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    9781771471374 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: September 15, 2015
    $18.95 CAD 9 x 12 x 0.44 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.

      The words and their definitions give a sense of the traditions and customs of Inuit life in the Arctic: nanuq is the powerful polar bear of the north; kamik is a warm seal- and caribou-skin boot; and siku is sea ice. Stunning paintings with deep color and rich texture evoke a powerful sense of place and show great respect for the Acrtic’s indigenous people.

      Extra informational text features include an introductory note about the significance of inuksuit in Inuit culture and a nonfiction page that profiles seven different types of inuksuit.


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      Mary Wallace is an award-winning artist and art therapist who spent almost twenty years teaching arts and crafts at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. Her previous title The Inuksuk Book won the 2000 UNESCO International Youth Library White Raven Award, the 1999 National Outdoor Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Non-Fiction, and the Atlantic Library Association’s Hackmatack Book Award. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.
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      "The presence of a close-knit Inuit family...brings a loving warmth to the Arctic landscape Wallace so affectionately portrays."
      ""An Inuksuk Means Welcome" is a multi-sensory tour through life in the Arctic for thousands of years, beautifully presented for children of all ages."
      "Wallace's richly coloured paintings bring both the northern landscape and Inuit culture vividly to life, highlighting the interdependence of the people and the land, and the importance of close family ties."
      "A solid compliment to social studies lessons about traditional Inuit customs and the languages of Canada."
      "Rich with colour and movement."
      "A strong addition for libraries looking to expand cultural collections with ease."
      "Adds interest and understanding to an important part of Canada's history and culture."
      "Beautiful presentation...invites you, almost entices you, to learn more."
      "This book is a fun and aesthetically striking way to teach children about a new language and culture, and could be a useful tool for early primary school social studies classes."
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    Who's Next Door? Mayuko Kishira, Jun Takabatake
    9781771470711 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: August 15, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Chicken is thrilled when he finds out someone new has moved in next door. His quiet house deep in the woods can be lonely sometimes, and it would be so much fun to have a friend! But Chicken never catches so much as a glimpse of his neighbor, despite many days spent waiting, pacing, and knocking on his door. As it turns out, his neighbor, Owl, has been doing the same thing, yearning to meet Chicken – only he’s been doing it at night. It’s not until after the two exchange notes and mix up plans for a visit, each using his own definition of "tomorrow," that they meet fortuitously and find a creative way to enjoy each other’s friendship despite their different schedules.

      A comical look at nocturnal and diurnal creatures, this simple story explores the concept of opposites in a smart, subtly funny way. Kids and adults alike will have fun anticipating the punchline, hinted at through the mix of traditional and comic panel-style artwork. Who’s Next Door? is a page-turner that will be a joy to read for the first or umpteenth time. Through its fun, heartfelt look at the anticipation that comes with new friendships, this book celebrates the fact that even those as different as night and day can form a special bond.
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      MAYUKO KISHIRA was born in Osaka Prefecture. She studied picture book production in the postgraduate course of the International Academy Picture Book Program. Her works include Lucky Gaako, Buta ga ki ni ataru, Helicopter-kun umi wo iku, Tire ga paan (Hisakata Child), Yokubari ookami, Shichi-nin no kogumo (Froebel-Kan), Midori-iro no kaeru chairo no kaeru (Chichi Shuppansha), and more. She currently lives in Kyoto Prefecture.

      JUN TAKABATAKE was born in Aichi Prefecture. He won the Graphics Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for his work in Dare no jitensha (Froebel-Kan), the Japan Picture Book Award for Oh, Suppa (Kodansha, Author: Tamio Koshino), and the Kodansha Publishing Cultural Award for Futari no namakemono (Kodansha). His works include Puuwa-tou no sora no shita (BL Shuppan), Peaceland, Otou-san no ehon, Nandesho nandesho (Ehonkan), Zou-san no otoshiana (Poplar), Juunishi no hayakuchi-kotoba ehon (Kyouikugageki), and many more. He currently lives in Gifu Prefecture.


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      Awards
      Toronto Public Library First and Best List 2014
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    9781926973395 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date: August 15, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 8.66 x 8.66 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 46 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      “In the world, there are different kinds of people,” opens Up Above and Down Below. The ones on the top think the ones on the bottom are different. The ones down below they think the ones up above are different. But what if they all turned themselves upside down? Would everyone find that they’re all the same, except in a few small ways?

      Through award-winning translator Susan Ouriou, author-illustrator Paloma Valdivia explores this complex philosophical question and encourages young readers to appreciate the differences among people as well as their similarities. The short sentences and stylized, surreal illustrations will draw readers into the whimsical worlds of up above and down below, delighting and enlightening them as they complete their tour.

      Bio
      PALOMA VALDIVIA studied graphic design in Santiago de Chile and illustration in Barcelona. She has illustrated more then twenty children’s books. Up Above and Down Below is her authorial debut; it has been translated from its original Spanish into nine other languages. She lives in Santiago de Chile.
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      "Broader lessons are left to be intuited, something to ponder over juice box and Goldfish. Valdivia's deceptively simple illustrations also merit further exploration."
      "A gentle and well-designed introduction to recognizing different points of view - and a reminder that people are the same wherever they live."
      "A visually stunning, gently restrained picture book that should be high up on readers' lists."
      "Whimsical and funny...[a] cleverly designed book."
      "[The] pleasurable play of space and form is a strength of this book."
      "A great story-starter for many disciplines. It can be used to introduce little ones to the concept of social studies, geography, and even the curious law of gravity."
      "This book is a definite thumbs up above for teaching unity, equality, curiosity and tolerance!"
      "... this edifying book provides hope that the inequities of our times may give way to a more cooperative model of humans flourishing in community."
      "Valdivia accompanies her spare text with stylized, but equally spare, illustrations that draw readers into the two different-but-not-so-different worlds of up above and down below."
      "The sweet illustrations in this flip-around book sell the sweet message."
      "This is a very simple look at how people from different places are not so dissimilar, aimed at young children - it's a perfect starting place, especially for a group, for it doesn't get into specifics at all…Instead, it keeps things light…quirky illustrations with a nice degree of whimsy."
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    Abigail the Whale Davide Cali, Sonja Bougaeva
    9781771471985 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date: September 15, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 11.75 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      Abigail dreads swimming lessons. Every time she dives into the pool, she makes a big splash, and all the girls in her class shout: “Abigail’s a whale!” Abigail can see that she is larger than the other girls. She feels huge, heavy, and out of place.

      Abigail’s swimming teacher takes her aside and points out: we can change how we see ourselves. He offers a creative visualization technique she can use to feel bolder, more confident, and more accepting of herself. Abigail tries it out in challenging situations that week—walking home in the dark, eating her vegetables, trying to fall asleep. Illustrations in the book show her perspective morphing powerfully to match her new thought patterns.

      Next time she’s in swimming class, instead of feeling heavy, Abigail thinks sardine, eel, barracuda, shark! She starts to figure out how to draw on mindfulness, creative thinking, resilience, and positive self-esteem to embrace exactly who she is. This picture book supports social/emotional learning and serves as a perfect jumping-off point for topics like bullying, empathy, confidence, and creative problem solving.
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      Davide Cali is a Swiss-born Italian picture book and graphic novel writer. He has written numerous books that have been published in over 25 countires. He has won numerous awards. He also has two pseudonyms: Taro Miyazawa and Daikon. He is perhaps most well known in North America for his evocative work The Enemy (illustrated by Serge Bloch).

      Sonja Bougaeva was born in St. Petersburg and now lives in Hamburg. She studied book art and painting; she also trained as an animator and worked in a film studio.
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      "The harsh words of bullies become insignificant as Abigail faces the waters with confidence, pigtails, and an orange polka-dotted swimsuit. Perfect for virtues programs and character building at home or in classrooms."
      "This tale of positive thinking is a great jumping-off point for a discussion about teasing, self-esteem, empathy, and perspective."
      "Will make one see that bullies don't always get the better of people and that self-confidence is a powerful thing... The illustrations help tell this story of a brave young girl who overcomes bullying by the power of thought. Students would benefit from this story and it can be used to support self-confidence and anti-bullying behaviour. Recommended."
      "Entertaining and inspiring...a perfect jumping-off point for topics like bullying, empathy, confidence, and creative problem solving. "Abigail the Whale" is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture books for young readers."
      "Cali teaches a lesson with a drop of fun that will leave all children (and adults) wiser and smiling. Recommended."
      "Though this is a book about weight, it does not lecture or show a miraculous weight-loss transformation...important and powerful...deals straightforwardly, yet sensitively with a delicate subject and could be used effectively with boys and girls - both for the subject of being different due to their body size/type or for gaining self-confidence."
      “This picture book is excellent to read with elementary students to support the significance of anti-bullying. It’s a feel-good story that will leave children cheering for Abigail and any student who has overcome adversity.”
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    Maya Mahak Jain Canada, Elly Mackay Canada
    9781771471008 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date: April 15, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 10.5 x 8 x 0.44 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The electricity in Maya’s house has gone out again. She is afraid of the dark — and her fear has been even worse since her father died. Now it feels as if the darkness will never go away.

      Maya’s mother distracts her with a legend about the banyan tree, which saved the world from the first monsoon by drinking up the floodwaters, and growing tall and strong. Later that night, unsettled by the noises around her, Maya revisits the story in her imagination. She ventures deep into the banyan tree, where she discovers not darkness but life: snakes move gently, monkeys laugh, and elephants dance. Maya pushes her imagination even further to call up memories of her father, helping to soothe her fear and assuage her grief.

      Elly MacKay mixes miniature-paper-theater art with spellbinding shadow puppetry to play with darkness and light, giving Maya’s real, fantasy, and story-within-a-story worlds unique treatment—and making Maya’s world come alive on the page.
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      MAHAK JAIN is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine and Room Magazine. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and was previously the Managing Editor at Owlkids and at Lobster Press. Maya is her first book for children.

      Elly Mackay lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Simon, and little ones, Lily and Koen. She received her bachelor of fine art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She creates her illustrations by inking yupo paper and cutting it into layers that she sets up in a miniature theater, somewhat like a Victorian Paper Theater. She plays with the lights and filters to create atmosphere and then photographs the scenes. In addition to illustrating her own picture books and those of other authors, Elly recently illustrated new covers for the Anne of Green Gables series (Tundra).
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      "An important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy."
      "Recommended."
      "Beautifully illustrated... Highlight[s] the discovery of beauty and strength in unlikely places."
      "An atmospheric tale about loss, the power of story, and finding light in the darkness."
      "...the idea that bad things can turn good is clear, and kids will sense Maya's ultimate healing."
      "Nothing short of magical, breath-taking and inspiring... Highly, highly recommended and very very close to essential."
      "Richly poetic...engaging...gorgeous... Papa once told Maya that "a story was like a bird," flying us to somewhere unknown and always changing us. And so it is with this book."
      "This story made me feel a little bit kind of happy and kind of sad. Some feelings that [Maya] had, I sometimes have. Sometimes I am sad too but still finding a way to be happy. She was scared and I get scared too. ...I love this book."
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    My Neighbor Is a Dog Isabel Minhós Martins, Madalena Matoso, John Herring Canada
    9781926973685 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 4, Grade (US) from P - 4 Publication Date: April 15, 2013
    $16.95 CAD 7.76 x 8.66 x 0.41 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Living in an apartment building can sometimes mean sharing walls with a host of characters — but what about with crocodiles, elephants, dogs, and bears? Much to her delight, this is the motley crew that one little girl finds herself living amongst.
      Her parents, however, find all their new neighbors to be a little strange. While the little girl is enjoying the saxophone music her friendly dog neighbor plays, her parents bemoan the hair he leaves all over the stairs. When the little girl is grateful for the car wash her helpful elephant neighbors provide, her parents complain of the size of their sheets on the clothesline.
      It turns out the girl's parents have a good reason to look down on everyone — they're giraffes! Fed up with their unconventional neighbors, her parents decide to move away. But the girl vows to return to live in the building again once she grows up, which is a decision her neighbors don't find strange at all!
      Bio
      ISABEL MINHÓS MARTINS is the author of When I Was Born and Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? She is also the co-founder of Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publisher of innovative children's books. She lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

      MADALENA MATOSO studied communication design at Lisbon College of Fine Arts and completed a postgraduate degree in graphic editorial design at the Faculty of Fine Arts Barcelona. She is a prolific illustrator of children's books and lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

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      Awards
      IRA Notable Book for a Global Society 2014, Commended
      Reviews
      "Stylish and understated, this argument for tolerance is a welcome one-just like that saxophone-playing dog."
      "Matoso's blocky images and in-your-face red-and-blue palette give the book an ultrahip aesthetic, complete with quirky neighbors, tattooed movers, and badminton-playing elephants."
      "My Neighbor Is a Dog is smoothly translated with a refreshing and humorous angle on the importance of accepting others as they are."

      "The messages about judging people by their actions rather than their appearances is well camouflaged by the humorous situations and is brought home all the more effectively by the non-standard ending."
      "... a unique take on acceptance."
      "Lively and bold artwork complements a story line that celebrates the chaos of urban living and the inherent tolerance of children."
      "... an entertaining story with an important message about diversity."
      "A story about tolerance and the diversity of urban living seen through the eyes of a little girl."
      "...a delightful children's tale."
      "[A] delightful story that salutes the spiritual practice of hospitality."
      "The bold pink, red, and blue retro-styled, full-spread illustrations by Madalena Matoso are delightful, with wonderful details that children will pore over."
      "This would be a great addition to a story time about neighborhoods, and what it means to be a neighbor."
      "...will have young readers wishing that their neighbors were bears, elephants and a sax-playing dog."
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    A Ticket Around the World Natalia Diaz Canada, Melissa Owens Canada, Kim Smith Canada
    9781771470513 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Travel Age (years) from 5 - 8 Publication Date: March 15, 2015
    $17.95 CAD 10 x 9 x 0.44 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated spread with a small map that shows geography and landmarks, letting readers imagine they are traveling, too. The format makes it easy to spot similarities and differences between countries.

      This informational picture book brings engaging nonfiction content to younger readers by showing them how other children just like them live around the world. Playful, realistic illustrations done with stylized realism lend warmth and whimsy to the book, making each locale feel welcoming. A Ticket Around the World will leave readers feeling like they’ve toured the globe without ever having left home.
      Bio
      NATALIA DIAZ is the former acting editor of Chickadee magazine. This is her first published book. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.

      MELISSA OWENS is the assistant editor of Chickadee magazine. This is her first published book. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.

      KIM SMITH graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design and works as an illustrator in Calgary, Alberta.
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      "Can easily appeal beyond an American readership." — Publishers Weekly
      "The format easily invites comparisons and contrasts, and thought-provoking questions at the end will encourage additional critical thinking." — Booklist
      "An excellent resource." – Canadian Children's Book News
      "Facts are incorporated into the page seamlessly, like a conversation between friends." — Canadian Review of Materials
      "The book's inviting design resembles a scrapbook, with small, fact-filled vignettes sprinkled across the pages... will undoubtedly inspire young armchair travelers." — The National Reading Campaign
      "A great resource for students at the primary level who are beginning to learn about other countries." — Resource Links
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    Oscar Lives Next Door A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood Bonnie Farmer Canada, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9781771471046 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 4, Grade (US) from K - 4 Publication Date: September 15, 2015
    $17.95 CAD 9 x 11 x 0.44 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation.

      Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

      Set in Oscar’s true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri — now known as Little Burgundy — the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal’s Black working class population lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community’s culture and music almost tangible.

      The book concludes with a page of informational text about the author’s own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of the jazz legend.
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      Bonnie Farmer is an elementary school teacher, a children’s author, and a playwright living in Montreal, Quebec. Bonnie spent a part of her early childhood in Little Burgundy, the same neighborhood where Oscar Peterson grew up. She remembers its sights and sounds vividly and gets pangs of nostalgia each time she revisits familiar streets. Bonnie’s two most recent plays, Gollywog and Big Feelin’ have been work shopped at Black Theatre Workshop and Playwright’s Workshop of Montreal, respectively.

      Marie Lafrance is an award-winning illustrator who has been drawing most of her life. Her illustrations appear in magazines, posters, newspapers, billboards, board games, picture books and her own personal favorite, boxes of jelly powder. Recently, Marie has evolved her craft from painting with brushes to creating her wonderful illustrations digitally. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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      Awards
      Winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Award for children's literature 2016, Winner
      Reviews
      "Farmer hits the high notes...Lafrance's stylized, digitally colored compositions present the community's buildings and activities in a serenely nostalgic way."
      "An engaging look at the man who put Montreal and Little Burgundy on the map of jazz history."
      "Captivating illustrations and wonderfully descriptive text."
      "Easygoing...satisfying...Oscar Lives Next Door has none of the pretentiousness that often plagues books attempting to teach children about art or "important" cultural figures."
      "The right tone of reality and fiction...Little Burgundy comes alive."
      "Fresh, radiant, and skilfully illustrated...an exquisite picture book...unforgettable...highly recommended."
      "The best way to introduce children to the works of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson—well, it'd probably be by playing them the music itself. The second best way would be to read them Bonnie Farmer's picture book, Oscar Lives Next Door... Real biographical details are blended in with imagined moments... the book brings the neighbourhood to life, making it shimmer and hum on the page."
      "A wonderful inspiring tribute... An excellent guided reading and discussion resource for young students."
      "A visual as well as a literary success."
      "This book encourages resilience in children and the pursuit of their dreams in spite of the obstacles they may encounter."
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    I Am Josephine (And I Am a Living Thing) Jan Thornhill Canada, Jacqui Lee Canada
    9781771471565 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 2, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date: October 15, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11.25 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      Meet Josephine: a spirited and curious girl, a big sister, and a human being. She’s also a mammal, an animal, and a living thing—all identities she explores with readers in this simple informational picture book.

      Josephine presents her family (and herself) as examples of human beings, and then familiar creatures like her dog and her mom (and herself) as mammals. Next, she adds whales, lobsters, hummingbirds, and elephants (and herself) as examples of animals. Finally, she shares examples of living things, including moose, foxes, butterflies, flowers, and bugs… and, of course, herself!

      Inspired by science and nature writer Jan Thornhill’s many classroom visits, this book is intended to help children recognize themselves as part of the natural world, with an emphasis on how all living things share similarities.

      Playful, kid-friendly illustrations in vibrant colors paired with minimal text make this an easy introduction to the classification of living things. Endmatter goes into further detail about the unique characteristics of humans, mammals, animals, and living things.
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      JAN THORNHILL’s science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honors, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Peterborough County, Ontario, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.

      JACQUI LEE graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design. She started her freelance illustration career in Vancouver, and branched into children's book illustration with the Murilla Gorilla series. Jacqui is currently living in London, UK.
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      Awards
      Great Lakes Great Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "A charmingly simple way to help children see how they fit into the world around them."
      "A charming introduction to the concept of classification in the natural world...readers will enjoy following along with Josephine as she explores what similarities she shares with all other living things."
      "The combination of science lesson and find-and-search works brilliantly...colorful and cheerful."
      "Cheerful illustrations by Jacqui Lee showcase global cultures and inclusive settings, encouraging young readers to imagine a world that exists beyond their own neighbourhoods and to reflect on the concept of individuality."
      "A smart way to introduce that characteristics that unite and distinguish members of the natural world."
      "I Am Josephine is an excellent book... Highly versatile and suitable for home or school libraries... Highly recommended."
      "A solid introduction to the concept of scientific classification...children are invited into the text through seek-and-find to explore the illustrations and are prompted by questions to explain their own uniqueness and place in the living world."
      “This easy-to-follow journey through the classification system would be terrific for children ages 3-8 who are starting to question who they are and how they are related to the world around them.”
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    Level the Playing Field The Past, Present, and Future of Women's Pro Sports Kristina Rutherford Canada
    9781771471602 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (CAN) from 3, Grade (US) from 3 Publication Date: October 15, 2016
    $18.95 CAD 9.75 x 9.75 x 0.44 in | 56 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids Books Inc.
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      The experience of being a professional athlete is very different for men and women. While men’s pro sports command throngs of fans, media attention, and money, many of the world’s top professional female athletes aren’t valued or recognized equally for their talent—even though female athletes prove time and time again that they have all the skill, drama, and rivalries of their male counterparts.

      Level the Playing Field examines the root of these issues by taking readers through the history of women’s pro sports, exploring how far we have come in a relatively short time and exposing what ground is left to gain. The book provides first-person insight through exciting interviews with professional female athletes, including Canadian hockey player Cassie Campbell, American MMA fighter Miesha Tate, and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne. Along the way, author and sports journalist Kristina Rutherford covers important topics like opportunity, female role models, and stereotypes.

      Drawing on examples from a wide range of sports, and complete with sidebars, photographs, sources, and an index, this is an informative and authoritative book that makes an important contribution to the movement for women’s acceptance in professional sport.
      Bio
      Kristina Rutherford is a writer for Sportsnet with experience reporting on numerous sports both nationally and globally. She lives in Toronto, ON.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      A Junior Library Guild Selection 2016, Commended
      Nominated for Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards in Atlantic Canada 2017, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Award Nominee 2017-18 2017, Short-listed
      Canadian Children's Book Centre Award 2017 Finalist 2017, Short-listed
      Norma Fleck Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Adopts a "you can do it" tone, which is enhanced by full-page color action photographs, several interviews with sports stars, a multicolor design...and letting women speak for themselves in quotations on most pages. Young girls especially will be inspired by this volume and the bright future for women's sports it portrays."
      "Optimistic and informative...its empowering tone will encourage more young women to pursue careers in this expanding field of possibilities."
      "Will serve to inspire young dreams... Recommended for public and school libraries."
      "Wide-ranging...accessible...inspiring...sure to motivate young fans of both genders."
      "An excellent guide to the history, legends, current stars and future trends of gender balance in sport. It is a book that every young woman, be she an athlete or not, should read. It sends a powerful message to young girls to fight for their place on the field, the court, the rink, the track, the pool or any other arena and it leaves readers with a very positive message - the future does hold more promise for future athletes around the world."
      "This book is an inspiration to young women who may or may not aspire to play professional sports, but will appreciate the opportunities earned by the hard work of women in the past and present to bring gender equality to pro-sports. Recommended."
      "Level the Playing Field has a highly readable writing style yet provides comprehensive coverage and enough facts to serve as a worthy reference source. Highly recommended."
      "Every school library should have a copy, and every teacher should read and share it."

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