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Category: Picture Books

New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights March 2015

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / March 06, 2015

Here's a look at just a few of the novels, picture books and poetry out this month for kids and teens



The Winner's Crime 

Marie Rutkoski

ISBN 9780374384708 | $20.50 cl

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

A royal wedding is what most girls can only dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement—that she agreed to marry the crown prince just to guarantee Arin's freedom—if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? 


Ages 12+

Available Now


Chronicles of Nick #6

Sherrilyn Kenyon

ISBN 9781250063861 | $22.99 cl

The next novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters—another day in the life of Nick Gautier—and those are just his friends. But now that he's accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that's hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. 

Ages 12-18

Available March 31


The Tragic Age

Stephen Metcalfe

ISBN 9781250054418 | $21.99 cl

A brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel about a misanthropic young man learning to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. But Billy's life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey, a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw, and Gretchen Quinn, who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. Billy knows that one is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn't trust happiness. It's the age he's at. The tragic age. 

Ages 14-18

Available Now



How to Hypnotize a Tiger 

Poems About Just About Everything

Calef Brown

ISBN 9780805099287 | $20.50 cl

This is the first longer-format, middle-grade poetry collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown. Moving away from the picture book format offers Calef the opportunity to tackle a variety of themes and poetry styles as well as reach a slightly older audience along the lines of Doug Florian and Shel Silverstein.

Ages 8-12

Available Now

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Catherynne M. Valente; illustrated by Ana Juan

ISBN 9781250023490 | $19.50 cl

Here is Book 4 of the 5-book New York Times-bestselling Fairyland series, which TIME Magazine calls "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy published so far this century."

A young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, and becomes a changeling in our world, a place no less bizarre than Fairyland in his eyes. Left with a human family in Chicago, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate.

When he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland changed and Hawthorn finds himself at the centre of a changeling revolution. 

Ages 10+

Available Now

The Whisper

The Riverman Trilogy #2

Aaron Starmer

ISBN 9780374363116 | $19.50 cl

The second book in the Riverman Trilogy is a twisting, turning, riveting roller coaster of a ride through a magical land where nothing is as it seems, and no one is to be trusted.

At the end of The Riverman, the first book in the Riverman Trilogy, twelve-year-old Alistair learns that his friend Fiona has been telling the truth about traveling to a magical land called Aquavania when she goes missing from their hometown of Thessaly, New York. Alistair knows her absence means that her soul has been stolen by a merciless stalker called the Riverman. Unless Alistair can travel to Aquavania to save her, Fiona may never return home. 

Ages 10+

Available Now


Farewell Floppy

Benjamin Chaud

ISBN 9781452137346 | $21.99 cl

It was the perfect plan: abandon pet rabbit Floppy in the woods and take a giant leap toward adulthood. Having a bunny that moonlights as a best friend is for babies, right? It's better to cut a pet loose, make new human friends, and not be so dependent on a floppy-eared fur ball bent on chewing electrical cords, right? If saying good-bye to Floppy is required to grow up, why does life without Floppy seem so wrong? From Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of The Bear's Song and The Bear's Sea Escape, comes this unforgettable, thought-provoking picture book about the power of unlikely friendships.

Ages 3-5

Available Now

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

ISBN 9781452119366 | $22.50 cl

In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green-leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world-earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow-populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

Ages 5-8

Available Now

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School... 

Davide Cali; illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

ISBN 9781452131689 | $15.99 cl

First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn't Do My Homework Because... comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds-and the unbelievable oddness!

Ages 6-9

Available Now

I Wish You More

Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

ISBN 9781452126999 | $19.99 cl

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.

Ages 5-8

Available March 31

New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights August 2014

by Dan
Board Books + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / July 29, 2014

Is it really almost August? Oh my, summer is really flying by! Fortunately we still have lots of great books for you to read before school starts again. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the books we have coming out next month for Kids, Middle Grade, and Teen:



Some Boys

Patty Blount

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

When Grace meets Ian, she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar.

Except Ian doesn't reject her. He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back.

He's also Zac's best friend.

Ages 13-17

Available August 5

A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall

Swoon Reads proudly presents its first novel—an irresistible and original romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints. 

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it.

Ages 12-17

Available August 26


The Island of Excess Love

Francesca Lia Block

Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. When a foreboding ship appears in the harbour across from their home, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. In a trance, they head for the ship, and their new battles begin—battles that will test their love for one another. 

This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide. A powerful and stunning book filled with Francesca Lia Block’s beautiful language and inspiring characters.

Ages 14+

Available August 26


The League of Seven

Alan Gratz & illustrated by Brett Helquist

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz.

Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten-but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Ages 10-15

Available August 19

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener."Kirkus Reviews


The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A BabyLit Colors Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library.

Frankenstein: A BabyLit Anatomy Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

"Will delight bookish babes of all ages."—Cool Mom Picks

"The simplicity of these books is its genius."—Kid Lit Review



Ages infant-4

Available Now

Doodle Lit

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

Now kids can celebrate classic literature in doodle form! With Doodle Lit, artists can use their imaginations to complement favorites such as Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, and many more. 

Sprinkled throughout are also designs with perforated edges, perfect for popping out and crafting! Illustrated in the same colourful and playful style as the acclaimed BabyLit board book series. 

Ages 8+

Available August 1

The Bear's Sea Escape

Benjamin Chaud

More adventures await The Bear's Song's Little Bear and Papa Bear. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away... to a tropical island! Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, travelling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island. As in The Bear's Song, Little Bear is featured in every spread. Will Papa Bear—and the reader—find him? Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

Ages 3-5

Available August 5

"As charming as two bears can be."Kirkus Reviews

"It’s like a wonderfully Gallic cousin to Where’s Waldo?, and don’t think that Chaud doesn’t know it—there’s a familiar-looking fellow in a striped hat and glasses tucked away in a crowded traffic scene"—Publishers Weekly (starre


Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem-like the flashlight beam itself-reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

Ages 2-6

Available August 12



"Contemplative children will spend hours on each page, noticing such subtleties as reappearing animals and the slowly rising moon over the course of one night in the forest."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum

Zack Rock

With a nose for adventure and an eye on history, Homer Henry Hudson travels the world for pieces to add to his exhibits at the Curio Museum. Author and illustrator Zack Rock crafts a tale brimming with curiosities, not the least of which is the true identity of the museum's canine caretaker, who, as he reflects on the exotic collection at his paws, becomes inspired to venture out into the unknown once again. 

Ages 6-8

Available August 19

New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights March 2014

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / February 24, 2014

There are so many great books for kids and teens coming in out in March! Here's a look at some of the highlights.... 


My Life with the Walter Boys

Ali Novak

Wattpad's most loved story with over 26 million views, published for the first time!

Sixteen-year-old Jackie Howard is devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident. She has no one to turn to except for her mom's best friend Katherine Walter. Jackie quickly discovers that Katherine is no stranger to being a mom—she's got twelve boys! And every single one is a handful...

Ages 12-17

Available March 1

The Winner's Curse

Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare,it is a brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Ages 12-17

Available March 4


Paperback Original

Searching for Beautiful

Nyrae Dawn

From the bestselling author of Charade, a heartbreaking look at a failed teen pregnancy and how a broken girl can love again, told in alternating chapters from the before and the after.

Ages 13+

Available March 4

The Nightmare Dilemma

Arkwell Academy #2

Mindee Arnett

Following The Nightmare Dilemma, the thrilling new fantastical Arkwell Academy mystery series from YA author Mindee Arnett continues with The Nightmare Dilemma. 

Ages 13-18

Available March 11

16 Things I Thought Were True 

Janet Gurtler

Morgan isn't thrilled to take a summer job at the local amusement park the summer before her senior year. Her super-hot manager, Adam, makes it bearable...until she gets fired. And when Morgan's mom gets sick and confesses that Morgan's dad is not actually dead, she becomes determined to find him. To her shock, Adam agrees to help. Road trip with a cute guy? Summer is finally starting to look up.

Ages 13+

Available March 11


Canada Doodles 

Megan Radford & illustrated by Peter Cook

Explore the rugged beauty of Canada's varied landscape as you travel on highways, in trains and planes, and even floating in bathtubs. Enjoy a plate of poutine and other tasty treats, admire the world's biggest tomahawk, and take in a hockey game.

Ages 8+

Available Now

Edgar Gets Ready For Bed

A BabyLit First Steps Picture Book

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Ron Stucki

Meet the plucky toddler Edgar the Raven! He's mischievous, disobedient, and contrary. Dinnertime, clean-up time, and bedtime are all met with one word: NEVERMORE! But as the evening winds to a close, Edgar's mom knows just what to do to get her son into bed—a bedtime story.

Infant to 3

Available Now

The Big Book of Superheroes

Bart King

As a child, Bart King discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is one of the world's most in-demand superhero experts. So if you're wondering if you have what it takes to be a superhero-of course you do! All you need is a burning desire to fight evildoers. Oh, and also a secret identity, the perfect name, a cool costume, some terrific superpowers, and an archenemy. Actually, you know what? You better get this book!


Ages 8+

Available March 1

The Cupcake Club: Baby Cakes

Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

Delaney is shocked to find out her mom is expecting twins! She LIKES being an only child. It's been 10 years, and she's had her parents-and her room-all to herself. But her cupcake club pals are excited to bake for the baby shower-until Delaney's mom wants a giant stork made out of cupcakes! Meanwhile, Delaney wonders what kind of a big sis she'll be. She's never babysat and definitely has never changed a diaper. The girls of Peace, Love & Cupcakes are about to give her a crash course in Baby 101!


Ages 9-12

Available March 4

Daddy Wrong Legs

Nina Laden

Every daddy is different—and here's the proof! Featuring Nina Laden's colourful artwork and trademark humour, this interactive format will delight the youngest readers (and their fathers) as they mix and match the split pages to create a bevy of daddies that are part hairy, part scaly... and wholly fun.

Infant to 3

Available March 4

I Didn't Do My Homework Because...

Davide Cali & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

How many excuses are there for not doing homework? Let us count the ways: Giant lizards invaded the neighbourhood. Elves hid all the pencils. And then there was that problem with carnivorous plants...The excuses go on and on, each more absurd than the next and escalating to hilarious heights.

Ages 6-9

Available March 4

642 Things to Write About

Young Writers Edition

826 Valencia

Write a to-do list for a villain. Describe your dream tree house. Create a haiku about your shoes. Young writers will get their creative juices flowing with this collection of smart, funny, and thought-provoking writing exercises. Kids can open to any page to find inspiration, express themselves, and jump-start their literary genius.

Ages 8-12

Available March 4

Bedtime Math 2

This Time It's Personal

Laura Overdeck & illustrated by Jim Paillot

Inside Bedtime Math 2, families will find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle-math that isn't just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics from missing socks and glitter to your favorite wild pet and how fast you can run, kids will find math isn't just fun, it can be found in their everyday lives.

Ages 3-8

Available March 11

The Riverman

Aaron Starmer

Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is not the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn't really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl.

Ages 10-14

Available March 18

Presto Change-o!

A Book of Animal Magic

Edouard Manceau

See the raccoon hiding in a magic cauldron? The owl pretending to be a clock? The lion masquerading as a flower? A rabbit hiding in a hot-air balloon? Kids will love working magic with just a few simple turns-and a few rhyming verses-that transform everyday objects into familiar creatures.

Ages 3+

Available March 18

Two Hands to Love You

Diane Adams & illustrated by Paige Keiser

With two loving hands, an adoring mother cradles her baby after bath time and a devoted father lifts his newborn to look into a nest. Sister, brother, grandma, and grandpa all can't wait to share what they love best with their newest family member. And when it is time to step out into the world, this caring family is right there alongside their littlest one. 

Ages 2-4

Available March 25

Lately Lily

The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Micah Player

Where has Lily been lately? Everywhere! In this heartfelt picture book from illustrator Micah Player, Lily—a world travelling girl with boundless curiosity—goes on enviable adventures with her best friend Zeborah, travelling by plane, train, boat, and even by camel. Whether venturing far away or staying close to home, Lily knows that the joy of discovery is the best way to travel each and every day.

Ages 3-5

Available March 25

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza

James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior isn't the brightest bulb in the box, so it's good he's got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza's got clams and peanut butter on it, so it's not clear who's going to want it, but deliver it they will. With bright, lively illustrations and classic pratfalls, this graphic novel for kids is 112 pages of super icky gross-out humor and ludicrously bad decisions

Ages 5-9

Available March 25

Chronicle Books Introduce Twirl

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books / February 13, 2014


Our friends at Chronicle Books have announced they are partnering with Éditions Tourbillon in Paris to create Twirl Books. 

Lovingly created by a dedicated team of editors and designers, the English-language interactive books and games will feature innovative formats and eye-catching visuals for babies, toddlers and young children.

Check out the first five Twirl titles due out next month:


A Tree For All Seasons

Maryse Guittet

This uniquely shaped board book celebrates the cycle of the year with a tree that blossoms in spring, bears fruit in summer, sheds its leaves in fall, and cradles snow in winter. Young readers follow the passage of seasons in a succession of spreads, each filled with simple text and intriguing lift-the-flaps that reveal the many creatures-from owls to bumblebees-who all find shelter in the tree's boughs.






JoJo's First Word Book

Xavier Deneux

Meet Jojo, the irresistible young bunny who's every toddler's best friend and the star of this friendly and reassuring first word book! Together with his sister Lulu, Jojo explores scenes of daily life familiar to every child, from mealtime to playtime to bedtime. 






My First Color Dominoes

The Game of Color Discovery

Edouard Manceau

This book and accompanying domino game offer an intriguing way to learn and explore the world of colour. The game-28 sturdy pieces securely stowed-features colourful familiar objects to match end to end. And the robust board book stashed in a pocket on the other side reinforces colour combinations learned in the game. 



Presto Change-O

Edouard Manceau

Here you'll find a magic book
Where all's not what it seems.
For when you turn each object round


The unexpected will be seen. 








The Ultimate Book of Vehicles

From Around the World

Didier Balicevic

Vehicles, vehicles, vehicles—nearly 100 of them—in all shapes and sizes! A giant crane hovers over a construction site, a space ship roars into space... Super-sized spreads feature marvellously detailed illustrations that just beg to be pored over again and again. Best of all, lots of flaps, popups, pull-tabs, and rotating wheels bring the various vehicles to life. 


Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney and Jef Kaminsky

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books / August 16, 2013


“It's a great book if you're starting kindergarten.

The pictures are funny and I like the characters/creatures.”

Sorren – age 4.

Sorren is starting kindergarten in September and turning 5 in October. He lives in Vancouver with his parents, his younger brother and their cat Jane. Sorren is an avid reader and has read Monstergarten five times. 


Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

by Chelsea
Kids + Picture Books / August 12, 2013

Bully Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is one of those rare picture books that creates a meaningful, emotive story with just a few simple words and illustrations. Kids of all ages will empathize with the characters and learn that it’s better to be a friend, not a bully.

First, Bully the Bull is yelled at in the barnyard by an older bull. Instead of seeking friendship, he goes on to treat the other farm animals in the exact same way. “BUZZ OFF!” he yells at the bee; “YOU STINK!” he says to the skunk. He grows in size all the while, inflated by the false sense of being bigger than everyone else. Finally, Bully is forced to look at himself and realize what he really is: just a big, mean bully. That’s when Bully shrinks down to his normal size and apologizes to his friends.

Bullying is a destructive cycle that can be hard to stop without empathy for those involved. In only 36 pages and 22 words, Seeger shows us why people start bullying others, why it makes them feel good, the negative effect it has on themselves and everyone else, and the healing power of friendship.

Fall Kids Books from Raincoast!

by Melissa
Events + Fiction + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / September 18, 2012

Wow, it is already that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and school is back in session.

While I am sure everyone is dreading the end of summer, the shift into fall isn't all bad... especially when you take into account all these awesome upcoming fall titles, and their corresponding Canadian events:

by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
available August 2012
A story about how things are not always what they seem, this is an adorable picture book from Chronicle Books that children will love to read again and again. Canadian illustrator Jeremy Tankard's gorgeous artwork makes this a picture book that belongs on your bookshelf. 
Jeremy Tankard will be appearing at Calgary WordFest on October 10th to present both It's a Tiger! and Piggy Bunny.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Calgary WordFest website.
by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
available October 2012
In the newest installment of the Ivy and Bean series, the dynamic duo aren't allowed to go to camp with Bean's sister Nancy because the camp is for 11-year olds, and they aren't 11 yet! Instead of feeling left out, Bean and Ivy take matters into their own hands and decide to make their own camp with their own rules.  With the same fun tone and illustrations we've become accustomed to from Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, kids will love this new installment of one of their favourite book series.
Watch the book trailer below for a far better explanation than I could ever give (plus it's so cute!):

Celebrate this adorable series with us on October 13th, the first international Ivy & Bean day! Visit the Chronicle Books website for tons of fun activities. The author of Ivy & Bean, Annie Barrows, will also be in Toronto on October 19th and 20th - stay tuned for more details!
by Janet Gurtler
available October 2012
Who I Kissed is Canadian author Janet Gurtler's third YA novel with Sourcebooks, and one that tackles a topic rarely seen in fiction.  A book about how one little kiss turned main character Samantha's life upside down, Gurtler manages to convey the all-encompassing emotion of guilt in a realistic, relatable way, as Samantha has to deal with the repercussions of her unexpectedly fatal action. Janet Gurtler expertly weaves her way through the intricacies of food allergies while simultaneously exploring the effect of guilt, and the importance in learning to overcome it.
As a person with allergies myself, I truly appreciated that aspect of the novel, and Janet's insight into the complex emotion of guilt is guaranteed to keep readers' interest.
Come meet Janet at the Shawnessy Chapters branch in Calgary on October 12th, 2012 for the launch of Who I Kissed! Janet will also be in Vancouver on October 15th, 2012.
by Cory Doctorow
available October 2012
Pirate Cinema is Cory Doctorow's latest novel and one that will keep you reading until the very end.  Hitting on subjects that are close to home in this period of internet piracy, Pirate Cinema explores a dystopian future that really doesn't seem all that far-fetched. 
Intrigued yet? See for yourself by reading the first chapter here
Cory Doctorow will also be touring several Canadian cities. See if he is visiting your city, and stop by to say hello!
September 26, 6:00PM: Oakville Public Library
September 27, 7:00PM: Bakka Books, Toronto
October 19: Edmonton Public Library 
October 20: Vancouver Writers Festival
October 21, 6:00PM: Vancouver Kidsbooks event
October 22: Bolen Books, Victoria
October 25-26 IFOA , Toronto

Friday Fun- 5 Recent Book Trailers Worth Watching

by Crystal
Kids + Picture Books / March 23, 2012

Friday afternoon dragging by just a little bit too slowly? Check out my top 5 favorite recent book trailers.

1. Chloe, Instead- This book reminds me of the Charlie and Lola books for a slightly younger audience. 

2. E-Mergency- One of my very favorite books from our fall list. So clever. 

3. Kokeshi- To celebrate spring and the cherry blossoms! 

4. Piggy Bunny- A look behind the scenes at how Canadian Illustrator, Jeremy Tankard, created the illustrations for this adorable, spring book. 

5. A Wrinkle In Time- One of my favorite books from childhood, A Wrinkle In Time is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary! This video is a great history on how the book came to be (and how it almost didn't). 

2012 ALA, YALSA, ALSC Award Winners & Picks

by Siobhan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / January 27, 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced their annual picks for the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

We're proud to have some of these award-winning titles on our list! Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees. There's a wealth of amazing books for children's and youth out there now.

Breaking Stalin's NoseNewbery Honor Book
Breaking Stalin's Nose
, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and published by Henry Holt and Company.

See all Newberry winners.
Find other books by Eugene Yelchin.



Grandpa GreenCaldecott Honor Books
Grandpa Green
, illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all Caldecott winners.
Find other books by Lane Smith.



UndergroundCoretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all Coretta Scott King winners.
Find other books by Shane W. Evans.


The Lover's DictionaryAlex Award for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
The Lover’s Dictionary
, by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Paperback coming from Picador in January 2012.)

See all Alex Award winners.


The Notorious Benedict Arnold BootlegYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults, ages 12 – 18, each year. The 2012 Excellence winner is by The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin, published by Roaring Brook Press. One of the Finalists is Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal, published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all YALSA Award winners.
Find other books by Steve Sheinkin.
Find other books by Karen Blumenthal.
Her new book, Steve Jobs, the Man Who Thought Different, is coming out in February 2012.

EnclaveYALSA also published its annual list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Enclave, by Aguirre, Ann, published by Feiwel and Friends was on the Top Ten list.

On the full list of Quick Picks, we were pleased to see several titles that we carry:


F in ExamsBooF in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers, by Richard Benson, published by Chronicle Books.

Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, by J.H. Lee, published by Chronicle Books.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Dead Inside Do Not EnterAnna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake, published by Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Teen.

Dead Inside Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse, by Lost Zombies, published by Chronicle Books.


Death SentenceFall for AnythingDeath Sentence: Escape From Furnace #3, by Alexander Gordon Smith, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Paperback from Square Fish coming February 2012.

Fall For Anything, by Courtney Summers, published by St. Martin's Griffin.

See all 2012 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

And last but not least, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its list of 2012 Notable Children's Books:


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Grandpa GreenGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, published by Chronicle Books.

Grandpa Green, by Lane Smith, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Over and Under the SnowPrudence Wants a PetOver and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, published by Chronicle Books.

Prudence Wants a Pet, by Cathleen Daly, Illus. by Stephen Michael King. Roaring Brook Press, $16.99. (9781596434684).


America is Under AttackBreaking Stalin's NoseAmerica Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001 The Day the Towers Fell, by Don Brown, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Breaking Stalin's Nose, by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt and Company.


E-mergency!LemonadeE-mergency!, by Tom Lichtenheld, illustrated by Ezra Fields-Meyer, published by Chronicle Books.

Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Nursery Rhyme ComicsUndergroundNursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists, published by First Second.

Underground, by Shane Evans, published by Roaring Brook Press.


Won TonZita the SpacegirlWon Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt.

Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke, published by First Second.




Anya's GhostBlizzard of GlassAnya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol, published by First Second.

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, by Sally M. Walker, published by Henry Holt.



BootlegHurricane DancersBootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt.


All Ages

Press HerePress Here, by Hervé Tullet, published by Chronicle Books.


See all ALSC 2012 Notable Children's Books.



So many great books to add to your "To Read" pile!


UPDATE: Also check out the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Christmas Picture Books

by Siobhan
Board Books + Kids + Picture Books / December 21, 2011

Trying to think up a last-minute Christmas gift? Or just in need of a stocking stuffer?

For the little ones in your life, you can't really go wrong with a Christmas picture book. After the fun and craziness of Christmas morning, once the house is filled with boxes, bows and wrapping paper (not to mention all those toys!), wouldn't it be nice to curl up with a cup of cocoa for a quiet moment (however brief) and share a story?

Here are a few seasonal books that just might do the trick. Click on the book covers to find out more...

Snow Baby Finger Puppet BookFollow the Star: A Pop-Up Christmas Journey

The Three GiftsThe Story of ChristmasA Bad Kitty ChristmasOver and Under the SnowMy Little Stocking

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