Tundra Illustrator Studio: Lesley-Anne Green

Our Tundra Illustrator Studio video series is now live! We visited the studios of three of our summer 2018 picture book creators who work in non-traditional formats to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their work spaces, processes, and learn about their inspiration.

Lesley-Anne Green‘s endearing felted animals and adorable detailed sets in Fox and Raccoon create a world that readers will want to come back to again and again.

Fox and RaccoonFox and Raccoon
Written by Lesley-Anne Green
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781101917961
Welcome to Juniper Hollow! Meet Fox and Raccoon. They are best friends. They live next door to each other, and they spend every day together. Except for today! Fox is so busy she doesn’t have time to play. But never fear — Raccoon is here to help! He mails letters, goes to the fruit stand, picks up some yarn and even buys some sugar. But Fox is STILL busy. Will she ever have time to stop and play with him? As it turns out, she has a surprise up her sleeve . . .

Check out the birthday party activity kit too!

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Tundra Illustrator Studio: Elly MacKay

Our Tundra Illustrator Studio video series is now live! We visited the studios of three of our summer 2018 picture book creators who work in non-traditional formats to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their work spaces, processes, and learn about their inspiration.

Acclaimed paper artist Elly MacKay illustrates a lovely family narrative through the use of weather aphorisms in Red Sky at Night, creating a beautiful and informational story which will appeal to children’s timeless fascination with the natural world.

Red Sky at NightRed Sky at Night
Written by Elly MacKay
Hardcover | 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781101917831
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. Especially since, as the saying goes, when the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best. The family takes a boat out on the lake, fishing and swimming and eventually camping out on a nearby island, taking full advantage of the gorgeous weather. But the next day . . . red sky in the morning, sailors take warning! The family ventures back home just in time to avoid a rainstorm. But not to worry — the more rain, the more rest. Fair weather’s not always best.

Check out the activity kit too!

Praise for Red Sky at Night:

“With MacKay’s dreamy cut-paper collage art featuring two siblings exploring outdoors, the old-fashioned approach to weather is oddly reassuring.” —New York Times

“[T]his makes a perfect fit for primary weather units.” –starred review, Booklist

“A curated collection of old-timey weather sayings is artfully brought to life in this exquisite informational picture book.” –starred review, Quill & Quire

“Distinctive, luminous illustrations delight the eye.” —Kirkus Reviews

“MacKay . . . once again relies on inventive, diorama-style artwork to create a moving story.” —Publishers Weekly

“A wonderful resource for nature lovers and for any classroom, especially for art and science curricula.” —School Library Journal

“[T]his transfixing picture book will teach something new to cloud-watchers everywhere.” —BookPage

Window Wednesday

#WindowWednesday: We are incredibly fortunate to have stores create window features of our books. We want to highlight their amazing work here on our blog for you to see (and perhaps you’ll discover a new local bookstore).

Book City Danforth
348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
Photography: June Shoji (Book City Danforth)

2018 ALA Annual Conference

alalogoPenguin Random House Canada Young Readers is exhibiting at ALA Annual this year in New Orleans! Please say “hello” to our amazing Associate Director of Marketing & Publicity, Vikki VanSickle. Give our Marketing & Publicity Manager, Sylvia Chan, a high five. And greet our Publisher, Tara Walker, with a fresh beignet at booth #2048. Actually, they’ll all take a beignet if you offer them. In exchange, they will be happy to tell you about our 2018 books or to answer any questions you may have and load your arms with lots of great giveaways!

From our Spring 2018 list, we still have lots of Winter Is a Scream buttons featuring four of our spooky middle-grade novels including The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray and The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster. We also have From the Heart of Africa art cards, Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms postcards, Tilly and Tank posters, Trampoline Boy posters, Petra magnets, and Peanut Butter and Jelly place mats.

Check out our Summer 2018 books and pick up some Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers art cards, Blood Will Out bookmarks, Clara Voyant horoscope bookmarks, Red Sky at Night posters, Hedgehog door hangers, and If a Horse Had Words art cards! Seriously, there’s a lot of goodies at our booth!

Then, there’s an early look at our Fall 2018 list. We have some handy luggage tags featuring Anne Arrives, bookmarks for The Ghost Road, posters for Go Show the World and Goodnight, Anne. There’s also this fabulous chore wheel for Sir Simon: Super Scarer. What about ARCs? Well, we’ll be handing out ones for Confessions of a Teenage Leper and Kens.

Wait, that’s not all! We have author signings in our booth too. Copies of the books are complimentary, but it’ll only be available while quantities last. So come early to make sure you don’t miss out.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 
1:00 pm
Eric Walters will be signing copies of Fourth Dimension and From the Heart of Africa at booth 2048.

Sunday, June 24, 2018
3:00 pm
Joe Bluhm will be signing copies of The Magician’s Secret at booth 2048.

Follow @TundraBooks and @alaannual on twitter or Instagram. You can also follow #ALAac18 for the latest news and updates!

Camp Penguin

Summer is almost here (the official first day is June 21, 2018) and we know some of you are gearing up for the ultimate reading experience.

If you haven’t already, visit your local bookstore – some with #CampPenguin displays already – to find the next book on the reading guide. You’ll be able to pick up a #CampPenguin poster, reading trail map, and merit badge stickers!

Black Bond Books:
Black Bond Books

Bookmark PEI:
Bookmark PEI

Kidsbooks:
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Now, all you have to do is pull out a lounge chair, pitch a tent, or set up your hammock with a cool beverage nearby as you leisurely read your favorite middle-grade books. Don’t forget to wear a hat and to apply sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors for a long period of time!

We’re also hosting a contest where you can win 3 of the 15 hand-selected #CampPenguin titles! Continue your summer reading fun by clicking here. Good luck!

Clara Voyant’s #FridayReads Takeover

So many books, so little time! Clara Voyant, middle school reporter-turned-psychic, is here to make your #FridayReads choice easier with book suggestions tailored to each zodiac sign. Join in the fun by posting your sign’s recommendation on social using the hashtag #ClaraVoyant! Feel free to save the images below:

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About Clara Voyant:
Clara VoyantClara can’t believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally “follow her bliss,” which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her so-called mystical powers. Clara tries to make the best of a bad situation by joining the newspaper staff at her new middle school, where she can sharpen her investigative journalistic skills and tell the kind of hard-news stories her grandmother appreciated. But the editor relegates her to boring news stories and worse . . . the horoscopes.

Worse yet, her horoscopes come true, and soon everyone at school is talking about Clara Voyant, the talented fortune-teller. Clara is horrified – horoscopes and clairvoyance aren’t real, she insists, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist . . . with the help of her own mystical powers.

About author Rachelle Delaney:
RACHELLE DELANEY is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honour Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the 2017 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest novel, The Bonaventure Adventures, was published in 2017. Visit her at www.rachelledelaney.com.

Graduation Gift Guide

It’s graduation season and you’re probably looking for a cute gift for the grad in your life—whether you’re celebrating a kindergarten class or a university degree. Here are a few picture book options that are perfect for all ages.

Petra
Written by Marianna Coppo
Hardcover | 48 Pages
ISBN: 9780735262676
The humorous adventures of an irresistible little rock who finds herself in constantly changing circumstances, Petra is a picture book that celebrates the power of perspective and believing in yourself.

Great Dog
Written by Davide Cali
Illustrated by Miguel Tanco
Hardcover | 46 Pages
ISBN: 9781101919170
The age-old question of “what will I be when I grow up” gets a hilarious twist in this stylish and clever story.

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
Written by Janet Hill
Hardcover | 48 Pages
ISBN: 9781101917930
A whimsical, tongue-in-cheek book of wisdom from Miss Wilhelmina Moon, dog governess. Some lessons are practical, some are playful, but all are necessary for the raising of happy, healthy and well-mannered dogs (and humans).

The Magician’s Secret
Written by Zachary Hyman
Illustrated by Joe Bluhm
Hardcover | 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781770498945
This action-adventure picture book featuring a grandfather and grandson duo celebrates the magic and power of imagination. “Whatever you believe, you can achieve!”