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

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.

#YearOfAnne

Year of Anne

On the day of L. M. Montgomery’s passing, we’re reflecting on her enduring legacy all these years later. We’re honoring her work with a new publishing program and will be sharing these books with throughout the year.

Anne's ColorsAnne’s Colors
Inspired by Anne of Green Gables
By Kelly Hill
For ages 0-3 | Up to Preschool
Board book | 22 pages
Available May 1, 2018
ISBN 9780735262843
Iconic moments from the beloved L.M. Montgomery classic are celebrated in this adorable concept book. Artist Kelly Hill creates vignettes of the most recognizable scenes from Anne of Green Gables, including Anne and Diana’s first meeting, Gilbert pulling Anne’s hair, Anne’s puffed-sleeve dress and even Anne and Diana sharing raspberry cordial! Each scene has its own color, with simple text and tactile, gorgeous works of art created from cut fabric and embroidery.

Anne's NumbersAnne’s Numbers
Inspired by Anne of Green Gables
By Kelly Hill
For ages 0-3 | Up to preschool
Board book | 22 pages
Available May 1, 2018
ISBN 9780735262850
Iconic moments from the beloved L.M. Montgomery classic are celebrated in this adorable concept book. Walk along with Anne as she goes on a nature walk, counting trees, flowers, clouds and friends! The path Anne takes is based on the description of Anne’s walk to school in Anne of Green Gables. Each scene has multiple counting opportunities, with simple text and tactile, gorgeous works of art created from cut fabric and embroidery.

Goodnight AnneGoodnight, Anne
Inspired by Anne of Green Gables
By Kallie George
Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout
For ages 3-7 | Preschool-Grade 2
Hardcover | 40 pages
Available September 25, 2018
ISBN 9781770499263
Under the watchful eye of her adoptive mother Marilla, Anne has come to cherish life at Green Gables – the dearest, loveliest spot in the world, and her true home. Every night before she goes to bed, she thinks of all the people and places she loves: her family, her bosom friend Diana, her splendid teacher Miss Stacy, beloved tree Snow Queen, the Lake of Shining Waters and the brilliant sky above. Anne even wishes goodnight – or good riddance! – to pesky classmate Gilbert and nosy neighbor Mrs. Lynde. And through it all, Anne’s imagination takes flight on a whimsical journey through Avonlea.

Anne ArrivesAnne Arrives
Inspired by Anne of Green Gables
By Kallie George
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
For ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3
Hardcover | 72 pages
Available September 25, 2018
ISBN 9781770499300
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert need help on their farm, so they’ve adopted what they hope will be a sturdy, helpful boy. Instead, Matthew finds Anne awaiting him at the train station – imaginative, brash, redheaded Anne-with-an-e. With her place at the Cuthberts’ at risk – particularly if nosy neighbor Mrs. Lynde has anything to say about it – Anne will have to learn patience, understanding and what it takes to make Green Gables her true home.

Jane of Lantern HillJane of Lantern Hill
By L.M. Montgomery
Cover by Elly MacKay
For ages 10+ | Grades 5+
Paperback | 304 pages
Available January 9, 2018
ISBN 9781101919484
For as long as she could remember, Jane Stuart and her mother lived with her grandmother in a dreary mansion in Toronto. Jane always believed her father was dead–until she accidently learned he was alive and well and living on Prince Edward Island. When Jane spends the summer at his cottage on Lantern Hill, doing all the wonderful things Grandmother deems unladylike, she dares to dream that there could be such a house back in Toronto . . . a house where she, Mother, and Father could live together without Grandmother directing their lives–a house that could be called home.

The Golden RoadThe Golden Road
By L.M. Montgomery
Cover by Elly MacKay
For ages 10+ | Grades 5+
Paperback | 320 pages
Available January 9, 2018
ISBN 9781101919477
On a blustery November day the King children and Sara, the Story Girl, come up with a great idea that will help them endure the dreary winter season. They will publish a magazine of their thoughts and adventures. From “Personals” and “Fashion Notes” to an etiquette column and stories of the most interesting happenings in Carlisle, Our Magazine is simply the most entertaining and delightful publication anyone in town has ever read. But seasons pass, and nothing is forever – and soon it will be time for the Story Girl to leave her good friends on Prince Edward Island, friends with whom she has walked the golden road of youth.

The Story GIrlThe Story Girl
By L.M. Montgomery
Cover by Elly MacKay
For ages 10+ | Grades 5+
Paperback | 336 pages
Available January 9, 2018
ISBN 9781101919491
Sara Stanley is only fourteen, but she can weave tales that are impossible to resist. In the charming town of Carlisle, children and grown-ups alike flock from miles around to hear her spellbinding tales. And when Bev King and his younger brother Felix arrive for the summer, they, too, are captivated by the Story Girl. Whether she’s leading them on exciting misadventures or narrating timeless stories – from the scary “Tale of the Family Ghost” to the fanciful “How Kissing Was Discovered” to the bittersweet “The Blue Chest of Rachel Ward” – the Story Girl has her audience hanging on every word.

Mistress PatMistress Pat
By L.M. Montgomery
Cover by Elly MacKay
For ages 10+ | Grades 5+
Paperback | 400 pages
Available January 9, 2018
ISBN 9781101919460
When she was twenty, nearly everyone thought Patricia Gardiner ought to be having beaus – except, of course, Pat herself. For Pat, Silver Bush was both home and heaven. All she could ever ask of life was bound in the magic of the lovely old house on Prince Edward Island, “where good things never change.” And now there was more than ever to do, what with planning for the Christmas family reunion, entertaining a countess, playing matchmaker, and preparing for the arrival of the new hired man. Yet as those she loved so dearly started to move away, Pat began to question the wisdom of her choice of Silver Bush over romance. Was it possible to be lonely at Silver Bush?

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (1874-1942) was born in what is now New London, Prince Edward Island, and raised by her grandparents after the death of her mother when she was just two. She worked for a time as a teacher and a journalist, then wrote her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, in the evenings while caring for her grandmother. When the book appeared in 1908, it was an instant success; it would go on to sell millions of copies in dozens of languages the world over, making Anne one of literature’s most beloved characters of all time.

Tundra is proud to be publishing Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

Tundra is proud to be publishing Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan, author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival!

Tales from the Inner CityTales from the Inner City
By Shaun Tan
Hardcover | $29.99 Can.
September 25, 2018
ISBN 9780735265202

A unique and beautiful book for kids and adults that combines short stories and poetry with surrealist art – a return to the form that made Shaun Tan a visionary in the world of graphic novels.

A young girl’s cat brightens the lives of everyone in the neighborhood. A woman and her dog are separated by time and space, awaiting the day they will be reunited. A race of fish build a society parallel to our own. And a bunch of office managers suddenly turn into frogs, but find that their new lives aren’t so bad.

The ambitious, unique and provocative Tales From the Inner City draws on the success of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Tales From Outer Suburbia and updates its sensibilities for a new generation. Combining his poignant and sensitive short stories with surreal, luminous paintings, Tan turns his astute lens on the environment, cities, family and the relationships between human and animals. This work opens a portal to the imagination and captures the beauty, joy and tragedy in the everyday lives of kids, teens and adults.

SHAUN TAN is an artist and author living in Melbourne, Australia. He has written and illustrated numerous acclaimed books that have enjoyed tremendous crossover appeal, including The Arrival, The Red Tree and The Singing Bones, as well as picture books for children including The Rules of Summer. Shaun has worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar, and has directed a short film, The Lost Thing, which won an Academy Award. He has won many awards for both individual works and his body of work, including a World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2001, a Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, both in 2011.

Meet Our Rock Star: Petra

If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen our new rock star, Petra. If not, let us introduce you to her:

Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls!

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.

And she is, without a doubt, the cutest pet rock you’ll ever see.

But that’s where you come in! We want to see what kind of pet rock you can create – will you make an elephant? A penguin? Or something else?

We want to see what kind of gems you come up with, so join us in decorating a rock and share a photo of your creation on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtags #PetraRocks #contest. We will select our favourite 10 pictures and these winners will be sent a Petra-shaped magnet. If you need inspiration, make sure to check out our Petra activity kit. Photos must be posted with the hashtags #PetraRocks and #contest between April 5-20th to be considered.

We think you’ll have some rock-solid ideas for your Petra and we can’t wait to see them.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between April 5, 2018 and April 20, 2018. Open to residents of the US 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 here for full details.

Petra
Written by Marianna Coppo
Hardcover | 48 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9780735262676
eBook: 9780735262683

“[S]imple, smooth, and stylish…Change may be the only constant in Petra’s peripatetic existence, but her bubbly optimism is as solid as Gibraltar.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly