has_publisher_logo

Advanced Search
 

Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) RESPECT through July 2023

more
Titles per page
  • 1
    catalogue cover
    Forever Our Home Tonya Simpson Canada, Carla Joseph Canada
    9781459835634 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:May 16, 2023 Print Run:15000
    $21.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A lullaby of reconciliation and reclamation, celebrating the ancestral relationship between Indigenous children and the land that is forever their home.

      Under glowing morning sun and silvery winter moon, from speckled frogs croaking in spring to summer fields painted with fireweed, this meditative lullaby introduces little ones to the plants and animals of the Prairies and the Plains. Featuring stunning artwork by celebrated artist Carla Joseph, Forever Our Home is a beautiful and gentle song about our spiritual connection to the land.

      Bio

      Tonya Simpson is of Scottish and Cree ancestry. She is a member of Pasqua First Nation and was born and raised in central Alberta. Tonya completed the MA program in anthropology at the University of Alberta and now works as a research assistant while raising her children at Pigeon Lake in Westerose, Alberta. Forever Our Home is her first picture book and was originally written as a lullaby for her son.



      Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many different types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. She is also the illustrator of Be a Good Ancestor. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
  • 2
    catalogue cover
    9781459833821 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:May 16, 2023 Print Run:6000
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      A graphic retelling of the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in which a friendly woman lovingly decorates her candy home and two inconsiderate, greedy children take advantage of her kindness

      When Gretel and Hansel carelessly abandon their wood-gathering chores and follow a fox deeper into the woods, they come across a delicious-looking house, the home of a friendly witch. Hungry after thoughtlessly feeding their picnic lunch to the wildlife, the two children start to devour the candy shingles, shutters and walls until the house begins to crack and crumble. Despite her initial shock, the witch is caring to the strangers and invites them in. But when they overstep the boundaries of her hospitality and start eating everything inside as well, it’s time for Gretel and Hansel to get their just desserts!

      Told without words, readers of all ages will delight in this colorful and playful fractured fairy tale.

      Bio

      Author and illustrator Bee Waeland is the co-owner of the bespoke print house Vivid Print, in Edmonton. Having graduated from MacEwan University, Bee worked in design studios in Edmonton and Vancouver, British Columbia, before opening her own print shop, which sells local artwork and archive prints. Her style is bold in color and form with modernist and art deco influences. Bee has created art for individuals, businesses, interior design firms and publications. Gretel and Hansel is Bee's second picture book, following The Three Bears and Goldilocks.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
  • 3
    catalogue cover
    The Unlovable Alina Butt Ambreen Butt-Hussain Canada
    9781459834910 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:May 16, 2023 Print Run:6000
    $12.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Fitting in at a new school is hard enough, but when you’re an awkward, big-nosed, nerdy Pakistani girl with a funny last name, it can seem impossible.

      Eleven-year-old Alina Butt has changed schools four times already since her family moved to England from Pakistan. Even after all that practice, she doesn’t seem to be getting any better at being the new kid. Mocked for her last name and her "weird" lunches, Alina has had enough! Taking a leap of faith to try and stand out for the "right" reasons, Alina auditions for the school play. Her hopes of landing the lead role in Cinderella are dashed when her new friend gets the part of Cinderella instead...and her bully is cast as Prince Charming!

      Alina must rely on her stubborn will and wacky sense of humor to survive the endlessly embarrassing and ridiculous situations she finds herself in and discover her own unique way to shine!

      Bio

      Ambreen Butt-Hussain was born in Pakistan but lived in England and Scotland before finally settling in Canada. She has a bachelor of science from the University of Toronto and a master of education from Queen’s University. She currently teaches elementary school and lives in Milton, Ontario.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
  • 4
    catalogue cover
    The Secret Pocket Peggy Janicki Canada, Carrielynn Victor Canada
    9781459833722 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:April 11, 2023 Print Run:8000
    $21.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      The true story of how Indigenous girls at a Canadian residential school sewed secret pockets into their dresses to hide food and survive

      Mary was four years old when she was first taken away to the Lejac Indian Residential School. It was far away from her home and family. Always hungry and cold, there was little comfort for young Mary. Speaking Dakelh was forbidden and the nuns and priest were always watching, ready to punish. Mary and the other girls had a genius idea: drawing on the knowledge from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers who were all master sewers, the girls would sew hidden pockets in their clothes to hide food. They secretly gathered materials and sewed at nighttime, then used their pockets to hide apples, carrots and pieces of bread to share with the younger girls.

      Based on the author's mother's experience at residential school, The Secret Pocket is a story of survival and resilience in the face of genocide and cruelty. But it's also a celebration of quiet resistance to the injustice of residential schools and how the sewing skills passed down through generations of Indigenous women gave these girls a future, stitch by stitch.

      Bio

      Peggy Janicki is an award-winning Dakelh teacher from the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation. She holds a master of education in Indigenous knowledges/Indigenous pedagogies from the University of British Columbia. Peggy has worked for decades to reveal the hidden stories and histories of Indigenous Peoples, as featured in UBC’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Reconciliation through Indigenous Education." When her mother shared a secret story that changed all their lives and highlighted the impacts of colonization, Peggy also became a storyteller. She lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.



      Eastern Fraser Valley–based artist Carrielynn Victor is a descendant of Coast Salish ancestors that have been sustained by S’olh Temexw (their land) since time immemorial and Western European ancestors that settled around Northern Turtle Island beginning in the 1600s. Along with owning and operating an art practice, Carrielynn maintains a communal role as a plant practitioner, and is the Manager of Cheam First Nation’s Environmental Consultancy. The philosophy and responsibilities of these land-based communal roles are fundamental for informing the story, style and details of her artwork. With ancient and modern design principles combined, Carrielynn’s professional artistic practice takes the form of murals, canvas paintings, drums, paddles and, in recent years, illustrations for scientific reports and children’s books. She lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
  • 5
    catalogue cover
    Big Winner Sylvia Taekema Canada
    9781459834064 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 11, 2023 Print Run:5000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:84 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Fourteen-year-old Skye Richardson had to leave her home, school and friends when she and her mom moved across the country to a small town on the East Coast.

      She’s not happy about it. Then she gets a part-time job at a local coffee shop and meets Digby Jones. Digby lives in a group home. He loves Ping-Pong and watching his favorite TV shows. He likes things done in a certain way. One day, Digby tells Skye he has the winning million-dollar lottery ticket everyone in town has been talking about. At first, all Skye can think about is how she’d love to have that money to buy her old life back. Soon, however, she begins to worry that people are going to take advantage of her new friend.

      Bio

      Sylvia Taekema's first novel, Seconds, was voted a Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel Ripple Effect and Running Behind in the Orca Currents line. Sylvia lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.


      Marketing & Promotion
  • 6
    catalogue cover
    Waking Ben Doldrums Heather Smith Canada, Byron Eggenschwiler Canada
    9781459833913 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 14, 2023 Print Run:8000
    $21.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 400 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      “Ben Doldrums, are you sad? Are you mad? Are you confused?"

      Frida Bellows lives in a big house made up of four apartments. Every morning, she gets on her father’s shoulders and taps on the ceiling with a broomstick. This wakes her neighbor, a student named Ben Doldrums who knocks on the wall to wake the Mercredis, who in turn knock on the floor to wake the Reynolds. Frida likes this morning tradition. It makes her feel like she’s part of something big. Things change, however, when Ben stops getting out of bed to wake the Mercredis, which throws off the whole routine. Frida notices that Ben Doldrums is not himself and she wants to help. But how?

      Waking Ben Doldrums is a story of community, compassion and hope. It is a reminder that, while we can’t always fix another person’s problems, a simple act of kindness can go a long way.

      Bio

      Heather Smith is the author of several picture books, including the award-winning The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family.



      Byron Eggenschwiler is an award-winning illustrator whose recent books include Song for the Snow, The Strangest Thing in the Sea, The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt and Operatic. Byron's work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Walrus and GQ. He lives in Calgary.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “A charming little community...The illustrative format of depicting the various apartments and people with details that demonstrate their diversity draws the eye.”
      “The hopeful tone and compassion the diverse group of neighbors show for one another will resonate with young readers...A highly recommended title.”
  • 7
    catalogue cover
    No Horses in the House! The Audacious Life of Artist Rosa Bonheur Mireille Messier Canada, Anna Bron Canada
    9781459833524 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 08, 2023 Print Run:6000
    $21.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 420 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Based on the incredible life of the pioneering, feminist and queer artist Rosa Bonheur, this charming story depicts Rosa's early years and her drive to fight for her dreams.

      Rosa Bonheur loved to draw animals. She was good at it too! Unfortunately, in nineteenth-century France, girls were not allowed to be artists. But Rosa didn't let that stop her. In this fictionalized account of her early life in Paris, Rosa studies art at home, bringing a menagerie of animals into the apartment to study up close. When she is kicked out of the horse market for sneaking in wearing boys clothing, Rosa must think creatively to challenge the rules in pursuit of her dream of becoming a world-class realist painter and artist.

      Bio

      Mireille Messier is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based award-winning children's writer with a background in broadcasting and theater. Mireille has published over thirty books, some in French, others in English, for children of all ages, including the nonfiction picture book Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War. Her picture book The Branch was nominated for Shining Willow and Blue Spruce Awards and the Governor General's Literary Award. Before becoming an author, Mireille worked as a television and radio host, a scriptwriter, a book reviewer and a voice actress. Sometimes she still does those things. Mireille lives in Toronto with five cats, two birds and over one hundred goldfish (but no horses!).



      Anna Bron was born in Russia and immigrated to Canada when she was nine years old. She was lucky enough to have parents who nurtured and encouraged a career in art. She attended art school in her teens, and then went on to study traditional hand-drawn animation at Sheridan College. Not long after graduating she became a freelance illustrator and animator, working on a broad range of projects, from illustrating children’s books and magazines to animating, designing and directing commercials and short films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “A story of female empowerment and persistence...a fun and wonderful book of courage and endurance against the odds. Highly Recommended.”
      “Readers will revel in the lifelike animal paintings…The artwork here sprawls beautifully across spreads, showing…a tiny but confident Rosa surrounded by naysayers as well as her beloved animals, potential creations swirling around the scenes as they pour from her mind.”
  • 8
    catalogue cover
    Pas de chevaux dans la maison! La vie audacieuse de l’artiste Rosa Bonheur Mireille Messier Canada, Anna Bron Canada
    9781459836006 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 08, 2023 Print Run:4000
    $21.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 420 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Cette histoire inspirante, qui raconte la vie incroyable de l’artiste pionnière, féministe et queer Rosa Bonheur, dépeint les premières années de Rosa et son acharnement à réaliser ses rêves.

      Rosa Bonheur adorait dessiner des animaux. Et elle y excellait ! Mais dans la France du XIXe siècle, les filles n’avaient pas le droit d’être artistes. Mais Rosa n’allait pas laisser cela l’arrêter. Dans cette belle mise en récit des débuts de Rosa à Paris, les jeunes lecteurs découvrent l’artiste qui étudie le dessin dans la maison paternelle en s’aidant d’une ménagerie d’animaux qu’elle observe de près. Lorsqu’un jour Rosa est chassée du marché des chevaux pour avoir porté des vêtements masculins, elle doit faire preuve de créativité pour contourner les règles et poursuivre son rêve de devenir une peintre réaliste de classe mondiale.

      Bio

      Mireille Messier est une autrice jeunesse née à Montréal, qui a grandi à Ottawa et qui habite maintenant à Toronto. Elle a travaillé dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et du théâtre. Mireille a publié plus de trente livres en français ou en anglais destinés aux enfants de tous les âges, dont l’album Sergent Billy: La vraie histoire du chevreau devenu soldat. Son album Ma branche préférée a été mis en nomination pour les prix Shining Willow, Blue Spruce et pour les Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général du Canada. Avant de devenir autrice, Mireille a été animatrice à la télévision et à la radio, scénariste, critique littéraire — des domaines dans lesquels elle œuvre toujours de temps à autre. Mireille vit à Toronto avec cinq chats, deux oiseaux et plus d’une centaine de poissons rouges (mais pas de chevaux !).



      Anna Bron est née en Russie et a immigré au Canada à l’âge de neuf ans. Elle a eu la chance d’avoir des parents qui l’ont encouragée à faire carrière dans les arts. Adolescente, elle fréquente une école des beaux-arts, puis étudie le cinéma d’animation traditionnel au collège Sheridan. Peu après l’obtention de son diplôme, elle devient illustratrice et animatrice, travaillant sur un large éventail de projets allant de l’illustration de livres et de magazines jeunesse à la conception et réalisation de publicités et de courts métrages. Elle vit à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Plans de promotion

        • Campagnes de publicité imprimées et en ligne 
        • Promotion lors de congrès professionnels (régionaux et nationaux) d’enseignants et de bibliothécaires
        • Distribution à grande échelle d’exemplaires promotionnels, incluant par NetGalley 
        • Promotion sur les blogues et les médias sociaux
  • 9
    catalogue cover
    Branded 2nd edition Eric Walters Canada
    9781459834606 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 14, 2023 Print Run:4000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.31 in | 140 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:92 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      The principal announces that the school is implementing uniforms, and Ian finds himself caught in a conflict.

      Julia, the student body president and Ian's friend, wants Ian to devise a plan to fight the decision, but the principal is determined to convince Ian the uniforms are a good idea. Ian doesn't see the problem with uniforms and wants nothing to do with the issue, but while doing research for a social-justice class, Ian learns that the manufacturer of the uniforms is on the top-ten list in the industry for human-rights violations. When he tells the principal their clothing is being made in sweatshops using child labor, all he gets is a reminder that the penalty for refusing to wear the uniforms is expulsion. Ian finds himself caught in a whole new conflict—one with himself.

      Bio

      Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 125 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Award nominee 2011, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books starred selection 2011, Commended
      Reviews
      "Fast-paced and packed with thought-provoking questions as well as humour…The use of social media in organizing events and expressing opinions, as well as their shortcomings, could provoke interesting discussions on etiquette and the Internet…An inspiring and empowering read for youth living in the information age. Highly Recommended."
      "The plot…moves quickly, making for a quick read. A good choice for libraries looking to add to their hi/lo collections."
      "Walters uses Branded to raise awareness of a terrible social issue. Sweatshops are the subject of news broadcasts and articles, but until the products of these companies touch us directly, we tend to turn a blind eye. Teens will be interested in watching Ian as he struggles to make sense of opposing views on the subject and how adults often preach one thing and then practice another."
      "A thought-provoking story with engaging characters and a well-paced plot. Many readers will enjoy Branded simply as a good read but this novel would also suit a literature circle or discussion group."
      "Walters explores an interesting topic."
      "A great lesson about standing up for what you believe."
      "A good addition to the hi/lo collection, this fast paced story raises social issues that relate to school and international social issues...Humor contributes to an enjoyable read and use as a possible book discussion with groups."
  • 10
    catalogue cover
    Series: Orca Wild
    Grizzly Bears Guardians of the Wilderness Frances Backhouse Canada
    9781459828544 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 14, 2023 Print Run:8000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.44 in | 460 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description

      Grizzlies are one of North America’s most iconic wildlife species.

      They once roamed across half the continent, but today the grizzly population has declined at an alarming rate and it is incredibly difficult to rebuild those numbers, especially in places with a lot of people. Yet grizzlies are key members of their ecological communities and a powerful symbol of wilderness. Filled with facts and richly illustrated with photos, Grizzly Bears: Guardians of the Wilderness explores the biology of grizzlies and the vital ecological role these bears play, and it asks readers to consider what it takes to share the land with them. Learn from conservationists, scientists, Indigenous Peoples and young people who are working to ensure that grizzlies will be with us forever.

      Bio

      Frances Backhouse studied biology in university and worked as a park naturalist and a biologist before becoming an environmental journalist and author. She is the author of Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers and six books for adults, including Children of the Klondike. Camping is one of Frances’s favorite ways to spend time outdoors. In bear country, she is extra careful to keep a clean campsite so she doesn’t invite in any unwelcome wildlife visitors. Frances lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “A high level of expertise, up-to-date research, thorough topic treatment and appealing presentation…Readers will come to appreciate a magnificent creature's struggles to maintain its place on this planet that we share. Highly Recommended.”
      “This phenomenal book is a must for anyone with even the slightest interest in bears. Even someone who isn't particularly interested in learning more about grizzlies likely won’t be able to resist being drawn in. Highly Recommended.”

Select a Market


Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.