Memory Game

We feel like having some fun this Friday, so let’s play a simple memory game to celebrate Nancy Knows by Cybèle Young. An exquisite book about an elephant you’ll never forget!
Nancy Knows_memory game
To play:

  1. Leave a comment below with your memory card coordinates (example: A1 and B2). OR enter on twitter by tweeting: @TundraBooks A1 and B2 #NancyKnows
  2. I will flip the cards you guess and update this page. So you’ll need to hit the refresh button!
  3. You can only guess once, so strategize!
  4. The first six people to find a matching pair will win a copy of Nancy Knows and the book’s beautiful poster. Open to residents of Canada and the United States only. Please take a look at our rules. Have fun and good luck!




That was our first match! Beautiful dress made from paper by Cybèle. Congratulations to Suzanne!








The leaves are our second match! Congratulations to Cheryl!


The carrots are our third match! Congratulations to Laura!


Ice cream! That was our fourth match! Congratulations to Heather!


Brave Carol, your risk paid off! Match of toys, congratulations!

@TundraBooks 3b 1b #nancyknows

— Kayla Henderson (@KaylaHenderson) August 22, 2014

Final match! Congratulations to Kayla!


Guest Post: Please, sir, I want some more YA

Hello! We’re so happy to have Sarah Essak here at Tundra. She’s been working behind the scenes in editorial with us. You’ll find her reading manuscripts, writing reports, and lending a helping hand with a smile. We wouldn’t have had such a smooth sales conference this week without her. Some of her out-of-the-ordinary tasks included making newspaper hats and filling tubs with cotton candy for our reps to enjoy. We thought you’d like to hear from her today!
TundraYASarah Essak: About a month ago, I ran into a fellow intern in the shared kitchen. I told her I needed to take a brief break because the manuscript I was reading was getting too intense. She looked at me strangely and said “but you work at Tundra.” It took me a moment to work out what she meant. Oh. Right. YA books aren’t meant to affect you the same way as high literature. My friend is by no means the first person to think that. I myself have been guilty of judging readers based on what is in their hands. But after working at Tundra for three months, I’ve read multiple manuscripts that will stay with me for a long time to come. And these are manuscripts. I can’t wait to see what the editors here will do for the books that left me heartbroken, laughing out loud, and drooling for more in their roughest form.

In literary circles and in the eyes of the general public, there is this pervasive thought that YA books are not worth the time and attention of mature readers. In fact, YA as a genre is often scoffed at, and those who advocate for it open themselves up to mockery. Have we forgotten about coming-of-age novels such as Great Expectations, The Catcher in the Rye, The Outsiders, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Oliver Twist? And what is YA if not stories about coming of age? There are stories to be told, for what time in our lives is more earth-shatteringly complex than when we are teenagers, learning who we are and what the world is like?

Perhaps we are in a time where YA novels have hit a trend that some find “fluffy,” but much of adult literature is in the same situation. That is not to say it is bad, but it is to say that there is a wide variety of work out there. So, I’d like to piggyback on a well-known proverb and say, don’t judge a book by its genre. In the words of the almighty Atwood: “There is good and mediocre writing within every genre.” Pick up a YA book; you might just be surprised by what you find.

A Call for Blog Tour Participants: Every Breath

Dear Readers,

You are invited to join Ellie Marney on her North American blog tour! Here’s what reviewers have to say about Every Breath:
“Readers will be elated to find out that a sequel is on its way from Down Under. A smart, contemporary take on a timely classic that is sure to please Sherlock aficionados of all ages.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Ellie Marney has what it takes to captivate a young adult audience… Every Breath moves at a blistering pace, made even more intriguing by the strong characters… a powerful crime novel entwined with a sizzling romance.” – Buzz Words Magazine

“The mystery is engaging while still maintaining an excellent balance between plot and character development. …put this on your TBRs and get excited, this book is absolutely fantastic for fans of character-driven mysteries. Every Breath has a comfy new home on my favourites shelf and Marney has officially landed on my Authors To Watch list.” – Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

So what is a blog tour?
Similar to an author tour where the author travels from store to store across the country, a blog tour is when a series of blogs post about the book during a consecutive number of days.

What do I need to participate?
Three small things! First of all, you will need a blog. Second, a love for reading. Third, a commitment to post on your scheduled blog tour date.

OK, tell me about the book . . .
Every BreathEvery Breath
Written by Ellie Marney
Hardcover | 352 Pages
Pub Date: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-77049-772-6
eBook: 978-1-77049-774-0
Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be. James Mycroft is her neighbor, an intriguing and troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics.
When Mycroft asks Watts to help investigate a murder, she knows it’s probably a very bad idea. But Mycroft’s hard to resist when he’s up close and personal— and before she knows it, Watts has joined him on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.
But what happens when this brilliant bad boy becomes murder suspect number one?

How can I help during the blog tour?
As a participating blogger, you will be sent a finished copy of Every Breath to read. On your assigned posting date, please schedule the post about the book for tour followers to see.

Option 1: Book Review
On your tour date, post your review of the book.

Option 2: Author Interview
Send in some questions for Ellie to answer. On your tour date, post the interview on your blog.

Option 3: Guest Post
You can provide a topic for Ellie to write about. She’ll send you the text/images and on your tour date, post it on your blog.

We will be promoting the blog tour by sharing your link on our own blog here, our facebook page, and twitter. Ellie will also be sharing your posts on her blog, facebook, and twitter page. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word too! Feel free to post your reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, or other online retailers.

When is the blog tour?
The blog tour will be starting on Monday, October 20, 2014 and ending on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Where do I sign up?
Here! Please fill in the form below.

You can also leave a comment below if you have any questions. Thank you!


Get Cooking!

RecipeCardsJulia Child, the inspiration for the picture book by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad, would have been 102 today!

Get cooking with these adorable recipe cards! If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for the taste makers in your life, print out a stack, insert a gift tag, and tie it up with some twine. Voila, gift worthy!

You can find 4 x 6 or 8.5 x 11 card stock at stores that sell office supplies and stationary. You’ll also need a handy pair of scissors or a paper cutter if you’re printing on 8.5 x 11. Don’t forget, make sure your colour printer is set to print double sided!

Download the Recipe Card PDFs here: 4 x 6 or 8.5 x 11

Sharing is caring, so we’d love to see your recipes on the cards. They don’t even have to be food-related recipes. How about a dollop of fun, with a handful of wonder, and a spoonful of imagination? Snap a photo of your filled-out recipe card and send them to:, or tag us on twitter and instagram: @TundraBooks. We’ll feature them here!

Now for something extra special, check out this side-by-side comparison that our Director of National Accounts Sales & Marketing and Sales Coordinator created. They’re too cute for words!


Tuesdays with Tundra 41

Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

Nancy KnowsNancy Knows
Written by Cybèle Young
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-482-4
“Pure fascination.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“…a great example of the power and charm of simple storytelling” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire
“…truly exceptional paper sculptures from Young.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The RatThe Rat
Written by Elise Gravel
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-658-3
One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Rat is a look at the black rat. It covers such topics as the rat’s long, agile tail (it’s good for balancing and picking noses), long teeth (they can chew through anything, including books) and disgusting taste in food (delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce, anyone?). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Rat contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

The SlugThe Slug
Written by Elise Gravel
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-655-2
One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug’s two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you’re a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug’s mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

Spic-and-SpanSpic-and-Span! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-380-3
“Monica Kulling explores the accomplishments of popular and less well-known remarkable inventors. With each book, she tells an engaging story about her subject’s life, inspirations, and inventions…. The lively illustrations by David Parkins help to tell the story and offer illuminating details, from the antiquated cash-room at Macy’s department store to the look of a modern 1920s kitchen.” – Gillian O’Reilly, National Reading Campaign

Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new August release of Tundra’s you would love to read and one lucky reader will receive their requested book! One request per person and please review our rules. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, August 11, 2014!

UPDATE: Congratulations to C Fowler, winner of The Rat by Elise Gravel.

TD Summer Reading Club 2014

EurekaThe TD Summer Reading Club is an inclusive, bilingual program that strives to engage all children in the joy of reading during the summer months. This program is a joint initiative between TD Bank Group, Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada. Every year a theme is selected from suggestions made across the country. This year’s theme is EUREKA!

Children who register for the TD Summer Reading Club at their local library receive a free promotional reading kit and are encouraged to earn nine collectible stickers by reading books over the summer. They are also invited to participate in programs organized at their local library and share their love of reading with children across the country through the TD Summer Reading club website.

Here are some of the Tundra titles that are being featured in the reading lists this year, make sure you check them out at your local library!

Ella May and the Wishing StoneElla May and the Wishing Stone
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Trade Paperback | 32 Pages | Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-410-7
“…Fagan believably captures the delicate balance of friendship in the very young and lets the story play out with welcome complexity. Côté’s illustrations are simple without being cartoonish, demonstrating the same warm understanding of childhood. Thoughtful and Touching” — Kirkus Reviews

I Like To PlayI Like to Play
World Vision Early Readers
Written by Marla Stewart Konrad
Hardcover | 24 Pages | Ages
ISBN 978-0-88776-998-6
“…full of gorgeous photographs and simple text…. The pictures are thought provoking and will prompt many questions from young readers…. There is so much joy and focus in these pictures… highly recommended….” — Excellent, Resource Links

In the BagIn the Bag!
Margaret Knight Wraps It Up

Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-515-9
“…a delightful picture book biography of a little known inspiring woman…. I love stories about smart and determined young women and Kulling’s lively text tells an inspiring story about this determined woman who ‘never gave up without a fight.’ David Parkins’ charming illustrations are filled with carefully drawn period details and engaging humor…. Don’t miss this really excellent book that opens the door to a multitude of curricular uses.” – Bookends, a Booklist Blog

Mr Zingers HatMr. Zinger’s Hat
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-253-0
“A charming, marvelous tale surrounding the art of creating and telling stories, Mr. Zinger’s Hat celebrates the budding friendship between an elderly writer and a young boy who discovers a storyteller within … Fagan’s writing is beautifully crafted … Petričić’s engaging artwork deftly juxtaposes two distinct styles which portray a real-life setting and an imaginary world … The illustrations vividly depict the storyteller’s wry humour and the boy’s wide-eyed innocence.” — Jury Members (Winner of the 2013 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award)

The Delicious Story of Candy

Written by Ann Love and Jane Drake
Illustrated by Claudia Dávila
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 9-12
ISBN 978-0-88776-962-7
“…reading their new book is a little like dipping into a grab bag from the candy store: the experience is fun, varied, and relatively cheap, considering the pleasure it gives. The difference is that you can take in the whole book at a single sitting and feel the better for it. Underneath its whimsical exterior — the humorous cartoon illustrations, the fun bits of trivia — there’s a centre of solid research. The writing is clear and engaging…. This thoughtfully constructed book is a treat to read.” — Starred review, Quill & Quire

What Am IWhat Am I?
Written by Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Jennifer Herbert
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-0-88776-812-5
“Little ones will be kept on their toes as they guess which item is being described by a series of clues. Straightforward descriptions and bright, simple illustrations help kids figure out the right answers.” — Today’s Parent

Please click here for more information about John Martz, the illustrator who created the artwork for this year’s Reading Club!

TD Summer Reading Club

2013 Rainforest of Reading Award Nominee

My Name is Bleassing has been nominated for the second annual 2014 Rainforest of Reading® Award. Congratulations to Eric Walters and Eugenie Fernandes!

My Name Is BlessingMy Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-1-77049-301-8
“This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. It’s difficult to broach poverty, disability and custody issues in so few pages without sounding maudlin, but Walters manages by speaking simply. . . . With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

The Rainforest of Reading Award is a book festival featuring award-winning children’s books from Canada; it has planted roots in every primary school in Saint Lucia, Grenada and Montserrat. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.

Congratulations to the other nominees as well!
Don’t Laugh at Giraffe written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Willow Finds a Way written by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells
Skink on the Brink written by Lisa Dalrymple, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Postcards from Space: The Chris Hadfield Story written by Heather Down
Gabby written by Joyce Grant, illustrated by Jan Dolby
And the Winner is … Amazing Animal Athletes written by Etta Kaner, illustrated by David Anderson
Pterosaur Trouble written by Daniel Loxton, illustrated by Daniel Loxton with Jim W. W. Smith
Mr. Flux written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Matte Stephens
Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
Kenta and the Big Wave written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi