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    The Barnabus Project Terry Fan Canada, Eric Fan Canada, Devin Fan Canada
    9780735263260 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 5 - 9, Grade (US) from K - 4 On Sale Date:September 01, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 10.31 x 10.44 x 0.53 in | 1.47 lb | 72 pages Carton Quantity:22 Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy

      In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan.

      Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered “perfect” creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects. Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world with green hills and trees, and buildings that reach all the way to the sky, lit with their own stars. But Barnabus may have to reach the outside world sooner than he thought, because the Green Rubber Suits are about to recycle all Failed Projects…and Barnabus doesn’t want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides it’s time for he and the others to escape. With his little trunk and a lot of cooperation and courage, Barnabus sets out to find freedom—and a place where he and his friends can finally be accepted for who they are.

      This suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong will draw readers into a surreal, lushly detailed world in which perfection really means being true to yourself and your friends.
      TERRY, ERIC and DEVIN FAN grew up in Toronto, where they continue to live and work. Since a young age, the three brothers have collaborated on creative projects, including artwork, picture book manuscripts and even screenwriting. Recipients of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship as well as Kate Greenaway Medal nominees and Governor General’s Literary Award nominees, Terry and Eric are the author/illustrators of the critically acclaimed books The Night Gardener and Ocean Meet Sky, and the illustrators of the bestselling Chris Hadfield-penned picture book The Darkest Dark, Dashka Slater’s The Antlered Ship and Beth Ferry’s The Scarecrow. Devin Fan is an artist, poet and youth worker who has a passion for nature, adventures and kung fu. The Barnabus Project is his first children’s book and marks the first time all three brothers have written and illustrated a picture book together.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Canada
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Publishers Weekly cover reveal 01/27/2020

        Pre-publication deluxe mailing 02/28/2020

        ALA Annual 2020 booth banner

        Digital advertising

        Dedicated single title e-blast

        Booklist picture book webinar

        Promo piece: deluxe art prints

        Publicity: Early buzz campaign with animated gifs, trade advertising and major cover reveal

        Major trade show takeover with photo opps, banners, and deluxe materials

        Pitch major media features

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2020, Nominated
      Shining Willow Award 2021, Short-listed
      A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
      One of’s Best of the Year Picks
      One of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 
      One of Booklist’s Editors Choice Books for Youth 2020
      A CBC Books Bestseller
      A Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List Pick

      PRAISE FOR The Barnabus Project:

      “A heartfelt, timely allegory celebrating diversity, bravery, and solidarity.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

      “[A]n ambitious drama of rebellion, escape, and inclusivity rewarded.”—STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

      “The text and illustrations mesh wonderfully to convey the drama of the escape and the critical roles teamwork and friendship play in the animals’ success.” —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

      “A fun tale with a big heart, for all ages and all collections.” —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

      “In the Fan brothers’ hands, the result feels like a happy amalgam of Jules Verne, Maurice Sendak, the Moomins, and Monsters, Inc. —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire

      “The story’s exploration of his longing to be free paired with the book’s always timely message of acceptance gives The Barnabus Project mass appeal and a timeless quality.” —BookPage

      “Young children will delight in the colourful illustrations while older readers will admire Barnabus for his courage and virtue. The Barnabus Project is a book with wide appeal. It is sure to be a hit.” —CM Reviews

      “An adventure to rival all picture-book adventures.”—Shelf Awareness

      “A funny and tender picture book…. visual surprises and pleasures abound in this cathartic delight for children.”—Wall Street Journal

      “When he and his imperfect friends decide to make a break for freedom, you’ll root for them every step of the way.”—Evanston Public Library

      “The storyline is like blades ever-turning and a twist on a timeless tale which remains fresh.” —International Examiner
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    Terry Fox and Me Mary Beth Leatherdale Canada, Milan Pavlovic
    9780735267688 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:August 04, 2020
    $21.99 CAD 8.94 x 10.31 x 0.42 in | 1.01 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, this picture book biography tells the story of a friendship defined by strength and love.

      Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his friendship with Doug. The two first met at basketball tryouts in grammar school. Terry was the smallest - and worst - basketball player on the court. But that didn’t stop him. With Doug’s help, Terry practiced and practiced until he earned a spot on the team. As they grew up, the best friends supported each other, challenged each other, helped each other become better athletes and better people. Doug was by Terry’s side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk - then run - with a prosthetic leg and while he was training for the race of his life, his Marathon of Hope.

      Written from Doug’s perspective, this story shows that Terry Fox’s legacy goes beyond the physical and individual accomplishments of a disabled athlete and honors the true value of friendship.
      MARY BETH LEATHERDALE writes, edits and consults on books, magazines and digital resources for children and youth. She is the editor of Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, a Quill & Quire Book of the Year, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, and a Silver Birch Award, Honor Book among other honors. Recently, Mary Beth co-edited #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, an anthology that showcases the strength, diversity, and talent of Indigenous girls and women across North America. Among other honours, it received the American Indian Library Associations’ Youth Literature Award, was honoured as an Amelia Bloomer Project List Top Ten title, named a Book of the Year by Quill & Quire, an Excellence in Non-fiction for Young People Finalist, YALSA and a Indigenous Literature Finalist, First Nations Communities READ.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      MILAN PAVLOVIC is an illustrator and graphic artist whose drawings, illustrations, paintings and comics have been published and exhibited internationally. He teaches at OCAD University and Seneca College. He has also illustrated Seamus's Short Story, The Snuggly and Moon Wishes. He lives with his family in Toronto.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Digital advertising

        Celebrity influencer mailing

        Booklist picture book webinar

        Promo piece: sticker

        “What does Terry Fox mean to you?” campaign with public figures

        Publicity: Partner with Terry Fox Foundation

        Pitch human interest stories on the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope

        Feature Website:

        Author Website: Author:

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @mbleatherdale / Instagram: @milan_pavlovic_illustrator
    • Awards & Reviews

      Silver Birch Award for Non-Fiction 2021, Nominated
      One of the Ontario Library Association’s 2020 Best Bets selection, Junior Non-Fiction category

      “Alward’s voice is gentle, often humourous, always admiring, and believably colloquial.” —Highly Recommended, CM Reviews
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    Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink Sharon Hampson Canada, Lois Lillienstein Canada, Bram Morrison Canada, Qin Leng Canada
    9780735264069 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 03, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 7.56 x 12.31 x 0.41 in | 0.98 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy

      National bestseller

      Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.

      What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly—especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.

      Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.

      Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children’s entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.
      SHARON HAMPSON, the late LOIS LILLENSTEIN (d. 2015) and BRAM MORRISON are some of Canada’s most famous children’s performers, with fans across North America and around the world. The trio, known simply as Sharon, Lois and Bram, formed in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, The Elephant Show (CBC/Nickelodeon, 1984-88) and Skinnamarink TV (CBC/TLC, 1997-98), and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). They have won countless awards and were appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002. In 1998 they performed at the UN General Assembly and in 1994 they performed at the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. They also performed a run at the renowned Palace Theater on Broadway. Most recently Sharon and Bram were invited to participate in Toronto’s 2017 Pride parade—parade goers were so moved to see them participate that the crowd broke into a spontaneous version of the song along the parade’s route.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Throughout her career, QIN LENG has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers around the world. Recent picture books include her author/illustrator debut I Am Small; Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson; and A Family Is a Family Is a Family written by Sara O'Leary. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. She lives in Toronto, with her husband and her son.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: -Review mailing

        -Influencer mailing

        -Nation-wide #Skinnamarink Day

        -Promotional postcards

        -Bunting available for accounts

        -Paid social advertising

        -Google search/display ads

        -Consider Spotify advertising

        -Fall preview title

        -Gift Guide title

        -Holiday advertising

        -PRHC YR dedicated newsletter

        Publicity: -Major Canadian media

        -WOTS Toronto appearance

        -Telling Tales Festival headliner

        Feature Website:

        Author Website: (unofficial)

        Author Social Media: Illustrator: / twitter:@qinleng / instagram: qinillustrations
    • Awards & Reviews

      IODE Jean Throop Book Award 2019, Winner
      One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Books That Shaped 2019
      One of the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best of 2019
      One of CBC Books' Best Canadian Picture Books of 2019

      PRAISE FOR Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink:

      "A lighthearted frolic ready for a rousing singalong." --Kirkus Reviews

      "A joyful sing-aloud book that will have readers humming its tune long after its covers are closed." --Publishers Weekly

      “Skinnamarink is a superb avenue for sharing the concept and message of love created by these three very memorable children’s entertainers. It will be hard for readers to just ‘read’ the words and not want to break out in song.” --Resource Links
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    Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates Kara Kootstra Canada, Bobby Orr Canada, Jennifer Phelan
    9780735265325 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:September 22, 2020
    $21.99 CAD 10.31 x 10.31 x 0.44 in | 1.1 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Even hockey legends start with hand-me-downs. A beautifully illustrated true childhood story about hockey great Bobby Orr.

      Bobby eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. So when his birthday is coming up, he only wants one thing: new skates. He’s seen the exact pair he wants in the shop window: sparkling blades, shiny leather, clean new laces tied in perfect bows. But when Bobby opens his gift, he’s dismayed to find hand-me-down skates: scuffed leather, nicked blades, floppy laces.

      Once Bobby breaks them in, though, he and the hand-me-down skates become inseparable, and he can’t imagine life without them…until the brand-new skates come into his life. How can he leave his hand-me-down skates behind?

      Log Driver’s Waltz illustrator Jennifer Phelan brings this classic story to life with timeless, gorgeous art, and Kara Kootsra’s words evoke the joy and dedication that Bobby Orr brought to his favorite sport. A perfect gift for readers and fans big and small, this book is destined to be a classic that is reached for time and time again.
      KARA KOOTSTRA is a writer and classically trained singer and pianist. Her first book, The Boy in Number Four, was also about hockey legend Bobby Orr, and her second book, Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, is a middle grade reader also about hockey. Residing in her home town of Windsor, Ontario, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband Kyle and two children, Nate and Claire.

      BOBBY ORR, born in Parry Sound, Ontario, in 1948, played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 through 1976, and helped lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup championship in 1970 and 1972, and to the finals in 1974. He also played two years for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players—maybe the greatest hockey player—of all time. After his retirement in 1978, Orr was active with business and charitable works, and in 1996, Orr entered the player agent business, and today is president of the Orr Hockey Group agency. He has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is in Parry Sound, Ontario.

      Author Residence: Windsor, Ontario

      JENNIFER PHELAN is fulfilling her childhood dream of drawing pictures all day with the publication of her books, Hey, Boy and The Log Driver's Waltz. Other childhood dreams include becoming Leonardo da Vinci, an archaeologist, and a dancer. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her artist husband, Gleb.

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Include in hockey campaign

        Targeted digital advertising

        Amazon A+ content

        Booklist picture book webinar

        Promo piece TBD

        Outreach to hockey influencers

        Publicity: Canned Q&A with Bobby Orr for media

        Outreach to hockey and sports media

        Author Website: ;

        Author Social Media: @karakootstrawrites ; @phelan.jennifer
    • Awards & Reviews

      “The images for this story are marvelously engaging…An excellent contribution to Canada’s current hockey collection of illustrated hockey stories. Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine

      “The ultimate message of the book is, well, perfect. It really is just perfection, without being schmaltzy…a wonderful piece of writing and storytelling for kids (and the whiny adult in your family, thanks, I have my copy now).” —Pro Hockey News

      “[T]he young hockey player in your life will surely love Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates by Tecumseh native Kara Kootstra and NHL legend Bobby Orr.” —The Drive
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    9780735262515 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 On Sale Date:September 08, 2020
    $16.99 CAD 6.25 x 8.56 x 0.5 in | 0.65 lb | 76 pages Carton Quantity:42 Tundra Books
    • Marketing Copy


      Narwhal and Jelly spread some holiday cheer (and warm waffle pudding) in the festive fifth book of this blockbuster graphic novel series!

      Dive into three new stories about Narwhal’s favorite time of the year! It’s the festive season in the world wide waters, and Narwhal is looking forward to cozying up with a good book, singing and partying with his pod pals and enjoying some warm waffle pudding. But most of all he’s excited about the arrival of the Merry Mermicorn! According to Narwhal, she’s part mermaid, part unicorn and completely mer-aculous! Jelly is of course skeptical about the existence of the “Mira-Miny-What-A Corn”…even when he receives a mysterious present. It must be from Narwhal. Now Jelly has to get the perfect gift, but finding a present for someone as unique as Narwhal is no easy feat, even when you have six tentacles. How will Jelly ever come up with a whaley great gift for a best pal who spreads cheer all through the year?

      Series Overview: Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly might not have a lot in common, but they do both love waffles, parties and adventures! Join them as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series with each volume featuring three stories celebrating the value of positivity and creativity.
      BEN CLANTON is the bestselling author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly series, whose picture books include Mo’s Mustache; Vote for Me!; Rot, the Cutest in the World!; Boo Who?; It Came in the Mail; Something Extraordinary and Rex Wrecks It!. He lives with his wife and kids in Seattle, Washington.

      Author Residence: Seattle, WA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: - We will choose a single day to celebrate in a big way, building towards Narwhaliday with advertising, materials and activity kits for accounts, and outreach to influencers.

        - We will work with the author to carve out event and touring time, and consider bringing him to Children’s Institute.

        Publishers Weekly cover wrap (Fall)

        School Library Journal e-blast to sign up for a Narwhalidays Kit

        Booklist on-sale e-blast

        Publishers Weekly children’s bookshelf ad at on sale

        Pinterest advertising

        Live Intent, YouTube, Facebook video advertising


        Promo piece: postcard

        Narwhalidays Event kit

        Select events and festival pitch

        November 18th Narwhaliday online party


        Select events and festival pitch

        Author Website: |

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @benclantoon | Twitter: @clantoons |
    • Awards & Reviews

      A New York Times Bestseller!

      PRAISE FOR Happy Narwhalidays:

      “This volume doesn’t miss a beat alongside its predecessors…A holiday treat for fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “ ‘Cool facts’ about marine life are sprinkled throughout this buoyant tale.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Clanton’s expressively drawn characters, and an additional splash of holiday red in the blue, yellow, and gray palette, provide extra cheer.”—The Horn Book
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    9780593111024 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Activity Books Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:November 03, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 8.13 x 10.81 x 0.46 in | 1.01 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:24 Dial Books
    • Marketing Copy

      An Indie Next List Selection

      Keri Smith, creator of the mega-bestselling Wreck This Journal, now brings her imagination and inspiration to children with this picture book that explores the very active experience of reading.

      What if there were a book that changed every time you read it?

      Actually, every book does this. We are all part of the books we read, because our individual reactions, ideas, and emotions make the book whole, and these things are changing all the time. Keri Smith has helped millions of people free their creativity and find their own voice with her interactive books, and now she brings that sensibility to children and to the act of reading. This picture book is an invitation to honor your own vision and to welcome imperfection. Kids will discover that reading can engage all five senses, and that what they themselves bring to a book is an important contribution. (And of course they’ll be invited to do a bit of harmless “wrecking”!)
      Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity, including This Is Not a Book, How to be an Explorer of the World, and Wreck This Journal. She conducts workshops based on her books, and has illustrated for various journals, including the Washington Post and the New York Times. Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between western Massachusetts and the countryside of Canada.

      Author Residence: Northampton, MA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: National media campaign

        Authorless Wreck This Picture Book story time events

        8-copy floor display (9780593227541)

        Consumer and trade advertising

        Online and social media promotion

        Institutional advertising

        Feature at all School and Library conferences

        Author Website:
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Keri Smith:

      “A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.”—TIME

      “Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.”—The Believer

      “Not gonna lie, this is probably the coolest journal you’ll ever see…Wreck This Journal is here to inspire you.”—BuzzFeed

      “Both daring and meditative…An invitation to be just a little bit more alive each day.”—Brain Pickings (of How to Be an Explorer of the World)

      “Smith pushes kids (and adults) to break convention by seeing the world as inspiration, rather than simply ’things.’”—GeekDad (of The Pocket Scavenger)

      “Thanks to Smith’s compilation of notes, observations, and musings, readers will have no difficulty incorporating these ideas into a daily routine [and] will have a fun time away from the hubbub of modern life.”—Kirkus Reviews (of Wander Society)

      “Curious and bewitching, this book serves as an antidote to modern consumer culture.”—BookPage (of Wander Society)
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    I Love You to the Moon and Back Amelia Hepworth, Tim Warnes
    9781589255517 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:March 03, 2015
    $10.99 CAD 6.44 x 6.63 x 0.62 in | 0.64 lb | 28 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Tiger Tales
    • Marketing Copy

      Show a child just how strong your love is every minute of the day! Features a “To” and “From” personalization page, making this sweet offering an ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, and new parents. 

      The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, watch the colorful lights in the shimmering sky, and play with friends. They show their love for each other by touching noses, chasing each other, and, of course, hugging and snuggling before bed. A sweet, gentle rhyme, perfect for sharing with a special little one that also includes a “To” and "From” personalization page in the front of the book, making this heartwarming book an ideal gift.
      Amelia Hepworth lives in London with her family and two elderly sausage dogs. When she is not writing stories, she enjoys spending time with her little boy and daydreaming in the garden. Usually not at the same time.
      Marketing & Promotion
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    Wild Symphony Dan Brown, Susan Batori
    9780593123843 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 01, 2020
    $24.99 CAD 10.31 x 11.38 x 0.37 in | 1.16 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:24 Rodale Kids
    • Marketing Copy

      #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Brown makes his picture book debut with this mindful, humorous, musical, and uniquely entertaining book!

      The author will be donating all US royalties due to him to support music education for children worldwide, through the New Hampshire Charitable foundation.

      Travel through the trees and across the seas with Maestro Mouse and his musical friends! Young readers will meet a big blue whale and speedy cheetahs, tiny beetles and graceful swans. Each has a special secret to share.

      Along the way, you might spot the surprises Maestro Mouse has left for you- a hiding buzzy bee, jumbled letters that spell out clues, and even a coded message to solve!

      Children and adults can enjoy this timeless picture book as a traditional read-along, or can choose to listen to original musical compositions as they read—one for each animal—with a free interactive smartphone app, which uses augmented reality to play the appropriate song for each page when a phone’s camera is held over it.
      DAN BROWN is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Last Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, Digital Fortress, and Origin. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England.
      Twitter: @authordanbrown

      Instagram: @authordanbrown

      Susan Batori is a Hungarian illustrator, graphic designer, and character design addict. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest.

      Author Residence: New England

      Susan Batori is a Hungarian illustrator, graphic designer, and character design addict. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.

      Illustrator Residence: Budapest, Hungary
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Repurpose US school & library materials

        Social advertising

        Consider spotify advertising

        Gift guide title

        Include in PRHC YR newsletter

        Publicity: Pitch for major remote media (CBC, morning shows, newspaper features)

        Review mailing

    • Awards & Reviews

      “Brown does not disappoint…. A delightful musical debut sure to be a hit at story hours.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “[The] author of The DaVinci Code (2003) and other wildly popular titles for adults, here offers young listeners a poetry collection accompanied by music…. Batori’s cartoon illustrations are whimsically engaging.” Kirkus Reviews
      “Best-selling author [Dan] Brown’s debut picture book offers a wide-ranging, peppy blend of rhyming poems, puzzles, motivational messages, and music.” —Booklist
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    Bunheads Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey
    9780399547645 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:September 29, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 9.44 x 10.81 x 0.42 in | 1.06 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
    • Marketing Copy

      The first in a series of picture books inspired by prima ballerina and author Misty Copeland’s own early experiences in ballet.

      From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia—a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.

      Misty is so captivated by the tale and its heroine, Swanilda, she decides to audition for the role. But she’s never danced ballet before; in fact, this is the very first day of her very first dance class!

      Though Misty is excited, she’s also nervous. But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends who encourage her to do her very best. Misty’s nerves quickly fall away, and with a little teamwork, the bunheads put on a show to remember.

      Featuring the stunning artwork of newcomer Setor Fiadzigbey, Bunheads is an inspiring tale for anyone looking for the courage to try something new.
      Misty Copeland made history in 2015 when she was the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, one of the most prominent classical ballet companies in the world. She is also the author of the award-winning picture book Firebird.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Setor Fiadzigbey was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. Since his childhood he has loved drawing and is grateful to be doing it professionally as a freelance artist now that he is all grown up. He loves stories--hearing, watching, reading, and creating them. He currently lives in Ghana with his lovely wife and daughter.

      Illustrator Residence: Accra, Ghana
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: National author tour

        National media campaign

        8-copy mixed floor display (9780593227473) including 6 signed copies of Bunheads and 2 copies of Firebird

        Trailer available

        Consumer and trade advertising

        Online and social media promotion

        Institutional advertising

        Feature at all School and Library conferences

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Bunheads:

      Instant Indie Bestseller!

      ★ “Few picture books feature skilled youth dancers and even fewer star a girl of color, but this beautifully does both while simultaneously conveying the joy dancing can bring.” —Booklist, starred review

      ★ “Celebrates the joy of dance with a biographical glimpse of the young Misty in her first ballet class, auditions, and preparation for a performance of Coppélia. A muted color palette in digitally painted art highlights the technique and diversity of the dancers…[as] the author follows her young self through the audition process for dance roles, her questioning thoughts about her own talent, working with other dancers, and the sheer thrill of performance…This title is the perfect biographical addition for young readers interested in dance and the arts.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “The magical tale of a gutsy young ballerina, drawn from the barrier-breaking dancer’s own life.” —People

      “The sense of movement, perspective, and depth [illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey] brings to Bunheads is like nothing I’ve ever seen…And you don’t have to be a dance fanatic to enjoy it; while the vast majority of the action takes place in the studio or onstage, any child who has ever had a dream or felt passionate about something will find themselves in the book’s pages. And frankly, even if a kid has never heard of a plié or seen the inside of a ballet class, the sheer joy on every illustration of Misty’s face will probably have them pas de bourrée-ing around the house to see what all the fuss is about.” —

      A gorgeous, inclusive tale . . [that] will inspire the next generation of dancers.” —

      Bunheads features two young female dancers and friends…[and] while films and television sensationalize the ballet world as cutthroat with trash-talking ballerinas, Copeland depicts a much different environment where the characters champion one another.” —Parade

      “In Bunheads, ballerina Misty Copeland tells the story of how she fell in love with dance.” —TIME for Kids
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    Will You Be My Friend? Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram
    9781536217476 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:September 29, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 10.06 x 10.94 x 0.39 in | 0.99 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:28 Candlewick
    • Marketing Copy

      From legendary author and illustrator duo Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram comes the delightful sequel to the heartwarming picture book classic Guess How Much I Love You.

      Little Nutbrown Hare is out exploring on his own. Off he hops along the path and through the grass until he reaches Cloudy Mountain, where something extraordinary happens: he discovers a new friend! Now the fun can really begin.Twenty-five years after we met the Nutbrown Hares, this enchanting new tale about friendship is bound to capture the hearts of Guess How Much I Love You fans—and everyone else—the world over.
      Sam McBratney (1943-2020) is the author of the internationally best-selling classic Guess How Much I Love You and its sequel, Will You Be My Friend?, as well as All My Favorites, all illustrated by Anita Jeram. He also wrote Just You and Me and There, There, both illustrated by Ivan Bates, and Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See, illustrated by Linda Ólafsdóttir,among many other books for children.

      Anita Jeram is the illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You and You’re All My Favorites, both written by Sam McBratney. She lives in Northern Ireland.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Jeram’s spacious, pale-toned, naturalistic outdoor scenes create a properly idyllic setting for this cozy development in a tender child-caregiver relationship—which hasn’t lost a bit of its appealing intimacy in the more than 25 years since its first appearance. As in the first, Big Nutbrown Hare is ungendered, facilitating pleasingly flexible readings. Readers are likely to love it to the moon and back.
      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Twenty-five years after publishing evergreen bestseller Guess How Much I Love You, the collaborators offer a similarly resonant sequel in which Little Nutbrown Hare goes exploring alone when Big Nutbrown Hare is preoccupied…McBratney’s strategically spare narrative leaves ample space for children to personalize the tale, whose affecting affirmation of independence and friendship plays out with corresponding authenticity in Jeram’s airy ink and watercolor paintings.
      —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      Recommended for purchase, this is a loving portrayal of a young child’s growing independence and the absolute bliss of finding a new friend.
      —School Library Journal

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