With Christmas fast approaching, some of you may be scrambling for last minute gifts. Have no fear, we’ve got something for everyone on your list – even if you don’t celebrate Christmas!
The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present The Original Art, an annual exhibit celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration, on display from November 1 through December 30, 2017.
The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC) at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 2. Tickets are on sale via their website.
Tundra Books would like to congratulate our illustrators who have been selected for The Original Art Show:
Can You Find My Robot’s Arm?
By Chihiro Takeuchi
Hardcover | Ages 2 to 5
“Young readers … will pore over the intricately detailed black-on-cream cut-paper illustrations…. Striking geometric silhouetted images invite long, happy perusal (gears and wind-up keys abound)…. Chihiro Takeuchi is a well-known cut-paper artist in Osaka, Japan. Can You Find My Robot’s Arm? is her debut English-language picture book, although she has written and illustrated several books in Japanese. Readers will surely be asking librarians, ‘Can you find more books by Chihiro Takeuchi?'”
– Starred Review, Shelf Awareness
Yak and Dove
By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Esme Shapiro
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
“Odd-couple friendships are nothing new in children’s literature, but seldom is one portrayed with the grace and sly humor Maclear and Shapiro bring to this story…. Maclear (The Liszts) divides the story into three chapters, all told in spare but emotionally rich dialogue…. Shapiro (Ooko) fills her watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations with subtle comedy … and excels at depicting the quiet pleasures of being simpatico, when a look between friends says it all.”
– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Kenard Pak
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
“Pak’s digitally worked pencil-and-watercolor illustrations support and enhance this simple parable…. Humor is to be found in the extensive human identifications that grace the endpapers and early pages of Warble’s story, a nod to the habits of bird-watchers like the author…. Reaching out lifts both fog and spirits; it brightens days and nights. A song about sharing that’s sure to lift readers’ spirits as well.”
– Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
Little Blue Chair
By Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper
Hardcover | Ages 3 to 7
“Illustrator Madeline Kloepper works in a soothing, muted palette and her tender ink-and-pencil style is part Ruth Krauss and part Julie Morstad, with a vintage tinge. But Kloepper also infuses her style with several modern touches: there are diverse characters and families, everything is suspended in clean, crisp white space, and adult Boo sports a hipster beard and baseball tee. The result is a very sweet little marriage between old and new, with magic officiating the ceremony.”
– Quill & Quire
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
By Rebecca Green
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
“With rosy cheeks, wide eyes, and childlike interests, this ghost is not just not-scary but utterly endearing. A cozy, muted autumnal palette; plenty of visual humor; and relaxed hand-lettering further lighten the punny text, making for a tongue-in-cheek but strangely sweet picture book about enduring friendship.”
– The Horn Book Magazine
Tundra Books is exhibiting at ALA Midwinter this year with a very special anniversary in mind.
Please say hello to our wonderful marketing and publicity managers, Pamela and Vikki; our esteemed publisher, Tara; and our amazing sales director, Liza at booth #1926. They will be happy to tell you about our new and upcoming books or to answer any questions you may have.
While you’re there, you can also pick up a Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt lanyard, Little Blue Chair art cards, postcards for Carson Crosses Canada and The Fog, posters for Sam Sorts and Can You Find My Robot’s Arm?, Father’s Day cards for It’s Great Being a Dad, bookmarks for Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, and bookmarks for Maud. We’ll have ARCs for The Bonaventure Adventures, Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom, and Maud available too.
If you’ve got your aisle-by-aisle coupon filled out, you can exchange it for our Tundra 50th Anniversary tote bag (while supplies last)! And don’t forget our 2017 catalog featuring Pepper from A Pattern for Pepper as our cover girl. That’s not all, come by the booth on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 pm for some celebratory cupcakes and milk.
On Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 am, Cary Fagan will be at our booth signing Little Blue Chair. Be sure to line up early, as these complimentary copies will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
Wait, there’s more! On Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 am, Publisher Tara Walker will be presenting at the Book Buzz Theater. Tara will be looking back at Tundra’s most innovative titles from the past fifty years and introducing our new books for 2017.
Canada’s oldest publisher of children’s books, Tundra Books, is excited to announce plans to mark its 50th anniversary in 2017, including the launch of an award to honor debut illustrators, and a dynamic new logo designed by award-winning Canadian branding and design agency Viva & Co.
The Tundra Books Emerging Artist of the Year celebrates our mission to introduce children to art and artists. This annual honor will be given to a debut illustrator for his or her illustration work on a book published by Tundra. The book will receive an enhanced marketing plan, and the illustrator will be presented with a special edition. Tara Walker, Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, and Vice President, Penguin Random House Canada, says, “The Tundra Books Emerging Artist of the Year acknowledges a new picture book illustrator who exemplifies all the things we value so dearly: artistic talent, a unique approach to picture book illustration and a passion for children’s literature.” The inaugural recipient of the award is Prince George, BC-based artist Madeline Kloepper for Little Blue Chair, a picture book written by Cary Fagan (available January 24, 2017).
Walker says, “We’re so delighted to be presenting Madeline with this honor. We were immediately drawn to the sweet, winsome faces of her characters in Little Blue Chair, full of quiet emotion and subtle expression, and the way she captures intimate everyday scenes and vast landscapes with equal beauty and curiosity. Her art is so assured and has such a classic feel, and she’s brought Cary’s wonderful story to life in such a sensitive and poignant way that it’s remarkable to think this is her very first picture book.”
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Tundra also unveils a new logo designed by Canadian design firm Viva & Co. and its founder and Managing Director, Frank Viva. The new logo marks the publisher’s first logo re-brand since its founding in 1967 and will first appear printed on books published in fall 2017.
Viva, who is also a distinguished author and illustrator of books for children and an artist known for his New Yorker covers, says, “We were really gratified that Tundra approached Viva & Co. to help them with a new identity system launching in time for their 50th anniversary (and Canada’s 150th). I have long admired this remarkable Canadian children’s book imprint. Our goal was to create a fresh but timeless logo that was unmistakably Canadian – one that would last for the next 50 years.”
Walker says, “To have a logo designed by our beloved author and friend Frank and his team is truly the best birthday present we can give ourselves. From the moment we first considered a new logo for Tundra, we thought of Frank and Viva & Co. Frank’s great love of books, his artistry and his innovative design sense made him and his agency the obvious choice. We are honored to publish Frank Viva and consider him to be one of our country’s great tastemakers.”
Kristin Cochrane, President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada, says, “Good publishers have a strong vision of the kind of books they want to send out into the world and great publishers have the strength and perseverance to see this come true. I am sure that she would be as proud as I am of what Tundra has become and for all the accomplishments of its team. Tundra’s new logo is, in part, an homage to May. It is distinctive, playful and is a wonderful nod to our northern heritage. It’s everything we had hoped for … and more.”
Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers is home to three imprints: Tundra, Puffin and Penguin Teen. In addition to our successful Canadian and U.S. publishing programs, we are recognized internationally for our beautiful, award-winning books. Our list boasts a stellar roster of bestselling Canadian and international authors and illustrators, including Kelley Armstrong, Isabelle Arsenault, Jonathan Auxier, Linda Bailey, Cary Fagan, the Fan Brothers, Chris Hadfield, Rachel Hartman, Marthe Jocelyn, Susan Juby, Sophie Kinsella, Kyo Maclear, Julie Morstad, Susin Nielsen, Shane Peacock, Caroline Pignat, Lemony Snicket, Ashley Spires, Teresa Toten, Frank Viva, Nicola Yoon, Moira Young, Eric Walters, Mélanie Watt.
For further information and high-resolution images, please contact:
Pamela Osti, Publicity & Marketing Manager
Today’s Parent surveyed experts from coast to coast to create this awesome list of titles. Here are their Tundra favourites:
Anne of Green Gables
Written by L. M. Montgomery
384 Pages | Ages 8-12
“Melodramatic and relatable Anne-with-an-E is an 11-year-old orphan who finds love, loss and belongingin picturesque Prince Edward Island.” – Today’s Parent
The Hockey Sweater, 30th Anniversary Edition
Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Translated by Sheila Fischman
48 Pages | All Ages
“In a small Quebec town, life revolves around playing hockey and the Montreal Canadiens, but trouble brews when Roch outgrows his Habs sweater and receives a Toronto Maple Leafs one as a replacement.” – Today’s Parent
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
Written by Mordecai Richler
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
96 Pages | Ages 9-12
“Misunderstood Jacob Two-Two finds himself at the mercy of the mean Hooded Fang after insulting a grown-up.” – Today’s Parent
A Child in Prison Camp
Written by Shizuye Takashima
104 Pages | Ages 10+
“The author reflects on how her family and thousands of other Japanese Canadians were forced to live in internment camps during the Second World War.”- Today’s Parent
Emily of New Moon
Written by L.M. Montgomery
448 Pages | Ages 8-12
“Emily Starr’s world is shattered with the death of her father. Now she’ll have to start fresh in a new place with her stern aunt and cruel classmates.” – Today’s Parent
The Olden Days Coat
Written by Margaret Laurence
Illustrated by Muriel Wood
32 Pages | Ages 7-10
“While visiting her grandmother at Christmas, 10-year-old Sal is transported to the past when she tries on a coat she finds in a weathered trunk.” – Today’s Parent
Mr. Zinger’s Hat
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
32 Pages |Ages 4-6
“A little boy knocks the town storyteller’s hat off his head, but together they come up with a new story to tell.” – Today’s Parent
Written by Barbara Nichol
Illustrated by Barry Moser
32 Pages | Ages 7-9
“Based on a letter written by a girl named Margaret and discovered in the Toronto archives, this book is her fantastical account of some strange happenings during the summer of 1912.” – Today’s Parent
The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup
Written by Roy MacGregor
176 Pages | Ages 9-12
“Hockey’s greatest trophy is in danger. Will the Screech Owls hockey team be able to save it?” – Today’s Parent
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
32 Pages | All Ages
“Simca and Julia are best friends who love to cook. This delightful tale is based loosely on the relationship between real-life friends chef Julia Child and Simone (Simca) Beck.” – Today’s Parent
The Nose from Jupiter
Written by Richard Scrimger
160 Pages | Ages 8-12
“Alan is bullied at school, until an alien from Jupiter lands in his nose and teaches him how to stick up for himself.” – Today’s Parent
Check out the full list of titles here on the Today’s Parent website! Thank you to the esteemed panelists for all their work. You can also enter to win all 100 books here (contest closes June 12, 2015).
Listed by age range:
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Colin Jack
Hardcover | 40 Pages
For Ages: 3-7 years
If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don’t know what to do with it … why don’t you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur — from a fine umbrella to an excellent kite and a dandy pillow, not to mention a reliable burglar alarm and the perfect excuse to forget your homework. This delightfully absurd exploration of the domestic uses of dinosaurs — and the things dinos just aren’t good for at all — is guaranteed to tickle funny bones and spark imaginations.
Ella May and the Wishing Stone
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Trade Paperback | 32 Pages
For Ages: 4-6
When Ella May finds a smooth stone with a line going all-all-all the way around it, she is convinced it has magical powers. Surely such a stone will grant wishes, she thinks. But when her friends want to join in the fun, Ella May says that the stone is too special. Slowly she comes to realize that keeping the stone all to herself is a sure way to lose friends. By using her imagination, Ella May finds a way to make everyone’s wishes come true-including her own.
Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Hardcover | 240 Pages
For Ages: 7-10 years
Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. If you have no problem with stories about brave cows escaping their dark destiny and dodging hunters and vicious predators, then this book is for you. Over two dozen animals and humans tell the tale of Audrey’s great escape. Full of heart and humor, Audrey (cow) is ultimately a very human story about life and death, friendship, and holding on to one’s dreams – based more or less on a true story.
Written by Natale Ghent
Hardcover | 192 Pages
For Ages: 7-10 years
Millhouse is a faint-hearted, hairless guinea pig. A great lover of all things theatrical, most especially the work of William Shakespeare, Milly longs for the limelight and someone to love. However, after the death of his beloved owner, the great actor Sir Roderick Lord Kingswagger, Millhouse is abandoned to a neglected and dusty pet shop filled with other rodents — some rude, some odd, some cute and some downright frightening. Finding himself a reviled outcast and a target of the nasty Pepper Brown ferret, Millhouse sets about trying to find a way back to the theater and a happy home, and in doing so experiences more drama than he could ever have imagined.
The Green Man
Written by Michael Bedard
Trade Paperback | 320 Pages
For Ages: 10 and up
When Ophelia’s father heads off to Italy for the summer to finish work on his book on the poet Ezra Pound, O – as she prefers to be called – is sent by train to stay with her Aunt Emily, who runs a secondhand bookshop back east called The Green Man. Part mystery, part fantasy, this compelling and beautifully written novel slips between the real world, and that of the creative imagination. Cloaked in the simple story of a young woman taking over a bookstore from her aged aunt, The Green Man is an eerie story about finding voice and courage, and about suspending disbelief!