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  • 1
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    9781771473408 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 468 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Raj has one rule: he never uses the bathroom at school. It’s just not the same as the one at home. All day, he avoids bathroom trips. Easy enough, since he lives by these tips: Don’t linger at the sink. Stay away from anyone who makes you laugh. Watch out for distractions, especially schoolwork. And sit still: no running, jumping, cartwheels, or sneezing. Until one day—achoo!—Raj has to break his own rule.

      After he faces his fear and uses the bathroom at school, Raj feels different. He doesn’t have to rush! He can try new things, laugh, explore … even enjoy his work. He can stay awhile and play. Raj discovers things are better if you just go when you need to.

      Told in speech bubbles with bright, lively art showing a diverse group of kids, this is a riotous rhyming read-aloud with an empathetic take on facing a common fear.
      Bio
      LANA BUTTON has a background in early childhood education and is the author of several picture books. Lana’s books are often used to help children overcome anxiety and boost self-esteem. She and her husband live in Burlington, Ontario and have three grown daughters, a doting dog and a spoiled cat.

      HATEM ALY is an Egyptian-born artist whose work ranges from editorial illustration to comics, graphic novels, and children’s books. Hatem lives in Bathurst, New Brunswick, with his wife, son, a houseful of pets, and one super friendly toilet.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Ontario Library Association Best Bets List Honourable Mention 2020, Winner
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021, Commended
      Reviews
      "A sympathetic treatment of a common but rarely depicted childhood anxiety."
      "Button subtly and effectively conveys how actions related to anxiety might disrupt a child’s academic and social performance, but this readaloud will resonate with any reader who has faced a fear."
      "Told in rhyming couplets, this book will be great for young readers who have anxiety about using unknown restrooms, but most kids will relate to “holding it”... Not only is this a celebration of independent potty usage, this book is a terrific talking piece for overcoming personal fear."
      "Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School) has arrived just in time to help all of those who will be new to school and navigating the bathroom for the first time."
      "What a great conversation starter! A wonderful melding of bouncy illustrations with a rhyming text that works well for a read-aloud."
      "Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School) will be enjoyed by many young children and will also be helpful for children who, like Raj, are struggling with bathroom issues at new locations."
      "This book addresses a fairly common childhood anxiety and so can be of a lot of use to many families. However, Raj’s experience can easily be applied to trying anything new that feels intimidating at first."
      "Lana Button's gentle text doesn't poke fun at Raj and his predilection. She offers a compassionate, even rational, perspective and allows Raj the opportunity to problem solve his own solutions."
      "The rhyming verses are conversational, and written in first person voice. Expressive artwork allows those who hear this story to see and acknowledge the emotions felt by the young boy."
  • 2
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    Cone Cat Sarah Howden Canada, Carmen Mok Canada
    9781771473613 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date:August 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.38 in | 457 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      One day, Jeremy wakes up at the vet’s with a giant cone around his head. In a momentary existential crisis, he resigns himself to his new role as clumsy, smelly Cone Cat. That is, until the cone becomes instrumental in lapping up the last few bites of cereal on the breakfast table.

      Surprisingly, Cone Cat can do a lot of things old Jeremy couldn’t. He can hunt spiders with ease, collect stuffing from the couch, and disguise himself as a bowl to steal a scoop of ice cream at a birthday party. When the cone is removed the next day, Jeremy starts to miss it. Will he ever get another chance to indulge in the tricks he pulled off as Cone Cat? It doesn’t take him too long to find out …

      With lively illustrations and plenty of wit, this hilarious picture book about adapting to seemingly im-paw-ssible situations is sure to please kids and cat-lovers alike.
      Bio
      SARAH HOWDEN is an author and editor who lives with her husband and daughter in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first picture book.

      CARMEN MOK is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. After studying studio art University of Waterloo and design at Sheridan College, she decided to dedicate herself to children’s illustration. Carmen lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021, Commended
      Reviews
      "Readers will find it hard to resist the prickly charms of this expressive sourpuss."
      "Funny depictions of a cat and his cone. One day a nimble and free-roaming cat; the next, caught in the cone of shame. Or is it such a shame? Leftover milk and cereal are much more tippable with a head cone and when the person with the ice cream scoop is a little preoccupied, a cat in a cone is in a perfect position for dessert! And spiders are much easier to corral for a first taste (but maybe that was best left as an experiment for others). Cone Cat was really fun!"
      "This amusing, essentially one-joke tale should resonate with cat-loving kids and families."
      "Jeremy is an Everycat’s cat, prone to sulky faces, yogi-esque licking, and couch-clawing... [his] discovery that his hated cone might have its benefits is a casual lesson in making the best of a bad situation."
      "The morals of adapting to change and making the best of a bad situation are sure to resonate with all young readers."
      "Here’s a worthy companion for Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty, Jack Gantos’ Rotten Ralph, and other perversely lovable feline bad behavers."
      "Cone Cat is not preachy in any way, but it could lead to some interesting conversations about how not everything that seems bad has to be bad... Cone Cat is a delight."
      "Jeremy and his Cone friend are awfully funny! ... It is an imaginative look for a silver lining to a humiliating situation for the cat."
      "Anyone who has ever had a pet in “the cone of shame” will appreciate this silly story."
  • 3
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    Alice and Gert An Ant and Grasshopper Story Helaine Becker Canada, Dena Seiferling Canada
    9781771473583 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date:August 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 7.75 x 9.5 x 0.31 in | 326 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      It’s high summer in the meadow where Alice the ant and Gert the grasshopper live. Alice is hard at work preparing for winter, harvesting heavy loads of seeds. Meanwhile, Gert prefers to play, since winter is ages away. Gert dances through the long days of summer, singing, performing, and creating art out of flowers and leaves. Alice tries to convince Gert to work, but Gert wants to have fun—and to entertain Alice, too! She hates to see Alice work so hard.

      When winter arrives, Gert’s nest is cold and her food supplies are low. But rather than refusing to share, Alice acknowledges the value of Gert’s work and the beauty of the art that lightened her load. Alice repays Gert’s kindness by sharing her hard-won food.

      Based on the classic story of the ant and grasshopper, this is a modern fable with a heartwarming twist that values diverse contributions and honors friendship and the power of art.
      Bio
      HELAINE BECKER is an award-winning writer of more than 90 books, including Sloth at the Zoom and Worms for Breakfast. She also writes for children's magazines and kids television, and presents and performs at schools across Canada and the US. Helaine lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      DENA SEIFERLING is an illustrator and needle-felt artist living in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, two children and two dogs. Alice and Gert is her second picture book. Her first book, King Mouse, written by Cary Fagan, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021, Commended
      Reviews
      "Graceful, kind, and altogether soothing."
      "The story makes for an ideal read aloud with young children... As the story is a fresh take on a traditional fable, it ends with a subtle moral about kindness, hard work, and friendship. The book also celebrates diversity and recognizes that each individual possesses something of value."
      "Beautifully illustrated... this retelling retains the original story, but it feels fresh."
      "The messages are strikingly worthwhile... [The illustrations] create profound scenes that are steeped in atmosphere and characters evocative with feeling."
      "In this delightful twist on Aesop’s fable of the Ant and Grasshopper, Helaine Becker acknowledges the value of hard work, but also friendship, goodness, and creativity... This book would be great as a read-aloud for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, leading to discussions of our own unique gifts."
      "Filled with wonderful narration, and accompanied by appealing and distinctive artwork, this is a tale that is sure to be requested numerous times."
      "A fantastically sublime retelling/twist of the famous fable, full of wit, whimsy, and oodles of heart—as well as the most expressive and wondrous illustrations of insects and their surroundings."

      "This modern rendition of a classic fable is beautifully written and charmingly illustrated."

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    I Do Not Like Stories Andrew Larsen Canada, Carey Sookocheff Canada
    9781771473781 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.38 in | 342 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Here is a boy who is sure of one thing: he does NOT like stories. Not stories about waking up in the morning, or people in space, or fish in the sea, or planes, or trains, or boring old buildings.

      We see the boy’s experiences play out over the course of his day. The one thing this contrarian boy loves is his cat—whose day is depicted through graphic panels in a funny, parallel side narrative. The cheerful cat searches for the boy all day, chasing anything yellow, the colour of the boy’s bright backpack, and causing mess and mayhem throughout the city. In the end, the boy concedes he might like a story—if it’s the right one (do you know any stories about a cat?).

      Art in a muted palette is accented with pops of yellow in this charming book about how the stories we tell ourselves have the power to shape our days. The visual details support literacy skills, add humor, and are sure to engage young readers—even those who are sure they don’t like stories.
      Bio
      ANDREW LARSEN is a father, homemaker and award winning-author. His books include A Squiggly Story, In the Tree House and See You Next Year. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario. He loves stories but, sadly, is allergic to cats.

      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, Sprout, Seed, Sprout! and What Happens Next. She is also the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She loves all kinds of stories, except for scary ones. She lives in Toronto with her family and their dog Rosie.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021, Commended
      Reviews
      "The inventive design of the pages inspires readers to develop their own stories to describe the illustrations... An outstanding, atypical addition to library collections for the young."
      "A grouchy reader finally finds an appealing topic."
      "I love stories within stories, especially in picture books...Like a cat having its very own adventures during the day while the cat's boy is telling us what kinds of stories he MIGHT like…Like a story about a cat, maybe? Loved the clear, simple, yet interesting, panels of the cat's adventures."
      "Andrew Larsen takes the adult out of the equation and makes it all about the growth of the child in learning what he might like for himself... Carey Sookocheff's illustrations play on the author's important message and elevates it with subtlety of colour and line for greater impact."
      "Sweet and simple, with an interesting colour palette... It would appeal to a very early reader as the sentences are easy enough to read themselves, but it could also foster an interesting discussion with an older reader."
  • 5
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    Sometimes a Wall… Dianne White, Barroux
    9781771473736 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date:October 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 10.5 x 0.38 in | 431 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      An afternoon in the playground introduces different kinds of walls: a brick wall to draw on with chalk, a water wall, and a climbing wall. What follows is a playful yet profound exploration of the many ways walls can divide us or bring us together. When one child is excluded from a game, another builds a castle to leave him out. When the builder declares the castle MINE, other kids feel alienated—but the builder becomes lonely, too, when the others have fun without him. The book ends with the optimism of a new start: friendship, forgiveness, and imagination give the wall new meaning.

      Told with short, simple lines of playful, rhyming text and loose line illustrations by internationally known artist Barroux, this book sparks questions with empathy, insight, and charm. It’s a timely tool for inquiry-based and social-emotional learning, sharing the important message that walls can unite or divide, depending on the choices we make.
      Bio
      Previously an elementary school teacher, DIANNE WHITE has a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now writes full time, and lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona.

      BARROUX lives in Paris, France, and has studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture. His work has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He believes that the world needs fewer walls and more trees.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      "Rhyme, rhythm, and simple art—all including references to walls—show children expressing different emotions and behaviors... Mending walls for the nursery crowd."
      "Hopeful and compassionate, this story uses simple language to create concrete connections, and may inspire children to choose a more inclusive way."
      "This is a book that will make readers of all ages think... This would make a phenomenal classroom text and would be great for critical thinking and discussions."
      "A sweet picture book that helps build emotional intelligence, humility and compassion."
      "Sometimes a Wall... is a picture book with so many layers. It is a story that teaches us about friendship, conflict, empathy, and forgiveness, in a way that kids of all ages can understand."
      "The story is touching, using few words, but they are words that wield power, especially when paired with Barroux’s colorful artwork."
      "Teachers looking for a book to aide in SEL [Social-Emotional Learning] need look no further than this lovely picture book."
      "We've read Sometimes a Wall... a number of times now, and each time it gets richer and more meaningful."
      "Dianne White has written a book with few words that embrace a big idea."
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    9781771473811 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $19.95 CAD 7.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 399 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      New from Sophie Gilmore, whose debut picture book, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, was named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start"

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

      ·   Features a strong female character making her voice heard

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

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

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

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











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




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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

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

      Named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" of Spring 2019

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

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

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

      "Gilmore’s breezy tone keeps scariness at bay... and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school–aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor’s bravery comes from wisdom and
      kindness."
      Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW



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    You and Me Both Mahtab Narsimhan Canada, Lisa Cinar Canada
    9781771473668 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 5, Grade (US) from P - 5 Publication Date:April 15, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.31 in | 407 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      ·   Inspired by a true story that went viral online

      ·   An uplifting book that celebrates diversity

      ·   Embraces the joys and innocence of childhood

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

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

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








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

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






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      Awards
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      “The unnamed first-person narrator loves best friend Jamal, and Jamal loves the narrator, too. What is clear is that the pals like the same things, and they adore each other.”
      "[Illustrations] hint at the ever-changing, ever-lively nature of childhood friendships by continually shifting the duo’s skin colors... As the title subtly suggests, the ideal “twin” doesn’t have to be carbon copy—just thoroughly simpatico."
      "A classic tale of best friends right up until the end."
      "Written for little ones, the words are spare but the meaning is wonderfully clear. The bright and bold illustrations enhance every delightful page. This book is a standout!"

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