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    The Queen of Kindergarten Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    9780593111420 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:May 24, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 9.37 x 10.37 x 0.31 in | 0.79 lb | 0 pages Carton Quantity:24 Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      A confident little Black girl has a fantastic first day of school in this companion to the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten.

      MJ is more than ready for her first day of kindergarten! With her hair freshly braided and her mom’s special tiara on her head, she knows she’s going to rock kindergarten. But the tiara isn’t just for show—it also reminds her of all the good things she brings to the classroom, stuff like her kindness, friendliness, and impressive soccer skills, too! Like The King of Kindergarten, this is the perfect book to reinforce back-to-school excitement and build confidence in the newest students.
      Bio
      Derrick Barnes is the author of the empowering New York Times bestsellers The King of Kindergarten, I Am Every Good Thing, which won the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award and the Kirkus Prize, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, the Kirkus Prize, and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He also wrote the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Derrick is a native of Kansas City, MO and a graduate of Jackson State University and was the first African American male creative copywriter hired by greeting card giant, Hallmark Cards. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and their four sons.

      Author Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina

      Vanessa Brantley-Newton has illustrated numerous picture books, including The King of Kindergarten (by Derrick Barnes), The Girl Who Heard Colors (by Marie Harris), Mary Had a Little Glam (by Tammi Sauer), One Love (by Cedella Marley), A Night Out with Mama (by Quvenzhané Wallis), and The Youngest Marcher (by Cynthia Levinson), as well as the chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys (by Derrick Barnes) and Jada Jones (by Kelly Starling Lyons). She wrote and illustrated Let Freedom Sing and Grandma's Purse. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

      Illustrator Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina
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        Marketing: National media campaign

        10-copy mixed floor display with signed copies (6 copies of Queen of Kindergarten and 4 copies of King of Kindergarten) (9780593228722)

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        Author Website: author: derrickdbarnes.com; illustrator: vanessabrantleynewton.com

        Author Social Media: auth: Twitter: @AuthorDDB, Instagram: authorderrickdbarnes / illus: Instagram: VANESSA|Artist.Writer.Speaker
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      “Brantley-Newton brings the fun of King of Kindergarten back in this companion book’s vibrant illustrations and racially diverse characters. MJ’s kindness and self-assuredness set a wonderful example for readers, who may also be preparing to expand their worlds, whether attending school or participating in a new group activity. A great choice for combating first-day jitters and building confidence.”—Booklist

      “From the very first page, it’s clear that young MJ Malone is ready to face the world—and school…. Barnes infuses each page with humor and a sense of grace as the immensely likable MJ makes the most of her first day. Barnes’ prose is entertaining and heartwarming, while Brantley-Newton’s vivid and playful artwork will be easily recognizable for anyone who’s seen her work. The illustrator adds verve to the bold young heroine’s character—from the colorful barrettes to the textured appearance of her adorable denim jumper, the girl has style and substance. MJ Malone embodies the can-do spirit every parent hopes to spark in their own children, though even shy kindergarteners will gladly find a friend in her…. Just the thing to get uncertain youngsters jazzed for a first day—at school or anywhere.”Kirkus Reviews

      “As with Barnes’ The King of Kindergarten, this story exudes joy, celebrating the kid who walks into the room and owns it with sunny confidence and genuine warmth. The art is rich with textures, creating an effusive sense of movement as geometric patterns in various objects and clothing contrast with dappled splotches and soft blending in the background. There’s not a dull color in this palette of vivid tones, and dynamic figures convey the cheerful busyness of the classroom. A nod to Barnes’ Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is cleverly slipped in, making this a nice intro to Barnes’ other stellar works.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

      “The pair behind the wonderful King of Kindergarten is back with the story of a young girl who is starting kindergarten…. MJ goes to school with a clear sense ofpurpose to wear her crown and let her powers make the day better for everyone around her…. This title is outstanding not only for setting forth worthwhile goals for a child, but giving concrete examples of what those virtuous statements look like in the real world. Warm, loving illustrations accompanya text that is even better than the first title. Highly recommended for all royalty entering kindergarten, as well as others who can see themselves bringing their special gifts to make their school, and world, better by their actions and positive spirit.” —School Library Journal

      “This companion to The King of Kindergarten stars MJ Malone, all ready to go in her first-day-of-school outfit, with rainbow-colored hair bands on freshly done braids, and her mom’s sparkly tiara…. According to MJ’s conversational first-person text, queenly behaviors include: kindness, caring, and helpfulness, all traits that she displays throughout the school day…. Friendly, colorful, textured illustrations…. There’s no royal drama; from beginning to end, this matter-of-factly reassuring first-day-of-kindergarten story depicts a supportive family, a self-confident protagonist, an expert teacher, and new friends—all set to have a great school year.” Horn Book

      “Brantley-Newton embellishes inclusive classroom scenes with swirls and bubbles of cheery color, limning kindergarten as a happy, busy place from day one, with plenty of opportunities to shine. Making MJ the narrator underscores her confidence, maturity, and sense of belonging, helping the protagonist—and readers—feel that she’s got this.” —Publishers Weekly
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    9780593228722 Undefined JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:May 24, 2022
    $239.90 CAD 9.6 x 13 x 18.7 in | 12.4 lb Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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    Thirst Varsha Bajaj
    9780593354391 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.6 x 0.66 in | 0.69 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      A New York Times Bestseller

      The riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone.


      Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity—an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night. Meanwhile, in the high-rise building where she just started to work, she discovers that water streams out of every faucet and there’s even a rooftop swimming pool. What Minni also discovers there is one of the water mafia bosses. Now she must decide whether to expose him and risk her job and maybe her life. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?

      Story Locale: Mumbai, India
      Bio
      Varsha Bajaj is the author of the middle-grade novels Count Me In and Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She also wrote the picture books The Home Builders and This Is Our Baby, Born Today (a Bank Street Best Book). She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. She lives in Houston, Texas.



      Author Residence: Houston, TX

      Author Hometown: Mumbai, India
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        Author Website: varshabajaj.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @varshabajaj
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      * “Minni lives with her family in Mumbai, India in an incredibly poor neighborhood. Their only access to clean water occurs during a set time of day when the spout is turned on and members of the community wait in line for their turn to fill their containers. It’s both time-consuming and inequitable. One night while out riding with her brother, Minni witnesses thieves stealing water…. While working, Minni is confronted by the abundance of water everywhere. It just pours freely out of the faucets in the bathrooms and the kitchen—something she has never witnessed before…. This title gives readers a powerful look at the importance of free water and how the inequalities surrounding its distribution impacts communities in India. The story is filled with hope and faith as Minni learns the importance of education, family, friendship, opportunities, and taking a stand for her community.”—School Library Connection, starred review

      * “Twelve-year-old Minni and her older brother Sanjay might live in a poor neighborhood in India, but they have big dreams: to finish school, get good jobs, and maybe live in one of the tall buildings where water runs from the taps…. The story largely focuses on Minni’s internal thirst—for her family to be reunited, for knowledge, for opportunity, for fair treatment…. Minni is a likable narrator, and readers will connect with her dreams and courage in the face of unfair treatment. The book also serves as a window into class difference…. A meditative first purchase for middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      * “Varsha Bajaj (Count Me In) brings awareness to the world water crisis and social inequality with Thirst, a moving, hopeful story…. Bajaj thoughtfully examines class and privilege, making topics like water access and income inequality accessible to middle-grade readers. Bajaj shows how a lack of clean water, decent health care and education can affect people’s lives. Minni can’t focus on schoolwork because she’s hungry and exhausted; anger, fear and frustration frequently play out in the water line; and people adapt just to survive their environment (e.g., boiling water to fend off diseases). Water may not flow freely like it does in the high-rise Minni works in, but community and hope do. A sense of togetherness—whether it’s Minni’s aunties bringing her food or the school guard allowing her to enter school late—pulses through this meaningful narrative.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

      “In this poignant, relatable work, Bajaj expertly depicts class and wealth differences; Minni’s worries for her mother and anger at the injustices inflicted on her community are especially moving. A valiant call for justice.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “A 12-year-old investigates water stolen from her Mumbai neighborhood in this clear look at resource access and wealth disparity…. Aptly describing variations between rich and the poor and alternating Minni’s first-person telling with the child’s observant journal entries, Bajaj (Count Me In) writes an engaging literary mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

      “[There] are real and clear hardships, but Minni’s thoughtful narration and occasional poetry also depict a family and community working tirelessly to support one another and instill hope in an environment that’s especially hard on women and children. Inspired problem-solving and help from a charming cast of characters…. An author’s note draws attention to the realities of the water crisis in India.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

      “The kids are smart and savvy, and their friendship is strong, so when a series of calamities adds layers of danger, they support one another through the worst of it. This fast-paced adventure story includes a vivid portrayal of life in a place where income disparities are glaring, education is a hard-won privilege, and a lot hangs in the balance when you take a risk. The main plot involves the kids’ accidental encounter with the water mafia, thieves who steal and sell fresh water illegally. This is a real and perilous fact in Mumbai and…is convincingly portrayed. There’s a lot to learn about and to like here: the characters, the humor, the emotional roller-coaster ride, and more.” —Booklist

      “Bajaj’s suspenseful novel peels back the curtain on class and caste inequities and how they create a cycle of poverty that spirals through generations. Minni’s thirst for what’s right steers the novel toward an optimistic conclusion in which one person can bring about big changes.” —Horn Book
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    I Just Want to Say Good Night Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora
    9780593462034 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Age (years) to 2, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $10.99 CAD 6.06 x 6.06 x 0.71 in | 0.51 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s stunning oil paintings bring to life this delightful tale of goodnight bedtime rituals, now available in board book!



      The sun has set, the moon is rising, so it must be bedtime. But not if Lala has a say—because she’s not ready to go to sleep. First she needs to say good night to the cat. And the goat. And the chickens. And, and, and…Lala’s stalling tactics will ring true for all parents whose little ones aren’t ready to say goodbye to the day—and all will appreciate the wonderful culmination to the bedtime ritual.



      Story Locale: African plains
      Bio
      Rachel Isadora received a Caldecott Honor for Ben’s Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including several classic tales set in Africa (such as Old Mikamba Had a Farm and The Princess and the Pea), Do I Have to Wear a Coat?, My Dog LaughsI Hear a PickleBea in the NutcrackerBea at BalletJake at GymnasticsSay Hello!Peekaboo Morning, and the Lili at Ballet series. She lives in New York City.

      Author Residence: New York, New York
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      “This gentle title is wholly original and a homage to the classic bedtime story…. Universalities, such as a loving family coaxing an adorably stalling child to bed, are also depicted. A charming, soothing bedtime tale that begs to be shared again and again.” School Library Journal

      “Isadora revisits the rural African setting of some of her fairy tale retellings in a story spotlighting the age-old phenomenon of bedtime stalling…. The repetition gives the story a predictable, lilting cadence that invites children to echo Lala’s good night wishes…. Dramatic oil-and-ink artwork offers tender portraits of Lala gently interacting with each animal against a darkening landscape as the sun descends, the moon rises, and shadows emerge.” Publishers Weekly

      “The African setting is harmoniously rendered in oils and ink, and, as night falls, the scenes become even richer. Lila, her hair in twisty braids, dressed in a simple shift, is a sweet yet spunky heroine who captures the universal defiance of children at bedtime.” Booklist

      “There are some behaviors that span the globe…. Preschool-perfect conflict, and the text could not be simpler, giving to Isadora’s illustrations, oil paint and ink, all the drama of sunset on the African plains. The ever-deepening blue of the sky is the backdrop to a rich display of plants and animals, all naturally but boldly hued and anchored by the human forms of Lala and her family and their fellow villagers. A twist at the end…is a good gentle joke in its own right but also serves to reinforce the universality of the situation.” The Horn Book

      “Bright, expressive spreads…. Gentle narrative. Parents and children may find their own protracted bedtime negotiations lovingly reflected in this worthy title.” —School Library Journal
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    The Big Slide Daniel Kirk, Daniel Kirk
    9780399169380 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:July 12, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 8.37 x 10.25 x 0.37 in | 0.74 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      In this sweet story about facing fears, Little Pup has to call up all his courage—and the help of a friend—to go down the playground slide.



      Little Pup isn’t as little as he used to be, and he’d love to try out the playground’s big slide. Day after day he eyes it, but he just can’t seem to work up the courage. Fortunately he meets someone in the same boat—Little Duck—and the two provide each other with just the bravery boost needed to climb that ladder and enjoy the slide! Kids will relate to Little Pup’s struggle to gain enough confidence to move out of his comfort zone and try something new.
      Bio
      Daniel Kirk has written and illustrated numerous popular picture books, including Ten Things I Love About You, Ten Thank-You Letters, Keisha Ann Can, and the Library Mouse series. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

      Author Residence: Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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      “[Little Pup’s] joy and pride [are] infectious. Kirk’s many animal characters are highly expressive in both facial expression and body language, especially Little Pup’s eyebrows, and Little Duck is a model of empathy for young readers…. Little readers will find a ready role model here for tackling their own fears.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “The shifting viewpoints and angled composition, along with straightforward text, convey the realistic disorientation of grappling with a fear that others have seemed to easily overcome. Kirk’s simple color palette, composition, and seasonal-styled backgrounds illustrate the time it takes little Little Pup to reach his goal, focusing on his kid-relatable emotional journey and the gentle encouragement from friends and family…. This empowering picture book teaches little ones that it’s okay to seek support and to take on challenges at their own pace.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

      “The illustrations give Little Pup’s crisis oomph by contrasting the muted colors of the background with the deeply saturated red slide. A charming story that shows how tiny steps of repeated exposure, visualization, modeling, and practice can help kids overcome their fears.” —Booklist
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    The Road to After Rebekah Lowell
    9780593109618 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date:May 10, 2022
    $22.99 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 0.68 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      This poignant debut novel in verse is a portrait of healing, as a young girl rediscovers life and the soothing power of nature after being freed from her abusive father.



      For most of her life, Lacey has been a prisoner without even realizing it. Her dad rarely let her, her little sister, or her mama out of his sight. But their situation changes suddenly and dramatically the day her grandparents arrive to help them leave. It’s the beginning of a different kind of life for Lacey, and at first she has a hard time letting go of her dad’s rules. Gradually though, his hold on her lessens, and her days become filled with choices she’s never had before. Now Lacey can take pleasure in sketching the world as she sees it in her nature journal. And as she spends more time outside making things grow and creating good memories with family and friends, she feels her world opening up and blossoming into something new and exciting.



      Story Locale: Maine and Virginia
      Bio
      Rebekah Lowell is an author-illustrator with a passion for the natural world. As a survivor of domestic abuse she has found the outdoors to be a healing grounds and when not in her studio, you can find her outside birding, gardening, raising butterflies—often with her daughters, who she homeschools. She has a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Children’s Literature and Illustration from Hollins University. Her artwork has been featured on the Maine Duck Stamp four times and she is also an art educator. She lives with her family in her hometown of Biddeford, Maine.

      Author Residence: Biddeford, ME
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        Author Website: rebekahlowell.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook @rebekahlowellart, Instagram rebekahlowell, Twitter @rebekahlowell
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      “Fleeing domestic abuse, a girl and her family begin a hard but hopeful journey to healing…. Reading about Rachel Carson, Lacey finds life lessons in the natural world: observing how a sunflower grows from a seed and how a winding creek finds its own way. Lowell, who in an author’s note describes herself as a domestic-abuse survivor, focuses here on healing; the abuse is portrayed retrospectively—fitting, given her audience. Like her gentle illustrations, the verse format suits her story, a mosaic of small epiphanies that cumulatively chart a path from darkness into light…. A moving, age-appropriate, and convincing portrayal of family resilience after trauma.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Debut author Lowell positively depicts how trained professionals can help families regain control of their lives, and she draws upon her own experiences living in a household of abuse. Though Lacey’s struggles are emotional, her journey toward independence is filled with hope.” —Booklist

      “[Lacey’s] journey is paralleled with the image of a growing flower and is divided into three parts: sprouting, reaching for sunlight, and blooming. Written in verse, Lacey’s journey reflects her growth, regret, and her conflicted feelings surrounding her dad while trying to understand the abuse that she and her family endured because of him. The novel is full of hope and relays a clear understanding of what it might feel like to be a young girl escaping an abusive situation—attempting to understand it and move on, while at the same time missing a parent despite the trauma he put his family through. Using nature as the framing device, the text allows the reader to see Lacey’s world opening up as she makes new friends, joins a homeschooling co-op, and learns that there is more hope and freedom in the world than she could have ever imagined.” —School Library Connection

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    Wild Horses Melissa Marr, Melissa Marr
    9780593109113 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 8.88 x 9.81 x 0.34 in | 0.76 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      Gorgeous photographs and an evocative text sing the praises of a real-life herd of wild horses running free in Arizona, in this ode to the beauty of these glorious creatures.



      Between one breath and the next, / the Wild Horses appear.

      Gliding through trees, / weaving between cactus and rock.



      In beautiful poetry and vivid photographs, Melissa Marr shares her feelings of awe while watching a real-life herd of majestic wild horses in Arizona. When they appear, the wind itself seems to stand still. They are grand in their movements as they do all the things horses do—splash through rivers, care for young, stomp and whinny. It is clear they are not tame, and this is part of their beauty and power. How lucky are we to be able to witness their strength and speed and magnificence!


      Story Locale: Arizona
      Bio
      Melissa Marr writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and been bestsellers in the US (New York TimesLos Angeles TimesUSA TodayWall Street Journal) as well as in various countries overseas. She also wrote the best-selling picture book Bunny Roo, I Love You, its companion, Bunny Roo and Duckling Too, and the middle-grade novel The Hidden Knife, and she is well-known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and the Graveminder series for adults. She lives in Arizona with her spouse, children, and many dogs.



      Author Residence: Mesa, Arizona
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        Author Website: melissamarrbooks.com
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      * “The breathtaking and often dramatic world of the Salt River wild horse is on full display in this stunning tribute for young readers. In the Tonto National Forest of Arizona, a pack of wild horses enters the scene. At times, these majestic animals appear almost tame, drinking water from a stream, eating wild grasses, or simply pausing to take in the view. Other times, readers are reminded of their truly wild nature as they gallop at high speeds or rise up on two legs, their hooves moving quickly through the air. Through magnificent full-color spreads and short, poetic phrases, Marr gives readers a what feels like you-are-there glimpse of these beautiful creatures. Descriptive and sensory language matches perfectly with the action-packed photography that is also an introduction to the environment and plant life of this region. A short note in the end serves as a plea to help these animals and provides context for sharing their story…. Readers will come back time and again just to experience the horses. A visual treat that would enhance any nonfiction collection serving younger readers.”—School Library Journal, starred review

      “In breathtaking photographs and lyrical text, the beauty and strength of wild horses are brought to life before the reader. Crisp, vivid photographs depict these majestic creatures interacting with one another, enjoying cool water, running, stomping, and rearing. Poetic text corresponds perfectly with the photographs, describing the horses and their activities and conveying the wonder and unique magic wild horses bring to the world. Vibrant double-page spreads and short sentences make this an excellent choice for story time as well as a draw for young horse and nature lovers. Readers will grow to appreciate the beauty of wild horses and will be left thinking deeply about the importance of protecting these creatures and their natural homes to ensure their continued survival. A lovely dedication to horses whose photographs will leave readers in awe—and a beautiful addition to children’s collections.” —Booklist
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    Ice Cream Face Heidi Woodward Sheffield, Heidi Woodward Sheffield
    9780525518488 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:June 21, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 8.37 x 10.87 x 0.4 in | 0.75 lb | 0 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      The Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning creator of Brick by Brick brings to delicious life the anxiety and elation involved in waiting in line to get ice cream.

      As far as this ice-cream-loving kid is concerned, every meal should include ice cream. In any form, in every flavor, he loves it all. But what he doesn’t love is seeing other people with ice cream .  .  .  while he’s still waiting in line for his. That’s when he can get his mad, “no-ice-cream-yet, waiting-in-a-long-line face”—until he finally gets his cone, and his mad face melts into something sweet. Heidi Woodward Sheffield gently explores a range of emotions as they relate to this delicious, everyday experience.
      Bio
      Heidi Woodward Sheffield received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Brick by Brick, her first picture book, and has received numerous awards from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her illustrations. On any given day, she can be seen taking photographs of textures that inspire her stories and collages. She lives in Northville, Michigan.

      Author Residence: Northville, MI
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        Author Website: heidibooks.com

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @heidi.kids.books / Twitter: @wwwheidibooks
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      Awards
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      “Ice cream elicits an impressive repertoire of expressions from this book’s narrator, a self-named ’ice cream kid.’…Sheffield employs photographs—most evocatively of the coveted ice cream scoops—digital painting, and subtly mottled collage in this amiable meditation on the joys of a rich emotional life starring a funny, self-aware protagonist who wears their ice-cream-loving heart on their sleeve.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Now here’s a young man who knows his ice cream…. The narrator for this tasty outing is an appealing Everykid with a mischievous, anticipatory smile stretched across his expressive brown face, and his keen observations of the many ways to enjoy a cone (from dribblers to ice cream-bearded babies) ring true. Sheffield’s collage artwork is especially evocative in its consistent contrast between grainy cut paper figures and backdrops mixed with photographs of the ice cream itself—smooth, glossy, and technicolor-bright.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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    The World Belonged to Us Jacqueline Woodson, Leo Espinosa
    9780399545498 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:May 10, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 8.88 x 10.81 x 0.41 in | 0.77 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Nancy Paulsen Books
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      Description
      Two children’s book superstars—#1 New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Woodson, the author of The Day You Begin, and Leo Espinosa, the illustrator of Islandborn­—join forces to celebrate the joy and freedom of summer in the city, which is gloriously captured in their rhythmic text and lively art.

      It’s getting hot outside, hot enough to turn on the hydrants and run through the water—and that means it’s finally summer in the city! Released from school and reveling in their freedom, the kids on one Brooklyn block take advantage of everything summertime has to offer: Freedom from morning till night to go out to meet their friends and make the streets their playground—jumping double Dutch, playing tag and hide-and-seek, building forts, chasing ice cream trucks, and best of all, believing anything is possible. That is, till their moms call them home for dinner. But not to worry—they know there is always tomorrow to do it all over again—because the block belongs to them and they rule their world.

      (This book is also available in Spanish, as El mundo era nuestro!)


      Story Locale: Brooklyn, New York
      Bio
      Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2022 Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, and was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and an NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture book Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. 

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

      Leo Espinosa is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia. His picture books include Islandborn (by Junot Diaz), for which he was awarded a Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor, No More Naps (by Chris Grabenstein), and Goldfish on Vacation (by Sally Lloyd-Jones). His award-winning illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3, and the Society of Illustrators (Gold and Silver Medals). In addition, he has given multiple lectures and workshops at schools and institutions such as Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute, as well as serving on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design.

      Illustrator Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah

      Illustrator Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      * “Lilting, intimate-feeling lines by Woodson capture a delicious sense of autonomy and possibility shared ’In Brooklyn/ in the summer/ not so long ago,’ when ’the minute/ school ended, us kids were free as air.’ Pencil and digital art centers blue skies and city landscapes as Espinosa draws children of varying ages and skin tones bursting from the doors of a school, with 1970s clothing details that are right on the mark…. They also engage in camaraderie and community care, comforting each other after scrapes, noticing each other’s gifts, and sharing an ice cream truck’s bounty…. Affirming the strengths of shared experiences and power drawn from collective appreciation, the creators show how a childhood can engender joy that follows ’everywhere I’d ever go.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

      * ”This nostalgic homage to Woodson’s childhood in her beloved Brooklyn evokes the senses: the sounds of laughter and double Dutch rhymes, the sight of sidewalk chalk and bottle cap games, and the taste of an ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles from the ice cream truck…. The amazing diversity of the neighborhood comes through both in Espinosa’s lively, colorful retro illustrations, which depict Black, brown, and White children, and Woodson’s lyrical text, which describes kids calling ’out to each other / in Spanish / in English / in Polish / in German / in Chinese.’…Espinosa depicts many characters with mouths wide open, emphasizing their unbridled delight and loudness. Author and illustrator offer a refreshing reminder of a pre-internet time when full-immersion play was the summer activity and kids took full advantage. A dream team of talent show and tell a delightful story of summers gone by.“ —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      * “In this joyful and nostalgic celebration of young Black girlhood, multi-award-winning author Woodson remembers fondly how, not so long ago in Brooklyn, when school ended for the summer, the neighborhood kids headed outdoors to play, “free as air, free as sun.”…Brightly colored illustrations jam-packed with joyful details fill every page in this positive endorsement of unstructured play. At the end, readers can join in dreaming along with the child who now sits on her front stoop, excited about the many tomorrows to come—not just in Brooklyn, not just for the summer, but everywhere and always.” —Booklist, starred review

      * ”Fond memories of summer vacation at home in Brooklyn are the backbone of this vivid picture book memoir. Woodson describes what it was like to leave school and have an extended period of free time without a great deal of adult supervision…. Woodson’s evocative use of language will bring readers right into the hot Brooklyn streets. The illustrations are perfect for this story, with a 1970s retro vibe. The joyful portrayal of many different kinds of kids in the expressive text is echoed in the striking artwork. This will make an excellent conversation starter for families about how kids used to play…. A gorgeous depiction of summer vacation in Brooklyn in the 1970s that could work in writing classes as well. Don’t miss this one." —School Library Journal, starred review

      * “This lyrical paean to unstructured play does not wax nostalgic or harken back to a simpler time. Rather, Woodson sets out to capture (and brilliantly succeeds in it) a feeling and a moment…. Espinosa’s kinetic pen-and-ink and watercolor art captures a cadre of kids in perpetual motion—biking, jumping rope, building forts, shooting bottle caps, playing stickball—and conveys unbridled joy and mutual respect and admiration. This book reminds readers that the benefits of free play, independence, and being excited about what each day may hold can extend beyond a Brooklyn block one summer to a lifetime of creative possibility. Simultaneously published in Spanish as El mundo era nuestro, translated by Yanitzia Canetti.” —Horn Book, starred review

      “Focuses on that magical transition from last day of school to first days of summer vacation and lures listeners to scamper back and forth…over a multigenerational bridge of contrasting and shared experience…. The details rendered in Espinosa’s cheerfully busy scenes are tiny invitations to the contemporary audience to talk about how very different/just the same things are now.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

      “Woodson and Espinosa’s energetic reminiscence of 1970s Brooklyn joyfully celebrates the freedom of a summer spent playing all over the neighborhood…. The lilting Spanish text echoes the lively scenes in Espinosa’s effervescent, vintage-hued artwork, with lyrical repetition emphasizing the key sentiments of Woodson’s verses. This warm and inviting picture book offers a heartening, nostalgic view of the strength of community and the bliss of play.” Booklist
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    9780593228739 Undefined JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date:May 10, 2022
    $249.90 CAD 9.6 x 13 x 18.7 in | 11.5 lb Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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