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    9781338615012 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 9.37 x 11.29 x 0.41 in | 1.07 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      “Everyone’s favorite frantic insect is back . . . this time trying to sleep.” — Kirkus Reviews

      This laugh-out-loud companion to The Very Impatient Caterpillar and The Little Butterfly That Could is perfect for bedtime—or any time!—and will delight fans of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

      "Who needs to sleep at night, anyway?

      There’s so much I’d miss!

      I’ll just be nocturnal too.

      What do you think?"

      "I think we need to get you back to sleep."

      Readers will laugh themselves silly as they learn to find their inner calm and settle for sleep—even when they wake in the night—while also discovering the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals.

      Bio
      Ross Burach is the creator of the riotously funny Very Impatient Caterpillar series that includes The Very Impatient Caterpillar; The Little Butterfly That Could; Goodnight, Butterfly; and Make Way for Butterfly. All the books combine humor with curriculum-friendly science topics and relatable social-emotional themes. Ross's other acclaimed books include the picture book Truck Full of Ducks, the board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine, and the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at rossburach.com.

      Ross Burach is the creator of the riotously funny Very Impatient Caterpillar series that includes The Very Impatient Caterpillar; The Little Butterfly That Could; Goodnight, Butterfly; and Make Way for Butterfly. All the books combine humor with curriculum-friendly science topics and relatable social-emotional themes. Ross's other acclaimed books include the picture book Truck Full of Ducks, the board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine, and the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at rossburach.com.
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      Praise for Goodnight, Butterfly: "It wouldn’t be Burach’s style without one more final, silly twist. Chatty dialogue in different colored speech bubbles amps up the wit. . . .Fun bedtime fare that’s sure to have little ones nodding along before nodding off." — Kirkus Reviews Praise for The Very Impatient Caterpillar: ​​​​​​​ "Will delight fans of Mo Willems's 'Pigeon' series... absolutely charming." -- School Library Journal ​​​​​​​ * "A good choice for read aloud[s]... There's definitely some science lurking here among the laughs, and preschool and primary classrooms can jumpstart the life cycle units with this super-charged title." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review ​​​​​​​ "Burach chronicles this miracle of nature in cartoon scenes as loud as the rapid patter... It won't be just adults chuckling at the interactions between the title character and its patiently pupating companions." -- Kirkus Reviews ​​​​​​​ "Burach's mixed-media digital artwork makes good use of the cartoon style to depict vibrantly colored caterpillars and the protagonist's overwrought emotions. Particularly humorous are the spot drawings showing the inside of the chrysalis, in which he rails against the measured pace of nature... a good choice for science edutainment." -- Booklist ​​​​​​​ Praise for Truck Full of Ducks: ​​​​​​​ "Burach will have readers quacking up, both with the frequent repetition of the title -- 'Did you call for a truck full of ducks?' is a funny line no matter how often it's read or heard -- and over the illustrations... Sight gags and side comments in the pictures add further yuks to this ducky delight." -- Booklist ​​​​​​​ "Children will delight in the extreme silliness of this story and will repeatedly pore over the detailed, colorful, and quirky illustrations." -- School Library Journal ​​​​​​​ "Burach tells his story entirely through dialogue, packing it -- and his exuberant, crayon-like digital illustrations -- with visual jokes [and] an abundance of funny details to discover in each scene." -- Publishers Weekly ​​​​​​​ "Silly details decorate every spread... Storytime audiences will quack up." -- Kirkus Reviews ​​​​​​​ Praise for I Love My Tutu Too: ​​​​​​​ * "This is much more than a counting book; it is a rollicking tutu lovefest expressed with plenty of alliteration, rhythm, and, most especially, a clever play on homophones... Burach's bright cartoons are whimsical and humorous, the animals' faces brimming with expression... Who knew a tutu-clad clan could have so much fun?" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​* "Featuring an irresistible text, bold numerals, and cartoon characters in a flurry of pink, purple, and yellow costumes, the book's diverse troupe gathers to, what else? Dance! Wacky and wonderful." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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    Zero Zebras A Counting Book about What’s Not There Bruce Goldstone, Julien Chung Canada
    9781338742244 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 7.34 x 11.23 x 0.4 in | 0.78 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orchard Books
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      Discover the importance of counting what's there and what's not there in this brilliant picture book that combines math, imagination, and creativity, perfect for fans of Greg Tang!

      Zero Zebras asks a bold question: can you count what isn’t there? Can you count… to zero? Bruce Goldstone takes us on a wild animal safari counting one wallaby, two tuna, three thrushes, four frogs… but absolutely ZERO zebras. Readers will realize the infinite possibilities of counting what is and isn’t on the page. Goldstone's imaginative and creative text is brought to life by Chung's vibrant illustrations which include hidden numbers beautifully integrated into each stunning scene for fun some hide-and-seek. This is the perfect introduction to the concept of zero and infinity, showcasing the profound wonder of numbers in a playful, dazzling picture book that will wow readers of every age!

      Bio
      Bruce Goldstone writes educational books and is the author of several books, including Wonderful Winter, Awesome Autumn, I See a Pattern Here, That's a Possibility!, 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days, Great Estimations, Greater Estimations and The Beastly Feast. He estimates that he has written more than 2,000,000 words. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at brucegoldstone.com and follow him on Instagram @brucegoldstonebooks.

      Over the past 25+ years, Julien Chung has created a lot of crazy characters for book publishers, art directors, and product designers around the world. He also designs pages and illustrates everything from superhero ducks to globe-trotting pigs for Montreal’s French-language newspaper La Presse. When he's not drawing animals with hats, Julien enjoys collecting comics and hunting for flea market treasure. He and his wife live in Montreal, QC, with a lovebird named Cookie.

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      Praise for Zero Zebras:

      * "Another heady foray into math’s conceptual reaches, with zero chance of failing to entertain." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Praise for Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun:

      *“One of the most comprehensive books about autumn available for kids. A solid choice for audiences of mixed ages... Wonderfully apropos pictures, solid information and sheer breadth are sure to make this an elementary-classroom staple.” -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      “Goldstone delivers a thorough overview of the season of autumn and what it entails in terms of the environment and weather, plants and animals, and human traditions and experiences... Encourage[s] kids to actively embrace the season with all their senses, and a list of fall activities carries that idea through to the end.” --Publishers Weekly

      “Will do well in the laps of or on the desks of the children who are reading it... This is a good reference book for young scholars who will love both the photos and the fun facts.” -- School Library Journal

      “Goldstone offers a richly varied view of autumn... which is sure to be popular with classroom teachers.” -- Booklist

      Praise for Great Estimations:

      “With an appealing layout that lends itself equally well to browsing or curriculum support, this lively book would be an excellent addition.” -- School Library Journal

      “A model of how to do it right.” -- The New York Times Book Review

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    Emi Isn't Scared of Monsters Alina Tysoe, Alina Tysoe
    9781338755657 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 10.3 x 10.39 x 0.42 in | 1.18 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orchard Books
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      From Alina Tysoe, the creator of the smash-hit webcomic "What's Up Beanie?" comes a hilarious bedtime picture book about what it means to show bravery in the face of the creatures that go bump in the night!

      Emi is not scared of monsters. Definitely not. Not even a teeny bit. In fact, Emi is so not scared that tonight she has a plan to catch a monster herself. She and her puppy side-kick, Cookie, have set a trap and are, very bravely, hiding in wait under the covers. But, when Cookie chases her runaway ball into the dangerous dark of the house, Emi must face her fears as this monster hunt turns into a rescue mission!
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      Alina Tysoe is the pink-haired twenty-something-year-old illustrator behind What's Up, Beanie?, a humorous, wholesome web comic that's viewed by 1.5 million people every week. She lives with her husband in Canada and is a 2D animator by day. Emi Isn’t Scared of Monsters is her first picture book. For more, visit Alina on Instagram at @whatsupbeanie and at her website, whatsupbeanie.com.

      Alina Tysoe is the pink-haired twenty-something-year-old illustrator behind What's Up, Beanie?, a humorous, wholesome web comic that's viewed by 1.5 million people every week. She lives with her husband in Canada and is a 2D animator by day. Emi Isn’t Scared of Monsters is her first picture book. For more, visit Alina on Instagram at @whatsupbeanie and at her website, whatsupbeanie.com.
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    Leo + Lea Monica Wesolowska, Kenard Pak
    9781338302875 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 9.36 x 11.25 x 0.44 in | 1.13 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      A beautiful celebration of friendship, math, and art that honors different ways of seeing and being in the world.

      "The mathematical wonder is creatively incorporated." — Kirkus Reviews

      “It all adds up to an inventive, affecting story.” — Publishers Weekly

      One

      boy

      loves numbers.

      Everywhere he looks

      he sees things to count.

      His classmates don’t understand counting as he does.

      A new girl loves patterns.

      Could she be

      a friend

      for

      Leo?

      This beautiful friendship story, inspired by the Fibonacci sequence and cleverly constructed using its mathematical pattern, celebrates our differences, as well as how math connects us to one another.

      Young readers will love counting the number of words per page and discovering how they echo the Fibonacci Sequence, a mathematical series in which each number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on to infinity! Text and art are masterfully conceived and constructed to reflect Leo’s love of numbers. Even the color scheme in the striking illustrations follows a mathematical progression, bringing an underlying order and tranquility to the story. The mesmerizing symmetry of this fascinating and compulsively playable game of addition can also be found in the natural world and is an intriguing metaphor for the interconnectedness of all things.

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      Monica Wesolowska was inspired by a math-loving child to base the words of this story on a math pattern. Counting as she wrote, she followed the Fibonacci sequence into a story of friendship and learned how math connects us all. She is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, named a Best Book of 2013 by The Boston Globe and Library Journal. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. She's a graduate of Reed College and teaches Creative Writing at the University of California Extension. Monica lives with her family in Berkeley, California. You can learn more about her work at monicawesolowska.com.

      Kenard Pak used colors and shapes based on the Fibonacci sequence to create a visual story of a budding friendship that opens with a simple, airy room and blossoms into a full, lush landscape. He is the author and illustrator of Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, and Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, winner of the 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Illustration. He is also the illustrator of several picture books including Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper, Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, and The Fog by Kyo Maclear, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, their young daughter, and three cats. You can learn more about his work at pandagun.com.
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      Praise for Leo + Lea:

      "A warm portrayal of a friendship sparked by an unexpected connection . . . the mathematical wonder is creatively incorporated." — Kirkus Reviews

      “Math and art combine for a portrait of blossoming friendship in this picture book infused with layers of Fibonacci numbers. . . . Pak’s primarily digital renderings work in harmony . . . [and] frequently radiate pastel hues. It all adds up to an inventive, affecting story.” — Publishers Weekly

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    To Change a Planet Christina Soontornvat, Rahele Jomepour Bell
    9781338628616 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 10.29 x 10.4 x 0.39 in | 1.1 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      One person.

      Small, quiet,

      insignificant.

      But when one person,

      and one person,

      and one person

      become many,

      they can change

      a planet.

      Spare, poetic text and breathtaking pictures invite readers on a stirring journey that gently illuminates the causes of climate change as well as how our individual and collective actions can make the world better.

      With calm, truthfulness, and beauty, To Change a Planet demonstrates the importance of caring for our planet. Eye popping explosions of color on every page create a stunning visual narrative that invites readers to find and follow the same characters through their daily lives and ultimately to a climate march on Washington, where their storylines converge.

      Clear endnotes vetted by a climate expert answer a myriad of questions in simple language. Meticulously researched and brimming with hope and hands-on solutions that will edify and empower even the youngest readers, To Change a Planet is a loving ode to our only home and vital for every child, classroom, and family.

      * “Earth’s beauty and fragility provide the impetus for activism in this introduction to climate change…An attractive entree to a vital subject for the youngest citizens.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      “The book’s overall tone is hopeful, centered around the conviction that, just as we can exacerbate the effects of climate change, so too can we forestall and reverse them.” — School Library Journal

      “Has the potential to inspire all.” — Shelf Awarenes

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      Christina Soontornvat is the author of the Newbery Honor books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen, which also won the Kirkus Prize and a Sibert Honor distinction. She is also the author of Scholastic’s beloved fantasy series Diary of an Ice Princess and several picture books including To Change a Planet illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell, which received a starred review in Kirkus. Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science and STEM. Christina lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two young children, and one old cat. You can learn more about her work at soontornvat.com.

      Rahele Jomepour Bell is the illustrator of the picture books Our Favorite Day of the Year, Playdate, and Book’s Big Adventure, and also contributed artwork to Scholastic Press’s nonfiction picture book anthology In the Spirit of the Dream. Rahele immigrated to the United States from Iran in 2011 to pursue her dream of studying art at Iowa State University, where she received her MFA in integrated visual arts. You can learn more about her work at RaheleStudio.com.
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      * “Earth’s beauty and fragility provide the impetus for activism in this introduction to climate change. In the opening and concluding compositions, Bell’s gouache and digital full-bleed spreads employ a circular motif to frame and represent the book’s subject. . . . Challenging concepts are conveyed simply . . . [and] suggest concrete ways for children to make a difference.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      “In short, elegant lines of lyrical prose, Soontornvat explores the history of humanity’s relationship to Earth and confronts the modern threat of extreme weather events and environmental destruction. While these passages offer a sober warning, the book’s overall tone is hopeful, centered around the conviction that, just as we can exacerbate the effects of climate change, so too can we forestall and reverse them.” — School Library Journal

      “Soontornvat's clean, straightforward prose about the global crisis makes this alluring picture book accessible to early readers. . . . The cogency of Bell's mixed-media illustrations cannot be exaggerated. Her striking colors, rich detail and lush textures pull readers into both the planet's beauty and its devastation.” — Shelf Awareness

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    Forever Home A Dog and Boy Love Story Henry Cole, Henry Cole
    9781338784046 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 16, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 10.05 x 11.08 x 0.37 in | 1.05 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      A heart-tugging story about an abandoned dog who is looking for a forever home -- and a boy who finds him!

      ★ “An exquisitely rendered, touching story of companionship and belonging." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ “This sweet and touching story will prove a worthy addition to any collection.” – School Library Journal, starred review

      There is a dog that no one wants. Abandoned and afraid, he must use his wits to survive the city’s streets. Sadly, no one comes for him.

      Meanwhile, not far away, there is a boy who wants a dog more than anything in the world. But his room is a mess. He needs to help more around the house. And his parents tell him he must learn to be more responsible. Little does the boy know, there is a dog nearby longing for a forever home and someone to love him. And that dog has his eye on our boy!

      Henry Cole masterfully weaves together two tender storylines that result in a hearttugging wordless picture book that celebrates love, kindness, and compassion for animals.

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      Henry Cole was an adored elementary school science teacher for sixteen years. He has since illustrated over 150 popular books (some of which he has also authored), including his wordless, award-winning picture books: Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book; and Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story, which received two starred reviews. He lives in Florida. To find out more about Henry, go to henrycole.net.

      Henry Cole was an adored elementary school science teacher for sixteen years. He has since illustrated over 150 popular books (some of which he has also authored), including his wordless, award-winning picture books: Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book; and Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story, which received two starred reviews. He lives in Florida. To find out more about Henry, go to henrycole.net.
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      Praise for Forever Home:

      ★ "In this wordless tale, a lonely dog and a child yearning for a pet find solace and purpose together. Alone on a stoop, an abandoned dog sits in front of a locked door and a nearby “for sale” sign. The dog sadly roams the neighborhood, searching for a new home. Meanwhile, a child pesters their parents with pleas for a dog... The pair are joyfully reunited at the dog shelter, embarking on new adventures and grateful to be together. Cole excels at creating expressive background characters and realistic details with precise ink crosshatches and linework that rewards closer inspection. The child is light-skinned with spiky black hair. One parent is light-skinned; the other is dark-skinned." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ “In this poignant wordless book, a young boy eager to prove his responsibility as a dog owner begins dragging an empty leash wherever he goes. . . .The delicate hatching of Cole’s ink drawings (black and white, except for the bright red of the dog’s leash and collar) engenders a subtle air of grayscale nostalgia, not old-fashioned as much as quietly comforting. . . . This sweet and touching story will prove a worthy addition to any collection.” -- School Library Journal, starred review

      Praise for One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey:

      ★ "The skilled black-ink drawings lend a look of pleasant harmony to all the characters that populate the pages, from woodland creatures to humans of various ages and gender and racial presentations. Meticulous attention to composition, textures, and period detail -- starting around the 1960s -- makes each page a delight... Because there are no words, children are left to draw their own conclusions... Beautifully effective as both nostalgia trip and lesson in conservation." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ "[The story's] message is deeply profound... Nostalgia and love abound... bringing tears to the eyes of readers of all ages with each detailed image... [A] compelling and emotionally resonant addition to Earth Day curricula, especially as an inspiration for reusing items as long as possible." -- School Library Journal, starred review

      ★ "By elevating the life of an ephemeral object to the time scale of love across generations, Cole nudges readers to take a second look at the things they throw away. An author's note describes how Earth Day prodded Cole to reuse the same paper lunch bag for years." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "From the title on, silence and secrets create stirring drama in this wordless picture book... children will be moved to return to the images many times and fill in their own words." -- Booklist

      Praise for Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad:

      A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

      "Designed to present youngsters with a moral choice… the author, a former teacher, clearly intended Unspoken to be a challenging book, its somber sepia tone drawings establish a mood of foreboding." -- The New York Times Book Review

      ★ "Moving and emotionally charged." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ "Gorgeously rendered in soft dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick." -- School Library Journal, starred review

      ★ "Cole conjures significant tension and emotional heft in this powerful tale of quiet camaraderie and courage." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "What Cole shows so superbly through his accomplished yet unpretentious pencil art is the keeping of secrets. The entire family appears to know what's going on, but the extent of each character's involvement is never made explicit." -- The Horn Book

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    Skater Cielo Rachel Katstaller, Rachel Katstaller
    9781338751116 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 8.83 x 11.27 x 0.38 in | 0.92 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orchard Books
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      Meet Cielo, a fierce skater who finds that facing your fear of failing gives you the courage to persevere!

      Cielo loves to skateboard! But when she messes up on a new ramp she's embarrassed and afraid to fall again in front of so many people. With the help of some new friends, Cielo summons the courage to try again (and again, and again), and learns that falling is not failing--true fierceness isn't about landing the perfect trick, it's about picking yourself back up when you don't.
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      Rachel Katstaller is an author-illustrator from El Salvador. She graduated with a design degree from the Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera and has illustrated several books including A Portrait In Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and Ada Lovelace and the Number-Crunching Machine. When Rachel isn’t drawing up new picture books, she is busy skateboarding with friends. To learn more, visit her at rachelkatstaller.com.

      Rachel Katstaller is an author-illustrator from El Salvador. She graduated with a design degree from the Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera and has illustrated several books including A Portrait In Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and Ada Lovelace and the Number-Crunching Machine. When Rachel isn’t drawing up new picture books, she is busy skateboarding with friends. To learn more, visit her at rachelkatstaller.com.
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      * "An overall charmer, Katstaller’s ode to the etherealness and camaraderie of skateboarding pops and snaps from page to page." - Kirkus, starred review

      * "Katstaller’s “steezy” (skater-speak for stylish, according to the glossary) mixed-media illustrations are both child-friendly and sophisticated, conveying emotion and intensity via color, shape, and dynamic shifts in perspective." - Horn Book, starred review

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    My Bindi Gita Varadarajan, Archana Sreenivasan
    9781338598810 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 16, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 8.81 x 11.27 x 0.4 in | 1.01 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Inc.
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      In this universal story about embracing who we are and where we come from, a young girl finds the magic, power, and history of wearing a bindi for the first time, in this moving and lyrical picture book debut from Gita Varadarajan.

      There in the mirror, I see a shining star.

      My mother’s joy, my father’s pride.

      And then I see something else:

      I see me.

      Divya is scared to put on the bindi for the first time. What if she gets made fun of? What will it feel like? But Amma assures her that her bindi will bring protection. After Divya looks inside Amma’s special box to find the perfect bindi to put on, she gazes in the mirror and discovers a new side of herself, and it gives her strength.

      In this tender debut picture book, author Gita Varadarajan crafts a powerful story about belonging, embracing your heritage, and believing in yourself. Archana Sreenivasan's vibrant and magical illustrations bring to life this journey of self-discovery. My Bindi is a universal message of the importance finding oneself and celebrating the unique beliefs and experiences that make us who we are.

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      Gita Varadarajan was born and raised in India. She has worked with children all over the world, and now teaches second grade in Princeton, New Jersey. Save Me a Seat, written with Sarah Weeks, was her first novel.

      Archana Sreenivasan is a freelance illustrator based in Bangalore, India. Her illustrations have been published in magazines, children's books, book covers, and comics. She finds the natural world and people watching most inspiring and engaging.
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      Praise for Save Me a Seat

      * "A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "Through their struggles, Ravi and Joe will capture the hearts of readers and inspire fans to cheer for them just as loudly as they did for Auggie from R.J. Palacio's Wonder (Knopf, 2010) and Ally from Linda Mullaly Hunt's Fish in a Tree (Penguin, 2015)." -- School Library Journal

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    Because of You, John Lewis Andrea Davis Pinkney, Keith Henry Brown
    9781338759082 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:June 07, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 8.33 x 11.27 x 0.44 in | 1.03 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and ten-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney!

      When young Tybre Faw discovers John Lewis and his heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for voting rights, Tybre is determined to meet him. Tybre’s two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma, Alabama, where Lewis invites Tybre to join him in the annual memorial walk across the Bridge. And so begins a most amazing friendship! ​​​​​​​ In rich, poetic language, Andrea Davis Pinkney weaves the true story of a boy with a dream—together with the story of a real-life hero (who himself had a life-altering friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was young!). Keith Henry Brown’s deeply affecting paintings bring this inspiring bond between a young activist and an elder congressman vividly to life. ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Who will be next to rise up and turn the page on history?

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      Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, including Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Sit-In, and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaDavisPink, on Instagram at @Andreapinkney1, and on Facebook at @andreadavispinkey.

      Keith Henry Brown is the illustrator of the picture book Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound. He got his start drawing superheroes, but jazz musicians like Miles Davis have always been heroes to him. A graduate of the High School of Art and Design as well as Parsons School of Design, he combined his love of art and jazz as the creative director of jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also designed and illustrated promotional graphics and jazz album covers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at keithhbrown.com.
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      Distinctions and Praise for Because of You, John Lewis: A Junior Library Guild Selection ★ “This book celebrates heroes and the uncanny ripple effect of being inspired by them. Carrying on the legacies of King and Lewis, Tybre Faw marched for causes he believed in such as school safety, human rights, and immigrant equality. This acts as a helpful reminder to kids that they’re never too young to fight for what they believe in. The watercolor illustrations are a vivid and dramatic complement to this story of friendship, courage, and effecting change.” -- School Library Journal, starred review ★ "With deep emotion, Pinkney captures the generational struggle for freedom and takes readers from Dr. King’s radio speeches during the Jim Crow era to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Brown's watercolor-and–quill pen illustrations are striking and larger than life, adding great depth and meaning to the verse." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Distinctions and Praise for Martin Rising: Requiem for a King: ​​​​​​​ A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year ​​​​​​​ "Envisioned for young readers but sure to be appreciated more widely, Martin Rising depicts King as a source of warmth and brightness on its radiant front cover. [The Pinkneys] sustain and develop this idea throughout their book, paying stirring tribute to King's personal warmth, spiritual strength and leadership. The book's vivid poetry bursts with information as well as feeling, and the watercolor images are grounded in reality but feel elevated, on a higher plane." -- The Washington Post ​​​​​​​ ★ "Spiritually vital." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review ​​​​​​​ ★ "Unique and remarkable." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review ​​​​​​​ ★ "Each poem trembles under the weight of the story it tells... Martin Rising packs an emotional wallop and, in perfect homage, soars when read aloud." -- Booklist, starred review ​​​​​​​ ★ "A powerful celebration of Martin Luther King Jr... As the last moments of King's life tick away, the narrative zooms in, detailing the emotional beats of his final public speeches, the feverish exhaustion of long days and nights away from home... Throughout, the crowds filling churches seeking inspiration and bravely marching in the face of violence are as much a part of the story as King himself... Beautifully illustrated and begging to be read aloud, this poetry collection is an exceptional classroom tool for civil rights lessons and offers much for individual readers to linger over." -- School Library Journal, starred review ​​​​​​​ ★ "A creative poetic celebration of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. that also, as a song for the dead, includes a meticulous explanation of how and why he died... Accompanying the varied and intense poetry, Brian Pinkney's swirling watercolor, gouache, and India ink illustrations give life and movement to King's story and reflect the complex emotions that surface throughout this biography." -- The Horn Book, starred review ​​​​​​​ "This genre-bending work uses poetry to document the last months of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life... This well-researched, thorough tribute captures the details that make each section vividly memorable... The often alliterative and sometimes rhyming poetry, full of simile and metaphor, begs for re-reading and performing. Brian Pinkney's... luminescent illustrations epitomize the essence of King's life as a beacon of light and creates hope, even during troubling times... The back matter includes a retelling of the events of King's last months in straight-forward text accompanied by black-and-white photographs, a timeline, and a bibliography. Martin Rising is an inspiring joy to read and a genuinely unique accolade." -- VOYA

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    Stand Up! 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change Brittney Cooper, Cathy Ann Johnson
    9781338763850 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:August 02, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 8.86 x 11.3 x 0.41 in | 1.03 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orchard Books
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of Eloquent Rage comes a powerful, groundbreaking picture book debut introducing young readers to ten revolutionary Black women -- both historical and contemporary -- who changed the world for the better, inspiring readers today to know their strength, to be brave, and to STAND UP!

      “A breakthrough... this force of nature is becoming one of our fiercest voices in the new generation of African-American thinkers.” -- Essence

      Bestselling author Brittney Cooper is a leading Black feminist voice of our times. From her New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage, selected by Emma Watson as an "Our Shared Shelf Book," to her frequent guest appearances on MSNBC, to her regular features on Cosmopolitan.com and Salon.com, and her TED Talk with over 800K views, there's no question Brittney Cooper is one of the most preeminent Black influencers of today. Now, this author, professor, activist, and cultural critic brings her immense talents to the children's space with a seven-title publishing deal at Scholastic, spanning from picture books to middle grade, and launching with this momentous picture book debut: Stand Up!

      Stand Up! tells the story of ten historic female figures who changed the world by standing up for what's right, including legendary Civil Rights activists like Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks and spanning to contemporary role models like Bree Newsome, who removed the confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds, and Mari Copeny, a youth activist who fought for clean water in Flint, Michigan. This inspirational biographical collection will live side by side with bestselling classics like Little Leaders and She Persisted yet offers a wholly original, powerful new voice and approach that make this story so singular, personal, and groundbreaking. Cooper's enlightening text depicts both famous and unsung Black women who took a stand and made the world a better place for future generations. Each heroic figure is interconnected by a united quest for equity, and offers young readers a stirring, inspirational call to action, reminding them that they are mighty too, and can be forces for change when they stand up!

      Bio
      Brittney Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Woman Discovers her Superpowers. A professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she cofounded the Crunk Feminist Collective, and her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, The Cut, the Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Al Jazeera’s Third Rail, Ebony.com, Essence.com, TheRoot.com, and TED.com, and has been named four times to The Root 100.

      Cathy Ann Johnson received her BFA from Columbus College of Arts and Design. She spent several years at Hallmark Greeting Cards, where she honed her skills crafting emotional content that speaks to children. Cathy Ann loves connecting words to pictures, and her whimsical and lyrical style focuses on layouts that echo a child’s perspective. Her work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, posters, home décor, gifts and more. She currently works from Downtown Decatur, Georgia, as well as a satellite studio in Rome, Italy. In her spare time, Cathy Ann, her husband, and their cute doggie enjoy roaming Rome and chasing castles in medieval towns.
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      Praise for Stand Up!

      * “Vibrantly illustrated and featuring a variety of justice-seekers, this book belongs in every library and classroom.” -- School Library Journal, starred review

      "The engaging text is enhanced by Johnson’s bright, fluid illustrations... A work of advocacy and encouragement for the youngest readers." -- Kirkus Reviews

      Praise for Brittney Cooper

      "Brittney Cooper is a national treasure. Eloquent Rage is as exhilarating as it is vulnerable, a crucial book that tackles friendship and feminism, Hillary Clinton and Sandra Bland, violence and family, sex and faith and race and gender, all with vibrant grace and honesty. Cooper is a generous writer, affording even those she rages against good humored compassion, but never letting any of us fully off the hook. This book is just so good." -- Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author

      "[Eloquent Rage] is distinct both for its telling as the author’s own journey and for its -- yes -- eloquent personal voice, which, between her erudition and her command of vernacular, is funny, wrenching, pithy, and pointed." -- Rebecca Solnit, The New Republic

      "A dissertation on black women’s pain and possibility; an autobiography of a black woman’s complicated dance with feminism, overcoming otherness as a big black girl in a skinny-white-girl world, her mother’s triumph over violence, and her own journey from disappointment to black joy." -- Joy Reid, Cosmopolitan

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