Kids and Teen Blog
While I was on vacation this summer, my husband and daughter were begging me to put down my book and spend time playing on the beach with them. I had the hardest time honoring their request because the book I was reading was unputdownable (yeah I just coined a new word!) "Just one more page!" "Just one more chapter!" "Just let me finish!" were the words that they grew accustomed to hearing. I was reading an advance reading copy of Glow, the first book in Macmillan's hot new teen series by Amy Kathleen Ryan.
You thought Hunger Games was good? Waiting for another series to wet your YA Novel appetite? Well I am very pleased to tell you that Glow is now available in stores across North America, and my good friends you could win a copy from MyJellybean.com, just follow the link and enter! I promise, you won't be disappointed with this book.
Glow: Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager — until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage — and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth. But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.
Art Geeks & Prom Queens: Being the new girl is tough -- just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier.
Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach, and she isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. At first, Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in the jet set crowd, she discovers an unwritten rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don't cross Kristi...
When I was a kid, especially during summer break, my days were filled with a lot of card playing. My mom loves cards, my grandpa loved cards and that was passed along to my sister and I.
One of our favorite things to do, as we played our winning hand was to shout out "Read em and weep!" Is this a regular card saying? I have no idea. In my family it is.
When my husband and I first got together we played a lot of cards as well. Whenever we took a plane or ferry, went on vacation, or had a tv-less night the decks of cards would always come out. Once we had our daughter, sadly, the card playing ended. I'm looking forward to playing cards with her as she gets a bit older. Some of my favorite memories of my Popa were of playing cards with him.
I think the cards may be coming out again at the Allen household sooner than expected thanks to Chronicle Books new game Quallop. Created by Forrest-Pruzan Creative (the creators of the best boardgame ever- Cranium) this is the most fun, addictive, card game I've played in awhile.
This morning my good publicist buddy Danielle and I cracked open a pack of Quallop and tried our hand at this fun new game.
The game is a bit like Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four but in card version. Kids as young as the age of 6 should be able to understand the concept but adults will have equally as much fun playing. This would be the perfect game to take to the cabin, on a road trip or on an Earth Hour night by candle light.
Here are photos of Dani and I playing Quallop.
1. Take shrink wrap off package. Take out cards. Read instructions. Players decide if they want to be circles or squares. (I chose circle because aqua is my favorite colour.)
2. Shuffle deck.
3. Open up game board (which also doubles as a handy package to store the cards in). Deal each player one card. Figure out who's birthday is next, that player goes first.
4. Take turns laying a card on the gameboard. Once a space is filled with a shape it can only be covered by that same shape or by a card with a blank space on it like the one that Dani is holding. The goal is to get 4 of your shape in a row either horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
5. Sometimes that happens super fast like this time when Dani won.
6. And other times it takes almost every single card in the deck like this time that I won. (Incidentally if you do play every single card it's a tie and you start over again.)
So now the really fun part! Want to win a set of Quallop of your very own? There are 3 ways to win.
1. Tweet: "@raincoastbooks and I <3 Quollop, the addictive new card game. I want to win a set! Do you? http://ow.ly/6c3Oq" Then come back here and tell us you tweeted.
2. Like Raincoast Books on Facebook and post on our page "I <3 Quallop, the addictive new card game." Then come back here and tell us you like Raincoast on Facebook.
3. Post here the phrase that you yell out when you win a hand of cards.
Contest closes in two weeks on September 7, 2011.
Read em and weep.
Congrats to Cameron! I've messaged you on Twitter! DM me!
And to the rest of you. Keep reading our blog for more give-aways!
As a publicist I sometimes get movie passes for give-away. This time I worked with Disney for a cross promo with Cars 2 and a book from Chronicle Books, Art of Cars 2. Disney was nice enough to send me a few.
So, I have one here (admits 2) for the Vancouver premier on Wednesday June 22, 2011, 7PM at The Scotiabank Theatre on Burrard st.
I also have a book here that I will throw in as well!!
To be entered:
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“I entered to win The Art of Cars 2 Book and movie pass courtesy of #raincoastbooks #chroniclebooks & #disney!”
I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, June 17th, at 12:00pm (PST). I will be in touch if I draw your name.
Please note: This draw is open to lower mainland residents. Please keep in mind to arrive early as seating is first come first serve and that this ticket does not guarantee you a seat.
**And you have to find your own way to get to the movie.
It doesn't seem like too long ago that I read the first book in the Ivy and Bean series and ran around the office raving to anyone that would listen about how fantastic it was.
Ivy and Bean took me right back to being an 8 year old girl who loved reading and would hole herself up in her room for hours reading Ramona books.
I remember telling all the women that I know that if they loved Ramona books as a kid that they had to go out and pick up Ivy and Bean immediately to share with any young women in their life.
Apparently I am not the only one that loves Ivy and Bean because... Chronicle Books has just announced that Ivy and Bean has sold 1 Million Copies!
Ivy and Bean author Annie Barrows did this special video to thank everyone who helped her meet this incredible milestone!
Check out this great video shot at an Annie Barrows event in celebration of Ivy and Bean Day!
Download your own Ivy and Bean Double-Dare Cootie Catcher like the one in the video!
I also love this book report done by 3rd grade Ivy and Bean fan Leah.
Want to win an Ivy and Bean Prize Pack including an Ivy and Bean T-shirt, an Ivy and Bean Magnetic Bookmark and an Ivy and Bean book of your choice?
Comment below and tell us what kind of adventure you would like to see Ivy and Bean get into next. We'll choose one winner on May 17.
Have you been introduced to Noonie yet? If not you are in for a great treat! Noonie is the main character of Chronicle Books new kids' fiction title Noonie's Masterpiece. A 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius.
Here... get to know her!
One of my favourite things about Noonie's Masterpiece is that all of those amazing illustrations that you just saw in the trailer video are in the book! Yep that's right it is filled througout with gorgeous colour illustrations!
Want to be inspired by Noonie? Why not download a free Noonie Art Sheet?
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a family with little ones? Sweetmama.ca has incredible gift ideas for all of the family members on your list!
This set includes two books on mommies (Mommy Hugs, Mommy Loves), and two on daddies (Daddy Cuddles, Daddy Kisses), each of which show a nice variety of animals loving on their young ones. The last embrace of each book is a child with their parent. I love these for the vocabulary – I had no idea that baby koalas were joeys, and baby hedgehogs were hoglets! – and for the warm affection that is portrayed here without a trace of saccharine.
Equally attractive to me -- and contributing to the warm, cozy atmosphere of the books -- are the paintings. They are bold and richly ochre-toned, but more complex than they look at first glance, making for a gorgeous animal book as well as a quartet of little love stories. What a treat for a parent to share with their own kiddos.
Another one of their favourite gift ideas? The Little Books Boxed Set by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace. Great News!!! They are giving one away! All you have to do is leave them a comment with what your families favourite board book is! Enter Here.
Date: September 5th (Labour Day weekend)
Time: Between 2-4PM
Location: Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard Ouest
CHILDREN WELCOME! Juice, coloring and a special performance from a member of the Yellow Bird Project family provided!!
So, I'm giving away an official Yellow Bird Project T-Shirt and Book. So pretty! Enter the draw to help spread the word. Word, word, word, Yellow Bird is the word!(or words)!! Message me (Danielle) on Twitter. Let me know who your favorite Indie band is. I'll make a random draw to pick a winner. Contest closes next Friday September 11th. Contest open to Canadian residents only. Sorry.
Yellow Bird Project is a Montreal-based non-profit initiative that was started in 2006. Yellow Bird Project has worked with an amazing range of indie rock musicians (Bon Iver, The Shins, Joseph Arthur, The National to name a few) to create unique t-shirt designs (designed by the musicians) that benefit an array of charities. Each charity is chosen by the musicians as well, so YBP has given money to a variety of charities; St, Jude's Children's Research, AIDS society, Mercy Corp, etc!. The goal of Yellow Bird Project is to do something fun that encourages philanthropy in young people and support the artists we love.For more information about YBP's mission, and to purchase T-shirts crafted by some of the bands in this book, please visit http://www.yellowbirdproject.com.
Enter to win! Canadian Family Magazine is offering the chance to win a signed ERIC CARLE bookplate, along with a set of ERIC CARLE DECORATIVE PRINTS from Chronicle Books. The print collection features 12 lovely posters celebrating Eric Carle's bright, cheerful and instantly recognizable art (which he makes with brightly-coloured hand-painted paper). Canadian Family's beautiful bookplate prize is framed to be hung alongside the decorative prints. Click here to enter the contest!
You can catch Eric Carle talking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘s 40th Birthday here. Below, take a tour of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with the folks at Just One More Book! --what a tremendous amount of work goes into Eric Carle's art!
I hope all you moms out there had a lovely Mother's day yesterday!
We'd also like to celebrate the moms-to-be - so we've partnered with our friends at Canadian Family magazine to bring you a special contest. Two contests, actually!
Read and Roll!
One grand-prize winner receives:
- Zooper “Everyday Jazz” stroller
- 30 books and board books for new parents and newborns
The “Read and Roll!” contest will run until June 30th on www.raincoast.com/baby/
Read and Relax!
Visit a participating store to enter to win a “Parent's Care Kit” prize-pack (1 winner per store). We know parents need pampering, too, so this is a collection of items for you to enjoy in your spare moments, however brief they may be!
Each “Parent's Care Kit” contains:
- The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
- Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote
- Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin
- The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
- Canadian Family magazine
- Body Shop gift pack
- Purdy's chocolate bar
- Starbucks card
For a list of participating stores, visit www.raincoast.com/baby/.
Keep an eye out for books stickered with a special offer from Raincoast and Canadian Family magazine: free with purchase of a specially stickered book, you will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine!
Find out more!
To find out more about some great books for newborns and new parents, plus info on the contests and a list of participating stores, please visit: