#GetBehindPictureBooks

During the past month of April 2016, Penguin Random House Canada got behind Tundra picture books! This all started out as an innocent e-mail linked to the campaign from the Eric Carle Museum. For more information, visit their website here.

We hope this inspires you to get behind picture books, don’t forget to use the hashtag #GetBehindPictureBooks and share it with us too!

Kindness Week: Reading List

April 3 to April 8, 2016 is the third annual Kindness Week. We rounded up this handy list of picture books, and middle grade and young adult novels for those who want to celebrate this week and year-round.

Noni Speaks UpNoni Speaks Up
Written Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Hardcover | 24 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9781770498396
Noni always tries to do the right thing. But she doesn’t know how to help her classmate Hector, who is constantly bullied for his name, his size and his giant glasses. Noni stands by silently, afraid that the kids will turn on her if she speaks up. Yet “doing nothing” doesn’t feel very good. Will Noni be brave enough to take matters into her own hands?

Bird ChildBird Child
Written by Nan Forler
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-0-88776-894-1
Eliza’s mother has given her “wings to fly” and the ability to see all the possibilities that lie before her. So, when bullies pick on the new student, Lainey, gradually robbing her of her smile and ability to paint beautiful pictures, Eliza wants to help, and she does, by finding a way to show Lainey all that she can be.

When I Get OlderWhen I Get Older
The Story behind “Wavin’ Flag”
Written by K’NAAN and Sol Guy
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-302-5
Like so many other immigrants, K’naan had to make a place for himself in a world of alien customs, clothes, and language. His road was a hard one: he lost many friends to violence. But K’naan’s love of music, and his enormous talent, became a way for him to connect with his past, with his classmates, and eventually, to millions of people around the world.

Best Friends through EternityBest Friends through Eternity
Written by Sylvia McNicoll
Hardcover | 192 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-710-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-712-2
Fourteen-year-old Paige, who, taking a shortcut alongside the tracks to avoid the school bullies, is tragically hit by a train and transported to a surreal world where she encounters Kim, who died seven years before. Convinced she is only dreaming, Paige must discover a way to return to her former life. Poignant, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, Best Friends through Eternity will resonate with readers who have struggled with cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and the real meaning of home.

We Are All Made of MoleculesWe Are All Made of Molecules
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-779-5
eBook: 978-1-77049-781-8
Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but “ungifted” socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed “It” girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. “The Brady Bunch” it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth behind her parents’ divorce; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they – like the rest of us – are all made of molecules.

The Serpent KingThe Serpent King
Written by Jeff Zentner
Hardcover | 384 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-883-9
eBook: 978-1-77049-885-3
Dillard Early, Jr., Travis Bohannon and Lydia Blankenship are three friends from different walks of life who have one thing in common: none of them seem to fit the mold in rural Tennessee’s Forrestville High. As the three friends begin their senior year, it becomes clear that they won’t all be getting to start a promising new life after graduation. How they deal with their diverging paths could cause the end of their friendship. Until a shattering act of random violence forces Dill to wrestle with his dark legacy and find a way into the light of a future worth living.

Fifteen LanesFifteen Lanes
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 304 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-10191-780-0
eBook: 978-1-10191-782-4
Noor has lived all of her fourteen years in the fifteen lanes of Mumbai’s red light district. Across the sprawling city, fifteen-year-old Grace enjoys a life of privilege. Her father, the CEO of one of India’s largest international banks, has brought his family to Mumbai where they live in unparalleled luxury. But Grace’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when she becomes a victim of a cruel online attack. When their paths intersect, Noor and Grace will be changed forever. Can two girls living in vastly different worlds find a common path?

Guest Post: Women’s History Month

Speak a Word for FreedomJanet Willen and Marjorie Gann: March is Women’s History Month in the U.S., a time to honor women who had the courage to speak up when people in power wanted to keep them quiet. We’re celebrating by showcasing Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery, which tells the stories of fourteen of these women, abolitionists past and present.

Nineteenth-century Englishwoman Elizabeth Heyrick felt she had no choice but to omit her name from her pamphlet Immediate, not Gradual Abolition, urging a quick end to slavery. In 1824 neither men nor women wanted to hear what a woman had to say on the topic. That didn’t stop her.

When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, his first words were, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It opened people’s eyes to slavery’s horrors, turned the North against the South and paved the way for the American Civil War.

Nina Smith, one of today’s heroes, heads an organization that works to free young children enslaved in rug factories in Afghanistan, India and Nepal. Some of the kids are forced to sleep near looms and work seventeen-hour days. When Smith started her work, she thought everyone would agree that slavery was wrong, but she found resistance in surprising places.


These women’s stories and more are highlighted in Speak a Word for Freedom. The book is a critical success:

“An inspiring collection of those who have fought and continue to fight against the evil of slavery and an effectively solemn reminder that slavery remains a global plague.” Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful indictment of human rights abuses and tribute to the women who have fought them.” Starred review, Publishers Weekly

We also wrote the award-winning book Five Thousand Years of Slavery.

GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win a copy of Speak a Word for Freedom by filling in the entry form below. US and Canada only, March 21-31, 2016. Winner to be announced on April 1, 2016. Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Sheelagh for winning a copy of the book.

Shimmer Blog Tour: Day 5

Shimmer_BlogTourFRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
This is it. The final day of our blog tour for Shimmer. Hopefully by now, all these wonderful bloggers have convinced you to read the Rephaim series. Do it. Do it in the next three months and you’ll join them in waiting for the final book in June, Burn.

“Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, and so on. But there is more to love about this series than just him. ;0) … This is quite possibly my favorite series involving angels … I’ve read and re-read these books and I plan on re-reading the whole series again in the near future because it is just so awesome and unlike any other angel-themed series I’ve ever read. I dare you to start this series and not immediately the next book…and the next book…and the next book.” – Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue

“My love for this series has not dwindled one bit, and I found myself enjoying this book far more than others I’ve been reading as of late…. I do not regret at all getting emotionally invested into the world of the Rephaim, and I don’t think I will ever be able to abandon this series. Paula, I consider your third installment in this series to be a success.” – Summer at MissFictional’s Books

“WOW. Guys. If you haven’t read this series yet, go to your local bookstore and PICK IT UP ASAP!!!! … I binge read Shadow, Haze, and Shimmer in a matter of days! … Paula’s writing style is extremely addicting and had me flipping pages just waiting to see what would happen next! … Gaby has definitely made it onto my top female characters! … And then there’s Rafa, my new book boyfriend! … Overall, Shimmer was amazing! One of my favourite reads for 2016 and I can’t wait to get my hands on Burn! Although I really don’t want this series to come to an end o.O” – Patty at Bookish Wanderlove

Shimmer Blog Tour: Day 4

Shimmer_BlogTourTHURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
“OK, Rephaim, now let’s get in formation, ’cause I slay.” – Did you ever realize that this could be the Rephaim’s battle song?

“If you’re looking for a unique take on fallen angels, something that will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what’s coming next, you absolutely need to start this series. I can’t tell you enough how amazing the characters and the story are. RUN and get the first couple books now!” – Jaime at Fiction Fare

“And the ending! Did that really happen? That last sentence dropped a major bombshell on us with no warning! It was brilliant…. The Rephaim series has been consistently action-packed and suspenseful, leaving you on the edge of your seat, and Shimmer is no exception. I’m so glad we only have to wait a few more months for Burn!” – Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads

“The characters. Man I just fell in love with each and every one of them. Okay I’m not loving Daniel quite yet, but I have faith that Paula will make me love him by the end. My three favorites of course are Rafa, Jude, and Gaby but all the Rephaim were amazing.” – Crystal at Winterhaven Books

“This series is one of my absolute favourite angel series of all time and I am so excited and yet scared out of my mind to see how Paula will end everything with these characters. I have truly come to love everyone here, and this is my review on how much I love everything about Paula Weston’s writing!!” – Andrea at Cozy Up With A Good Read

Shimmer Blog Tour: Day 3

Shimmer_BlogTourWEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
Oh the cliffhanger! By now, you must have all heard about the ending of Shimmer. But have no far, the final book releases in three months so you’ll have all the answers!

Shimmer is another great installment in the Rephaim series … continues to focus on relationships, which is my favorite aspect of this series. I love these books so much!” – Lauren at Love is not a triangle

“By now I can say without a doubt that Paula Weston’s Rephaim series surpassed all the other angel series that I’ve held dear over the years.” – Joy at Joyousreads

“There’s never a dull moment, with twists and turns and captivating scenes … and the cliff hanger we are left with at the end?! Woah. I cannot wait to see what happens in the final installment of Paula Weston’s Rephaim Series, Burn (which you can except to come back sometime in June and see what I thought of it!)” – Krystal at Krystal’s Stellar Book Blog

Shimmer Blog Tour: Day 2

Shimmer_BlogTourTUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
Double, double toil and trouble; Secrets, threats, and nightmares bubble. Here’s the recap from today’s blog tour hosts:

“…this book focused on the twins and the other Rephaim relationships and dynamics. Furthermore, we do learn more about the other players in the conflict, and once again it appears that things are not as the initially appear. All of this makes Shimmer a necessary addition to the Rephaim series.” – Lynne at Words of Mystery

“I love the action in this series, and Book 3 doesn’t disappoint…. I also love the intrigue that runs as the backbone of the story…. There were definitely secrets and lies and all the threads on those haven’t been untangled yet. Fortunately for us, the final book Burn is due out this summer so it won’t be too long of a wait to find out what really happened!” – Laura at If It Has Words

“As this is book three and I’m new to the series, I was concerned that I won’t be able to break in. But that wasn’t a problem because there’s a who’s-who character list at the front of the book and the prologue offers a review of events…. Weston is skilled at writing action…. The suspenseful last chapter makes me yearn to read book four Right Now!” – Leanne at Author Leanne Dyck