You’re Invited to a Festive Launch

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‘Tis the season to be merry and bright, so please join Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers in celebrating those who draw and write. Here are the details of our festive night:

When: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Type Books
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Authors and Illustrators attending:

solutions-for-cold-feetSolutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems
Written and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
Hardcover | 48 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 9781770498730
Solutions for Cold Feet is a rich, engaging book. It will appeal to teachers, as the assignment is evident: students can name their own problems and propose solutions. With many easy entry points for discussion, it’s also excellent for one-on-one reading.” – Starred review, Quill & Quire

the-darkest-darkThe Darkest Dark
Illustrated by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9781101918623
The Darkest Dark soars as an inspiration for children trying to overcome a fear as well as dreamers wondering if they will triumph. Of course, the lesson here is ageless. The book is beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric Fan….” – London Free Press

hurry-up-henryHurry Up, Henry
Written by Jennifer Lanthier
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9780670068371
“Author Lanthier’s quiet text sets a patient tone for this familiar situation that frustrates many young families. The repetition of clock motifs, fanciful flora and fauna, and changes in scale add a touch of magical realism that furthers the book’s emotional themes. This empathetic tale ends with a question all would do well to contemplate: ‘Can we do this again tomorrow?’” – Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

the-lisztsThe Liszts
Written by Kyo Maclear
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 5-9
ISBN: 9781770494961
“A family of list aficionados gets an unexpected guest in this offbeat tale…. Reminiscent of the best nonsense children’s books, Maclear’s wry tale oozes pure whimsy. The text revels in offbeat sincerity, wringing chuckles out of juxtapositions and amusing dialogue…. Simply enchanting in all its quirks.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Written by Lauri Holomis
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 9780670069903
“If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. This is a sports story about attitude, which can rarely be emphasized enough, because it rarely sinks in deep enough to leave its lasting mark…. Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early.” – Kirkus Reviews

yitzi-and-the-giant-menorahYitzi and the Giant Menorah
Written and illustrated by Richard Ungar
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-9
ISBN: 9781770498129
“The text, written in a buoyant and playful manner, reflects a whimsical, folktale quality that reveals some of the actual traditions associated with the holiday of Chanukkah. The writing is vivid and engaging. This talented author is also the illustrator of the tale, and the bold, lively colours used add drama, texture and vibrancy to the story but also reflect a time and place long ago.” – Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

Once in a Town Called MothOnce, in a Town Called Moth
Written by Trilby Kent
Hardcover | 224 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN: 9781101918111
“Kent writes with refreshing emotional sophistication.… As literary as it is smart, Kent’s novel reflects life beautifully in its rigorous denial of pat, easy answers.” – Starred review, Quill & Quire

Please RSVP to rsvpcanada@penguinrandomhouse.com.

Finalists for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards

ggla2016Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best books in Canadian literature with the Governor General’s Literary Awards. This year, we have two finalists in the Young People’s Literature categories, one in text and one in illustrated books. Congratulations to Trilby Kent and Esmé Shapiro!

Young People’s Literature – Text

Once in a Town Called MothOnce, in a Town Called Moth
Written by Trilby Kent
Hardcover | 224 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN: 9781101918111
eBook: 9781101918135
“Kent writes with refreshing emotional sophistication.… As literary as it is smart, Kent’s novel reflects life beautifully in its rigorous denial of pat, easy answers.” 
– Starred review, Quill & Quire

Congratulations to the other finalists in this category: Mikaela Everett for The Unquiet, E.K. Johnston for A Thousand Nights, Martine Leavitt for Calvin, and Tim Wynne-Jones for The Emperor of Any Place.

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

OokoOoko
By Esmé Shapiro
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9781101918449
eBook: 9781101918456
“Shapiro is onto something here: a hard to define ‘Ooko-ness,’ that is lovely, invigorating and pure.”
Quill & Quire

Congratulations to the other finalists in this category: Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith for The White Cat and the Monk, Lucy Ruth Cummins for A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka for Tokyo Digs a Garden, and Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt for The Branch.

Go online to discover the year’s best books and their authors, illustrators and translators, on the new interactive GG website. Follow the conversation on Twitter through @CanadaCouncil and by using the hashtag #GGbooks. Like the GGs on Facebook for all the latest updates.

The winners of the 2016 Governor General Literary Awards will be announced on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The Word on the Street 2016

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Hello friends! The Word on the Street is back in Toronto on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Harbourfront Centre. Come on down for a day of fun and to meet our authors and illustrators. We will be selling books at the Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers tent on Kidstreet (KS11).

yitzi-and-the-giant-menorahYitzi and the Giant Menorah
By Richard Ungar
For ages 5 to 9
Kindergarten to grade 4
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM – Richard will be at the First Book Canada tent to sign copies of Yitzi and the Giant Menorah.

 

who-broke-the-teapotWho Broke the Teapot?!
By Bill Slavin
For ages 3 to 7
Preschool to grade 2
3:00 PM to 3:20 PM – Bill will be at the TD Children’s Literature Stage for a reading and drawing demonstration.

 

Once in a Town Called MothOnce, in a Town Called Moth
By Trilby Kent
For ages 12 and up
Grades 7 and up
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM – Trilby will be at the Teen Spirit Stage for a panel on New Starts for Outcasts.

 

Noni Speaks UpNoni Speaks Up
By Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
For ages 3 to 7
Preschool to grade 2
3:40 PM to 4:00 PM – Heather will be at the TD Children’s Literature Stage for a reading.

 

Solutions for Cold FeetSolutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems
By Carey Sookocheff
For ages 4 to 8
Preschool to grade 3
4:15 PM to 5:00 PM – Carey will be at the Sago Mini Children’s Activity Tent making sock puppies with everyone!

 

downside-upDownside Up
By Richard Scrimger
For ages 10 and up
Grades 5 and up
4:15 PM to 5:00 PM – Richard will be at the Teen Spirit Stage for a panel on Ordinary Teens, Extraordinary Stories.

StoryMob Secret Location Revealed!

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StoryMob Title
If I Had a GryphonIf I Had a Gryphon
Written by Vikki VanSickle
Illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 9781770498099
“VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy. In one of the funniest scenes, a dopey-looking kraken grins innocently as its tentacles snag an ocean liner and a rather perturbed whale.” – Publishers Weekly

Secret Location Details
For tomorrow’s StoryMob, the meeting place is at The Children’s Book Bank on 350 Berkeley Street. Participants will be in the Book Bank courtyard until 1:30 pm, then parade north up Berkeley Street to Cartlon Street to our StoryMob location, in the heart of the kids area of the Cabbagetown Festival!!!

Sign up for a reader’s part by clicking here and check out costume and prop ideas here.

Schedule:
12:00pm – Volunteers, photographers, and keeners who need extra time to organize their props and costumes will meet at The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street
12:30pm (sharp!) – Official Mustering (we meet, greet, and practice for the StoryMob).
1:30pm – Parade – we will parade from the Book Bank with call and response play to our StoryMob location at Berkeley and Carlton.
1:45pm (approx) – StoryMob performance (lasts 15 minutes).
2:00pm – StoryMob disperses. Participants can enjoy all the Cabbagetown Festival has to offer!

Please call or text if you are delayed or need our help. It is especially important that we hear from Readers and Volunteers if you are not able to make it, as we will need to make quick alternative arrangements … plus, we’ll worry about you if you don’t show up! Roxanne: 416-670-6074

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Go early, we can’t have Vikki eating all the candy corn!

You’re Invited to the Launch of Once, in a Town Called Moth

MothLaunchPlease join Trilby Kent in celebrating the launch of Once, in a Town Called Moth. Please RSVP to rsvpcanada@penguinrandomhouse.com.

When: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Type Books
Address: 883 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Once in a Town Called MothOnce, in a Town Called Moth
Written by Trilby Kent
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Hardcover | 224 Pages | Ages 12 and up
ISBN 978-1-10191-811-1

“Kent writes with refreshing emotional sophistication.… As literary as it is smart, Kent’s novel reflects life beautifully in its rigorous denial of pat, easy answers.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

“Lyrical writing imbues simple scenes with complex emotional undercurrents…. The motions feel almost casually violent, slyly suggesting untrustworthiness. It’s these descriptions that truly develop the novel’s mystery-laden tension. Truly outstanding literary moments distinguish this quiet search for identity…” – Kirkus Reviews

2016 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Winner

We are very happy to announce that one of our titles has won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards! Congratulations to Susin Nielsen (who is also made of awesome molecules)!

Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category

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
“This book is funny, powerful and inspirational… The characters dealt with a lot of complicated issues in a believable way that we could relate to…. I can imagine myself reading this book a million more times. It has the best ending ever!” – Student jurors in grades 7 and 8

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Schwartz Children’s Book Awards – the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books. The Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Arts Foundation took a look back at 40 years of winners with this online countdown.

This year’s winners were chosen by student juries from Toronto’s Scarborough Village Alternative Public School. Each student read the books individually and then worked together with their group to reach consensus and decide on a winner. The announcement took place during a school assembly on Wednesday, June 22.

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