the power of silence.

      “Why are you so quiet?” Her teacher implores it, her classmates shout it, even her mom wonders it. Everyone, it seems, is concerned for Myra Louise. So, in search of an answer to the tiresome question nobody will stop asking, she invents a listening machine. If the raindrops, or the crickets, or the dryers at the laundromat can tell her why they’re so quiet, maybe Myra Louise can finally make everybody understand. But the more she listens, the less interested she becomes in finding any answer at all. Because Myra Louise comes to realize that all she really needs is someone else to listen alongside her.

      With gorgeous illustrations from Risa Hugo, Jaclyn Desforges’s first picture book champions introversion and the value of being a listener, a thinker, and an observer in our increasingly loud world.

      Bio

      Jaclyn Desforges is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review and others. She’s the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award, and also the winner of two Short Works Prizes: the 2019 Hamilton Public Library Freda Waldon Award for Fiction, and the 2019 Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Award for Poetry. She’s an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia and lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her partner and daughter.



      Risa Hugo is an illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Major in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She spent most of her childhood living in Japan but currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and their son.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Chocolate Lily Award, BC Young Readers’ Choice Award 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “The illustrations are charming and beautifully done. The book is a tender challenge for children (and adults also) to be silent observant listeners too. Take heed . . . the world has lots to teach us in its silence! I highly recommend this book. Well done!”


      “A delightful read.”


      “Celebrates diversity by championing Myra Louise’s quiet, contemplative way of being . . . Should be read aloud in every Kindergarten classroom across the country, but it also deserves a place in libraries and homes.”


      “A great story for children who both love to talk and love to listen.”


      “This endearing must-read of a quiet heroine is sure to become a classic go-to tale in a frenetic world.”


      “This book could really open up a discussion about how children are all different and how it is important to embrace those differences.”


      “Teaches kids to slow down, to appreciate something more than technology.”


      “Authentic and inspiring.”

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    My Day with Gong Gong Sennah Yee Canada, Elaine Chen Canada
    9781773214290 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Interest age, years from 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range from P - 2, US school grade range from P - 2, Reading age, years from 4 - 7 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 9.1 x 10.4 x 0.4 in | 360 gr | 36 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa.

      May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are making fun of her! But just when May can’t take any more, Gong Gong surprises her with a gift that reveals he’s been paying more attention than she thought.

      With lighthearted, expressive illustrations by Elaine Chen, this charming debut expertly captures life in the city and shows how small, shared moments of patience and care—and a dumpling or two—can help a child and grandparent bridge the generational and cultural gaps between them.

      A glossary at the end of the book features translations of the Chinese words from the story into Chinese characters and English.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      Sennah Yee is from Toronto, Ontario, where she writes poetry, short stories, and film criticism. Her first book, the creative non-fiction collection How Do I Look?, was published by Metatron Press in 2017.



      Elaine Chen is an illustrator, painter, and visual storyteller. She enjoys using her own expressions to capture life's little things and moments that cannot be put into words. Currently, she works as an artist at a video game studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Best Books of 2020, CBC 2020, Joint winner
      Blue Spruce Award, OLA 2021, Nominated
      Kirkus Best Books List 2020, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “Yee captures intergenerational love and understanding.”


      “An excellent conversation starter and teaching tool for young children growing up in multi-generational families. Highly Recommended.”


      “Through adorable illustrations effused with humor and warmth, this portrait of intergenerational affection is also a tribute to life in Chinatown neighborhoods . . . A multilayered, endearing treasure of a day.”


      “Featuring a winsome pair, this is a wonderful, sympathetic story, and the bonus is a small glossary of Cantonese words.”


      “A gentle, resonant portrayal of the way love can overcome language barriers.”


      “Timely and touching.”


      “This is a love story between generations.”


      “The empathetic situation, escalating story/tension, and appealing illustrations combine to capture universal emotions and situations.”


      “Chen’s watercolor and colored pencil illustrations beam with benevolence from the get-go.”


      “Yee writes the story in simple, accessible language that’s nonetheless musical and fun to say out loud, allowing readers and listeners a chance to explore the sounds and shapes of different words, and the way they fit together like notes in a song.”


      “Yee writes the story in simple, accessible language that’s nonetheless musical and fun to say out loud, allowing readers and listeners a chance to explore the sounds and shapes of different words, and the way they fit together like notes in a song.”


      “An uplifting story about how patience and kindness can encourage the coming together of diverse generations and cultures.”

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    Swift Fox All Along Rebecca Thomas Canada, Maya McKibbin Canada
    9781773214481 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Interest age, years from 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range from P - 2, US school grade range from P - 2, Reading age, years from 4 - 7 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 9.25 x 10.5 x 0.25 in | 330 gr | 36 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      What does it mean to be Mi’kmaq? And if Swift Fox can’t find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family?

      When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger. Though her father reassures her that Mi’kmaq is who she is from her eyes to her toes, Swift Fox doesn’t understand what that means. Her family welcomes her with smiles and hugs, but when it’s time to smudge and everyone else knows how, Swift Fox feels even more like she doesn’t belong.

      Then she meets her cousin Sully and realizes that she’s not the only one who’s unsure—and she may even be the one to teach him something about what being Mi’kmaq means. Based on the author’s own experience, with striking illustrations by Maya McKibbin, Swift Fox All Along is a poignant story about identity and belonging that is at once personal and universally resonant.

      Bio

      Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaw woman registered with Lennox Island First Nation. She is the daughter of a residential school survivor and unrelenting advocate for her community. She is a published poet and was the Halifax Poet Laureate from 2016 to 2018. She lives in K’jipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki.



      Maya McKibbin is a Two-Spirited Ojibwe, Yoeme, and Irish filmmaker, illustrator, and storyteller. Using her education in computer graphics and interactive media, her work is rooted in the natural world and our relations to it.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      First Nation Communities READ List 2021, Short-listed
      Governor General’s Literary Award 2020, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      The Doug Wright Award 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “A touching and universal narrative . . . This title should definitely be added to any list of recommended children’s books focused on indigenous life, family, tradition, feelings, anxiety, fear and self-regulation. Swift Fox All Along is also brimming with cross curricular applications for school use, including incorporation with science, social studies, history, language, and mental health. Highly Recommended.”


      “A great opportunity for a discussion of culture—what it means and how we become part of one.”


      “Highlights the importance of connections to culture and self.”


      “This is a straightforward tale of a girl finding her way into a culture that is her heritage, yet new to her. As such, it works effectively. This may suit libraries in need of more modern ­Native picture books with child appeal.”


      “The story authentically depicts how a child might feel being introduced to a culture that they haven’t had the opportunity to participate in regularly.”


      “Celebrates learning more about who you are and being proud of your identity. Highly recommended for home, school and public libraries.”


      “A powerful book about identity and family.”


      “Both the message of living in a home with separation and pride in culture are important for children to see in stories today.”


      “Earnest and heartfelt . . . A touching story of family and identity, all children will empathize with feeling out of place and wanting to belong.”


      “Personal and poignant.”


      “Spotting the animals on every page, especially Swift Fox’s butterflies, adds another layer to the reader’s experience . . . Many children will find a welcome reflection of real feelings in Swift Fox’s worries.”

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    Yara's Spring Jamal Saeed Canada, Sharon E. McKay Canada
    9781773214399 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Interest age, years from 10 - 14, Canadian school grade range from 6 - 9, US school grade range from 6 - 9, Reading age, years from 10 - 14 Publication Date:October 13, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 280 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

      Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once her family’s home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and Nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can’t speak—struck silent by everything he’s seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen’s charismatic brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety. With danger around every corner, Yara is pushed to her limits as she discovers how far she’ll go for her loved ones—and for a chance for freedom.

      Crafted through the focused lens of Jamal Saeed’s own experiences in Syria and brought to life with acclaimed author Sharon E. McKay, Yara’s Spring is a story of coming of age against all odds and the many kinds of love that bloom even in the face of war. Black-and-white interior drawings by award-winning illustrator Nahid Kazemi lend vivid detail to the novel.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      Jamal Saeed spent twelve years as a prisoner of conscience in Syria before being invited to Canada in 2016. He continues to raise awareness about Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis through his work as an activist, editor, visual artist, and author. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.



      Sharon E. McKay is the award-winning author of many books based on real events, including War Brothers: The Graphic Novel and Thunder Over Kandahar. She was also named a Canadian War Artist and spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Canadian troops. She lives in Prince Edward Island.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2021, Joint winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2021 2021, Joint winner
      Kirkus Best Books List 2020, Joint winner
      Next Generation INDIE Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Book Award 2021, Nominated
      Red Maple Award, OLA 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “Inspired by Saeed’s own experiences . . . Readers are taken inside Syria—and through the emotions of love, loss, and steadfastness.”


      “Remarkable.”


      “Add this to your must read list.”


      “The narrative is fast-paced and descriptive, and the dialogue so charged with the characters’ emotions that readers will be immediately drawn into Yara’s plight . . . A gripping addition to literature about current refugee experiences.”


      “Heartbreaking and hopeful.”


      “Well written and a must-read.”


      “Extremely dramatic and high energy . . . Very well written.”

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    Yara's Spring Jamal Saeed Canada, Sharon E. McKay Canada
    9781773214405 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Interest age, years from 10 - 14, Canadian school grade range from 6 - 9, US school grade range from 6 - 9, Reading age, years from 10 - 14 Publication Date:October 13, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.25 x 0.9 in | 380 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

      Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once her family’s home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and Nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can’t speak—struck silent by everything he’s seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen’s charismatic brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety. With danger around every corner, Yara is pushed to her limits as she discovers how far she’ll go for her loved ones—and for a chance for freedom.

      Crafted through the focused lens of Jamal Saeed’s own experiences in Syria and brought to life with acclaimed author Sharon E. McKay, Yara’s Spring is a story of coming of age against all odds and the many kinds of love that bloom even in the face of war. Black-and-white interior drawings by award-winning illustrator Nahid Kazemi lend vivid detail to the novel.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      Jamal Saeed spent twelve years as a prisoner of conscience in Syria before being invited to Canada in 2016. He continues to raise awareness about Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis through his work as an activist, editor, visual artist, and author. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.



      Sharon E. McKay is the award-winning author of many books based on real events, including War Brothers: The Graphic Novel and Thunder Over Kandahar. She was also named a Canadian War Artist and spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Canadian troops. She lives in Prince Edward Island.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2021, Joint winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2021 2021, Joint winner
      Kirkus Best Books List 2020, Joint winner
      Next Generation INDIE Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Book Award 2021, Nominated
      Red Maple Award, OLA 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “Inspired by Saeed’s own experiences . . . Readers are taken inside Syria—and through the emotions of love, loss, and steadfastness.”


      “Remarkable.”


      “Add this to your must read list.”


      “The narrative is fast-paced and descriptive, and the dialogue so charged with the characters’ emotions that readers will be immediately drawn into Yara’s plight . . . A gripping addition to literature about current refugee experiences.”


      “Heartbreaking and hopeful.”


      “Extremely dramatic and high energy . . . Very well written.”


      “Well written and a must-read.”

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    CRISPR A Powerful Way to Change DNA Yolanda Ridge Canada, Alex Boersma Canada
    9781773214238 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Science & Nature Interest age, years from 14, Canadian school grade range from 9, US school grade range from 9, Reading age, years from 14 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $16.95 CAD 7.4 x 9.2 x 0.4 in | 360 gr | 132 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      We can change the world with gene editing—but should we?

      CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. If it sounds complicated, it is—but it’s also one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future. And it’s poised to completely upend the way we think about science.

      Author Yolanda Ridge tackles this topic in a friendly and accessible tone, with two introductory chapters covering the basics of DNA and gene editing before taking readers through the ways that this ground-breaking science could affect them by potentially:

      eliminating diseases like malaria and cancer,

      • improving the stability of our food supply, and

      • helping to manage conservation efforts for threatened animals and environments.
      But all of these possible advancements come with risks, the biggest being that the consequences are unknown. Chapters end with “Stop, Go, Yield” sections encouraging readers to consider the pros and cons of using CRISPR. “Cutting Questions” give readers the opportunity to further reflect on the ethics of the science.

      CRISPR is a game changer. This important book, with detailed scientific illustrations, brings much needed clarity to a topic that will affect readers for generations to come.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      Yolanda Ridge is a children’s author with a passion for science who has previously worked as a genetics counsellor. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.

      Alex Boersma is a scientific illustrator and designer based in Chicago, Illinois.
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      Awards
      Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection 2020
      Reviews

      “Science literally on the cutting edge, offering prospects of wonder and terror in equal measure.”


      “A relevant, evidence-based resource for high school students and academic library collections. Ridge successfully demonstrates the necessity of an educated debate about the nuanced pros and cons of gene modification.”


      “A thought-provoking, insightful look at a complex and controversial topic that’s sure to

      pique student interest.”


      “This was the perfect introduction to DNA modification and editing. It explained complex topics in mostly easy to understand language.”

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    CRISPR A Powerful Way to Change DNA Yolanda Ridge Canada, Alex Boersma Canada
    9781773214245 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Science & Nature Interest age, years from 14, Canadian school grade range from 9, US school grade range from 9, Reading age, years from 14 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 7.6 x 9.4 x 0.5 in | 500 gr | 132 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      We can change the world with gene editing—but should we?

      CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. If it sounds complicated, it is—but it’s also one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future. And it’s poised to completely upend the way we think about science.

      Author Yolanda Ridge tackles this topic in a friendly and accessible tone, with two introductory chapters covering the basics of DNA and gene editing before taking readers through the ways that this ground-breaking science could affect them by potentially:

      eliminating diseases like malaria and cancer,

      • improving the stability of our food supply, and

      • helping to manage conservation efforts for threatened animals and environments.
      But all of these possible advancements come with risks, the biggest being that the consequences are unknown. Chapters end with “Stop, Go, Yield” sections encouraging readers to consider the pros and cons of using CRISPR. “Cutting Questions” give readers the opportunity to further reflect on the ethics of the science.

      CRISPR is a game changer. This important book, with detailed scientific illustrations, brings much needed clarity to a topic that will affect readers for generations to come.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio
      Yolanda Ridge is a children’s author with a passion for science who has previously worked as a genetics counsellor. She lives in Rossland, British Columbia.

      Alex Boersma is a scientific illustrator and designer based in Chicago, Illinois.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “Science literally on the cutting edge, offering prospects of wonder and terror in equal measure.”


      “A relevant, evidence-based resource for high school students and academic library collections. Ridge successfully demonstrates the necessity of an educated debate about the nuanced pros and cons of gene modification.”


      “A thought-provoking, insightful look at a complex and controversial topic that’s sure to

      pique student interest.”


      “This was the perfect introduction to DNA modification and editing. It explained complex topics in mostly easy to understand language.”

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    That's Not Hockey! Andrée Poulin Canada, Félix Girard Canada
    9781773210506 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation Interest age, years from 5 - 8, Canadian school grade range from K - 3, US school grade range from K - 3, Reading age, years from 5 - 8 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 8.9 x 8.9 x 0.2 in | 120 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      The legendary goalie who revolutionized the game of hockey

      Young Jacques Plante’s way of playing hockey may look different from everyone else’s. Instead of a puck, he uses a tennis ball, and his shin pads are made out of potato sacks and wooden slats. But that’s not going to stop him. He loves the game.

      Jacques is drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in his mid-twenties. Fans love the unstoppable goalie as he leads his team to one victory after another. But there’s a price to pay: pucks to the face result in a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, multiple stitches, and even a skull fracture.

      One day, Jacques has had enough. He goes on the ice wearing a fiberglass mask. The coach orders him to take it off.

      Finally, at a game against the Rangers, when yet another puck hits Jacques square in the face, he puts his foot down. He will not continue to play unless he’s allowed to wear a mask.

      Young hockey fans will enjoy this story of Jacques Plante, whose determination and love of the game brought about a revolutionary change to how it is played.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      If she could, Andrée Poulin would read from morning to night. Her love of reading is what brought her to writing. After working as a journalist for many years, she worked in international development. She has written over thirty books for children of all ages. Many have won awards, most notably the TD Children’s Literature Award (French language) for La plus grosse poutine du monde, now translated into English and published by Annick Press as The Biggest Poutine in the World (2016). Her stories deal with friendship, empathy, tolerance, poverty, and solidarity. 

      Andrée believes that books can change the world. By setting her stories in Canada, Africa, and Asia, she takes her readers on adventures in discovering other cultures, as she does in Pablo Finds a Treasure (2016, available in Spanish in Fall 2018). Her latest book with Annick Press is That’s Not Hockey! (Fall 2018), a picture book based on the life of the inventor of the goalie mask, Jacques Plante. 

      Andrée loves to share her passion for reading and her pleasure for writing with children. She writes a blog, reviews books for the National Reading Campaign, and gives workshops for youth in schools and libraries. 

      Andrée was born and raised in Orléans, Ontario. She now lives in Gatineau

      FÉLIX GIRARD is a professional illustrator living in Quebec City. His work has been published and exhibited numerous times around the world.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019, Short-listed
      Blue Spruce Award 2020, Winner
      Quebec Writers’ Federation Award 2018, Short-listed
      Storytelling World Award 2020, Joint winner
      TD Summer Reading Club, Top 75 Recommended Reads 2020, Commended
      Reviews

      “Poulin’s taut storytelling style makes this picture book accessible to even the youngest readers while giving us a complete plot populated by well-rounded characters.”


      “Hockey fans will be thrilled with this well-told story, and its glimpse at old-time hockey in Felix Girard’s action-packed illustrations.”


      “A clever introduction to the game-changing career of profession hockey goalie Jacques Plante.”


      “Big, bold, and colorful . . . a memorable introduction to a legendary, innovative hockey player.”

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    Anna at the Art Museum Hazel Hutchins Canada, Gail Herbert Canada, Lil Crump Canada
    9781773210421 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Art Interest age, years from 4 - 7, Canadian school grade range from P - 2, US school grade range from P - 2 Publication Date:September 08, 2020
    $12.95 CAD 8.9 x 8.9 x 0.3 in | 140 gr | 36 pages Carton Quantity:110 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

      Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do Not Enter! Quiet! A vigilant guard keeps a close eye on the energetic little girl, but even so, Anna manages to set off an alarm and almost tip over a vase.

      A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but the No Entry sign means yet again that it’s off-limits. This time, however, the guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall, especially those that reflect what is happening all around her.

      Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

      Bio

      Hazel Hutchins has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for Mattland (2008). She lives in Canmore, Alberta.



      Gail Herbert’s first collaboration with Hazel Hutchins produced the award-winning picture book, Mattland. Gail lives with her husband near Cambridge, Ontario.



      Lil Crump is a Graphic and Visual Design artist, with some fine art and bookmaking training. Her work has appeared in books published by various North American publishers. She lives in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association 2019, Joint winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2019, Joint winner
      Foreword INDIES Book Awards 2019, Joint winner
      Next Generation Indie Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Arts/Music 2019, Joint winner
      Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Honorable Mention: Picture Book 2019, Commended
      The da Vinci Eye, Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2019, Short-listed
      The Years Best List, Resource Links 2020, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “Clever and endearing.”


      “Lively and expressive, the digital pictures complement the empathetic, well-structured story, but it’s the visual interplay between illustrated characters and museum art that makes this such an engaging, enjoyable picture book.”


      “The subtle and clever illustrations blend Anna’s life and famous works of art together, mirroring each other—something that children and adults will appreciate as they read.”


      “So charming and so real . . . a worthwhile addition to home, classroom and school libraries.”


      “Connection is at the heart of this story and those connections are shown with joy and understanding.”


      “Lil Crump’s illustrations are a delight. Each scene is filled with visual jokes that reward careful attention.”


      “Art truly is for everybody in this charming book . . . The attention to detail is sublime as Crump’s gorgeous characters and scenery work to mirror the featured pieces on the wall that span centuries and cross oceans . . . Anna at the Art Museum would be a great book to read before visiting a museum, to prepare children and manage expectations, but truly it is a good book to read any time.”


      “The perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.”


      “This book couldn’t have had a better ending.”


      “Each page is filled with motion and emotion, as well as with Crump’s impressive recreations of numerous great works of art.”

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