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    The Homesick Club Libby Martinez, Rebecca Gibbon
    9781773061641 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:April 01, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 10 x 0.5 in | 1.1 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A story about making new friends and missing home, wherever home may be.

      Mónica and Hannah are school kids in the big city. Together, they have formed the Homesick Club, since they are both from far away. Mónica misses the family of hummingbirds that she and her grandmother would feed in her backyard in Bolivia every day. Hannah misses the sunshine and the tiny tortoise that lived near her house in Israel.

      When a new teacher, Miss Shelby, arrives from Texas, the girls discover that she misses her home, too, especially the huge sky full of stars and a Southern treat known as Hummingbird Cake. The girls ask Miss Shelby to join their club, then Mónica decides she will bring a surprise for show and tell — a surprise that brings Miss Shelby close to tears.

      Author Libby Martinez addresses a theme that many children can relate to — feeling homesick — especially when home is far away. Rebecca Gibbon’s charming illustrations bring an imaginative, light touch to the story.

      Key Text Features
      recipes
      diagrams
      Flags

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.9
      Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

      Bio
      Libby Martinez writes children’s books and poetry. She is also a lawyer and consultant. Libby lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. www.libbymartinez.com.

      REBECCA GIBBON grew up in South Wales, where her love of picture books inspired her dream of being an artist. She has an MA in illustration from the Royal College of Art, and works in editorial illustration as well as children’s publishing. She has illustrated several children’s books, including The Great Spruce by John Duval and Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book among other honors. Rebecca lives with her family in a small town in Herefordshire, England.

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      Awards
      CCBC Choice 2021
      Mighty Village Spring Book Picks 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      Gibbon’s brightly colored illustrations look fresh and vivid. A supportive picture book for immigrants and an empathetic read-aloud choice for classroom discussion.
      This emotionally resonant and playfully illustrated picture book reveals the many ways our personal stories of home can unite and enrich a community. … Any child who has experienced the bitter sweet journey of moving far from home will find a heartwarming sense of belonging, as they discover how they have been and always will be, a part of the Homesick Club.
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    Explosion at the Poem Factory Kyle Lukoff, Mark Hoffmann
    9781773061320 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:April 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 7 x 10.5 x 0.5 in | 0.88 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A funny story, full of wordplay, brings poetry alive as never before!

      Kilmer Watts makes his living teaching piano lessons, but when automatic pianos arrive in town, he realizes he’s out of a job. He spots a “Help Wanted” sign at the poem factory and decides to investigate — he’s always been curious about how poems are made.

      The foreman explains that machines and assembly lines are used for poetry these days. So Kilmer learns how to operate the “meter meter” and empty the “cliché bins.” He assembles a poem by picking out a rhyme scheme, sprinkling in some similes and adding alliteration.

      But one day the machines malfunction, and there is a dramatic explosion at the poem factory. How will poetry ever survive?

      Kyle Lukoff’s funny story, rich in wordplay, is complemented by Mark Hoffmann’s lively, quirky art. The backmatter includes definitions of poetic feet, types of poems (with illustrated examples) and a glossary of other terms. An author’s note explains the inspiration for the story.

      Key Text Features
      definitions
      glossary
      author's note

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
      Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

      Bio

      KYLE LUKOFF has worked at the intersection of books and people for more than half his life, first as a bookseller and later as a school librarian, reviewer, awards juror and contributor to professional publications. His first picture book, A Storytelling of Ravens, illustrated by Natalie Nelson, received two starred reviews and his second, When Aidan Became a Brother was described as “joyful and affirming” in a Kirkus starred review and has received three other starred reviews. A confirmed bachelor, Kyle lives in a Brooklyn apartment filled with books.



      MARK HOFFMANN is an author and illustrator of children’s books, an editorial illustrator and an artist who has won a number of awards. He also teaches illustration at Montserrat College of Art. Mark’s picture books include Fruit Bowl (Publishers Weekly starred review), You Can Read by Helaine Becker, Hawks Kettle, Puffins Keel by Susan Vande Griek, Poop by Poppy Campignon and Dirt Cheap. He lives in southern New Hampshire with his family, two cats and a dog.

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      Liberal use of terms such as epithalmium and enjambment, both defined at book’s end, will draw precocious kids as well as adult poetry lovers to this friendly introduction to poetry and poetics.
      Hoffmann's playfully expressive double-page illustrations… heighten Lukoff's guffaws… Lukoff's sophisticated silliness hits the sweet spot for lovers of wordplay.
      The off-kilter angles and beanshaped personalities in Mark Hoffmann’s pictures add to the madcappery of a story that, with a little concentration (and the interpretive help of an adult), will be a primer on poetic forms and styles.
      Readers who love words, and especially those who love poetry, will enjoy Explosion at the Poem Factory.
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    My Friend Elisa Amado Canada, Alfonso Ruano
    9781554989393 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 3, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:October 01, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 9.75 x 8.75 x 0.45 in | 0.93 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      From acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado and award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano, My Friend is the story of the meaning of friendship in the life of an immigrant child.

      Friendship — to be known, to be accepted as you are, to feel safe, especially when you are vulnerable. The girl in this story has recently arrived in Brooklyn with her family. On her very first day at school she meets a girl who almost instantly becomes her very best friend. She feels known, loved and accepted by her. But when she invites her friend to come for dinner with her family — a family that feels free to eat weird food and, even worse, burst into song with their version of a sentimental classic of longing and homesickness — something shifts and she no longer feels safe at all. What will it be like tomorrow at school?

      Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art beautifully depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience in this story from acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado, about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make.

      Key Text Features
      song lyrics

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
      Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
      Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
      Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

      Bio

      ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.



      Alfonso Ruano is an illustrator and the art director for Grupo SM, the world's largest publisher of Spanish-language children's books. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
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      Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art beautifully depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience in this story from acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado, about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make.
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    Buddy and Earl Go to School Maureen Fergus, Carey Sookocheff Canada
    9781554989270 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:August 01, 2017
    $16.95 CAD 7.25 x 8.5 x 0.4 in | 0.71 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      “The bond between Buddy and Earl is as strong as ever in their fourth book, as is the playful banter and cheerful artwork that capture their relationship so well.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

      Buddy and Earl know that with the right education they can become anything — even a dentist or a hot-dog vendor! So they eagerly gather their silly, smelly supplies and head to school.

      Soon after they arrive, their teacher, Miss Meredith, is called away and Professor Earl takes charge of the classroom. Buddy works hard at lessons like Sniffing Things, Tail Chasing and Scratching Itches. And when Professor Earl announces that one very special student is going to win a major award? Buddy cannot imagine who that lucky student might be…

      In this fourth book in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, the dog who likes to play by the rules and the hedgehog who knows no limits learn just how much fun school can be.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
      With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
      With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
      Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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      MAUREEN FERGUS is an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. Her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega; her picture books include InvisiBill, The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, and the Buddy and Earl series. She lives in Winnipeg with her family and her dog, Buddy.



      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Lost Things, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, written by Maureen Fergus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her dog, Rosie.

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      Awards
      Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      The bond between Buddy and Earl is as strong as ever in their fourth book, as is the playful banter and cheerful artwork that capture their relationship so well.
      Readers will enjoy their time with these two: another satisfying friendship adventure.
      Earl becomes the benevolent ruler of the school in this happy tale illustrated by Carey Sookocheff with simple, expressive drawings.
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    Any Questions? Marie-Louise Gay Canada, Marie-Louise Gay Canada
    9781554983827 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:August 11, 2014
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.42 in | 1.58 lb | 60 pages Carton Quantity:25 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Where does the story start? Marie-Louise Gay explains the creative process with typical fun and whimsy.

      Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.

      Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere asking to be written.

      Any Questions? presents a world inhabited by lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, talking trees and spotted snails, with cameo appearances by some of Marie-Louise’s favorite characters — a world where kids can become part of the story and let their imaginations run wild… and just maybe they will be inspired to create stories of their own.

      At the end of the book, Marie-Louise provides answers to many of the questions children have asked her over the years, such as “Are you Stella?” “How did you learn to draw?” “Can your cat fly?” “How many books do you make in one day?”

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
      Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1
      Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

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      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration 2014, Short-listed
      Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature 2014, Short-listed
      School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2014, Commended
      Globe 100 Best Books 2014, Commended
      Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2015, Commended
      Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2015, Commended
      Vancouver Children's Roundtable Information Book Award 2015, Short-listed
      Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2015, Winner
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2015, Short-listed
      White Ravens 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children.
      The sideline commentary from some talkative cats and opinionated children contribute a light touch of humor, and the overall message—that creativity is messy and fun!—is empowering.
      Marie-Louise Gay has the extraordinary ability to inhabit the mind and voice of a young child. . . . Lovingly illustrated in watercolour, coloured pencil, pastel, and collage, Gay’s cartoon-like drawings convey the exuberance of the young.
      Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay's mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries.
      A smart, slightly meta exploration of creativity and the art of storytelling.
      A multicultural cast of curious children barrage the unseen author with dozens of questions . . . Revisit this one often!
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    Greetings, Leroy Itah Sadu Canada, Alix Delinois
    9781554987603 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 On Sale Date:May 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.3 in | 0.84 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Moving can be scary, but by the end of his first day at his new school, Roy is happy to find a piece of his old home, Jamaica, in his new home.

      The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough, never mind when it’s in a new country! In this lively picture book from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home as much as he loves his old home.

      Written as an email to a friend back home, this picture book tells the story of Roy, whose family has just moved to North America from Jamaica. His new home is different from his old home — even the sun feels cold! His nerves ease, though, as welcome reminders of home follow him through his day. His neighbor gives him a button as a gift for his first day of school. The principal tells him about the soccer team and his new class makes him feel welcome. Everything is looking up until Roy goes to show his classmates his new button and he can’t find it! He rushes back to the principal’s office where they look up and down and all around for the button. Thanks to his powers of observation, Roy finds it in an unexpected place and is able to show it to his new friends. The friendly people he meets, and their shared love of Bob Marley, make for a good start at his new school.

      Sadu captures the voice of a young boy in a new country in this story about finding a new home while still staying proud of where you’re from. Harlem-based artist Alix Delinois shows the joy of making new friends with his vibrant, layered paintings.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
      Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

      Bio

      An award-winning author, storyteller and owner of Toronto bookstore A Different Booklist, ITAH SADU shares the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and North America with students and teachers. Her previous books include Christopher Changes His Name and Please Clean Up Your Room!, both illustrated by Roy Condy. Itah is extremely well regarded in Toronto’s Caribbean and African communities. She has developed several youth programs, including the Walk for Excellence. She is a founding member of the Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride, which brought out 2000 people in 2016, the MY People Literary Awards, and the Black and Caribbean Book Affair



      ALIX DELINOIS is a fine artist and art teacher living in Harlem, New York. He was born in Saint Marc, Haiti, and moved to Harlem as a child. He has illustrated three children's books written by award-winning authors Walter Dean Myers, Edwidge Danticat and Gretchen Woelfle.

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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      A much-needed window and mirror of immigrant experience for young readers.
      Bright acrylic and mixed-media illustrations further establish the upbeat tone in this story about finding comforting touchstones in a new home.
      The bold, warm, and expressive illustrations add depth to the text.
      Sadu … treats a nerve-wracking time of transition for any child with honesty and understanding.
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    What Are You Doing? Elisa Amado Canada, Manuel Monroy
    9781773060040 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:March 01, 2017
    $8.95 CAD 8 x 7 x 0.1 in | 0.22 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A picture book that captures a child’s discovery of the power of reading.

      Before he leaves for his first day of school, Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood who are reading. “Why, why, why?” he sings, and they each have a different answer for him, whether it’s a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook or an archeologist studying hieroglyphics. Later that day, Chepito discovers the fun of reading for himself, and he even brings home a book to share with his little sister.

      Elisa Amado has written a perfect introduction to the pleasures and uses of the written word. Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4

      Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4

      Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

      Bio

      ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book; and What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?, both illustrated by Manuel Monroy. She lives in Toronto.



      Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished, award-winning illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. Manuel lives in Mexico City.
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    A Few Blocks Cybele Young Canada, Cybele Young Canada
    9780888999955 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 27, 2011
    $18.95 CAD 10.4 x 7.4 x 0.39 in | 0.84 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011 and a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

      "It was time for Ferdie and Viola to go to school. But Ferdie had eleven cars to wash, the highest tower ever to build and a snake drawing that wasn't done…"

      Ferdie doesn't want to go to school, but go to school he must, and fortunately his imaginative older sister Viola paves the way. She tells him to put on his superfast cape and his rocket blaster boots and then off they go! Time and again Viola uses her rich imagination to keep Ferdie on his way. But even big sisters get tired sometimes, and so Ferdie, following her example, draws on his own inner resources andimagination to keep them going.

      Told through the eyes of a child, this ordinary event is transformed into a wonderful adventure. The children's fantasy world is beautifully illustrated with Cybele Young's intricate 3-D paper sculptures, created from paintings she made of contemporary street scenes.

      Bio

      CYBÈLE YOUNG is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.



      CYBÈLE YOUNG is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2011 2011, Commended
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2012, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Many picture books are built on the foundation of children's boundless imagination, and in her first solo effort, illustrator [Young] handles the theme with exceptional grace.
      Young’s latest attempts to be many things—a foray into a child’s imagination, a touching tale of siblings and a stage for the author’s elaborate paper sculptures—and it succeeds masterfully in doing all three...David Wiesner fans should give this a try...Amazing.
      Beautifully illustrated with distinctive etched-paper collages, this is the rare story in which siblings offer mutual support rather than ripping each other to psychological bits...celebrates creative play and sibling cooperation in a way that feels very real.
      In A Few Blocks she (Young) refreshingly shows the special bond that exists between siblings.
      ...ingeniously constructed in collage and watercolours...
      In A Few Blocks, Young transforms an ordinary event into an epic adventure. Recommended.
      ...extraordinary...
      ...intricate, glowing, imagination-stretching...
      Young’s story is inventive and very readable . . .The joy of imagination is clear throughout the book . . .The illustrations are exceptional.
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    How Emily Saved the Bridge The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge Frieda Wishinsky Canada, Natalie Nelson
    9781773061047 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 On Sale Date:May 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8.88 x 10.75 x 0.4 in | 1.01 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      The amazing story of Emily Warren Roebling, the woman who stepped in to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883.

      Emily was not an engineer, but she was educated in math and science. She married Washington Roebling, the chief engineer of the famous bridge. When Washington became ill from decompression sickness, Emily stepped in, doing everything from keeping the books, to carrying messages for her husband, to monitoring the construction of the bridge. She was the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when it opened.

      Emily, who went on to study law among many other accomplishments, is an inspiration to all, as demonstrated through Frieda Wishinsky’s informative and engaging text and Natalie Nelson’s distinctive collage illustrations. Speech bubbles revealing imagined dialogue add a playful note to this historical account, which includes fascinating facts about the Brooklyn Bridge and a further reading list.

      Key Text Features
      further reading
      speech bubbles

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
      Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
      Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

      Bio
      Frieda Wishinsky is an award-winning author and teacher. She lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Frieda Wishinsky's website: http://www.friedawishinsky.com/

      NATALIE NELSON’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the illustrator of The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, which Booklist proclaimed “nothing short of charming.” She has also illustrated A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Foreword, and Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, described by School Library Journal as “sophisticated yet playful.” Natalie lives in Atlanta.

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      Awards
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      Wishinsky’s quippy dialogue and well-researched storytelling capture the passion and intelligence of the extraordinary Emily . . . Nelson’s whimsical cut-paper collages, an interplay of bright blocks of color and black-and-white photography, capture a rapidly growing city in the flux of modernization. . . . Another win for the ladies of STEM.
      A strong and honest homage to a remarkable woman.
      The playful illustrations by Nelson help make the long-ago 1880s feel candy-colored vivid. And the use of dialog in speech balloons lightens the story, making it fun and accessible. Wishinsky hits all the right historical notes with careful accuracy while still molding the story to have direction and focus.
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    Operatic Kyo Maclear, Byron Eggenschwiler Canada
    9781554989720 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) from 5 - 9, Grade (US) from 5 - 9 On Sale Date:April 01, 2019
    $21.95 CAD 6.5 x 9 x 0.9 in | 1.32 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

      Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

      It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. But it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn’t been to school in weeks.

      Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria’s life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life?

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      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
      Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
      Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
      Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

      Bio

      KYO MACLEAR is a beloved author of books for children and adults. Her recent children’s books include Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, illustrated by Julie Morstad, Yak and Dove, illustrated by Esmé Shapiro, and The Liszts, illustrated by Júlia Sardà. She lives in Toronto with her two sons, two cats and a singer.



      BYRON EGGENSCHWILER is an award-winning illustrator whose recent books include The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason, Operatic by Kyo Maclear (starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire), Coyote Tales by Thomas King and Beastly Puzzles by Rachel Poliquin (starred review from School Library Journal). Byron's work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Walrus, GQ and O, The Oprah Magazine. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Red Maple Award 2020, Short-listed
      Joe Shuster Award — The Dragon Award 2020, Short-listed
      Cybils Award for Elementary/ Middle Grade Graphic Novels 2019, Short-listed
      Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Kids 2019, Commended
      The List, Toronto Public Library 2020, Commended
      Black-Eyed Susan Book Award — Graphic Novels, Grades 6-9 2020, Nominated
      Reviews
      Opera is an unusual but pitch-perfect match for that swell of overwhelming feeling, and Maclear.
      Brimming with raw emotion, music references, and gorgeous art, this memorable and relatable graphic novel will linger with readers.
      Operatic offers a deft look at adolescence, rich but subtle, accessible but beautifully complex. . . . Maclear has created a setting and a cast of characters that feel extraordinarily fresh, alive, and, above all, very real. . . . Eggenschwiler’s visual metaphors create their own network of social, emotional, and sensory connections. . . . This book will delight not only young people and graphic-novel aficionados but anyone who believes that art — especially opera — is a powerful force in the world.
      Maclear and Eggenschwiler cleverly weave together story, visual art, and music. . . . Clever and contemplative, with music history readers might find unexpectedly fun.

      Packed with music references and evocative illustrations, Operatic is a graphic novel that students will easily relate to and identify with.

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