National Post: 2014’s Best Books for Kids

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We’re feeling warm and fuzzy with all the love for our books this year! Here’s two more recommended titles from the National Post:

Nancy KnowsNancy Knows
Written by Cybèle Young
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-482-4
“Hours can be spent poring over the illustrations for Cybèle Young’s Nancy Knows, a gorgeous little story in which a forgetful elephant racks her memory, trying to remember what it is she was supposed to do. Nancy’s memories are expressed through dozens of miniature, elaborate paper sculptures, each one handcrafted by Young herself. New details spring up on the page with each repeat reading, making it a book parents won’t quickly tire of during story time.” – Anna Fitzpatrick, National Post

The Hockey Sweater_30th AnniversaryThe Hockey Sweater, 30th Anniversary Edition
Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Hardcover | 48 Pages | All Ages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-762-7
“2014 was also a notable year for anniversaries and re-releases. Roch Carrier’s Canadian classic The Hockey Sweater turned 30, which Tundra celebrated with a hardcover special edition.” – Anna Fitzpatrick, National Post

Slate: The Holiday Gift Guide You’ve Always Wanted

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Slate has come up with “great ideas for people with great taste.” For little ones, they recommend Julia, Child.

Julia ChildJulia, Child
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Tundra Books | 32 Pages | All Ages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-449-7
“. . . you might want to get your own copy of Julia, Child . . . a children’s book about some kids who really like eating butter. It is everything.” – Slate

The Next Chapter: 2014 Holiday Children’s Book Panel Selections

The Children’s Book Panel’s Winter 2014 selections:

MICHELE LANDSBERG’S PICK:

Audrey-cowAudrey (cow)
Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Hardcover | 240 Pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-1-77049-602-6
“Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot’s War, the slaughterhouse, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on — and certain death. Full of heart and humour, Audrey (cow) is ultimately a very human story about life and death, friendship, and holding on to one’s dreams – based more or less on a true story.” – CBC

KEN SETTERINGTON’S BONUS PICKS:

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables
Written by L. M. Montgomery
Hardcover | 400 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-730-6
“The story of the orphaned red-headed Anne Shirley who is mistakenly adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert to work on their farm is one of Canada’s most famous pieces of literature. Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908 and has since sold more than 50 million copies, has been translated into over 20 languages and has spawned stage musicals, television shows and movies, theatre adaptations, amusement parks and more.” – CBC

Emily of New MoonEmily of New Moon
Written by L. M. Montgomery
Hardcover | 448 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-746-7
“In this first volume of the celebrated Emily trilogy, Lucy Maud Montgomery draws a more realistic portrait of a young orphan girl’s life on early twentieth-century Prince Edward Island.” – CBC

Notable.ca: Your Perfect Book Gift Giving Guide

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For that cute niece or nephew, Notable is recommending An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis this holiday season!

An Armadillo in ParisAn Armadillo in Paris
Written by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-526-5
“Toronto-based Kraulis wrote and illustrated this delightful book about a Brazilian armadillo named Arlo who is inspired by his grandfather Augustin’s travel journals to go on an adventure of his own. Arlo visits Paris, guided by Augustin’s journal, encountering all sorts of adventures along the way. You and your niece or nephew will revel in Kraulis’ beautiful illustrations as you rollick through Paris with Arlo.” – Shannon Culver, Notable.ca

Today’s Parent: Top Books

TodaysParentTOP 10 MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS OF 2014

Audrey-cowAudrey (cow)
Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Hardcover | 240 Pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-1-77049-602-6
“When Audrey the cow learns that she’s headed for the slaughterhouse (oh my!), her barnyard friends help her plan a great escape.” – Today’s Parent

TOP 15 PICTURE BOOKS OF 2014

Edie's EnsemblesEdie’s Ensembles
Written by Ashley Spires
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-490-9
“Edie, a teeny fashion designer and self-proclaimed style guru dresses herself in the most extravagant ensembles. Her best friend Andrew is a patient assistant, but after Edie comes to school in an outrageous outfit (that won’t fit through the door!) and makes fun of Andrew’s get-up, his patience fizzles out. Will Edie apologize for taking things too far and make things right with her best friend?” – Today’s Parent

If You Happen to Have a DinosaurIf You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-568-5
“Dinosaurs may make for reliable alarm clocks, or be used as can openers and even blamed for eating homework, but that’s only if you happen to find one.” – Today’s Parent

Julia ChildJulia, Child
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Hardcover | 32 Pages | All Ages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-449-7
“A pair of young girls stir together some secret ingredients, teaching the grown-ups in their lives just how important it is to stop worrying (and to use butter every chance they get!).” – Today’s Parent

The Boston Globe: Best Picture Books of 2014

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We are so happy to see Spic-and-Span! in the Boston Globe‘s best picture books of 2014! Cheers to another great idea!

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
“In Spic-and-Span, Monica Kulling tells Gilbreth’s life story with warmth and clarity, and David Parkins’ illustrations underscore the wit and humanity of this picture book biography.” – The Boston Globe

Adopt Anne and Emily for the Holidays

This holiday, give the gift of Anne and Emily to a true friend and kindred spirit! We have repackaged eight Anne and three Emily titles in hardcover and paperback. Both sets are designed by Kelly Hill and are sure to become a favourite!

The paperback editions feature cover art by Elly Mackay. She created these dreamy images by drawing, painting, trimming, and installing the scenes in her theatre. Then with the magic of light and Elly’s skilled photography, voilà! Gorgeous new covers! Elly is even selling prints of some of the covers: Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne of Avonlea, and Emily of New Moon.

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Then there are these wonderfully designed hardcover editions . . . where do we even start? The covers are made to look like they’re cloth bound and there are ribbons to bookmark your place. Each book features their own cartouche, which is used throughout the interiors. Oh the endpapers! You can see a glimpse of them on the large ANNE and EMILY designs on the cover, but they’re just stunning when you open up the book. Sigh! That’s not even all, there’s a bonus short story by L. M. Montgomery at the back of the book too.
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Of course, you can purchase the titles individually, but we have the following sets available:

9781770496798Anne 8 Copy Paperback Boxed Set
Written by L. M. Montgomery
Format: Trade Paperback
Trim: 5-3/16 x 7-5/8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-679-8
This stunning boxed set includes Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside. The exterior and interior of the box features stunning artwork by Elly Mackay! Lined up, the spines on the books create a beautiful landscape.

9781770498754Anne 3 Copy Hardcover Boxed Set
Written by L. M. Montgomery
Format: Hardcover
Trim: 5-5/16 x 7-7/8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-875-4
This lovely boxed set includes Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island.

GIVEAWAY
So, does anyone want to win a L. M. Montgomery collection for the holidays? To enter, just leave a comment below telling us if you love the Paperback or Hardcover editions.

  • Begins Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and ends Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.
  • Two winners will be randomly selected. One winner will receive the set of Anne + Emily in paperback. The second winner will receive the set of Anne + Emily in hardcover. Each set contains eleven books.
  • Bonus entry for those who want to win the paperback set, tweet: I’d love to win the @TundraBooks @theaterclouds Anne and Emily books by L. M. Montgomery this holiday! http://wp.me/priCH-1EK
  • Please read our full set of rules here. Good luck!

UPDATE: Winners have been randomly selected! Congratulations to ayleeargh (paperback set) and Sandra L (hardcover set), please check your inbox for an e-mail from us!

UPDATE #2: Turns out there’s already a set waiting for ayleeargh under the tree, so the new paperback set winner is Kate Blackport!