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Kids Can Press Spring 2012

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    Hen for Izzy Pippik, A Aubrey Davis Canada, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9781554532438 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.44 in | 0.85 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Description
      When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and Islamic traditional texts, this is a beautiful tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity.
      Bio

      For more than 30 years, Aubrey Davis has told stories, performing and conducting workshops across Canada and the United States. His books have received glowing reviews and multiple awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the Mr. Christie Award (Silver) and the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children?s Literature Prize. Aubrey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Marie Lafrance lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has provided illustrations for magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards and dozens of educational books for children. Now she primarily works on picture books, using her warm and gently humorous illustrations to delight and entertain children of all ages.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association 2012, Long-listed
      Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award 2013, Short-listed
      Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association 2013, Short-listed
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2013, Winner
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      ... charmingly told with pleasing conversational patterns and alliteration. ... A good choice where folktales or character education stories are in demand.
      School Library Journal
      A great story that illustrates how a child who sees the world in black and white is introduced to shades of grey, with the help of her grandfather.
      The Victoria Times Colonist
      Lafrance deserves a special shout-out for her work-she proves once again that she's a rare talent who can combine naïf rendering with a highly sophisticated and consistently inventive sense of composition.
      Publisher's Weekly
      Steadfast and quietly amusing, Shaina is a girl to admire.
      Kirkus Reviews
      This is a book to savor and reread ...
      Booklist
      Traditional Talmudic and Islamic texts form the bones of the story, which is delivered with a deft and witty touch.
      Jewish Book World
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    Virginia Wolf Kyo Maclear Canada, Isabelle Arsenault Canada
    9781554536498 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 8.75 x 11.13 x 0.44 in | 1 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a “wolfish” mood --- growling, howling and acting very strange. It's a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing “so that what was down could climb up.” Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, Virginia Wolf is an uplifting story for readers of all ages.
      Bio
      Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her ever-growing list of acclaimed picture books for children includes Virginia Wolf, The Specific Ocean, The Liszts, Bloom, Story Boat and It Began with a Page. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

      Isabelle Arsenault is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration and has been shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award; her work has garnered her several more honors besides. She is the illustrator of Virginia Wolf; Jane, the Fox and Me; Cloth Lullaby; and Just Because, among many other books. Isabelle is also the author-illustrator of the A Mile End Kids Story series. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts 2012, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Books of the Year, Quill & Quire 2012, Winner
      Outstanding International Book, USBBY 2013, Winner
      Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Association 2012, Commended
      Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association 2013, Short-listed
      CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center 2013, Commended
      White Raven Award, International Youth Library 2013, Winner
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, IBBY Canada 2012, Winner
      IBBY Honour List Children's Books for 2014, Illustration, IBBY Canada 2014, Winner
      Digital Book Award, Best ebook---Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children , Digital Book World Conference 2014, Winner
      Reviews
      ... an ambitious story about girlish blues, sisterly differences and the healing power of art ...
      The New York Times
      ... plum for adults ... a level of literary and biographical resonance to the tale of sisterly love.
      Horn Book
      ... the book is ultimately a feel-good celebration of the power of the imagination and art to create perfect places in the world when none can be found.
      Booklist
      It's a tale to delight literary-minded adults as much as the kids they're tucking in.
      The Guardian
      Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb.
      Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      Parents will enjoy sharing this book with their sometimes ?wolfish? children.
      School Library Journal, Starred Review
      Vanessa's act of love is recounted with grace and sensitivity in this remarkable collaboration.
      Publisher's Weekly
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    Animal Masquerade Marianne Dubuc Canada, Marianne Dubuc Canada
    9781554537822 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    7 x 7 x 0.28 in | 0.61 lb | 120 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Come one, come all to the animal masquerade! The lion is going as an elephant, the elephant as a parrot, and the parrot as a turtle! Each costume gives way to another, yielding new surprises on every page, and revealing a menagerie of familiar and unusual animals. Young children will delight in the absurd and amusing images (who wouldn't love a ladybug dressed as a hippopotamus?) and will also appreciate the gags (a fish costumed as a cat is dubbed a “catfish”) and other bits of silly sweetness. Recapping this reading adventure: a detailed panorama at book's end, showing all the party guests in their fanciful finery.
      Bio
      Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and La Mer, which received a 2008 Prix LUX/Grafika prize. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and La Mer, which received a 2008 Prix LUX/Grafika prize. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Outstanding International Book, USBBY 2013, Winner
      Reviews
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    Dear Flyary Dianne Young Canada, John Martz Canada
    9781554534487 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.38 x 0.44 in | 0.65 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      One-eyed alien Frazzle recounts his flying adventures in a new journal (in alien vernacular, of course). He bighearts his little Model 7, but as time passes, it starts making strange sounds, and Frazzle --- pressured by friends and co-workers --- wonders if he should trade it in. One day, when it goes CLUNK in the middle of the flyway, it's clear something must be done. Youngsters will love the out-of-this-world illustrations depicting worlds rife with all manner of alien life. Even more irresistible: an unexpected ending sure to delight careful readers.
      Bio
      Dianne Young won the 1992 Saskatchewan Writers Guild Literary Award for Children's Literature. Her previous titles include A World of Difference and Purple Hair? I Don't Care! Dianne lives in Martensville, Saskatchewan.

      John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer. He won a 2011 Joe Shuster Award and has twice been nominated for a Doug Wright Award. John is also cofounder of the illustration blog “Drawn!”. John lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Bets, Picture Books, Ontario Library Assoiciation 2012, Commended
      Reuben Award for Book Illustration, National Comics Society 2012, Short-listed
      Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature 2014, Winner
      Reviews
      There is much fun to be had sounding out words and guessing at their meaning and roots, as planet Harbat's jabberwocky attests.
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    Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week Caroline Adderson Canada, Ben Clanton
    9781554535781 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.25 x 0.75 in | 0.6 lb | 128 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      At last, it's Jasper John Dooley's turn to be Star of the Week at school. Unfortunately, nothing turns out as planned. His Show and Tell falls flat. A new baby at his friend Ori's house steals his spotlight. And worst of all, the new baby has only-child Jasper wondering if his own family is too small. When Jasper decides to build himself a brother (named Earl) out of wood, Earl's schoolyard shenanigans send Jasper to the principal's office! But with a little help from family and friends, things turn around for Jasper. And by the time Friday arrives, he is once again sure that he has what it takes to be a star. Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week is the first in a series of chapter books featuring a charismatic and funny central character. An only child with active, loving parents (and a most impressive lint collection), Jasper John Dooley is a true original.
      Bio
      Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, her dog and the son who lied to her when he said he would always be seven.

      Ben Clanton is an up-and-coming author-illustrator from Seattle who describes himself as a “story scribbler, picture squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer and avid sock wearer.”
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      Readers will identify with many of Jasper's comical, age-appropriate issues as he navigates the sometimes confusing complications of early primary school.
      ... a work of genius ... it has a playful sparkle that makes it truly exceptional.
      This well-written, funny, and engaging story is a promising start to a new chapter-book series ...
      This first title in a transitional chapter book series introduces an enthusiastic boy full of creativity and everyday concerns.
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    Series: Daisy
    Daisy's Perfect Word Sandra V. Feder, Susan Mitchell
    9781554536450 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.25 x 0.63 in | 0.55 lb | 88 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Description
      Curly-haired Daisy likes picking lemons on sunny days, playing kickball and making long dandelion chains. But more than any of these things, she loves words and even compiles lists of her favorites in a bright green notebook covered with purple polka dots. When Daisy's beloved teacher, Miss Goldner, becomes engaged and must move to another town, Daisy decides to give her the ultimate gift: the perfect word. But with so many good words to choose from, finding just the right one isn't easy.
      Bio
      Sandra V. Feder lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three daughters. She loves playing with words. Two of her current favorites are sunshine and delicious.

      Susan feels very fortunate to work full-time as an illustrator, with 18 published titles, including Reaching with Kids Can Press. When she is not drawing or painting, she loves to sew and make soft toys that resemble her illustrations. She also loves to visit schools to talk about her illustration process and hopes that she inspires some children to become illustrators when they grow up.

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      Daisy's irrepressible but realistic enthusiasm for life is charming and irresistible.
      School Library Journal
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    Lower the Trap Jessica Scott Kerrin Canada
    9781554535767 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.25 x 0.25 in | 0.63 lb | 128 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Graeme knows every inch of his fishing community. What's left for a future marine biologist to discover? But when Graeme's dad catches a gargantuan lobster with antennae the size of bicycle spokes, Graeme is fascinated. Graeme is even more excited when his dad promises to put the creature up for auction at the town's annual lobster festival and, if it gets the highest bid, use the prize money to take Graeme to a marine research aquarium. But what if the right thing would be to set the lobster free? Lower the Trap is the first book in the Lobster Chronicles, a trilogy about what happens in a small coastal town when a giant lobster is caught. Each instalment describes the same events through a different boy's eyes, and the result is three suspenseful, believable stories and an engrossing reading experience.
      Bio
      Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the bestselling Martin Bridge series, inspired by the misadventures of her husband and son. Her first novel, Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and placed on the Horn Book Fanfare List. Kerrin grew up on the Canadian prairies, but now lives with her family and pet tortoise in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Reviews
      A cast of colorful characters and a satisfying ending will leave readers wondering whose story is next.
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    Island Horse, The Susan Hughes Canada
    9781554535927 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Reading age from 7 - 10 On Sale Date:March 01, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.25 x 0.63 in | 0.65 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      It's the early half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia, and almost-ten-year-old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother. But just when she finally begins to feel happy again, Ellie and her father move to remote Sable Island, a tiny, windblown crescent of grass and sand in the Atlantic. While her father works, Ellie explores the island, feeling alone and furious with her pa for making them leave their beloved home. Even meeting a spirited island girl named Sarah does little to dispel her anger and grief. Then one afternoon, Ellie encounters a wild stallion grazing on the dunes, and slowly forges a secret connection with the beautiful horse she names Orchid. But Ellie soon learns that Orchid and his family are threatened, and it may be up to her to save them. Based on historical fact, this early chapter book is a touching exploration of loss and loneliness and the redemptive power of love and friendship.
      Bio
      Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award 2013, Short-listed
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      ... this is a well-told, simple story that will keep young horse lovers interested ...—School Library Journal
      Written with simplicity and clarity, this attractive chapter book features likable characters and a distinctive setting.—Booklist
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    Faith Five Religions and What They Share Richard Steckel, Michele Steckel, Richard Steckel, Michele Steckel
    9781554537501 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.38 in | 1.03 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This kid-friendly exploration of faith provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each religion, including historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles. Straightforward, simple text makes the content interesting and accessible, as do the vivid photos of children around the world. Parents and teachers will find Faith an invaluable tool for teaching youngsters tolerance and respect for people of different beliefs.
      Bio
      Dr. Richard Steckel, cofounder and executive producer of the Milestones Project™, is internationally recognized as a consultant and speaker on nonprofit social enterprise and for-profit social marketing. He and his wife, Michele (Shelli) Steckel, conceived the Milestones Project in 1998 and have since traveled the world capturing the images and stories of more than 60,000 children in 28 countries.

      Michele (Shelli) Steckel is the producer and cofounder of the Milestones Project™. She is a sensitive photo editor, master “picture finder” and talented photographer specializing in context photographs. While traveling the globe for the past several decades, she has developed countless friendships with individuals, families, doctors and non-governmental organizations all committed to creating a better world free of hatred and intolerance.

      Dr. Richard Steckel, cofounder and executive producer of the Milestones Project™, is internationally recognized as a consultant and speaker on nonprofit social enterprise and for-profit social marketing. He and his wife, Michele (Shelli) Steckel, conceived the Milestones Project in 1998 and have since traveled the world capturing the images and stories of more than 60,000 children in 28 countries.

      Michele (Shelli) Steckel is the producer and cofounder of the Milestones Project™. She is a sensitive photo editor, master “picture finder” and talented photographer specializing in context photographs. While traveling the globe for the past several decades, she has developed countless friendships with individuals, families, doctors and non-governmental organizations all committed to creating a better world free of hatred and intolerance.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      A bold, colorful format ...
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    Get Outside The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors Jane Drake Canada, Ann Love Canada, Heather Collins Canada
    9781554538027 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Crafts & Hobbies Age (years) from 6 - 10, Grade (US) from 1 - 5 Publication Date:March 01, 2012
    8.5 x 9.38 x 0.63 in | 0.98 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Armed with Get Outside, a kid will never say, “I'm bored!” again. This book is a key to the world of fun beyond the front door. Activities are divided into four categories (Nature Lover, Outdoor Fun and Games, Cozy Inside and Look to the Sky), where readers will find instructions for making things like sundials, bird feeders and kites, as well as rules for games such as 500 Up, Spud and Shinny. Accompanying these descriptions are fun facts and scientific, historic and cultural context. The passage on playing jacks, for example, includes a sidebar about a similar game played by the ancient Greeks. Children in Northern climes will love learning to play traditional First Nations winter games and be thrilled to find out how to create a backyard ice rink. It's a wealth of fun and fascination that will captivate any young person --- who won't mind ditching the video game for the great outdoors.
      Bio
      Jane Drake, with her co-author and sister Ann Love, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works usually have an environmental flavor. Jane lives in Toronto.

      Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

      Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Reviews

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