You’re Invited to the Launch of Ooko

OokoLaunch

Please join Esmé Shapiro in celebrating the launch of her debut book, Ooko. The party includes a story time, book signing, activities, and treats. We hope that every Debbie can attend!

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Community Bookstore
Address: 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States

OokoOoko
Esmé Shapiro
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN 978-1-10191-844-9

“Playful, joyous, and hip.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Stories about wanting a friend abound, but newcomer Shapiro’s unfolds in a gloriously distinctive world. Ooko, an orange fox shaped a bit like a beanbag, lives in a forest full of prehistoric-looking foliage and anemone-tentacled flowers.” – Publishers Weekly

Click HERE for your Ooko story time kit!

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You’re Invited to the Launch of Sea Change

Sea Change
Please join Frank Viva in celebrating the launch of his newest book, Sea Change.

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Type Books (416-366-8973)
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3‎

Sea ChangeSea Change
Written by Frank Viva
Hardcover | 120 Pages | Ages 10 and up
ISBN 978-1-10191-852-4
“Frank Viva’s Sea Change is a magical book, a deft, understated chronicle of the moment a young boy passes from childhood into something altogether more mysterious – and terrifying – almost without being aware of it himself. Eliot is a skilfully drawn fictional creation: at times he is demanding and nearly unbearable, at others vulnerable and relatable, but always fundamentally human. The story is inspired by Viva’s own childhood summers in Point Aconi, and this intimate knowledge of and love for the area is reflected in the immersive quality of the storytelling.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

You’re Invited to the Launch of Who Broke the Teapot?!

Bill Slavin_EviteYou’re cordially invited to find out Who Broke the Teapot?! with Bill Slavin.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 2:00pm-4:oopm
Place: Bear Essentials
Address: 12 King Street East, Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0
Telephone: 705-932-2850

Praise for Who Broke the Teapot?!:

Who Broke the Teapot?! is a cute new picture book that’ll keep the little ones guessing and make you laugh at yourself.” – Try Small Things

“What makes the book stand out are the illustrations: bold and vibrant, Bill Slavin doesn’t hold back when it comes to colour and even texture.” – Bellsie Books

“The narration in the story is a fun twist on the usual structure.” – Littlest Bookshelf

“The book made a wonderful read-aloud story and my kids asked to read it again a few times. It is a 5 stars to me.” – Reviews in Chalk

You’re Invited to the Launch of Heart of a Champion

heart of a champion event
Please join us for the launch of Heart of a Champion with author Ellen Schwartz!

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Place: Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, 2F, Matsu Room 201
Address: 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
Telephone: 604-777-7000

Praise for Heart of a Champion:
“Schwartz shows talent as a writer for bringing in the war theme in a natural way in terms that nine to twelve-year-olds can understand … Heart of a Champion could serve as a model for any aspiring writer of juvenile historical fiction. Highly recommended” – CM Magazine

Launch of: An Armadillo in Paris

What a lovely launch for An Armadillo in Paris! The event was held on Wednesday, November 5 at Café Plenty with Mabel’s Fables on hand to sell books. A fantastic turnout of friends, families, and fans came to congratulate Julie Kraulis on her second picture book publication. Here are some photos from the reception:
01_LaunchArloParisYes, a knitted armadillo was present at the launch. With an interchangeable scarf, wonder what the colours will be for Arlo’s next adventure in New York City?
02_LaunchArloParisJulie brought in the original art to display so everyone could see the amazing details in her work.
03_LaunchArloParisA Parisian-themed launch wouldn’t be complete with some treats, especially macarons!
04_LaunchArloParisGreat to see the support and love from friends and family! But … were they there to see Julie or Arlo?
05_LaunchArloParisEditor Samantha Swenson (right) saying a few words, she’s also the one who knitted the armadillo!
06_LaunchArloParisSo many kids came by to get their books signed!
07_LaunchArloParisIf you’re looking for Arlo prints and postcards, you can order them from Julie’s website here. Thank you to those who came out on the splendid Wednesday evening and many thanks to the team at Café Plenty and Mabel’s Fables!

November 5th Events

We have not one, but TWO great events on November 5th, 2014. One in Toronto and one in Vancouver, so pick the city closest to you!

Arlo
You’re invited to the launch of An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Cafe Plenty
Address: 250 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5
Telephone: 416-585-7842
When: 6:00-8:00 PM
RSVP: rsvpcanada@randomhouse.com

See what readers are saying about An Armadillo in Paris:

“Lovely oil and graphite illustrations done in a muted color palette capture the famous landmarks and romantic ambiance of the city. Arlo’s adventure is delightful, and the story is told in both narration and excerpts from Augustin’s journal. A page of facts about the Iron Lady is appended. A good purchase for a library collection in need of picture books about various locations around the world.” – School Library Journal

“At first I thought I loved An Armadillo in Paris because I’m a Francophile. After a second read, I realized that the illustrations make you feel as though you’re walking along the banks of the Seine and viewing all of the famous Parisian landmarks alongside Arlo. Upon a third read, which is when I started ‘reading like a writer,’ I discovered the richness of the text: both the journal entries and the narrative…. This unique structure appealed to me as a reader and had me dipping back into the text for multiple reads.” – Two Writing Teachers

Edie
You’re invited to the launch of Edie’s Ensembles by Ashley Spires!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Where: Kidsbooks
Address: 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9
Telephone: 604-738-5335
When: 7:00 PM
Tickets are being sold here!

See what readers are saying about Edie’s Ensembles:

“A heartwarming tale of self-discovery and friendship.” – Kirkus Reviews

“… a vibrant tale of friendship and self-esteem, brimming with outrageous outfits and earnest characters. Kids will love the detail in Spires’s digitally-rendered illustrations … Edie’s Ensembles is a tale that will resonate with kids who like to dress up, and those who—like Edie—seek true connections.” – Readerly

Showcase at Kidsbooks

WestCoastShowcase
Look here! We’re showcasing your favourite authors and illustrators in Vancouver. Linda Bailey, Dan Bar-el, Colin Jack, and Susin Nielsen all have books out this spring and would love to meet you!

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: Starting at 7:00 pm
Where: Kidsbooks
Address: 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9
Telephone: 604-738-5335