Tundra Ghost Story Contest for Kids

“Writers dream stories, awake and asleep.” – Linda Bailey, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

On a stormy night in Lake Geneva in 1816, poet Lord Byron challenged his friends to write a ghost story. One of those people was eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley, and the story she wrote was Frankenstein. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the publication of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, Tundra Books is holding a ghost story writing contest for kids age 8−12.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein 01HOW TO ENTER
Contest is open to kids age 8−12. Stories must be between 800−2,000 words in length and contain at least one ghost. They will be judged on originality and readability by an expert panel, including Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein author Linda Bailey as well as an editor and a marketing professional from Tundra Books.

PRIZE
The winning story will be posted here, on the Talking with Tundra blog on November 19th, 2018. The winner will also receive a letter from author Linda Bailey, a copy of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and $50 worth of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers books.

TO ENTER AND FOR FULL DETAILS
Please visit penguinrandomhouse.ca/tundra-ghost-story-contest. Stories must be sent in by October 31st, 2018 to be considered.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Enter between August 28, 2018 and October 31, 2018. Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/tundra-ghost-story-contest for full details.Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein 02
DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Please feel free to print these out and spread the world! We can’t wait to read the submissions!

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#Annestagram

Hi Anne-fans!

As part of our Year of Anne celebrations, we’ve created Instagram story templates using artwork from Elly MacKay’s beautiful covers. But we’re not just showing Anne the love – some of our templates also feature other beloved characters like Emily Starr, Jane Stuart, and Sara Stanley.

Right click on each image to save it, then feel free to fill in the box with your favourite quote or moment and share it on your own social platforms. Make sure to tag us @TundraBooks so we can see!

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).

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water St, Exeter, NH 03833
Photography: Gina Perry

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Too Much Not EnoughYou’re also invited to the book launch of Too Much! Not Enough!

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Time: 4 pm to 5 pm
Place: Water Street Bookstore
Address: 125 Water St, Exeter, NH 03833

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!

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)