Articles by Melissa
It’s time for another #PlayTestShare! Chronicle, Twirl and Princeton have developed a reputation for quality books, games and colouring books that inspire creativity and imagination for kids of all ages. And with Spring Break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to enthusiastic bloggers and book reviewers to play, test and share with their readers!
Check out their reviews during the week ahead and enter to win one of ten offerings at any of these participating blogs: My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Frugal Mom Eh, Book Time, Our Happy Place, 3 Plus a Bunny, Fab Book Reviews, The Mommy Mix, Quillable, Working Mommy Journal, Glimpse Reviews, Discovering Parenthood, MBA Mama Musings, and Kinderlit.
Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!
Contest runs from March 9 to March 16.
#PlayTestShare Picks for Spring Break 2017:
Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo
A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck. With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site--this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do!
Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.
642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition
A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, this journal a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.
A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings.
Space Playing Cards
Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives
Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.
Birds of the World
A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, and many more.
Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book
This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.
Ultimate Book of Cities
Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!
Towering Tree Puzzle
Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!
The creative teams at Chronicle Books and Laurence King have delivered another great selection of entertaining games and colouring books bound to become favourites on Family Game Night. Your teens will set aside their smart phones for the thought-provoking Listography. To the Ocean Deep is filled with the most absorbing images, and bonus!—it’s 15 feet long so squabbling siblings can colour at opposite ends. And Cat Bingo? It’s meow-ve-lous!
There are nine terrific offerings and we’re putting them through the toughest test of all: Satisfying the discerning eyes, hearts and minds of Canadian parent bloggers!
Check out their reviews and enter to win your choice of two items at any of these participating blogs: British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh!, Glimpse Reviews, The Koala Mom, Life on a Canadian Island, My Little House of Treasures, The Pampered Baby, and Quillable.ca.
The #PlayTestShare giveaway will run from September 12 to 20th. Use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites and let the games begin!
Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It's an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It's the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.
Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!
642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
This new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining big objects or pondering big ideas, budding writers will find this HUGELY entertaining book of prompts the perfect tool for kick-starting their ENORMOUS creative potential—and perhaps their next EPIC masterpiece.
Members of the Raincoast marketing team, disguised to elude capture, slipped away from their desks to play a round of Za Za Zoom!
Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let's Play!—Herve Tullet's open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.
To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.
Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game
Experience the classic Go Fish card game in a sock-inspired way! The perennial post-laundry problem of the search for the missing sock becomes a playful quest to collect the most pairs of sock-shaped cards. Forty cards feature an array of bright colors and patterns that will encourage young players to learn new words and hone concentration skills while they play.
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.
Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.
Heading to the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto next week? Make sure you stop by the Raincoast booth (#417) and meet some of our fantastic Canadian authors! Take a look at the author signing schedule below:
Thursday, January 28:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: A.M. Dellamonica
A. M. Dellamonica is the author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines, anthologies and on Tor.com.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Marina Cohen
Marina Cohen is the author of several fantasy and horror novels for kids and teens. Her novel, Ghost Ride, was nominated for the 2011 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award and won Honour Book. Cohen has been teaching in the York Region District School Board since 1995.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Ausma Zehanat Khan
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband. This is her second novel.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Jess Keating
As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple Award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com.
Friday, January 29:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Catherine Lo and Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Inspired by 12 years working with at-risk teenagers as a teacher in a behavior support program, Catherine Lo is the author of How It Ends. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her family.
A former journalist and model, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has travelled the world and enjoys writing contemporary fiction. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband. Firsts is her debut novel.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers is the author of seven young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in southern Ontario, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.
January 15, 2016
San Francisco, CA - San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement to distribute Hardie Grant Books in North America.
Founded in 1997 in Melbourne, and now publishing from both London and Australia, Hardie Grant Books is a leading publisher of illustrated books in a number of categories including food and drink, design and interiors, humor and advice. They count amongst their internationally bestselling authors Greg and Lucy Malouf, Megan Hess, Domonique Bertolucci, Kit Kemp and the Green Kitchen blog authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.
Hardie Grant Books now joins Quadrille Publishing, also part of Hardie Grant Publishing Group, which has just enjoyed its first season with Chronicle Books.
Chronicle Books and its Canadian distributor Raincoast Books will be responsible for selling approximately 40 titles a season, starting with the Fall 2016 season.
Hardie Grant Publishing will hire a marketing and publicity executive to work on both Quadrille and Hardie Grant Books situated at the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco.
"Hardie Grant is a market leader in English language illustrated book publishing,” says Jack Jensen, President of Chronicle Books. "After a longstanding partnership working with Hardie Grant to distribute our products in Australia, we are thrilled that we can now bring their future lists to the North American market."
“We are delighted that Chronicle Books will now extend its sales expertise to both our imprints Hardie Grant and Quadrille, and we look forward to working closely with them,” says Julie Pinkham, HGP’s Group Managing Director.
We're celebrating the holidays with #12DaysofBookmas! Stop by our Twitter or Facebook and follow the #12DaysofBookmas hashtag for daily giveaways. Retweet your favourite posts on Twitter or share your favourite posts on Facebook for opportunities to win some fabulous books!
See below for giveaway rules and regulations.
- No purchase is necessary to participate.
- Entry is limited to persons aged 16 and above who are Canadian residents. Grand Prize entry is limited to Canadian residents aged 16 and above, excluding Quebec.
- To enter, retweet the post on Twitter or share the post on Facebook for your chance to win the prize that day. No other entry method will be accepted. Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. is not responsible for late or misdirected entries or transmission errors.
- Winner selection is based upon random draw, and each giveaway will close 24 hours after the original posting time. Any entries received after the 24 hour window will be excluded from the draw. There will only be one winner selected for each prize offered. Winners will be announced the day after each post, unless the giveaway is posted on a Friday, in which case the winner will be announced on a Monday. There will be no posts or winners announced on weekends.
- The Grand Prize giveaway will end at 11:59 PM PST on December 26th, 2015. Any entries received after this time will be excluded from the draw. The winner will be announced on December 28th, 2015.
- Odds for winning the prizes will depend on the number of entries received.
- Prize value will range between $5 and $100 (Canadian dollars) depending upon the book(s) being given away, with the exception of the Grand Prize which is valued at over $400. Prizes have no cash value and must be accepted as awarded.
- The prize will be shipped via standard post at no cost to the winner.
- Entry information collected by Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. will not be used for any purpose other than to provide the winners with their prizes.
- Entry limited to one entry per sweepstakes offer per person. Void where prohibited by law.
- Giveaway Sponsor: Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. 2440 Viking Way, Richmond, BC, Canada V6V 1N2
- This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter.
Get excited! The Fall Fierce Reads Tour is stopping in Toronto, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled afternoon with four fabulously fierce authors.
Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills and Leila Sales will be at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton on Saturday, October 17th at 3:00 PM. These four ladies will chat about their books, share stories and answer audience questions before signing their upcoming novels. And if you thought this event couldn’t get any better, I’m happy to tell you that Ariel Bissett—founder of BookTubeAThon and an overall fantastic YouTuber—will be hosting.
Unfortunately, I will be stuck here in Vancouver and will not be able to fangirl with the rest of you lucky Toronto dwellers, so if you are able to attend the event, we would love it if you could keep us in the loop by using the hashtag #FierceReadsTakesTO on social media. I will be living vicariously through you!
Just in case you are unfamiliar with these authors (FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY), you can click the links below to learn more about these wonderful books and their writers.
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker, #2)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
First & Then by Emma Mills
Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
If you can’t make it to Toronto for this event (I empathize completely…), make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages next week as the #FierceReadsTakesTO Blog Tour commences! 10 of our lovely bloggers will be posting reviews, as well as Q&As with these authors, starting on Monday. You won’t want to miss this!
Do you live in Vancouver? Do you love chocolate? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect event for you! Come celebrate the launch of Eagranie Yuh's The Chocolate Tasting Kit on March 20, 2014 at Xoxolat. This will be a fun filled evening of chocolate tastings with the opportunity to meet the author extraordinaire herself. We would love it if you could join us for this event.
Eagranie Yuh is a local author and chocolate educator who has recently published The Chocolate Tasting Kit with Chronicle Books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Best Food Writing 2012, Edible Vancouver, Flavours and more. She is also a permanent grand jury member of the International Chocolate Awards. In other words, she knows her stuff!
Xoxolat is located at 1271 Homer Street in Yaletown, and the Open House will be from 5-8 PM. This event is free, but you can RSVP here. We'll be selling kits, sampling chocolate, and there will be a cash bar.
We hope to see you there!
Well, the first month of the new year is officially over. If you’re like me, you had those great intentions to live a healthier lifestyle, but somehow they didn’t quite turn out. Maybe you hit the gym a couple of times—just nowhere near as often as you planned (or if you’re like me, you’re still trying to make yourself go to the gym for the first time this year). So you’re a tad bit delayed on your new self. But never fear! If your goal was to eat healthier and lose weight, the solution is at your fingertips. Dr. Ian K. Smith designed the diet book Super Shred for those of us looking to lose weight quickly, and more importantly, safely.
In just four weeks, if you have 20 pounds to lose, you can lose them. You can be bikini (or speedo!) ready for that Spring Break beach vacation you planned. Super Shred provides a concentrated diet plan that uses the principles of diet confusion, meal replacement, snacking and meal spacing to help you lose weight.
“It’s just another diet book,” you say? That’s not quite true. The author, Dr. Ian Smith, actually spends time with real dieters while researching his books, and designs his books to help dieters overcome the obstacles they usually face when using a diet plan.
If you aren’t looking to lose weight in such a short period of time, you can also try Dr. Ian’s 6-week cycle diet, Shred.
Dr. Ian will be in Toronto on February 13th. Be sure to watch him on the Social! He is sure to convince even the
laziest most cynical of us that we can change ourselves and our lifestyles.
Christina Rasmussen, author of Second Firsts will be in Vancouver speaking at Urban Campfire: Winter Edition on February 11, 2014. A crisis-intervention specialist, Christina knows first hand how consuming grief can be, and how to overcome it.
After studying to become a therapist and crisis intervention counselor - even doing her master's thesis on the stages of bereavement - Christina Rasmussen thought she understood grief. But it wasn't until losing her husband to cancer in her early 30s that she truly grasped the depths of sorrow and pain that accompany loss. Using the knowledge she gained while wading through her own grief and reading hundreds of neuroscience books, Rasmussen began to look at experiences in a new way. She realized that grief plunges you into a gap between worlds - the world before loss and the world after loss. She also realized how easy it is to become lost in this gap.
In Second Firsts, Rasmussen walks you through her Life Reentry process to help you break grief's spiral of pain, so you can stop simply surviving and begin to live again. She shows you that loss can actually be a powerful catalyst to creating a life that is in alignment with your true passions and values. The resilience, strength, and determination that have gotten you through this difficult time are the same characteristics that will help you craft your wonderful new life. Her method, which she has used successfully with thousands of clients, is based on the science of neuroplasticity and focuses on consciously releasing pain in ways that both honor suffering and rewire the brain to change your perception of the world and yourself. Using practical exercises and stories drawn from her own life and those of her clients, Rasmussen guides you through five stages of healing that help you open up to new possibilities. From acknowledging your fear, to recognizing where you stand now, to taking active steps toward a new life, Rasmussen helps you move past the pain and shows that it's never too late to step out of the gap and experience life again - as if for the first time.
Christina will be speaking about her experience and her book, Second Firsts. Tickets to the conference are available for purchase here: Urban Campfire